We look at the tripods designed to suit the demands of professional content creators
1. Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4 Carbon Fibre Tripod
Thanks to a combination of carbon fibre tubing and magnesium castings, this option from Manfrotto’s ever-popular 055 line weighs just 2.1kg, yet it can support a generous 9kg-worth of kit. The legs can be extended to give it a maximum height of 170cm, and with the Quick Power Lock leg mechanism you can effortlessly release them all in one action. Also, the ability to flip the centre column over a 90°angle with the camera still attached lets you quickly shift perspective as the situation demands.
2. Gitzo Systematic Tripod Series 5 6S G
This tripod quite literally stands out, on account of its six-section legs that allow it to reach a lofty 2.78m. The most stable choice in the whole of the Gitzo range, its ability to carry up to 40kg of kit means there’s very little it won't carry, while the use of G-Lock Ultra twist locks on the carbon fibre legs solidly connect the leg sections and prevent any dirt damage. Furthermore, the tripod is designed with an Easy Link attachment, which lets you easily hook up a range of accessories such as LED panels and field monitors.
3. 3 Legged Thing EQUINOX Albert Carbon Fibre Tripod with AirHed 360
A travel tripod with serious capacity, the 3 Legged Thing EQUINOX Albert Carbon Fibre Tripod with AirHed 360 can handle payloads of up to 30kg and reach a maximum height of 184.8cm, but thanks to its carbon fibre build is still light and easy to carry around. This comes bundled with the AirHed 360 ball head, a smooth and versatile ball head which offers sophisticated control and positioning.
4. Benro Aero 4 Travel Angel Video Tripod Kit
Benro’s Aero 4 Travel Angel Video Tripod Kit is the ideal companion for filmmakers on the move. Thanks to its reverse folding legs this tripod is only 55.5cm when retracted, making it small enough to fit inside a backpack, rolling case or carry on. It also doubles as a monopod, when combining its removable leg with the central column. This kit features a removable flat base video head with both pan and tilt controls, for smooth and precise camera movements. If that wasn’t enough, the tripod is supplied with a padded carry case for use on your travel filmmaking adventures.