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Greg S 08-Aug-18
Looking to get my first tripod for my new Swarovski SLC HD 15x56. Will only be used for these bino’s (no spotter). Would like a good set up but not a $500 type set up.
I have the Slik 624 tripod and Benro S2 head and have been very happy with it. I've run those exact binos off it. I think it would run around $300 for the setup now.
From: Greg S
Just got the slick 634cf since I like the option to glass standing up, which is especially nice if it’s snowy or wet. I have the outdoorsman pistol grip which gets it close to $500 but you could go with a different head and keep it around $300.
I too run a slik CF tripod and Benro S2 head.... LOVE this setup. Light enough, rock solid, and the Benro head is incredibly smooth and comfortable for its weight. Likely the last tripod/head combo I ever buy.
SteveF: great question. Most people will recommend a Slick 624, 634 or a Promaster 525, or a similar tripod that is also capable of holding a 65 or 85 mm spotter. In my opinion these tripods are overkill if you are only going to be using binos. When only using binos and especially if you'll be sitting down there must be smaller, lighter tripods. I hope to see some options because I haven't been able to find any. If, however, you're going to be standing behind binos then you will need one of the tripods listed above.
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I am wondering how often I will stand to glass vs sitting to glass. Is the added length of the Slik 634 or Promaster 525 wanted or do I just go with the 624. Think I am going to be doing the S2 head and Outdoorsman bino adaptor.
Is weight an issue? You can get away with a lot less money if you aren't backpacking in with it.
I would say we average about 6-9 Miles a day. That is prairie and buttes, no mountains.
Some good recommendations here. I too like the silk624, I wasn’t a fan of the S2 however I do think it serviceable and good value for the money. For the amount I use mine I stepped up to an outdoorsman pan head. I also just bought a micro Pan head as well and I think that might be the best combination of weight and function from a hunting stand point. I plan on selling my Swaro ATS and getting 55mm kowa and at that point I will sell my regular outdoorsmen pan head and use the micro for everything
Ended up going with the following: Slik 624 Pro CF tripod Benro S2 head Outdoorsmans Bino Adaptor
Thank you all for your help
I've had an aluminum Manfrotto for years. It's rugged and taken a lot of licks. Very stable. My hunting partner has had 2 other brands and neither is near as stable in wind, etc. Can't go wrong with what the pros use.