Best Tripods & Ball Heads

 

 

If you’re interested in tripods, you’ll probably like this article where I explain the pros and cons of each of the major tripod brands.

 


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.

 

Beginner Hobbiest Serious Pro

Manfrotto 7322YB
$95
BUY HERE

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ – 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!


Induro AT-313
$187
BUY HERE

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ – 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


Gitzo GT2540F
$850
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♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ – 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.

 

Beginner Hobbiest Serious Pro

Manfrotto Ball Head
$95
BUY HERE

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ – 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.


Vanguard Ball Head
$95
BUY HERE

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ – 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.


Gitzo GT2540F
$450
BUY HERE

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ – 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!

 

Created by Dustin Olsen

Comments from the I.P. Community

  1. says

    @Jane Oram – What country do you live in? Sometimes the problem is that Amazon doesn’t carry the product in your country. The links work fine for me. The name of the ballheads is clearly labeled in the title of each section, for example, Vanguard SBH-300.

  2. says

    hi – I live in Canada and Amazon is very limited here. But I am sure that i could buy the ball head somewhere else. So wahat is the name of it- is it Vanguard SBH-300?

  3. says

    @Vernon – I honestly haven’t tried the Giottos tripods, but I have used their ballheads before. The ballheads are okay, but there are better deals out there. I can’t speak to their tripods. Maybe I’ll get in touch with Giottos and ask them to send a review unit out.

  4. Kathleen says

    What do you think of the Mafrotto 055cxpro3 carbon fiber and 322RC2 Joystick FOR Canon 7D. ? Carbon Fiber good for me because i hike.

  5. Shaun says

    I just bought an Induro AT-413 and what an awsome tripod!! i love that at 6’4″ i can have my camera at eye level without the center column up and I can still go higher if needed! solid tripod that would take huricane force winds to wobble!

    thanks for the recommendation!

  6. Jennifer says

    I’m confused about the loading weight. For example – if the Manfrotto 055XPROB has a max load of 7kg does this mean camera weight or weight of chosen head plus camera?

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