WE’ VE A FINE selection of excellent tripods here, and while they're all carbon- fibre and pitched at a similar £ 250-£ 350 price point, there is a wide range of design types, from lightweight travel versions to heavier no- compromise tripods, so it should be easy to find a model that suits you.
Our Best Buys include something for every purpose. In price order, the Best Buy £ 250 Manfrotto 190Go! strikes a great balance between height, weight and stability. Light and small enough for easy carrying, yet big and robust enough for serious photography. Also check out the Highly Rated Velbon Geo at £ 230.
Benro's TGP 17C reveals unrivalled versatility, featuring both an articulating centre- column and a detachable monopod option, mated to a decent set of legs. It all works well, is not overly heavy, and offers a lot for a Best Buy £ 290.
At £ 310, the Best Buy Benro Mach3 is a simple, solid, no- frills workhorse tripod, which topped the stability tests. In a similar vein, see the Highly Rated Induro Stealth priced at £ 300.
The Best Buy Manfrotto 055 comes in just under the budget limit at £ 345 and offers very stable support, including an articulating centre- column. Sirui's Highly Rated N- 2204X has a different features set and runs it very close for £ 350.
Benro TGP 17C
Benro Mach3 TMA 37C