Okay, I’m going to get a little neurotic for a minute.
I hate tripods, . . . . and yet I love tripods.
I love the images I can create with a good tripod, especially HDR images. There are times that to get the Infrared image that I want I need my camera steady.
What I hate has been that I have to decide between a solid tripod . . . that weighs a ton, or a rickety, flimsy one that barely holds my camera.
Well, modern science has once again triumphed. I still do not my flying car, but now there are tripods that are sturdy and do not weigh a lot.
I have put together a list of the my top 4 tripods.
This is not a comparison; all of these are great and I don’t think you’ll go wrong using any one of them.
Sirui T-024X Carbon Fiber Tripod and C-10X Ball Head.
It is is the lightest tripod on my list, it weighs only 1.5 pounds, and holds 13lbs of camera. Fully extended, it is 54.7 inches high, and can get as low as 4.9 inches.
The best part is it folds down to 15.7 inches.
It will fool you when you pick it up because it is so light. That is because it is made of carbon fiber. Even fully extended this tripod is solid in a strong wind.
At 1.5 lbs it is great for hiking with a pack.
I guarantee that next year when I conduct a workshop in the Great Smoky Mountains this tripod will be along for the trip, but I won’t feel it.
You can find out more about this one here
Vanguard VEO 235AB Aluminum Tripod with TBH‑50 Ball Head
It is still light at 3.3 lbs, and holds up to 13 lbs. It goes up 60 inches, and down to ground level. Folded it is only 14.8 inches; it fits easily into a backpack. The center column pivots into place and locks, making this a very quick tripod to set up. Once set up this tripod has the look and feel of a full size tripod.
You can read more about it here
Fotopro Traveller kit—TT-1
This is a great set up for a day trip or short shoot. The TT-1 is a complete travel tripod and camera bag kit. The bag is designed to hold a camera and a tripod at the bottom. I was able to fit my Canon 7DMKII with a wide angle lens, and there was enough space for another small lens. The entire set up is a sling bag that fits in the middle of your back. If you are a mirrorless shooter this would be perfect as you could probably fit in more gear.
The tripod is a stylish looking piece that is only 2.6lbs, will hold 11lbs, and opens up to 46.6 inches high. It looks very cool and functions extremely well.
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Joby GorillaPod Focus
My final choice is a tripod that every photographer should have. The Gorilla Pod is a quite simply a tripod that will adjust to any setting. It looks like a toy, but is anything but.
It’s about 11 1/2 inches high, weighs 1.7 lbs, supports 11 lbs of gear and adjust in ways you would not believe.
It is basically three legs made of articulated balls, that will twist, and wrap around whatever you want.
I’ve wrapped mine around a tree, a rock, fence post, you name it. Once in place you just utilize it like a regular tripod.
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So, there’s my 4 Top picks for a great Tripod . . . . . What do you think?