Group Test

Matthew Richards searches out the best mod­els for de­liv­er­ing pre­mium performance at a rea­son­able cost

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Value-added tripods! Where does price and value meet?

Tri­pod kits that com­prise a set of legs and a head range in price from around £10/$15 for a flimsy, of­ten un­branded op­tion, to about £1,250/ $1,500 for a top-of-the-range op­tion. But how much do you need to spend to get a good one?

With an eye on sta­bil­ity, load bear­ing ca­pac­ity, fea­tures and performance, we’ve se­lected eight sturdy yet sen­si­bly priced tripods, cost­ing around the £200/$300 mark – a lit­tle less in some cases. But while the prices are fairly close, there are some fun­da­men­tal dif­fer­ences in de­sign.

All of the tripods in this round-up weigh be­tween 1.4kg and 2.6kg, so they’re light­weight enough to be eas­ily car­ried. Each comes with a ball head, apart from the Benro Mach3, which bucks the trend with a three-way head. They also all have a max­i­mum load rat­ing of at least 5kg; some are rated at twice that or even more. Let’s take a closer look and find out which kit will best suit your needs.

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