SmallRig AD-01 Heavy-Duty Tripod with Fluid Head on sale for $109 USD


The SmallRig AD-01 Heavy-Duty Tripod with Fluid Head is on sale for $109 USD.

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Key features

  • Aluminum Tripod with Fluid Head System
  • 17.6 lb Load Capacity, Weighs 8.8 lb
  • 33 to 73″ Height Adjustment, 35″ Folded
  • Standard & DJI RS 2 Quick Release Modes
  • 75mm Ball Head, Pan & Friction Knobs
  • Bubble Level, Manfrotto QR Plate
  • 1/4″-20 & 3/8″-16 Camera Screws
  • 1/4″-20 & 3/8″-16 Accessory Threads
  • Carry Bag with Shoulder Strap
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I previously reviewed this tripod on the site and you can read that review here.

The SmallRig Heavy-Duty Fluid Head Tripod is a cost-effective system for content creators. It features a new head design and an updated quick-release plate with a built-in spanner.

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The head plate slot has built-in screw holes and the bowl base comes with 1/4”-20 threaded holes for accessory attachment. The built-in damping and balancing system enables 360° horizontal and +90°/-75° vertical movements. There are also 3/8″-16 threaded holes in the head base to support most tripods, arms, sliders, and other accessories with 3/8″-16 screws.

This tripod features a built-in bubble level, and it works with a 75mm bowl base. 

I see the SmallRig Heavy-Duty Fluid Head Tripod as a good solution for a second camera when you need a locked-off shot. For that particular use case, it works extremely well for the money.

While you can use it and get reasonably decent results with a heavier camera package such as a small to a mid-sized digital cinema camera, it isn’t as good when using a mirrorless hybrid.

The build quality and value for money are incredible, considering what you get for the money. The legs alone are worth the $109 USD and you could just ditch the included head and use your own 75mm bowl head.

Sure, it is far from perfect, but what you get for your money makes it a very good buy as long as you understand its strengths and weaknesses.

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