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Tripods & Ball Heads
TOOLS + PRODUCTS I LOVE
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A solid all-around mid-size tripod. The tripod weighs 3.3 lbs, and has a folded length of 19.1” Is it pricy? Yes. Do I think it is worth it? Also yes. I believe Really Right Stuff tripods are extremely well made, and their customer service is wonderful.
This tripod is an excellent alternative to the RRS Versa series MK2 if you are looking for a high-quality tripod at a more reasonable price point. Supports up to 72 pounds and weighs 4 pounds.
If you are looking for a great travel tripod with a budget-friendly price tag, this is my pick. This tripod also features waterproof twist leg locks, which is a bonus for landscape, wildlife, and seascape photographers. Supports up to 26 lbs.
This little tripod was a find, and I had to laugh because it literally looks like someone shrunk a larger heavy-duty tripod. It is rather impressive considering it’s humble size and price, as it holds up to 11 lbs. I love this tripod for low-to-the-ground macro work and tabletop work, and I even attach my Westcott FJ 200 strobe or Nisi Macro rail to it on occasion.
Really Right Stuff TVC-24 Versa Series MK2 Carbon Fiber Tripod and this ball head combination is designed to support lenses up to 400mm. If you shoot with bigger glass, consider the BH-55 ball head listed below.
This ball head is a good choice for photographers that shoot with 400mm or greater focal length lenses.
This Acratech panoramic head is a very interesting “ball head” that is worth checking out. It weighs less than a pound yet holds up to 25 lbs. You can use it as a ball head, shoot multi-row panoramas with it, and it makes for a rather decent gimbal too. The leveling base is also recommended. You can purchase the pano head and leveling base separately, but if you purchase them as a bundle on Amazon, you’ll save a few dollars.
This is another “nice-to-have” that turned into a must have for macro photography. It has removable legs for table-top usage, but the rail itself can be mounted directly on tripods with arca-swiss ball head clamps, which I think is really slick!