Just a few minutes ago, I received my new SLIK PRO 330EZ tripod. UPS dropped it off at the garage door. As soon as I realized they had, I walked outside to grab it – I wanted to immediately compare it to my, already owned, SLIK PRO 700DX.
I’ve been meaning to get this tripod for some time. While my 700DX is totally awesome, I have to admit it’s heavy. Weighing in at 11 pounds, it’s a feat in itself lugging that thing around. If my figures are correct, it’s heavier than my camera bag completely loaded.
A few days ago, we went hiking near the Blackledge River in Marlborough, CT. If you take a look at that post, you’ll see that most of my camera work was done on a tripod. The SLIK PRO 700DX, to be exact. Now, as I mentioned above that the tripod is great and as I also mentioned that it’s heavy, that hike did it for me. I made the decision to buy a lighter tripod as soon as possible.
The problem was, my 700DX is perfect in every way except its weight. If I was to acquire something new, it had to be closely matched to what I had – only smaller and lighter. An internet search the night of the hike proved to be fruitful. I had found a little brother to the 700DX and it’s called the SLIK PRO 330EZ – and this one only weighs in at 3.7 pounds.
I just finished lining both of these tripods up for a mini photo shoot and was astonished how similar they really are, besides size. Almost everything is virtually identical, right down to the material they’re made out of and the flip out legs. The only thing that’s really different are the heads. My 700DX has a 3-way pan head that’s rated for 15 pounds of equipment and the 330EZ came with the SH-707E Multi-Action Pan Head that’s rated for 8. This is a 2-way pan head with one lever. Really, I don’t like the two levers on the 700DX. They are a pain to put on and get in the way when I don’t feel like taking them off to put the tripod back in its bag. But then again, it’s not a “traveling” tripod. It’s bulky and meant to stay in its place for a while. For hiking and things like that – well, a smaller tripod would be in order.
I’m going to post some pictures of both tripods. I have one of both standing next to each other and then I mainly focus on different angles of the heads. I also show two photos of one leg on each tripod folded out.