Top 10 Best Selling Tripods in India

The recent scores of years have witnessed the evolution of photography from a science(of creating permanent images) to an art form(of creating pleasing pictures!!). From an activity with a primary function of getting images for official documents, photography has become a hobby for many, and a profession for others.

Along with a camera(of course!)and all the other paraphernalia, tripods have become one of the most used accessories helping enthusiasts and professionals alike, in clicking great pictures, to their heart’s content.

Tripods are primarily used by photographers for the stability of the camera when clicking in low light situations and when using slow shutter speeds. Physical instability of the camera in such conditions can lead to a blurred picture. They are also used for support of the heavy camera and lens and to minimize the vibrations in the camera.

With the wide array of tripods available in the market for grabs, not being able to choose the right one as per your specific requirements could leave you cheesed off with yours. A good number of elements must be kept in mind while considering buying a tripod.

Questions like:

Should I get an aluminum one or the trendy carbon fiber one?

How heavy or tall should my tripod be?

What should be the amount that I ought to spend on my tripod?

Will the single leg tripod work as efficiently as the conventional three-legged body?; will arise in your mind and need to be answered correctly and with thorough understanding.

In this article, we aim to do just that by answering those questions and helping you understand the key points to keep in mind before equipping yourself for your next clicking session.

Let’s begin with a basic classification of tripods into categories based on their sizes and areas where they can be put to use.

Categories of Tripods

  • Pocket Tripod

    Pocket TripodPocket tripods are mini optimizations of the standard tripod, made as such, keeping portability as the topmost priority for the user. They stand at 4-8 inches in size at the maximum. They are not much use when it comes to professional snapping, but can be useful for anytime “selfies” or family pictures by placing them on a tabletop or a similar surface.

    They can not be placed on the ground for taking pictures owing to their small size that restricts their perspective and to their construction that limits their ability to support a full-fledged DSLR. However, they are ideal for small mirrorless cameras.

  • Travel Tripod

    Travel Tripod If you are a nature lover and love going out on hikes or trips/tours just to get those serene clicks to stir your aesthetic senses, this is just the thing for you. Travel tripods are great when it comes to portability and can support DSLRs to help you get the best of photos.

    Though they compromise a bit on functionality as a tradeoff to portability, as they might be unable to support cameras with an additional zooming lens. Compact video cameras could be used with them too.

    As is pretty obvious from the name, these are substantially beneficial to travelers. Some of the small ones could even fit in airline luggage. To keep a check on the weight, they are generally made of plastic or carbon fiber.

  • Monopod

    Monopod Monopods are modified tripods with only one leg. They are useful as they obliterate camera shake to an absolute zero. Needless to say, with just one leg they stand lighter and easier to carry and handle as compared to the standard tripod.

    Though they restrict the cameraman’s movement to a large extent, they are still a bliss to wildlife and sports photographers who find the easy support a welcome relief from the weight of the camera.

    Interestingly, monopods can come in handy in places like a studio where they allow a good deal of freedom to the cameraman to move around in contrast to the three-legged structure.

  • Studio Tripod

    Studio TripodStudio tripods are heavy duty tripods meant for professional use and handling a large front camera. They are generally big and heavy as compared to the others and not recommended for traveling with.

    You ought to buy a studio tripod if either you wish to use it for a static use i.e. in a studio(duh!!) or if you wish to put it to specific professional use. Otherwise, a travel tripod will suffice to satisfy all your outdoor and indoor needs.

  • Specialized Tripod

    Specialized TripodSpecialized tripods are special function tripods to provide you with better options in terms of placement of the tripods to take photographs from various angles or at different places. These are generally used for custom uses or highly customized and specific applications.

    Some of the types are Suction Cup Tripods and Flexible legs tripods. To give an example, you could wrap a flexible leg tripod around a tree stem or a rock at the beach to take a photo.

Now that we have gathered a fair idea of the tripod type choices that we have, we need to give consideration to the various aspects that decide what makes a tripod fit for your use. As a prospective buyer of a tripod, you must weigh the following elements in order to arrive at the one that you will be bringing home.

Tripod Buyer’s Guide

Here is a list of a few specifications that the buyer should keep in mind while looking to buy a tripod.

  • Collapsing Size

Collapsing size refers to the size of the tripod when it is closed. This is an important factor as it decides which of the aforementioned categories your tripod falls into. With this information, you can easily choose one which fits your requirements.

  • Weight

The weight of the tripod that you will be using should be to your convenience, and that I feel, is the only driving factor while considering the weight. For example, if you would be traveling a lot, it is prudent to choose a lighter one. If you are to be using it in your studio, you might go for a heavier model with better features.

Tripods made of carbon fiber are lighter as compared to those of aluminum, though the former are considerably expensive as compared to the latter.

  • Maximum Height Extension

The fundamental function of the tripod is to enable you to place the camera at a variety of heights to position it perfectly. Therefore, extension height is one of the prime considerations for a tripod. Your own height can be the guide to decide the maximum height of your tripod. If it falls too short, the cameraman will have to bend down making him uneasy. Moreover, every extra centimeter can come in handy when shooting on uneven terrain or over obstacles.

  • Load Rating

The tripod must be able to support the weight of the camera equipment. You must be careful to choose that, it can support a weight that is fairly larger(approximately 1.25 times -1.75 times) as compared to what you plan to use. This is to keep a margin of safety.

While you shoot you place your hands over the camera and exert some extra force that the tripod has to support. This should be taken into account. Moreover, you might add some extra equipment such as a battery grip or use a heavier camera in the future and a slightly higher rating will take care of that.

  • Tripod Head

A tripod head does not come with the tripod and has to be bought separately. The head secures the camera to the tripod and controls its movement. The head and the tripod should have the same load ratings so that you don’t face any problems with either.

The tripod heads come in different forms, pan-tilt, ball-head, gimbal head, to name the predominantly available types. The pan-tilt head has a single control or a dual one depending on allowing movement in one direction(horizontal), or both directions(horizontal and vertical).

The ball-head is better than pan-tilt as it is flexible and has a better operation with better security for the camera.The gimbal head is a special head to be used for heavier lenses.

  • Construction Material

Keep in mind that the material is important for deciding the strength and the eventual weight of the tripod. Tripods are generally made of aluminum, carbon fiber, and titanium, though wood might also be used in larger tripods.

Pocket tripods are made up of plastic too in addition to the other materials that have been mentioned. Aluminum and Titanium tripods are, needless to mention, heavier and cheaper as compared to the carbon fiber tripods.

It should be noted that when it comes to sturdiness, aluminum beats carbon fiber. Aluminum will take a shock and a depression will be the result but there are possibilities that a carbon fiber tripod will snap at the same shock.

  • Quick Release System

A quick release system is available for securing the camera to the head. The best-known system is Arka Swiss quick release system which is used as an informal standard among manufacturers of the quick release system.

This system is an improvement over the previously used threaded system which was highly inconvenient and cumbersome to use. Buying one with this system would help you in smooth operation.

So far we have had a look at the essentials to be mindful of when buying a tripod. Now, we discuss some of the best products available that you could buy and why you should buy them.

Top 10 Tripods available in India

1.  Vanguard ESPOD CX203 AP

Vanguard ESPOD CX203 AP Tripod

  1. Vanguard has been delivering tripods in the market at affordable prices without compromising quality and this comes as another one of those. Vanguard has aimed the ESPOD CX203 AP at amateurs and serious enthusiasts.
  2. The tripod is able to hold most of the DSLRs allowing you to work with a lot of different cameras. The aluminum body is not too heavy and can accompany you on any of your long trips. The rubber grip at the feet gives the tripod better grip and sturdy flip locks are a bonus.
  3. The height can vary from a meager 590 mm to 1500 mm which is a pretty decent range to work with and has a single bubble level for precision.
  4. Specifications
    • Maximum Loading Capacity: 3.5 kgs
    • Material: Aluminum
    • Weight: 1.1 kgs
    • Extended Height: 61 inches
    • Folded Height: 22.625 inches

    Pros

    • Pop and unlock Quick shoe release and its ease of use
    • Central Column anti-shock ring steadies the whole structure
    • Lightweight and easy to carry
    • Quick Flip Leg Locks
    • Highly attractive price
    • Pan head ergonomic handle positions smoothly and easily

    Cons

    • Loading capacity could have been better
    • Cannot work with heavy lenses and camera equipment
    • No fluid head
    • Not good enough for panning. Movements are restricted

 

  1.  2. Manfrotto Compact Advanced Aluminum Tripod

    Manfrotto Compact Advanced Aluminum Tripod

    Manfrotto Compact Advanced Tripod is an aluminum body and yet light enough for you to haul it on your back and carry with you to your next camping trip. The three-way folding head is an advantage with highly maneuverable controls for pan/tilt and leveling. A bubble head is missing but that can be added once you have this awesome tripod stacked up in your home. A circular quick release plate with a scroll wheel mechanism makes attaching a camera very simple.

    Specifications

    • Maximum Loading Capacity: 3.3 kgs
    • Material: Aluminum, Technopolymer
    • Weight: 1.4 kgs
    • Extended Height: 65.75 inches
    • Folded Height: 18.31 inches

    Pros

    • Lightweight and easy to carry
    • Small size
    • High stability and sturdiness
    • Maximum height is an added advantage
    • Reinforced aluminum for outstanding rigidity

    Cons

    • Fluid head absent
    • Cannot handle larger cameras
    • No bubble level

 

  1. 3. Induro CLT203 Classic Series 2 Tripod

    Induro CLT203 Classic Series 2 Tripod

    If you have been in the professional photography arena for a long time and are planning to go all out into the art further, this is what you should own. This is your one-stop design for all the tripod requirements imaginable. Highly reliable and able to work in a string of applications and provides maximum stability. No doubt it is an expensive product but it would suit all the professional needs and will give you strength and durability with the carbon fiber body.

    Specifications

    • Maximum Loading Capacity: 16 kgs
    • Material: Carbon fiber
    • Weight: 1.58 kgs
    • Extended Height: 52.76 inches
    • Folded Height: 24.61 inches

    Pros

    • Extremely lightweight and solid support
    • Good build quality
    • Enhanced stability
    • Independently adjustable legs

    Cons

    • The only negative point about the product is that it is expensive

 

  1. 4. MeFOTO RoadTrip Carbon fiber Travel Tripod

    MeFOTO RoadTrip Carbon fiber Travel Tripod

    This is a well-engineered product with a very small folded length of 40 cm including the quick release plate, providing high portability to the user. The feet grip is good and that makes it stable. The tripod can be converted to a monopod by removing one of the legs and putting it together with just the center column, just in case you looking for little less weight.

  2. The weight difference of this carbon fiber to the aluminum one is only about 225 grams, so you might think of opting for the aluminum model as it is considerably cheaper, if you don’t mind the weight difference so much.Specifications
    • Maximum Loading Capacity: 8.8 kgs
    • Material: Carbon fiber, Aluminum
    • Weight: 1.50 kgs
    • Extended Height: 61.6 inches
    • Folded Height: 15.4 inches

    Pros

    • Compact and lightweight
    • Appreciable Load capability
    • Easy setup and breakdown
    • Can be converted to a monopod
    • Easy adjustability

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Turning locks not easy to handle
    • Flimsy legs
    • Tripod is not sturdy enough

 

  1. 5. Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod

    Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod

    It is a competent product without being exceptionally remarkable in any aspect. It is a basic, stable, travel tripod that fits any of the basic uses that travel tripods are put to. The strength is comparable to its rivals in the market. It can be converted to a monopod.

  2. The catch for choosing this tripod lies in the price range in which it has been placed. It has a price that is about 100$ less than its nearest competitors with a similar set of features.Specifications
    • Maximum Loading Capacity: 13 kgs
    • Material: Carbon fiber, Aluminum
    • Weight: 1.74 kgs
    • Extended Height: 67.9 inches
    • Folded Height: 16.9 inches

    Pros

    • Considerably taller than other travel tripods
    • Appreciable sturdiness
    • Versatility in use
    • Can be converted to a monopod
    • Ball head present

    Cons

    • Flip Locks absent
    • Fluid head absent and therefore not recommended for video shooting

 

  1. 6. Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Tripod

    Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Tripod

    Gitzo mountaineer series is aimed to provide the best in class load capacity and stability for shooting anywhere. Though the high price is a big turn off, the attention to detail to the engineering design is a big winner and the stability and sturdiness make you fall in love with it.

  2. The reversible column and the leg angle selector also are notable features. Gitzo tries to woo the customers by promising them with high resistance and reliable support in this product and makes it one of the top choices for professional photographers.
  3. Specifications
    • Maximum Loading Capacity: 21 kgs
    • Material: Carbon fiber
    • Weight: 1.95 kgs
    • Extended Height: 70.07 inches
    • Folded Height: 23.22 inches

    Pros

    • Super lightweight
    • Strong and does not wiggle
    • Fairly compact
    • Twist locks present

    Cons

    • Time-consuming adjustments
    • Expensive
    • Poorly designed center column

     

  4. 7. Fotopro MGA-584N Tripod

    Fotopro MGA-584N Tripod

    The Fotopro MGA-584N is made up of aluminum magnesium alloy legs. The leg sections are extended with a rotating lock, and the legs are reversely folded for packaging and can be used to form a monopod.

  5. The tripod is sufficiently sturdy and helps in panning and tilting with an extended degree of ease making use of a ball head. It’s transformation from a tripod to a monopod is pretty clumsy but otherwise the devices stable and portable and it is perfect for people who do videography.Specifications
    • Maximum Loading Capacity: 8 kgs
    • Material: Aluminum
    • Weight: 1.76 kgs
    • Extended Height: 62.99 inches
    • Folded Height: 9.45 inches

    Pros

    • Reversible center column
    • Easy setup and smooth functioning
    • Easy panning and tilting

    Cons

    • Clumsy transformation to a monopod

     

    8. Benro T880EX Digital Tripod

    Benro T880EX Digital Tripod

    The tripod is extremely light in spite of the aluminum body and does not promise stability that we have witnessed among the other tripods that have been discussed.  The light weight and a small folded height, high portability is a surety but you can experience a certain jiggle and teeter that is sure to bother you while taking shots and that goes against the product.

    Specifications

    • Maximum Loading Capacity: 3 kgs
    • Material: Aluminum
    • Weight: 1.45 kgs
    • Extended Height: 57.48 inches
    • Folded Height: 18.50 inches

    Pros

    • Four-legged section allows for more flexibility
    • Three-way panning head
    • Precise panning and tilting

    Cons

    • Highly limited load capacity
    • Wobble in the legs
    • Less maximum height

 

  1. 9. Photron Tripod Stedy 450 

    Photron Tripod Stedy 450

    This tripod is a good option for amateurs and beginners in the world of photography. It is a lightweight tripod which can help you capture images using a lightweight digital camera. It is not able to support heavy cameras and has a three-way pan head and flip leg locks for efficient working. It is highly portable.

    Specifications

    • Maximum Loading Capacity: 2.75 kgs
    • Material: Plastic
    • Weight: 0.7 kgs
    • Extended Height: 53.14 inches
    • Folded Height: 19.50 inches

    Pros

    • Cheap price
    • Three-way panning head
    • Spirit level
    • Well adjustable height

    Cons

    • Panning heads are not smooth
    • Plastic parts not strong enough
    • Inability to handle telephoto lenses

 

  1. 10. Smiledrive Mini Foldable Handy Tripod

Smiledrive Mini Foldable Handy TripodSmiledrive offers pocket tripods that can be used for various applications. This mini tripod is small and lightweight and can be used to click photos with lighter digital cameras. Their cheap price and portability are its defining features.

Specifications

  • Maximum Loading Capacity: 2-3 kgs
  • Material: Plastic
  • Weight: 0.1 kgs
  • Extended Height: 4.92 inches

Pros

  • Cheap price
  • Foldable, lightweight and sturdy
  • Tabletop clicking applications

Cons

  • Can only be used with small cameras
  • Plastic parts not strong enough

 

Conclusion

After having had a comprehensive understanding and look at some of the must have tripods, your choice to buy depends on your budget and application.

If you have been doing photography for some time now and wish to explore, the Fotopro MGA-584N Tripod is just the choice for you.

However, if you are a newbie and are just beginning we recommend you go with the Vanguard ESPOD CX203 AP. 

If you are a professional in the field, you could buy either of  MeFOTO RoadTrip Carbon fiber Travel Tripod and Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Tripod.

 

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