Welcome to our Sirui t2205x review, after reviewing so many tripods from a large number of different brands previously, we have noticed more and more people reaching out for reviews on the Sirui tripod range. Although the t2205x is not as popular as some of the other tripods in their range, it is a solid contender to be your tripod of choice when looking for a higher price point tripod.
Although it is officially marketed as a general purpose tripod, more and more people have taken to using the t2205x as a travel tripod due to its small size when compressed and it’s lightweight. Its excellent build quality and great performance have also made it very popular within both the photography and videography communities too. Since its release, a number of people who use the t2205x as their go-to tripod of choice have posted their own third-party reviews online (click here to read some of them) online going over how the tripod has performed for them over the years.
Before getting into the actual review of the tripod, we would also like to point out that you will also have to pick up a tripod head in addition to the t2205x tripod body. We feel the majority of our readers will be able to get away with using a standard ball head like the Sirui K-20X tripod head (Click here to check for product prices and availability) without issue. That said, if you are planning on doing any type of panning videography or panoramic photography it is probably a better idea to pick up a panhandle tripod head (Click here to check for product prices and availability).
User Control System
Thankfully, we feel that Sirui has managed to make a solid contender for the higher priced Manfrotto tripods that are popular amongst the community. It is no secret that Manfrotto has essentially had a monopoly on the higher end tripods for many years now but times are definitely changing. As you would expect for its price tag, the t2205x is an excellent tripod with a great design.
The tripod legs are made up of a five-part system to allow you to easily adjust the hight that you are using the tripod at. The t2205x uses the twist lock leg lock system as shown in the photograph to the right. Now, we are fully aware that many people in the community prefer to use the flip lock system but in all honesty, the twist lock system is quicker and just as stable in our opinion.
The twist lock system allows you to quickly and easily set your tripod up when you get to your photography locations without having to waste time. If you are moving around and changing locations a whole bunch this can actually end up saving you a fair bit of time.
As we mentioned at the start of the article, the Sirui t2205x only comes with the mounting thread when purchased as shown in the image to the left. It does not include an actual head so you have to pick up either a ball head (Click here to check for product prices and availability) or pan head (Click here to check for product prices and availability) in addition to the tripod.
That said, the mounting thread is very high quality and we can’t see the mental alloy it is made from cross threading any time soon allowing you to swap heads out as required for a very long period of time.
Performance And Functionality
In our opinion, the performance of the Sirui t2205x rally is flawless making it well worth the money. Due to it having the newer tripod design as well as the latest technologies used in it the t2205x is able to outperform some of the competing Manfrotto tripods that are using the older designs and technologies.
The image stabilization offered by the t2205x really is excellent and we have absolutely no doubt that it can help improve your image quality. This tends to be due to the modern technologies used in the tripod as well as its excellent build quality. In addition to its excellent performance, it also has the following features that make it the ideal choice:-
- A Load Capacity Of 26.5 Pounds.
- A Maximum Height Of 56.9 Inches.
- A Maximum Height Without The Center Column Extended Of 49.0 Inches.
- A Minimum Height Of Only 5.3 Inches.
- A Folded Tripod Length of 17.1 Inches.
- A Folded Legs And Tripod Length Of 14.6 Inches.
As you can see, its massive payload of 26.5 pounds ensures that the tripod is able to support the vast majority of camera rigs used today, even if you use the heaver telephoto lenses. Its maximum height is enough for the majority of photography niches whereas it is also small enough and light enough to be used as a travel tripod if needed.
The rubber feet at the end of the legs of the tripod are solid and definitely help to increase the stabilization that it can offer your camera rig, especially if you are working on a wet or slippy surface. The counterweight hook at the bottom of the center column is excellent too, we have seen so many tripods, even at this price point who use a low-quality counterweight hook that can easily fall out when weight is applied.
We have mentioned the updated design and technologies used in the Sirui t2205x earlier in the article too. The locking ratchet system is brand new on the t2205x and ensures that the legs of the tripod will stay in place even if you go over your tripods maximum load capacity without splaying out and dangerously sending your camera rig to the ground.
All in all, we really can’t fault Sirui on the build quality and design of the t2205x as we feel it is excellent. You would imagine this for the price tag of the tripod but in our opinion, it goes above and beyond the expectations.
That brings us to the end of our Sirui t2205x review and as you can probably tell, we are big fans of this tripod and think it would make a great addition to anyons camera accessories. The image stabilization that it offers is second to none and as we mentioned earlier in the article, in our opinion at least, it outperforms some of the competing Manfrotto tripods without breaking a sweat.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Sirui t2205x tripod to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.