Field Report: Sirui T-025X Carbon Fiber Tripod with C-10X Ballhead by Jack Neubart

This must be the week for Sirui tripod reviews! We are proud to present the latest review of the Sirui T-025X Ultra-compact Tripod Kit by Jack Neubart – photographer, educator, writer, musician/songwriter, photo industry analyst/consultant.

He’s a quick peek into of the report:

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Sirui T-025X. A very capable, compact, and lightweight folding carbon fiber tripod.

“There was a time when we wouldn’t have put much stock in a lightweight tripod, especially one with 5 leg sections. But with the use of carbon-fiber technology, the picture has changed. Carbon fiber brings us vibration-dampening tripods nearly on a par with wood tripods.”

 “And, owing to its lighter weight, carbon fiber is more practical than either wood or metal when it comes to travel photography.”
That brings us to the Sirui T-025X carbon fiber tripod. I can’t say enough good things about this little wonder.”

The Sirui T-025X: An Overview

The Sirui (pronounced Soo-ray) T-025X is an 8-layer carbon fiber support. The more layers, the stronger the tripod.”

“This is a folding pod. That means that the legs fold back on themselves to shorten the overall length, making it easier to stow in luggage, should the need arise.”

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The Sirui T-025X: A Closer Look

“Once you unfold the legs, the first thing you’ll notice is that the 8” center column is already extended.”

“This center column can be unscrewed, and the tripod head can then be screwed onto the spider (the area where the legs come together). This will give you even greater stability…”

“You can also use the T-025X as a tabletop tripod by returning all legs to their shortest length and splaying out the legs. Remove the center column, detach the ballhead, then reattach the head directly onto the leg assembly, so the camera is closer to ground level.”

It’s All in the Legs…

The legs feature twist locks. A half turn twist to the left and the leg section is unlocked. You can actually unlock all the leg sections at once, if your hand is large enough to cover the four twist locks (and likewise lock them in place, once the legs are returned to their original positions).”

“The leg sections extend smoothly in one motion.”

And the Head

The head is an integral part of any tripod. One wouldn’t think much of the tiny C-10X ballhead that comes with this tripod by looking at it, or hefting it. Like the leg assembly, the head is a pleasant surprise.”

“The head features an Arca-style quick release (QR). The QR plate is small but does the trick. There is a security pin on the head to prevent inadvertent sliding off of the camera when mounted…”

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“The main knob serves double duty, controlling drag (friction) and locking/releasing the movement for up/down, side-to-side, and angular placement—achieving this movement very smoothly. Panoramic movement via a separate knob is also silky smooth.”

In Use

“The T-025X with C-10X ballhead had no trouble delivering sharp results from 2-second exposures of Buckingham Fountain. Further tests back home showed the tripod could support a Nikon D300 with Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 lens at 135mm (202mm, 35mm equivalent) for up to 20 seconds…”

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How Does It Add Up?

“Quite brilliantly, as our friends across the pond are wont to say.”

“The T-025X is a breeze to set up and break down (collapse and fold up).”

“Most important perhaps, it’s really a no-brainer to use. You don’t need to have any experience with a tripod to use it successfully the first time out. Nothing could be simpler, or more effective in this weight class.”

Stick it in a suitcase en route to your destination and slap it to the back (or side) of your photo backpack when heading out to shoot. … it will capture the grandeur of any landscape or waterfall. What’s more, the quick operation and small footprint (when set up) lends this tripod nicely to any tour group setting…”

Does It Reach pixelPERFEXION? (100 pixels is best):

Sirui T-025X Carbon Fiber Tripod with C-10X Ballhead: 95 pixels—a pleasure to use; literally doesn’t let you down.”

To see the full review, please go to:

http://www.pixelperfexion.net/reviews/-field-report-sirui-t-025x-carbon-fiber-tripod-with-c-10x-ballhead

We would like to thank Jack Neubart for this very thorough review.

As with all Sirui professional photographic products, the Sirui T-025X Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit comes with Sirui’s 6 year warranty!

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For more information on the SIRUI T-025X Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit or the full line of Sirui products, please go to http://www.sirui.com or check out our Facebook site at www.facebook.com/SiruiProfessionalTripods

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