In today’s article, we’re going to check out the top 5 best tripods in 2019, based on their price, quality, durability, and more.
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K&F Concept 62” DSLR Tripod
The K&F is a great budget tripod that’s compact and lightweight, so you can carry it on your trips regardless of whether you’re hiking, on a train, or a plane. It’s straightforward to use and has all the features that you may want from a budget tripod.
This tripod comes in an attractive heavy-duty black canvas carrying bag that has excellent zippers, padded handle, and a shoulder strap. You appreciate the quality in the bag.
Inside it, you’ll find the tripod and the ball head that is in a black velvet bag for protection. Great attention to detail by K&F.
Total weight of the tripod is just 2.5 pounds, one of the lightest options on the market. To achieve this weight the K&F has more plastic in its chassis, especially in the leg locks, which are snap locks, contrary to the more common dial locks.
The K&F tripod is a full section tripod, and because of that, it folds larger than its counterparts with more sections. However, those have the added weight.
Fully extended this tripod achieves a length of 62 inches and there’s a spring-loaded hook on the bottom of the center column to allow you to hang a steady in weight when the tripod is fully extended or on uneven surfaces. On top of that, the center column can also be reversed, so you can mount the camera upside down to get the macro shots that you crave.
The full head is exceptionally stable and robust for its size, as it locks down securely and confidently. It has a single bubble level and it’s an ARCA Swiss-style ball head, meaning that it will accept all ARCA Swiss plates. It can rotate 360º and feels solid while in the process.
Benro Aero 2 Aluminum Video Travel Angel Tripod
The Benro Aero 2 is one of the best travel tripods that are great for video shooting. It has almost all the features that are present in a heavy-duty video tripod, but with a lighter weight and a slimmer chassis that will help you carry it around on your trips and projects.
The Aero 2 features a smooth video head, decent pan, and tilt tiles, a spirit level that allows you to level your camera appropriately, and many more features that will take your video shooting to the next level. It achieves great portability thanks to a feature that is apparent in most premium photo tripods: the legs of the tripod fold up against the body so you can extend the center column.
It measures 18.3·” while folded and weighs 4.1 pounds. The device can support more than 5 pounds. Fully extended, the Benro Aero 2 reaches a height of just over 50 inches, and the rubber foot on the tripods can uncover a metal spike for extra stability on uneven or muddy terrain. Furthermore, the legs of the Benro Aero 2 are entirely independent of each other and with three locking points that will provide you maximum flexibility while you seek in the best position.
When you combine the features above with the leveling head and the double level, you instantly create a level and stable platform from which you can effectively use the pan and tilt features.
The head is removable, so if you wish to upgrade to a different model that suits your preferences you can easily do so. It is proved to be very smooth and fluid overall regardless of whether you’re panning or tilting.
Interestingly enough, you can unscrew one of the legs and the center column and then attach them for an extra-long monopod or a selfie stick.
Manfrotto 055 Aluminum 3-Section Tripod
If you’re a landscape photographer or an aspiring one, you’re always in search for a durable tripod that will take a beating through your countless trips and will still be at your side for years to come
Thanks to Manfrotto we have a viable solution: The Manfrotto 055. With its carbon-fiber body, it is lightweight, compact, and has a maximum height that reaches just above eye-level.
Despite its height and size, it weighs just 4.6 pounds and it’s the toughest one you’ll meet. You’ll see during shooting that even in strong winds the tripod will hold on steady, with tons of security and stability, and you’ll recognize when you see the shots that there’s no sign of instability.
The carbon fiber legs will not get as cold as metal ones during winter, which adds to the comfort thanks to the lower heat conduction of the material. The knobs on the tripod can be very easily tightened and loosened with small movements; all you have to do is twist them, and you’re ready to go.
The clasps that hold the legs are very durable and strong and have a design that you can easily use even with thick winter gloves on.
With a maximum height of 170 centimeters, the Manfrotto 055 is definitely in another class compared to its similarly-priced counterparts. Along with the two spirit levels that are apparent on the X pro ball head, the spirit level on the tripod will make sure you see a level at any time you wish without changing your position.
Despite achieving such heights, the Manfrotto 055 folds up quite compactly and will prove to be very handy throughout your trips as it will fit into most carry-on luggage or backpacks. The look of this tripod is pleasing, and it doesn’t look utilitarian as most tripods do.
MeFOTO Classic Aluminum Globetrotter Travel Tripod
The Globetrotter, as the name implies, is targeted for the frequent traveler and it’s designed for that purpose. It is capable of supporting a wide range of equipment so you don’t have to worry if your various cameras can be used on it.
Thanks to its carbon-fiber body, it’s also very durable and can take a beating. The complete package weighs just 3.7 pounds and can carry about 26 pounds at maximum. When fully folded, the device has a length of only 16.1.”
This tripod is very well made, so don’t get confused because its price would suggest otherwise. The legs of the tripod are pretty secure; the locking mechanisms use twist locks with rubberized grips and complete the task to perfection.
The body of the legs is made of carbon fiber, but its joints are built with aluminum. For the freezing days, one of the legs has a foam padding to hold on to, but even without it the MeFOTO Globetrotter doesn’t get uncomfortably cold.
There are two options when it comes to choosing a locking angle for the legs you; either choose the standard 30 degrees or the larger 60-degree angle for a broader and stable stance.
In windy scenarios, it is very stable, and you can get it pretty low for crown shooting or macros. The ball head is a quick-release plate with a built-in bubble level, but you have to align the level first before sliding the camera in because the camera will hide the level. The locking mechanisms on the ball head are standard rotary dials, and there are three in total, one to use for lateral rotation and the other two for locking in place.
Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB
The Vanguard Altapro is a fantastic tripod that’s better suited for the studio photographer. It has the sturdiest build quality, many angle options, and exciting features that make your studio shooting life much more comfortable.
It wouldn’t be the perfect tripod for traveling because of its size, but if you’re not worried about that you can take the Vanguard for your landscape shootings.
Design-wise, this tripod sports a mostly black build with metallic silver accents and some bright orange touches here and there. It has a professional and sporty look at the same time and will fit in at various settings.
Each of the legs is 0.5” thick and 22” long when folded. The center column features a hexagonal shape, and all of the legs have an aluminum build coated in a matte black brushed color that looks fantastic.
The top plate pops very quickly in and out with a spring-loaded button that is very convenient. You’ll also find the two levels that allow you to line perfectly straight shots.
The SBH100 ball head was the smoothest that we’ve ever seen on a tripod. The center column is extendable up to 68 inches and can even pivot up to 180º for slanted angles, while the legs of the tripod can extend up to 56 inches and support three locking angles which consist of 25º, 50º, and 80º.