Top tri­pod run­ners-up

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Man­frotto MT055CXPRO3

+ 498RC2 ball head

What’s good: Quick ad­just­ments ex­tend to a 90-de­gree cen­tre col­umn pivot fa­cil­ity.

What’s bad: Rigid­ity isn’t quite as good as in the Gitzo tri­pod on test, but it’s not far behind.

Our ver­dict: Well thought out, it’s an ex­cel­lent tri­pod and the ball head is sim­i­larly im­pres­sive.

Sirui N-3204X

What’s good: Qual­ity crafts­man­ship, de­tach­able leg for mono­pod use.

What’s bad: Not quite as rigid as the 055 and lacks a piv­ot­ing cen­tre col­umn.

Our ver­dict: With hefty max­i­mum load rat­ings, it’s a solid com­peti­tor that’s well worth the ask­ing price.

Benro C2970F

+ K-30X ball head

+ BH2-M ball head

What’s good: Well engi­neered. The piv­ot­ing cen­tre col­umn is also very smartly im­ple­mented.

What’s bad: The ball head is ba­sic, lack­ing a pan-only re­lease or ad­justable fric­tion damper.

Our ver­dict: Fab­u­lous value for a car­bon fi­bre tri­pod of this qual­ity with such an ad­vanced set of fea­tures.

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