Tripods & Monopods

A Cool Collection of Tiny Tripods and Ingenious Supports

Tabletop tripods and compact-sized camera supports are among the most fascinating and engaging photographic accessories on the planet—just looking at them makes you smile. They’re also far more versatile than you might think. When perched atop a firm support such as a brick wall, picnic table, or flat-topped rock, they can perform many of the functions of full-sized tripods.

What to Look for When You are Looking for a Video Tripod

The goal of this article is to help you narrow your choice of options, pick through what is important to you, and make it easier to choose the right tripod to suit your needs and your budget. For the purposes of this article, the term "tripod" is used to include the head and legs, with each component being discussed separately.

Manfrotto Q6 Top Lock Quick-Release System

Manfrotto has introduced a line of magnesium-alloy ball heads that feature the Q6 Top Lock Quick-Release. The company that has made myriad quick releases and plates has decided to put its own spin on the classic Arca Swiss format.

Induro Carbon Fiber Tripods

Lighter-weight carbon fiber tripods have been around for quite some time now, so when Induro decided to throw their hat into the ring they had the attributes, features, and liabilities of many brands to consider. Induro currently offers 8 carbon fiber tripods.

Hands-On Review: Manfrotto Befree Aluminum Travel Tripod

The Manfrotto Befree is a 3.0-lb tripod/ball head combo with four leg sections and a rapid column that rises to a combined height of 56.69”, folds down to 15.75”, and can support still or video cameras weighing up to 8.8 lb. The Befree is an easy choice for anyone who seeks light weight and a small form factor.

Delkin Fat Gecko Support Systems

According to photographer/CEO Martin Wood, his modest $10,000 startup in 1986 proved to be a seminal event for Delkin Devices that formed the company's light-on-their-feet, responsive operational philosophy stressing "change, inspiration and a limitless imagination." It also imbued the company with a sense of humor.

Introducing MeFOTO Travel Tripod Kits

MeFOTO is a new brand of tripods, designed to be the ideal travel companion while still remaining a fully functional and robust camera-support system. While inherently designed as travel-sized tripods, these tripods incorporate numerous qualities that blur the line between full-size tripods and travel-size tripods.

Magnus Tripods Offer Support and Versatility

Offering versatility and a wide breadth of designs and functionality, Magnus Tripods are support systems that provide an array of options to suit many photographic applications. Ranging from small tabletop tripods to full-size models, these tripods are well situated for use with most consumer-grade cameras, and provide functionality to match any working scenario.

Tutorial: Weekend Warrior Filmmaking - Part 2

In this second and final part of the Weekend Warrior Filmmaking series, Kelby Media explicates some very affordable options for camera support—both rigs and tripods—and lighting.

Holiday 2012: Solutions for Photographing in Cold Weather

As wintertime approaches and temperatures begin to drop, certain precautions and preparations should be taken in order to improve your photographing experience during this most beautiful time of the year. Wintertime provides a unique opportunity to photograph your surroundings, either nearby or whilst traveling, in a manner unlike any other time of the year.

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