Best budget tripods: 6 top models tested and rated

5 things to look for in a budget tripod

Buying a new tripod can be a tricky business - follow these simple tips to make the right choice

01 Leg locks
Most legs have clip locks, rather than twist ones - the former tend to be quicker to use. You can usually adjust locking tension if necessary.

02 Head type
Three-way heads are good for precise pan, tilt and swivel tweaks. Ball heads are quicker, and often have a separate panning control.

03 Leg sections
Extra sections enable tripods to fold down smaller. However, the additional joints and thin bottom sections reduce stability.

04 Material
Carbon-fibre tripods can be about 25 per cent lighter than equivalent aluminium models, and absorb vibrations better. But shattering is a risk.

05 Height
A big maximum height ups shooting options, but you can invert or pivot the centre columns on all the tripods here, to shoot down to ground level.

PAGE 1: Best budget tripods - Benro FlexPod A297EX + BH2-M head
PAGE 2: Best budget tripods - Giottos MTL9361B + MH1311-652 head
PAGE 3: Best budget tripods - Hama Omega Carbon II
PAGE 4: Best budget tripods - Jessops Major Carbon Fibre
PAGE 5: Best budget tripods - Manfrotto 055X PROB + 496RC2 head
PAGE 6: Best budget tripods - Vanguard Alta Pro 263AGH + GH-100 head
PAGE 7: 5 things to look for in a budget tripod


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