6 Recommended Full-Sized Tripods

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Really Right Stuff TVC-33 Versa Series 3 Mk2 and BH-55 Ball Head

  • Load Capacity: 50 lb
  • Max. Height: 62.3″
  • Min. Height: 7.8″
  • Folded Length: 29.3″
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 6.26 lb

2. Gitzo GT2532 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod and GH1382QD Series 1 Center Ball Head

From another premium line of supports, the Gitzo GT2532 Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod features 8-layer Carbon eXact legs with a signature Gitzo veneer. The carbon portion of the center tube can be removed, leaving the shooter with a shortened center tube for very low-angle shooting from a minimum height of 6.3″. Fully extended, the legs and ball head will reach 69.8″ and support 31 lb. The GT2532’s chassis is made of magnesium and is powder-coated—again with that signature Gitzo look. Leg-angle adjustment tabs are spring-loaded and Gitzo placed O-rings on the tops of the G-Lock Ultra leg twist locks for extra sealing from the elements.

382QD Series 1 Ball Head is a beautiful unit with a unique curving design, Gitzo powder coating, and brushed accents. The metallic ball is coated with a tungsten disulfide. I’m not sure what that is, but it sounds pretty cool and it gives the ball gorgeously smooth movement. A co-axial friction knob allows the main ball control to be adjusted, and there is a separate panning lock. The plate is Arca-type compatible, as well.

Gitzo GT2532 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod and GH1382QD Series 1 Center Ball Head
  • Load Capacity: 31 lb
  • Max. Height: 69.8″
  • Min. Height: 10.7″
  • Folded Length: 30″
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 4.8 lb
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