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Tripods in 3 Price Ranges

Greg Recommends

Tripods in 3 Price Ranges

I recommend three tripods in a variety of price ranges. As with any camera gear, you generally get what you pay for. Tripods are no different. The higher the price point tripods are typically easier to use and are usually heavier weight. I would not spend less than $100 on a tripod as these are lower quality and are harder to use.

 

$400 Price Range – Manfrotto 055 Kit

Recommendation: Manfrotto 055 Рwith Ballhead.

Reason: This tripod is very high quality, has easy to use legs and a quick release system that can be used with one hand. I own this tripod and it should last a lifetime. The quick release plates (the part attached to the camera) are easy to replace and can be purchased at any camera store.

Price Range: Expect to pay $399 for this kit (Sept 2018)

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$250 Price Range – Manfrotto 290xtra Kit

Recommendation: Manfrotto 290xtra kit with 3 way head.

Reason: This tripod is a slightly older style but has all of the hallmarks of Manfrotto quality. The neck and legs of this tripod are metal, and this tripod will support any camera regardless of weight. The quick release system is used on all Manfrotto tripods and mounting plates are easy to find.

Price Range: Expect to pay $250ish for this kit. (Sept 2018)

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$150 Price Range-ProMaster SC426 Tripod kit

Recommendation: ProMaster SC426 Tripod kit.

Reason: This is a sturdy tripod in what I consider to be the entry level price point. I would not spend less than $100 on a tripod, so this is where I would start. There is a ball head which is easy to operate even in the dark. The four section legs are not as strong as the more expensive tripods and the overall size is a little smaller. I would not recommend this tripod for a camera with a large heavy lens.

Price Range: Expect to pay $130ish for this kit (Sept 2018)

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