Are you serious about photography? Then it’s essential to own a tripod, so you can be sure that you don’t end up with blurry images from a shaky hand. Plus, some of the best images that have been captured by photographers are ones that are shot with the support and stability of a tripod. But how do you know which one is the best to buy for your camera? Whether you’re on a budget or looking for a high-end stand, we’ve found the best tripods that will help take your photography game to the next level.
Best Splurge: Gitzo GK1555T-82TQD
If you want the best of the best, the Gitzo GK1555T-82TQD tripod is worth a look. With a price tag just under $1,000, the Gitzo isn’t for the casual shooter, but its overall quality, stability and name-brand recognition all make for something really special. Weighing just 3.1 pounds, the Gitzo telescopes all the way to 58.5 inches at its maximum height and closes to just 14 inches when compacted. Offering a maximum payload of 22 pounds, the tripod is more than capable of handling a DSLR camera that has a long-range lens attached.
Wondering why there’s such a high price tag? Beyond size and weight, the Gitzo is made of carbon fiber eXact tube legs. The legs themselves offer a new G-Lock technology to add space efficiency without having a taller tripod when folded in. A new curved, external form provides excellent grip at the bottom and reduces dust and grit from entering the locking mechanism. At the top of the tripod is the ball head and Gitzo did a fantastic job with a smooth and precise fit right between the folded legs. Additionally, the Gitzo has an 180-degree leg folding mechanism that makes it quick and painless to fold up the tripod and move to the next photography spot.