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Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod Legs

These are the tripod legs I own, and they’re excellent. They go really high, really low, are very sturdy, well built, and easy to carry. I honestly can’t recommend them enough.


Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head

It’s more expensive than the legs it sits on, but it’s very strong, and really useful for straitening your image (something I suck at). Go for this, more expensive model if you use heavy lenses.


Manfrotto Self Standing Monopod

Sometimes it can get a bit much to carry round a tripod all day. so I recommend this monopod. It practically doubles as a walking stick. Little legs kicks out to support it too.


Manfrotto Magnesium Ball Head

Some people prefer a ball head to a joystick head, and this is probably one of the best on the market. I believe in investing in quality gear, and never having to replace it.


Manfrotto Tripod with Ball Head

If you can’t afford $300 on a tripod, that’s fair enough. This tripod and ball head is made by a quality brand, only at a much more reasonable price. Excellent for a beginner on a budget.

Manfrotto Rapid Mounting Plate

It’s always good to own a spare mounting plate, whether it’s because you use two cameras quite often (film and digital?), or for when you inevitably lose the one that came with the tripod.

GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible

GorillaPod’s are great for when you don’t want to carry a tripod, but still want to support your camera. They’re cheap, lightweight, and this model is strong enough for your telephoto too.

BeanBag Tripod

This bean bag ‘tripod’ is useful for when a traditional tripod isn’t suitable, such as when you’re perched over your car window, and it folds up very nicely into your bag. Great idea.

Manfrotto Tripod Bag

Tripods are often padded to make them easier to carry, but I find that it’s much better to just use a bag. This bag will keep your tripod safe, and it has pockets to store small accessories.