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Top 5 Best Tripods

If you’re looing to take your photography or video work to the next level, it may not be all in the camera. Having a steady shot, free of distracting camera shake or blur, can make an otherwise amateur shot look like it was snapped by a pro. But hardly anyone can naturally hold a camera like this—particularly larger DSLR models that can be heavy or weighted oddly (especially once you put a high-end lens on them). To get that crystal-clear image, even from a long distance or extremely close up, you’ll need a tripod. Here are the best tripods on the market today.


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Manfrotto 055CXPR03 Tripod

Pros:
• Spring-loaded clip allows for four separate leg angles
• Quick and simple clip leg locks
• Pivoting central column system
• Bubble level for easy stabilization
• Extends to nearly six feet

Cons:
• Not always stable on unstable surfaces
• Only horizontal lock, not marked at intervals
• Made of carbon fiber that can break

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Dolica AX620B100 62-inch Proline Tripod

Pros:
• Designed for use with both point-and-shoot and DSLRs (but works better for compact cameras than heavier DSLRs)
• Quick release plate and leg-locks
• 90-degree vertical platform for camera (can shoot vertically or horizontally)
• Non-slip rubber feet (good for outdoor photography)
• Inexpensive (less than $50)

Cons:
• Legs only lock into place at three intervals
• Head tends to slip
• No fluid head controller

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Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70-inch Tripod

Pros:
• Very sturdy, durable metal body
• Pistol grip on head for smooth, fluid adjustments
• Quick release camera plate and leg locks
• Legs can be inverted for very low-angle shots
• Rubber feet with metal spies

Cons:
• Heavier than competitors because of metal body
• Cumbersome—doesn’t collapse to compact carrying size
• Screws tend to get loose easy (feet sometimes fall off)

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3 Legged Thing X5a Tony Evo 2 Tripod

Pros:
• Works as both a tripod and monopod
• Legs swing up to upright position for easy, compact storage
• Legs have twist locks instead of clip locks for easy adjustment when folded
• Bubble level on shoulder
• Rubber feet grips
• Weighs less than 3.7 pounds

Cons:
• Setup can take longer than competitors
• Central column is extended when stored—usually has to be adjusted to set up

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Benro Versatile A1980F Tripod

Pros:
• Lightweight for capability, good for travel
• Hook on column to attach external weight bag if needed
• 62-inch maximum height
• Center column tilts 180 degrees, swivels 360 degrees
• Weights less than four pounds

Cons:
• Not always stable on uneven surfaces
• Aluminum alloy legs can ding easily with tough use

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