With the amount of range that is out there now, it has never been more difficult to choose a tripod. We’ve compiled a tripod buying guide to help you grab the right tripod or tripods!
What is a tripod?
Tripods have multiple parts and we’ve narrowed it down to five main components that make up a tripod.
1. Head: The head comes in multiple types such as fluid for video, ball head for all purpose photography and more. Each tripod head serves a different purpose and there is basically one for every type of photography/videography. The head is what differentiates the purpose of the tripod.
2. Tripod legs: Tripod legs come in various sizes and lengths. Generally speaking, the wider the tripod leg the more weight it will able to support. Furthermore tripod legs also come in multiple types of materials such as: plastic, aluminium and carbon fibre. Conventionally the most common are aluminium and carbon. Aluminium is a strong material that is seen in most tripods and tend to be heavier. The lighter yet more effective tripod is made of carbon fibre. Carbon fibre absorbs vibrations and are lightweight, perfect for long shoots or travelling.
3. Quick release plate: The quick release plate comes in multiple types with the most universal being Arca-swiss. The quick release plate attaches your camera onto the tripod.
4. Center column: Not all tripods have a center column, however most travel and standard tripods do. The purpose of the center column is to give you more height whilst keeping your tripod at a compact form factor.
5. Tripod locks: Tripod locks come in two types: twist locks and clips. Both function as leg locks for you to precise get the preferred extended height.
6. Tripod feet: Most tripods will allow the customisation of feet swapping between spikes or standard feet. For example, spikes will allow you to dig your tripod into soil, whereas tripod feet will work in an all purpose environment.
As a rule of thumb we recommend choosing a tripod that the full payload weight holds double the your camera kit weight for optimal stability. For example if your camera kit weighs 5KG your tripod kit should be rated to hold 10KG.
Tabletop tripods are designed to be used on flat surfaces, tables and benches. These are most commonly used for podcasters, teaching, or travellers looking to produce long exposures without carrying a large tripod.
Joby’s Gorillapod is a popular option for many videographers and photographers due to it’s unique design. The Gorillapod has flexible legs which allow you to wrap the tripod on objects such as trees or poles. In addition it has become a staple with Vloggers and video content producers as it is an effective grip.
Joby Handypod Mobile (Tabletop + Mobile clamp)
Joby Gorillapod 3K Kit (For Cameras 3 KGs and below)
Joby Gorillapod 5K Kit (For Cameras 5 KGs and below)
The everyday or travel tripod is the most commonly used tripod. Traditionally they are a small to medium size, these tripods are perfect for beginners or enthusiasts. These tripods will carry a range of cameras from 1KG to as large as 10KG. Travel tripods range from as low as $70 upwards to $1000. Travel tripods have a variance in price is due to the quality of materials used.For example Gitzo tripods boast a high level of craftsmanship and create pure carbon fibre tripods which effectively reduce the weight of the tripod significantly, increased strength and high levels of durability.
Manfrotto Compact Light (For Cameras 1 KG and below))
Manfrotto Befree 2N1 Aluminium Twist Lock (For Cameras 8 KG and below)
Gitzo GK1555T + 82TQD (For Cameras 10 KG and below)
Video tripods are designed to assist in creating the smoothest video. The legs are generally wider to give a stronger stabilisation to absorb movements in the head. In addition, are paired with fluid heads in order for easy manoeuvrability.
Manfrotto 290 Light with MVH400AH (For Cameras 4 KG and below)
Manfrotto 190XV + MVH500AH (For Cameras 5 KG and below)
Sirui SH25 (For Cameras 10 KG and below)
Pro grade tripods are strong tripods that are rated to hold large kits, or used to provide the strongest stability in harsh environments. These environments can include windy conditions or use in saltwater for seascaping.
Sirui W-2204 + K-20X (For Cameras 18 KG and below)
Gitzo GT3543XLS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs Only, 2 Metre Working Height (For Cameras 25 KG and below)
Explore the rest of our tripod range below: