While cameras have gotten vastly better at operating in the dark, the same can’t be said for tripods (or people, for that matter). Until now. The Slik Lite AL-420 series of tripods have an integrated LED flashlight that can be unscrewed from the center column to help you operate more efficiently in the dark. The tripods also feature a Rapid Flip Mechanism that lets you invert the legs 180 degrees for easier storage. They offer a gearless, detachable and invertible center column that you can separate into a shorter column to use the AL-420 models lower to the ground. The aluminum-based AL-420M (pictured) weighs in at 2 pounds and can hold 4.4 pounds worth of gear at a maximum height of 48.8 inches. It has a minimum working height of 6.5 inches and folds down to 14.1 inches when it’s time to hit the road. The AL-420 is slightly longer (17 inches) and extends to 60 inches or down to 8.9 inches. The AL-420S is the shortest of the bunch, reaching to 39.8 inches or as low as 6.2 inches. It folds down to 12.2 inches for transport and weighs a scant 1.7 pounds. It too can hold 4.4 pounds.
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