Experienced landscape and wildlife photographers know that the tripod is the #1 most essential piece of gear. Although most photographers know how important a tripod is, far too many photographers foolishly put off the purchase of a professional tripod for years and instead buy 5 junkers before finally choosing to buy something of good quality. Once you buy a professional tripod, you’ll be amazed at the difference in sharpness of your images. Trust me… the tripod is essential!
However, not every photographer needs an expensive tripod. For example, when I shoot portrait photography, I rarely shoot on a tripod. Other than portraiture, I use a tripod 100% of the time.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ – Improve’s Review: This is a great tripod because of price and quality. It’s semi-stable and will do you well for the first year of intense tripod use. The recommended ball head for this isn’t as strong for bigger cameras and lenses. Entry-level cameras will do great on this tripod!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ – Improve’s Review: This is, by far, the best tripod I’ve used that costs anything near this price point. At $187, this tripod is an absolute steal! It’s tall, very sturdy, and durable. If you’re ready for a professional tripod, then this one has my whole-hearted recommendation
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ – Improve’s Review: For photographers, the Gitzo GT2540F is like a Ferrari. No tripod could dream of comparing to this beautiful piece of machinery. You’ll have to rob a bank to pay for it, but you’ll thank yourself for years to come. It is light weight, solid as a rock, durable, and easy to use.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ – Improve’s Review: This is the suggested piece for the Manfrotto tripod above, but this will be where you see the weight of your camera become an issue. Again, entry-level cameras with kit lenses will do great with this and will last you a long time. At least as long as you have your camera.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ – Improve’s Review: This is an INCREDIBLE ball head for the price. I used this ball head with a 600mm lens and it did a great job without any creep. I have also did exposures of several hours for night photography and still saw no creep. You will not find any ballhead that can compete with this piece of awesome.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ – Improve’s Review: If you have the money to spend on the best ball head that money can buy, then you’ll want something from a company called Really Right Stuff. Their gear is top notch. For $500, it’s fantastic!