Top tripod runners-up
+ 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.
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.
+ 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.