Neewer Carbon Fiber 63
The Neewer Carbon Fiber 63 weighs in at only four pounds, making it a solid choice for travel photographers looking for something light they can hook onto their camera bag and forget about. Its pair of bubble levels helps ensure your shots are nice and flat.
The MeFoto Classic features a graduated panning scale for accurate image alignment. Its legs collapse it down to a compact 15.4 inches, yet it can extend to just over five feet, and it comes in a plethora of playful colors.
Benro Travel Angel 1 Series
The included ball head on the Benro Travel Angel 1 Series has an independent pan lock, offering more precision when you need to reset a shot quickly and you’ve already got the X-axis set. Also, you can remove a leg and connect it to the center column to create a monopod.
Slik Pro 700 DX
If you need a heavy-duty model to secure your camera in hazardous environments without the help of a sandbag or other counterweight, the 11-pound Slik Pro 700 DX is a smart choice. Its rugged AMT alloy construction will keep it operational for years.
Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB
The Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB is an extremely adaptable, highly adjustable option, complete with a rotating head and a central column that also turns 180 degrees. Simply put, anywhere you want to aim a lens, this can get the job done.
Benro Mach3 Series 3
The biggest draw for the Benro Mach3 Series 3 is its capacity. It can hold gear weighing just over 35 pounds, making it an ideal base for sports photographers with large telephoto lenses or for movie makers with heavy rigs.
Induro Stealth PHQ3
The Induro Stealth PHQ3 is backed by a five-year warranty no matter what, but if you register your purchase with the company, they will extend your coverage to a full ten years. A toolkit, wrench, and carrying case come as standard.
The Manfrotto MVH502A is the standard bearer among professional videographers and cinematographers who like to keep their gear kits light and effective. Its included fluid pan head was originally designed for birding, but it can also create a fine cinematic shot.
Manfrotto CXPro 4 MT190
If some section locks make you nervous about the security of your setup, the Manfrotto CXPro 4 MT190 utilizes a reliable quick-power system to completely prevent any movement in the legs. Its angle selectors make increasing the width of your footprint a breeze, too.
Gitzo Series 1 Traveler
With its five extendable twist-lock sections and incredibly light carbon fiber frame, the Gitzo Series 1 Traveler can collapse to a fraction of its full size for easy transportation. It boasts a maximum height of nearly 60 inches.