Precision Camera's Guide to the Best Tripods
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Every photographer, from beginner to professional, can benefit greatly from using a tripod. But with so many options it can be quite a confusing process of choosing what tripod works best for you. That’s why we have put together this awesome list of tripods to help make things a little bit easier.
First, it is important to know and understand the components that make up a tripod: Legs, Head, and Center Column.
Tripod legs are typically made of aluminum, basalt, steel, or carbon fiber, and feature many lock types, sections, and leg lengths.
The tripod head is going to be the part that holds the camera to the tripod. They come in many different types, the most popular being ball heads and pan heads.
The center column is a separate leg that runs through the center of the tripod. This allows you to further raise the tripod head. The center column comes in three types; quick release, geared, and 90 degree overhead.
For the Mobile / GoPro Shooter
This extremely portable option is perfect for mobile phone/ GoPro users who need a tripod and handle all-in-one.
Are you into shooting video with your mobile phone? If so, the Joby Mobile Rig is the perfect tool to achieve extreme angles using its flexible legs, achieve stabilized video and attach 3 additional devices such as mics, lights and action cams.
For the Travel Photographer
Are you always on the go and need something lightweight, compact, and sturdy? Then Corey will be your new best friend. It features sturdy legs, a ball head, and a folded length of just 13.7” for travel and storage. Don’t forget to check out 3 Legged Thing’s full collection for more amazing tripods.
The Befree is the perfect solution for photographers on the go looking for ultimate performance and stability. It weighs only 3.6 lb, but can support up to 17.6 lb of heavy camera gear and folds down to just 15.7" for travel and storage.
For the Action / Wildlife Photographer
The A48FD is perfect for sports photographers looking for something quick, lightweight, and stable. It features a 3-leg locking base with a ball joint that allows you to smoothly pan and tilt your camera. Pair with your choice of head to make the perfect companion.
This carbon fiber tripod is the perfect choice for wildlife and nature shooters. It offers easy on-the-go steady shots and amazing versatility.
For Food Photographers / Overhead Enthusiasts
Overhead photography is a very popular style, and the Manfrotto 055 makes the job super easy. Its 90° center column takes seconds to set up, so you can get the perfect shot in no time.
The Alta Pro 2 is another great option that features the 90° center column to achieve beautiful overhead shots.
For the videopgrapher
This Benro tripod is popular among videographers. It features a head with an adjustable damping level reset mechanism that improves smoothness and stability in panning and tilting.
Professionalism shines through on this Manfrotto tripod. Featuring a mid-level spreader, and a 75mm half ball fluid head, this tripod will help you achieve the perfect angles during your video shoots.