One thing that differentiates the professional photographers or serious hobbyist from the amateurs is the gadgets and gears they use while doing photography.
One of the important gear of pros is a tripod stand. Because for casual photographers, it is comprehend as cumbersome or additional so most amateurs don’t bother with it. It’s just like the difference between those who get out of their cars to take a photo versus those who just roll down the window.
During the night photography, the light is very low so to get more light into the lens, the camera will adjust exposure and shutter speed when set to the Night setting. But, with a slower shutter speed, there is the risk of camera shake which results in unwanted blurring. A tripod will reduce camera movement and improves picture quality, helping you take the perfect sunrise or sunset.
A tripod is also a key ingredient in great nature shots so that on the appearance of animals, you’ll be ready because of the tripod’s stability which it provides to the camera.
So, for our serious hobbyists and professional photographers, we’ve compiled a list of the best tripods which they can get for the year 2017.
Those who want perfection in everything, this tripod is best for them. It’s the latest version of the tripod that started the compact travel tripod revolution and it is extremely well-built and rigid. The folded length is only 13.8 inches, due to the five-section twist-lock legs, but when it extends, it goes up to 58.7 inches and provides grounder capability down to 11.8 inches. It weighs only 2.6 pounds, including a Center Ball Head with a quick-release (QR) plate and smooth-operating PFTE-treated ball and bushings, and has a load capacity of 12.1 pounds.
Other features are reversible center column, anti-leg-rotation system, counterweight hook, removable rubber feet, independent leg-spread adjustments, and advanced, vibration-absorbing 6 x carbon fiber construction.
This flexible and portable tripod attain its mission successfully thanks to a folding of just 12″ by pivoting its legs back 180 degrees. It can be kept easily in almost any camera bag or backpack. The tripod weighs only 2.6 pounds, along with a dual-control ball head with a calibrated base and an Arca-type-compatible quick-release plate. It extends up to an amazing 53 inches and has a capability carrying weight up to 10 pounds and the aluminum-alloy construction results in a black anodized finish.
All this makes it an ideal tripod for for users of DSLRs, mirrorless, and point-and-shoot cameras.
Apart from looking good, this tripod results in tremendous performance due to its 4-section flip-lock legs which are capable of achieving a maximum height of 48.4 inches and after extending the center column, it gets up to 56.7-inches which is pretty impressive for such a lightweight tripod.
It also provides a minimum height grounder setting of 13.4 inches and when folded, it’s height become just 15.75-inches which is quite portable and is very easy for packing.
Loading capacity is a bit less 8.8 pounds. The ball head is crafted out of aluminum alloy and includes a 200PL quick-release plate. The rapid center column is 3-faceted to prevent any unwanted twisting and it’s a solid 22mm in diameter.
This solid yet reasonably priced aluminum tripod has a two-way fluid-effect pan head designed for video shooting, but is also quite good for shooting still images. It has 4-section, 29mm diameter flip-lock legs, extends from 23.1 to a maximum 65-inches, folds to 24.4-inches for keeping it in the backpack.
It also features a geared center column with a hand crank, a bull’s-eye bubble level, self-leveling rubber feet, a spring-loaded video indexing pin, and radial leg braces. It is capable of handling capacity up to 11 pounds and weighs 4.2 pounds.
Weighing at only 1.7 pounds and extendable from 11.8-inches to 54.5-inches, this tripod is one the most lightweight tripods providing brilliant options.
This Surui tripod has reverse-folding 8X carbon fiber legs and has a capacity of holding load up to 13.2 pounds. There is a center column which allows low-angle shooting at a minimum height of only 10.2-inches and that too is removable.
The ball head has a separate handle for panning, and it also includes an Arca-style quick-release plate. The Sirui T-025X comes pre-loaded with a fitted soft case and a set of tools which comes pretty handy.
The most famous tripod by Davis & Sanford is very compact travel tripod. It is now in a carbon fiber grounder version that extends to 65-inches. This 4-section grounder folds to 18.5-inches for storage and travelling.
The legs have twist-locks with 3 independent leg-angle positions, a foam-cushioned leg grip, and an Easy Glide center column with a separate short center column for grounder shooting.
It has a minimum shooting height of 9″ and a ballast hook for hanging equipment or adding weight to increase stability in windy environments. The total weight of this tripod including ball head is 3.25 pounds and it can hold a load of 12 pounds.
This solid 6X carbon fiber 4-section tripod has non-rotating legs with additional twist-lock and also has a BE-108 Arca-type compatible lightweight aluminum ball head with quick-release plate.
There’s also a separate panning handle and a notch for resetting it to portrait orientation. It folds to a length of 21-inches and extends up to a maximum whooping height of 57.7-inches.
Loading capacity is above average with 8.8 pounds alongside a 3-position leg lock settings managed by push-pull tabs, and offers grounder capability down to a minimum height of 8.4-inches.
Other features include: two-section reversible center column with counterweight hook, two bubble levels, and retractable spiked feet with rubber caps.
This well-built and substantial carbon fiber tripod is recommended by critics for photography which requires a high load capacity as it can bear up to 18 pounds of weight and is extendable up to a height of 63-inches.
Made up of 6X carbon fiber, it weighs just 3.8 lb and folds to 21.1-inches. The SBH-100 fluid head is 4.1″ tall, weighs only 15.9 ounces, and will hold equipment up to 22 lb.
4-section quarter-twist-lock legs have the capability to be separately positioned at 25, 50, and 80 degrees, and have retractable spiked feet. The center column can also be moved from 0 to 180 degrees for shooting at low or high angles
Other features will include Panning lock and two QS-39 camera plates.
Basically optimized for video recording, due to its dedicated video head with pan and tilt adjustments, this rough-and-tough aluminum tripod with 3-section flip-lock legs is also ideal for still photography.
It has an integrated leveling platform, three adjustable leg-stop angles, either spiked or rubber feet, depending upon your choice. There’s also a slide-in QR6 video quick-release plate, a bubble level, and one leg that’s easily removable for use as a monopod.
Its height can be regulate between 21.9 to 65.2-inches, and its folded length is 21.7″ for easy transport. The Aero 4 weighs 5.8 lb and it comes with a padded carrying case and strap.
This lightweight travel tripod has an appealing point and that is the amazing load capacity of 26.5 pounds which is when folded, becomes only 14.6-inches long and when extends, a maximum height of 56.9-inches can be achieved.
It weighs only 2.6 pounds and the 8X carbon fiber legs have silicone twist locks, with an anti-leg-rotation system for quicker setup, and can be locked independently at three different angles.
A forged aluminum yoke ensures robust stability, a short center column allows for grounder shots at a minimum height of only 5.3-inches, and its retractable spiked feet can be optimized for indoor use or outdoor use on loose terrain. An anodizing treatment is applied to the surface of all metal parts for added corrosion resistance.