The GEEKOTO X25 Defender Professional Horizontal Tripod is a Beast!

The GEEKOTO X25 Defender Professional Horizontal Tripod is a Beast!
06 Sep 2019

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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.

cheaper optex tripod

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 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.

GEEKOTO X25 fully extended 2

So I ordered the GEEKOTO X25 Aluminum Alloy Professional Horizontal Tripod with 360 Degree Ball Head, and it arrived from Amazon within a day.

GEEKOTO X25 lay flat partially extended

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.

GEEKOTO X25 folded

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.

GEEKOTO X25 low to the ground

The legs lock in a few positions, allowing for a plethora of different angles, and the ability to shoot in awkward spaces.

GEEKOTO X25 low with legs wide

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.

GEEKOTO X25 lay flat truck

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.

GEEKOTO X25 fully extended

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.

GEEKOTO X25 lay flat head tilted

I used a third party smartphone grip holder to support my iPhone, and it works great.

GEEKOTO X25 control from apple watch

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.

GEEKOTO X25 low profile

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!

GEEKOTO X25 extended

Where to buy

You can purchase the GEEKOTO X25 Professional Horizontal Tripod from

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  3. Hi there between geekoto x25 and K&F SA254t1 or K&f 2515t wich one would you advice?

    • They are all really good tripods, with solid construction. Because they are so similar, I would personally go with the best price you can find. That being said, I love my Geekoto X25, and use it all the time.

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