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Top 10 Rated Tripods 2014

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Tripods are an essential piece of photography equipment. They allow photographers to achieve a stability in their pictures that could not be had in hand holding the camera. Sometimes a shot required much slower shutter speeds or the photographer is trying to catch movement with out shaking the whole camera. This is where tripods really come in handy. They are also useful for portrait photography and group shots. Maybe the photographer is going to be in the group. The use of a tripod here creates uniform shots and allows the photographer to focus on details instead of framing. We looked at 10 different tripods and rated them based on the following points:

1. Durability for field work and long term use
2. Lightweight while still maintaining the strength to carry a heavy load
3. Highly adjustable legs and mounts
4. Pistol-grip and ball type heads for minute adjustments
5. Maximum height of the tripod
6. Compatibility with many camera sizes
7. Extras like carrying bag and extra mounts

Pistol-grip ball head
15.4 pound load capacity
68.5” height
Flip lever locks
5.83 pounds

This tripod is all about the angles. It can achieve some pretty impressive low angles due to its Multi-Angle Central Column…read more


74.8” height
15 pound load capacity
Flip lever locks
7 pounds

The Slik Pro 700DX tripod is truly a solid tripod. With the ability to hold up to 15 pounds and extend to a maximum height of almost 75-inches…read more


Ravelli APGL4  9/10

Pistol-grip ball head
69.75” height
Carrying bad included
Supports up to 16 pounds
8 pounds

If you are looking for a tripod designed to take a lot of abuse, this might be the one for you. The construction is completely aluminum…read more


65” height
Supports up to 17 pounds
Aluminum legs
Carry bag included
3.5 pounds

This tripod from Ravelli bridges the gap between inexpensive and professional tripods. It is pretty feature heavy for being offered at a budget price. It only weighs 3.5 pounds…read more


60” height
Supports up to 6.6 pounds
Counter wight hook
Carry bag included
3 pounds

The Amazon Basics tripod is exactly that. A very basic tripod that will have no trouble getting most jobs done and it comes at a very cheap price. This is not going to compete…read more


Supports up to 11.1 pounds
Ball head for precise adjustments
Universal mounting plate
Over two dozen leg joints
1.1 pounds

This tripod from Joby is a bit of a step up from some of the others on the list. This one is focused on high end cameras instead of point and shoot cameras. The biggest difference is the ball-head mount…read more


Dolica GX600B  8/10

60” height
Hook for counter weighting the tripod
Supports up to 15 pounds
Flip lever leg locks
3.5 pounds

Every photographer will be impressed by Dolica’s proline of tripods. The GX600 is a fully featured tripod that is lightweight and has a 5 year warranty…read more


2.2 pound load capacity
Jointed legs let you mount this camera almost anywhere
Quick-release with bubble level
10.1” height
6.4 ounces

If you have a smaller camera and keep finding yourself in situations where you need to stabilize your camera or even want to be in the photos yourself…read more


Supports up to 8.8 ounce cameras
Zinc alloy legs for durability
Always-on tripod
0.9 ounces

Joby came up with a very unique design to address a very specific problem. Point and shoot users are less likely to carry any sort of tripod…read more


Sunpak 620  7/10

58.3” height
Supports up to 4.4 pounds
Leg braces for stability
Flip lever leg locks
2.8 pounds

This is going to be the overall budget option for the tripod list. This is a far from fully featured tripod, but it would be a great choice to someone who is not sure…read more


Brian Jones has had a passion for photography and anything related for the majority of his life. One photography class in high school was all it took to get hooked on everything to do with the subject. He became more focused on learning about camera… See more about Brian

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