While it may not have the greatest tilt range in the business, the CowboyStudio 74-Inch is durable and exceedingly tall, in addition to the fact that its price is hard to beat. Its quick-release plate features a dual lock mechanism to prevent accidental drops.
Joby Gorillapod 5K
If your shot requires some unconventional camera placement, you’ll appreciate the pliable legs of the Joby Gorillapod 5K . Despite its small stature, it can support over eight pounds of gear, though the way you bend and shape it could have an effect on its stability.
Neewer Professional 360
The rubber feet on the bottom of the Neewer Professional 360 unscrew to reveal a spike beneath each one that you can plant firmly into any soft ground, like grass, mud, or even sand, giving you reliable stability even on unstable terrain.
Andoer 67-Inch Professional
The Andoer 67-Inch Professional has an impressive maximum load capacity for its price, and offers shooters a 90-degree forward tilt for use in top down photography. It can extend between 30 and 67 inches in height, and comes with an 18-month warranty.
Manfrotto Travel Befree Live
While it doesn’t boast the doubled legs of some more expensive models, the Manfrotto Travel Befree Live still offers support for nearly nine pounds of gear. Its panning movement is reliably smooth, and its center column provides additional height.
Cayer BV30L Professional 72-Inch
The Cayer BV30L Professional 72-Inch is a surprisingly effective budget option that manages to cut its corners where you’d barely notice. It can extend to a full six feet, keeping your camera safely above most actors’ eyelines.
Benro S8 Twin Leg
The Benro S8 Twin Leg is an ideal choice for independent filmmakers who want something durable enough to withstand the rigors of a small guerrilla shoot, but still sufficiently precise to elevate the production value of their work.
The Manfrotto 509HD provides users with a combination of some of this company’s most effective parts. The head of this model is fast and simple to set up, but it is also packed with features that offer you a smooth operation.
Offering quite possibly the best balance of price and quality on the market, the Manfrotto MVH502A is one of the most ubiquitous cinematography accessories in existence. It’s incredibly reliable, easy to adjust, and it provides you with smooth, steady movements.
Benro BV10 Twin Leg
If you’ve got a heavy rig that includes a professional level camera, a gear box of some kind, and a handful of other tools, you’re going to need the impressive weight capacity of the Benro BV10 Twin Leg , which is capable of supporting up to 22 pounds.