Sirui T-004X Aluminum Tripod Review

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Tripods may not be the most exciting of gadgets in the photographer’s arsenal, but they are one of the more important. While the new Sirui T-004x tripod doesn’t exactly revolutionize the industry, if you are a travel or hiking enthusiast, you might want to give it a look.

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Introduction – The Basics

The Sirui T-004x is one of the best light-weight aluminum tripods I’ve had the opportunity to test. When I first opened the package I questioned whether this little tripod would hold a point a shoot steady, let alone my Nikon D7000. But, after a couple solid days of testing, I can safely say that Sirui has a great combination of strength and portability in their T-004x offering.

In my testing the Sirui was able to hold the D7000, paired with either the Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 or the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 wide angle lens without a problem. Unfortunately, I didn’t have anything larger to try, but T-004x is rated at 13.2 lbs (5.9 kg) which should be enough for most midsize DSLRs and smaller.

The Good

The standout feature of the Sirui T-004x has got to be its weight and folded size – this thing is tiny! When fully folded it becomes super portable at 15.7 inches (39.9 cm) long and weighs in at just 2.0 lbs. (0.9 kg).

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It comes with all the basics that you’d expect of today’s tripods. The four section legs can adjust to three different angles, independently of one another for photographing on tough terrain. The twist locks on each section are quick and easy to use – they also held tight throughout my testing. There’s a reversible center column so that you can set up for close macro photographs. Sirui also includes a shorter center column, which allows you to get even closer to the ground, should you want to take a super low camera angle perspective.

The Basic Specs

  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lbs (5.99 kg)
  • Max Height: 58″ (147.32 cm)
  • Min Height: 4.9″ (12.45 cm)
  • Folded Length: 15.7″ (39.88 cm)
  • Weight: 3.7 lbs (1.68 kg)
  • Leg Sections: 4

The Not so Good

When reviewing this tripod within the mindset of what it is supposed to be (a light weight travel tripod) it’s hard to find a lot of bad.

I will say that I am not a huge fan of the ball head that came with the Sirui as the twist knobs are a bit slow compared to the flip lever action I’m used to on my Manfrotto. This was especially noticeable with the quick release plate where it requires a few good twists of the release knob to remove the camera from the tripod. Of course, these are minor inconveniences, and if it bothers you enough you could replace the head with something more suited to your liking.

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Due to the compromises that had to be made in order to make this as light and as portable as possible, the overall ruggedness of the tripod is questionable. Now, I didn’t put it through anything too serious in my testing, but I’d imagine that a tumble down a rocky hill, or dropping it a off a ledge might result in some damage. Being as light as it is I’d also expect it to be quite susceptible to wind – though there is a bag hook on the center column that you could use for added weight if needed.

So Who’s the Sirui T-004x for?

The ideal photographer for the Sirui T-004x would be someone who needs a lightweight travel tripod. Whether you’re a frequent flyer, or a frequent hiker, the Sirui would be a good option for you. If you’re looking for something to take a bit of abuse, or will be using it during weddings, portrait sessions, or other situations where a bit more stability and heft are required this probably isn’t want you’re looking for.

What tripod do you currently use? Leave a comment below!

Summary
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Reviewed Item
Sirui T-004x Tripod
Author Rating
4.5

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  • pepporony

    Agreed with the ball head. It may be minor at first but when you have to deal with it more often, it kinda annoyingly slower than the flip lever.

  • This looks like a MeFoto (from Benro) copy, does it become a monopod as well?

  • Leif Sikorski

    Although I think that in generall the head is pretty good compared to the ones you find on many other “cheap” tripods. Their slightly smaller T-005 tripod was a while ago available for 70€ here – for that price the head is pretty good. During the last half year or year it got more expensive though.

  • Leif Sikorski

    Sirui, MeFoto, 3 Legged Thing … they all look very similar and almost like they come out of the same manufacturing fabric. Sirui is on the market since years and I think MeFoto came later, but sometimes I’m wondering if these tripods aren’t just some (good) white label products that get sold by multiple brands. They all seem to focus on different markets. Sirui for example is popular in Germany and they’ve some service center here as well.

  • Velbon UT-60, Carmagne 640

  • pepporony

    I agreed about the head. I like all the knobs they offered. It just the quick plate that I don’t like.

    Also, after a year or so of use (T-025x), the quick plate often loosen up a bit and I have to tighten it to the camera from time to time. Other than that, no complain here.

  • Vanguard 260 w/ Manfroto head

  • Surui quite popular in Indonesia too — since you can’t really find any photography store or distributor that sell MeFoto, 3 Legged Thing, Induro and other well-known travel tripod brands here.
    I own the T-2205.

  • gtvone

    They’re not all from the same factory / materials, no. (I work for 3LT) Sirui tend to make some good stuff. Some of the lower entry level stuff is produced by a couple of main manufacturers, it’s re-branded by brands and sold. (The first ever 3LT was a rebadged Weifeng, it’s now very different and all the parts are purpose designed) ….you’d prob be surprised to know that a lot of the ‘high end’ tripods that claim they’re made in “this country or that country” are also partially / mostly made in Chinese factories. It’s a crazy crazy mixed up world 😀

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  • Roland

    Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 with Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 sp.

  • Rifai Deen

    Zomei z668…
    Got it for $88 on aliexpress and it serves more than what I paid for…

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