Tripod selection guide: which tripod should you buy?

There are hundreds of tripods on our website. All differ in material, load capacity, height and designations. So you have tripods, monopods, gorillapods, table stands and many more. Which tripod is the best choice for you? What should you look for when buying a tripod? We understand that these are tough questions and we will be happy to help you with this selection guide to ensure your camera is always stable!

Types of tripods | Aluminium or carbon? | Recommended equipment | Tripod heads | Accessories

Tripod types

Tripods come in different shapes and sizes, each with its own application. To help you choose, we have created a handy overview of the benefits and applications of each tripod. In this way, you will buy the tripod that suits you best.


A tripod is a classic three-legged tripod. This tripod also has several variations, each useful for a different type of photography. A tripod with a reversible or tiltable centre column allows your camera to reach almost to the ground, which is great in macro photography! For the travellers among us, it is important to pay attention to weight and folded length. The more compact the tripod, the easier it is to take it anywhere.

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A monopod is a tripod with only one leg. Ideal for when you want to take steady photos and videos but still remain mobile. You don't have to fold up a monopod every time, and it's easy to take with you. Even with heavier cameras and telephoto lenses, many monopods manage to remain stable. A monopod is a perfect tripod if you want to capture events and action moments.

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A gorillapod is a flexible and small tripod that can be clamped to different objects, with three flexible legs. All ball joints in the legs have a rubber casing. Whether it's a lamppost, fence or tree, the gorillapod can be attached to anything. Large gorillapods can carry even the heaviest SLR cameras.

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Table tripod
A tabletop tripod is a small and light tripod that can be placed on a solid surface to provide extra support. Thanks to the compact construction, this type of tripod can be used in a variety of situations, but is particularly useful when there is not much space to carry a large tripod. A perfect tripod for action and 360° cameras and compact cameras.

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Video tripod
Video tripods tend to be sturdier and slightly stronger than normal tripods. Professional video cameras with accessories and complete video rigs can add up quite a bit in weight. Thus, it is important that the tripod provides sufficient stability during a shoot. An important part of a video tripod is a video head. This one makes very smooth movements thanks to the liquid inside.

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Aluminium or carbon fibre?

You've probably noticed while looking at our tripods that some are made of aluminium, and some are made of carbon fibre. What you've surely noticed then is that the prices of carbon tripods are a lot higher. What is the difference between these two materials, and what about the price?

An aluminium tripod is very sturdy and by far most tripods are made of this material. Aluminium is a relatively light type of metal and because of this, the tripods are not incredibly heavy, while still providing adequate stability. A disadvantage of this metal is that it takes on the temperature of the environment. So in winter, the legs can feel very cold. Fortunately, there are also leg warmers for tripods.

A carbon tripod consists of multiple layers of carbon fibres. This is a very durable and sturdy material, which is also extremely lightweight. As a result, carbon tripods are often much lighter than aluminium tripods. So carbon tripods are perfect for travel! This does come with a price tag, as carbon fibre is an expensive material.

Recommended equipment

To make your choice a little easier, we've listed a selection of our favourite tripods below. We've divided them by load capacity, so you can easily pick the right tripod for your equipment.

Up to 1 kg:

Joby Gorillapod
Joby Gorillapod
  • Load capacity: 325g
  • Flexible
  • Weight: 52g
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Manfrotto Mini Tripod
Manfrotto Mini Tripod
  • Load capacity: 1000g
  • Max. height: 13.5cm
  • Weight: 190g
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Sirui tafelstatief
Sirui tabletop tripod
  • Load capacity: 500g
  • Max. width: 8.5cm
  • Weight: 230g
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Up to 6 kg:

Rollei Compact traveler No.1
Rollei Compact traveler No.1
  • Load capacity: 5kg
  • Folded: 32cm
  • Weight: 1200g
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Benro Slim Travel Statief
Benro Slim Travel Tripod
  • Load capacity: 4kg
  • Max. height: 130cm
  • Weight: 1200g
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Sirui T-025SK Carbon
Sirui T-025SK Carbon
  • Load capacity: 5kg
  • Folded: 30cm
  • Weight: 1005g
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Over 15 kg:

Sirui RX-2214 Reporter
Sirui RX-2214 Reporter
  • Load capacity: 18kg
  • Max. height: 183cm
  • Weight: 1600g
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Gitzo Mountaineer
Gitzo Mountaineer
  • Load capacity: 18kg
  • Carbon
  • Weight: 1740g
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Leofoto Ranger
Leofoto Ranger
  • Load capacity: 15kg
  • Folded: 20cm
  • Weight: 1500g
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Various tripod heads

Now that you have chosen a tripod, you will need to find a suitable tripod head to go with it. You attach your camera to this tripod head and the head then determines how you can move your camera. There are various tripod heads. We have created a handy overview for you with the most common tripod heads.

Ball heads

A ball head is the most commonly used tripod head. This head moves through a ball joint, which allows you to move the camera quickly and easily in all directions.

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Three-way heads

You can adjust a three-way head in three different ways. By tilting, panning and pivoting, you can precisely control the direction of the camera. Setting up does take more time because of this.

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Swing heads

A swing head is ideal for long (telephoto) lenses. You mount the swing head on the lens instead of the body. This head can rotate 360 degrees.

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Panorama heads

A panorama head is a real must-have when you want to take a 360-degree photo. This head allows you to move the camera with even, fluid steps.

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Fluid heads

A fluid head prevents jerky images. In fact, the fluid head slows down the movements slightly, preventing the images from shaking.

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Video heads

A video head often has a higher load capacity as well as a longer operating handle. In addition, a video head is often filled with a liquid. This makes the head easy to operate and allows you to shoot smooth images.

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Tripod accessories

In addition to a tripod and a tripod head, there are plenty of accessories you can use. The three common, and often essential, accessories for tripods are the spirit level, leg warmer and counterweight.

Many tripods already have a built-in spirit level. If not, you can purchase one that you can attach to your camera. With a spirit level, you can always be sure your photo is straight. This will save you a lot of time in post-processing. Especially if you have to go and straighten hundreds of holiday photos, for example.

The leg warmer has already been briefly explained under aluminium tripods. Even with this accessory, many tripods already have it as standard. If you often head outside during the colder months of the year, the legs of your aluminium tripod will get very cold. If you don't wear gloves because you prefer a better grip, grabbing hold of your tripod can be quite uncomfortable. So a leg warmer is what you're after. This soft shell, unlike the metal leg, does not change temperature.

Although a tripod ensures a lot of stability, in some cases it may not be enough. This may be because of strong winds, for example. To increase your stability as well as prevent your precious camera from falling over, use a counterweight. Many tripods have a small hook at the bottom. You can hang a weight on this to make the tripod more stable. This can be a stuffed bag, a sandbag or anything else with weight. Before hanging anything on this hook, it's helpful to check the load capacity of your tripod.