The GEEKOTO X25 Defender Professional Horizontal Tripod is a Beast!
06 Sep 2019
Disclosure: GEEKOTO provided me with a X25 Defender tripod to review. All opinions are my own.
Let’s paint the picture… you own a quality DSLR camera, with expensive lenses, and you use a cheaply made tripod that you found on sale at a department store. That was me.
I would always gravitate to the $50 – $75 tripods, and complain that they were too stiff, clunky, or didn’t do what I wanted. I would sit my $3500 camera rig on top, and looking back at the cheap tripods I was using, wonder why I didn’t spend the money on a quality product for my quality camera rig. In the long run, you end up spending more by buying cheaper products.
The GEEKOTO X25
The folks at Geekoto asked if I would like to review one of their tripods. I figured, what is there to lose? I already had a tripod that I didn’t like using because it was heavy, bulky, and didn’t move smoothly when doing panoramic shots.
So I ordered the GEEKOTO X25 Aluminum Alloy Professional Horizontal Tripod with 360 Degree Ball Head, and it arrived from Amazon within a day.
It’s funny, the GEEKOTO X25 is the most expensive tripod I have ever purchased, but is not the most expensive tripod out there.
This bad boy is amazing! It comes with a protective carrying case.
Because the legs fold upwards over the tripod headstock, the GEEKOTO X25 is able to fold into a smaller package than traditional tripods, so carrying this compact tripod in the provided carrying case is a breeze.
But, just because the GEEKOTO X25 folds down into a compact size, does not mean it is not a beast! It is the tallest tripod I have ever used, and it is very sturdy.
The GEEKOTO X25 includes a shorter central column, which you can change for very low shots.
The legs lock in a few positions, allowing for a plethora of different angles, and the ability to shoot in awkward spaces.
The locking mechanisms can be a bit stiff at first, but when you figure out that you have to move the legs back a bit for them to shift properly, they become quite easy to use.
The ball head is fantastic. Extremely smooth, and excellent for panoramic shots.
With a quick change of one of the legs, the GEEKOTO X25 becomes a monopod. Works amazingly with my DSLR.
You can also shift the top portion of the GEEKOTO X25 into a horizontal position for overhead shots. This is brilliant, for lay flat shots with either a DSLR or smartphone.
If using a DSLR for lay flat shots, be sure to either use a counterbalance, put your foot on the base of one of the legs, or hold the tripod so it does not topple. This was not an issue when using my iPhone.
I used a third party smartphone grip holder to support my iPhone, and it works great.
I am extremely happy with the GEEKOTO X25. I have owned many tripods over the years, and none have been as sturdy, or had the functionality of the GEEKOTO X25.
It is likely the best and most versatile tripod for its price point on the market, and can compare with tripods that cost much more. Highly recommended!
Where to buy
You can purchase the GEEKOTO X25 Professional Horizontal Tripod from Amazon.ca
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