Talking about tripod, photographer always needs a light one but yet strong. A tripod must be compact when folded but tall enough when needed. In most of the criteria, Sirui N-1204 matches all of them.
Physically, Sirui N-1204 looks like a pricey tripod. It looks like a typical carbon-fiber tripod which costs a lot. Its build quality, material and accessories enforce the notion of it.
If one says that IDR 2,000,000 is a lot, it’s like half or one-third of the price of other carbon-fiber tripods. Let’s take a look at some important specifications that Sirui N-1204 has.
A 4-section thing is essential for traveling and storage. It saves space. It weighs as low as 1 kg only. Contrastingly, Sirui N-1204 may handle total load of gear up to 10 kg. It may handle Canon EOS 1D Mk IV weighs 1.18 kg and Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS weighs 5.31 kg.
This tripod is a tube-locking type. It might bring you to your personal preference of leg lock. Anyway, N-1204 angle-adjusting button is comfortable and easy to use. Each leg of tripod can be adjusted to three different supporting angles.
Should you need a low angle shooting, N-1204 features a reversible center column. As found in my brand and type of tripods, the reversing procedure is similar and easy. The center column has a hook to hang some stable articles for steadiness.
An important thing about Sirui tripod family is their additional feature of knock-down monopod. Well, it’s hard to find a carbon-fiber monopod, tough. But it’s easy to disassemble knock-down leg of the tripod and assemble it to be a monopod.
Additional mounting screw and mounting platform for monopod come along with the complete set. They are packed in a small tripod bag, which is included as a package. There is also a complete package which includes ball head.
Say the package includes Sirui G-20 ball head, it means the head adds an extra 0.4 kg weight, which is not much. As an addition, actual maximum load of this head is up to 20 kg. It also features a bubble level for horizontal adjustment.
Sirui N-1204 is recommended for traveling photographer for its compact size and sturdy structure. This tripod is also recommended for urban photographer for its simple operation and light weight. Any price-sensitive photographer may consider this carbon-fiber tripod for its low price.