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From amateur photographers trying to capture a shot of a large group to professionals taking pictures of fast-moving sporting events, tripods are every photographer’s best friend, regardless of the photogs’ level of expertise. There are several pros when it comes to incorporating a tripod into your photography endeavors and we’re going to give you a snapshot of some of them. Yeah photography puns!
Tripods are ideal for capturing portraits, either of one person or 100. A tripod can help to steady a camera, allowing the photographer to keep their eye on the person in focus instead of attempting to keep a steady arm on the camera. Zooming in on one person or group is also easier when using a tripod, which will hold the camera steady while the photographer adjusts the shutter speeds and lighting levels.
Landscape photographers are also perfect candidates for using a tripod. Shooting outdoors often means using long lenses that can capture trees, sunsets, mountain ranges and bodies of water that may be off in the distance. The longer the lens, the heavier the camera becomes, with a tripod helping to achieve clear photos. When shooting landscapes or objects in low lighting, tripods are much more conducive to using a slow shutter speed that allows the photographer to capture more light.
Tripods are also a must-have when videoing or photographing fast-action shots, from wildlife to sporting events. With the ability to smoothly pan, tripods enable the photographer to avoid shaky videos and blurry images.
Not only are tripods a must-have for big picture photos like group shots and landscapes, but they also help with close-up photography. Tripods can keep cameras angled on the subject, allowing the photographer to either adjust the scene or take multiple shots with different settings and shutter speeds. A tripod frees up the photographer to adjust the light, move their object, and more.
Below we’ve included three tripods that will work for amateurs and pros. Check out which one works best for you and start clicking.
1. Vanguard Alta Pro
Shoot from three angles and reposition the central column in one simple movement thanks to the Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock with the Vanguard Alta Pro tripod.
Pros: The Vanguard can hold 15 pounds and features three 26mm aluminum alloy legs that can be adjusted to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles, capturing shots at low angles. The ball head rotates 360 degrees for smooth, circular transitions and the hexagon-shaped central column can move 180 degrees. The Vanguard includes an Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System that can reposition the central column in one smooth movement. The tripod’s extended height is 68.125 inches, and it weighs less than 5.5 pounds. Designed for use with Sony, Nikon, and Canon DSLRs, the Vanguard also comes with a carrying case.
Cons: Customers note that the tripod is sturdy but also a bit heavy for transporting to use on hikes or long walks.
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2. Neewer Carbon Fiber Camera Tripod and Monopod
Weighing less than 4 pounds but able to handle up to 26.5 pounds, the Neewer Carbon Fiber Camera Tripod and Monopod is an easy to use and durable two in one camera stand.
Pros: With a universal ball head design with dual locks and a 360 dial that makes adjusting to any angle fast and easy, the Neewer is a lightweight tripod and monopod that uses high-density carbon fiber for a durable casing. The Neewer weighs less than the Vanguard but can handle a significantly larger camera, with a max weight of 26.5 pounds. Perfect for outdoor adventure shoots, the Neewer’s legs have a quick lock and unlock twist function, anti-skid feet, and the monopod doubles as a walking stick. Like the Vanguard, the Neewer also comes with a travel bag.
Cons: Customers note that while having a built-in monopod is positive, separating the monopod from the tripod can be time-consuming and tedious. Photographers note that heavy cameras made from metal may not get the stability they need from this tripod.
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3. AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod
Perfect for new photographers, the AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod is compatible with most cameras, including DSLRs and GoPros.
Pros: The AmazonBasics works with most cameras, including DSLRs, still cameras, GoPros, and smartphones (an additional attachment is required for smartphones). The lightweight tripod (3 pounds) can hold up to 6.6 pounds, making it the smallest tripod on our list and best suited for photographers with modestly sized cameras. The tripod has two built-in bubble view levels and a three-way head that allows for easy tilt and swivel motions, with the tripod providing both portrait and landscape shooting options. The legs are adjustable with rubber feet, and the tripod extends to 60 inches at its maximum height. The AmazonBasics comes with a zippered carrying case for secure storage.
Cons: Some customers noted that the tripod can be clunky with panning and turning, making this a better tripod for steady photos and videos.
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