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As any photographer will tell you keeping your camera stable is vital if you want to take sharp images, this is where good support comes in very handy, now often the experienced will have good technique in holding a camera, the rest of us have to rely on support from inanimate objects, like monopods, tripods or bean bags.

There are many manufacturers of tripods that have numerous types of head and come in a huge array of heights and weights. Exactly what suits your needs is something you have to establish yourself. long lens users (usually 400mm or higher) often the find a gamble head is the best supporting system yet this would not be suitable for if you were using a short lens for portraiture, then again sports photographers would often find the space needed for a tripod would not be available so would opt for a monopod to add support but not use valuable space. Then again the wildlife photographer may prefer to use a specialist bean bag as support, providing them with an easier to transport tool, which allows them to get into different positions, and use what is around them as support. As I said your support system really needs to be specific for the job you want it to do.

The two most important things to remember when choosing a tripod or support system are Weight and Stability you will likely be carrying the support around so you do not want anything too heavy, yet it MUST be stable! These days Carbon fibre tripods are a popular choice as they offer light weight but stable options, but they come with a hefty price tag, so as with everything in photography, the choices are vast.

As always we have attempted to link to as many manufacturers as we could find, but if you find any we have missed, please let us know and we will endeavour to add them where possible.

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