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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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After researching a wide range of brands we believe that we have found a range of products which offer the perfect balance of price and quality. All the products are of a very high engineering standard and professional finish to rival the better known brands at a price that puts them well within reach of the average buyer.
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Manufacturer - 3 Legged Thing
3 Legged Thing is an innovative new culture of tripods and accessories, brought to you by British photographers who were looking for a better solution to conventional tripod design.
Manufacturer - 360 Precision
Makers of panoramic and precision adjustable tripod heads.
Manufacturer - Acratech
Acratech is a family run manufacturer of quality, innovative products for photography and imaging. All Acratech products are proudly made in our Glendora, California facility (about 10 miles East of Pasadena, along the foothills) using the finest materials and top quality workmanship. Acratech employs about12 people to do machining, inspecting, assembly, shipping and other various other tasks. Many of our employees are not only skilled craftsman but are also accomplished photographers.
Manufacturer - Cartoni
Since 1935, out of Rome Italy, CARTONI has set industry standards with its innovative solutions & patented technologies.
Manufacturer - Cullmann
For more than forty years, the name CULLMANN has stood for practical, high-quality photographic and video accessories. Starting from the original idea, through the development process to the production of a CULLMANN product, we constantly focus on the needs
Manufacturer - Gitzo
Professionals the world over acknowledge Gitzo tripods, monopods, heads and accessories as setting the industry's standards for excellence.
Manufacturer - Hama
Since 1990 Hama (UK) has been the leading consumer electronics accessory company in the UK. Success has been achieved through an unrivalled range of products spanning a wide number of categories, embracing new technologies and markets, and a dedication for supporting our customers with exceptional service.
Manufacturer - Induro
Induro Support Gear: The Finest Tripods Money Can Buy - Tripods, Heads and Accessories designed for the performance of today?s demanding pros.
Manufacturer - Joby
Joby is a young, high-growth company that revolutionized the camera accessories market in early 2006 with its Gorillapod line of flexible tripods and continues to redefine the consumer electronics market with its Gorillamobile and Gorillatorch product lines.
Manufacturer - LensMaster
The vision was to produce a strong simple to use affordable gimbal mount capable of holding most of the current super telephoto lenses available today.
Manufacturer - Libec
Camera support manufacturer.
Manufacturer - Manfrotto
Here at Manfrotto.com you can find the latest information about news, upcoming events, and innovative products to meet your imaging needs. From photo to video to lighting supports and accessories, you can find everything you need for creating great images, all right here.
Manufacturer - Mekko
We are the OEM manufacturer and supplier for photo bags, tripods, lens caps, accessories.
Manufacturer - Miller
We've been designing and delivering professional fluid heads and tripods for film and television since 1954.
Manufacturer - Paterson
Worldwide Paterson is best known for the high quality darkroom equipment it manufactures here in the UK. In the late 80s it also took over the manufacture of Benbo Tripods and has continued to develop this range of tripods, beloved by both Landscape and Natural History Photographers.
Manufacturer - Photobeanbags
Photobeanbags have attracted interest from many parts of the world. They have been used in Antarctica, on safari in Africa and traveled with a photographer from France to China on an epic motor cycle trip.
Manufacturer - Slik
Some companies simply slap their brand name on a cheap copy to make a quick buck. One company even went so far as to list SLIK's model number on their copy's hanging tag. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we think that speaks for itself.
Manufacturer - Sony
Manufacturer - Swarovski Optik
The reknowned optical manufacturers tripods
Manufacturer - Trek-Tech
photography gear for people who love nature, travel and sports
Manufacturer - Vanguard
VANGUARD is a global manufacturer of tripods, camera bags and cases, gunpods, gun/bow cases, binoculars and spotting scopes with first-of-its-kind features and capabilities. With 23 years of expertise, these innovative products are hailed around the world.
Manufacturer - Velbon
Velbon was established in 1955 in Kobe City as the SANSEI PHOTO Co. LTD.
Manufacturer - Vinten
Vinten's wide range of lightweight, studio and outside broadcast camera support equipment enables camera operators to work the way they choose without compromise. Here you will find information on all Vinten pan and tilt heads, tripods, and pedestals, including brochures, and manuals as well as information on how other operators are using their camera support.
Manufacturer - Wimberley
Wimberley is a father-son partnership dedicated to the design and manufacture of professional photography equipment. We make tripod heads for large telephoto lenses, macro accessories, Modular Flash Brackets, Arca-Swiss style quick-release clamps & plates, and more...
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