We look at the tripods designed to suit the demands of professional photographers
What are the best tripods for professional photographers?
1. Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Carbon Fibre Tripod
The 90° centre column mechanism of the Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 allows the column to be extended vertically or horizontally. This not only allows for the tripod to reach an impressive maximum height of 170cm but also to extend to horizontal angles for low-down close-up and macro work. Rigid and stable, the MT055CXPRO3 features a new Quick Power Lock leg-locking system to create support that’s both quick to set up and rock solid.
2. 3 Legged Thing EQUINOX Winston Carbon Fibre Tripod
Reaching up to 190cm in height and able to take a staggering maximum payload of up to 30kg, the 3 Legged Thing EQUINOX Winston Carbon Fibre Tripod is tailor-made for studio work. Pleasingly, it’s also light to carry thanks to its carbon fibre construction, and features a ParaLock leg-locking system to ensure that your setup stays in place.
3. Benro Mach3 TMA38CL Carbon Fibre Tripod
Benro’s Mach3 range has a great reputation for being solid and reliable, and this model is no exception. Its carbon fibre build makes it strong but light, while the short central column allows for close-up and macro work. It also features a detachable leg which can be converted easily into a monopod for additional shooting versatility. It’ll support up to 16kg of kit, and can reach a maximum height of 156.5cm.
4. Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon eXact Long Tripod
Once you’ve used a Mountaineer tripod you begin to understand why they’re GItzo’s most popular range. Rigid, lightweight and ergonomically designed, they offer a superb balance of stability and functionality that means they’re prepared for practically anything a pro photographer miught put them through. The four-leg-section GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 eXact Long can take up to 21kg in weight and will reach a maximum height of 178cm.
5. 3 Legged Thing EQUINOX Albert Carbon Fibre Tripod with AirHed 360
A travel tripod with serious capacity, the 3 Legged Thing EQUINOX Albert Carbon Fibre Tripod with AirHed 360 can handle payloads of up to 30kg and reach a maximum height of 184.8cm, but thanks to its carbon fibre build is still light and easy to carry around. This comes bundled with the AirHed 360 ball head, a smooth and versatile ball head which offers sophisticated control and positioning.