Top 10 tripods for amateur photographers

Unless you have been living in the medieval ages, it is very likely that you have already seen a tripod and know what it is. Also, since you are reading this hub, it means you have a fair idea about how important it is to photography. But, just in case you don't know, tripods are those tall and thin structures that are used to support your camera, and are used for a variety of purposes by photographers, some of which include:

  1. To place your camera at a position which would be hard to maintain with your hands without support. For example, keeping your camera at your chest level.
  2. Placing the camera at a fixed location for extended periods of time (to make a movie for instance)
  3. Placing the camera at a fixed location for multiple shots (to make a stop motion animation)
  4. Several digital cameras already come with motion blur removing technology, but if you want crystal clear photographs that have absolutely no motion blur, it is still advisable to use a tripod.
  5. When you start using heavier and larger lenses, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain a steady hand and angle.

So, now that you know how important it is for professional level photography, lets check out the top 10 tripods, that are simple and easy to use, and whose costs do not put you off.


The Mini Tripods

Kodak Gear Mini Tripod
Kodak Gear Mini Tripod

This is a cool little tripod, that you can easily carry anywhere. Perfect for making stop motion animation, or if you are trying to capture something small. You can simply place it on your table and start capturing. It costs almost nothing. If you have never used a tripod, this is a good start.

 
Digipower TP-S022 Compact tripod with two section extended legs and Tilt head to catch any angle
Digipower TP-S022 Compact tripod with two section extended legs and Tilt head to catch any angle

Now this is slightly bigger. It has extensible legs with a head that can be tilted. Gives you a more professional feel, while keeping the costs really low.

 

The larger Tripods

"Zeikos ZE-TR26A 50-Inch Photo/Video Travel Tripod Includes Deluxe Tripod Carrying Case for Use with Digital Cameras and Camcorders
"Zeikos ZE-TR26A 50-Inch Photo/Video Travel Tripod Includes Deluxe Tripod Carrying Case for Use with Digital Cameras and Camcorders

This is a 50-inch tripod, with extensible, 4 section legs. The head can be titled to any angle you need. You can place the slightly bigger cameras on this, but not the really heavy ones. Ideal for indoors only, as it is very light weight.

 
Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head
Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head

This is a sturdy 62-inch tripod, which can be used even outdoors. Weighing 4 pounds, it is built to support up to 13 pounds. This comes with a ball head, for even easier use.

 
Slik Sprint Pro II Tripod in Gun Metal With Quick Release Ball Head & Case
Slik Sprint Pro II Tripod in Gun Metal With Quick Release Ball Head & Case

Built for outdoor photography, and folds into a very compact structure. Also weighs only 2 pounds, making it easy to carry. The metal ball head makes mounting your camera a breeze.

 
Celestron Heavy-Duty Altazimuth Tripod
Celestron Heavy-Duty Altazimuth Tripod

Now this is for the slightly advanced users with a variety of features that ensure precision. The maximum height it can reach is 42 inches. This can also support binoculars.

 
Giga Pan Systems Epic Pro Robotic Gigapixel Camera Mount
Giga Pan Systems Epic Pro Robotic Gigapixel Camera Mount

This might not be considered a tripod really, but serves the same purpose, and more. This allows you to capture panoramas automatically. Provides a very high precision, allowing your panoramas to be really detailed.

 
Professional PRO 72" Super Strong Tripod With Deluxe Soft Carrying Case For The Canon EOS Rebel T2i (550D) Digital SLR Camera
Professional PRO 72" Super Strong Tripod With Deluxe Soft Carrying Case For The Canon EOS Rebel T2i (550D) Digital SLR Camera

This very cheap, 72-inch camera has 3 section legs and is easy to carry because of its foam grip. Also comes with a carry case.

 
Davis & Sanford PROVISTA7518B Pro Video Tripod with V18 Fluid Head
Davis & Sanford PROVISTA7518B Pro Video Tripod with V18 Fluid Head

One of the sturdiest tripods, this comes with legs that can self align and is hence easy to set up. It also has a mid-level spreader, which increases the support it can provide. At 64-inch maximum height, it can support a maximum of 18 pounds.

 

So, now that you know about all these tripods, just start experimenting and embark on your journey to become a professional photographer, or even a movie-maker. But remember, this is just a tool. Professional photographers are really skilled with just their hands too, and not using a tripod provides you with a lot more flexibility with regards to angles and lighting.

It is you who must decide what is right for the particular photo or video that you are making.

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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

I need to get a tripod, thank you for sharing this.


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hathibelagal 5 years ago from A jungle inn Author

hey, glad I could help.


Adrian 4 years ago

I own a Canon powershot sx40 hs i do a lot of everything pictures. I do a lot of nature and outdoor pictures, as well as indoor pictures of my kids and anything else. So Im not quiet sure what tripod to get? any tips please, thank you :)


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I had just purchased the promaster and so far I'm happy with it because it folds up and is portable. A little pricey though but so far I do like it. Good to know about the tripods you posted as well and I like how you varied them with the price ranges. Thanks for posting.


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prohelp 2 years ago from India

It's really hard to decide which tripod an amateur photographer like me should buy. I have a canon powershot camera and sometimes I loved trying some macro photography. So I always wanted a tripod and searched in the google and different forums. I ended up buying this manfrotto tripod http://amzn.to/1nHHJ47. It's under $200 range, but it will be an investment for amateur photographers who doesn't want to use big zoom lenses. But if you are into bird photography, you should buy like this Gitzo one here http://amzn.to/1CM6S7o, this doesn't have a head though. You need to buy a separate ball head for it.

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