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Tripods, monopods and more for ultra-sharp shots

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Gitzo YTL Tripod

For tack-sharp images, using the right camera support is the ultimate answer. Whether you need an ultracompact and portable tripod for location shoots, a hi-hat for unique spaces or a studio stand ready to hold and tether your computer, there's a support solution to match your requirements. Here are some examples from top brands.

3 Legged Thing's One Legged Thing
When mobility is key, a monopod may be a good compromise. Known for their innovative tripods, 3 Legged Thing now offers the One Legged Thing monopod series that includes three rugged models. The Pete is the top of the line, designed to support even heavy telephoto lenses, handling equipment up to 40 pounds. The carbon-fiber and magnesium-alloy construction is sturdy while also lightweight, weighing under one pound. With a three-section design and Evo 2 Double-Break Friction Dial locks, the Pete extends to a maximum of 5.4 feet. Estimated Street Price: $174.

The compact and lightweight carbon-fiber Argraph Sirui T-025X Tripod and C10 Head Kit is a great travel companion. The tripod legs fold 180 degrees for storage and transport, collapsing to 11.8 inches long and weighing just a couple of pounds, yet offering load capacities of up to 13.2 pounds. Each leg has an automatic leg-angle lock mechanism with three angle positions for use on uneven surfaces. Maximum extended height is 4.3 feet. Estimated Street Price: $269 (T-025X).

Clik Elite BodyLink Telephoto Pack
The BodyLink Telephoto Pack by Clik Elite is a unique solution for camera support—it's a camera support built into a backpack. With a seven-inch adjustable aluminum frame and mount for a tripod head, it uses your body as an anchor, supporting even heavy lenses. The harness system converts from chest mount to backpack, with a padded camera bay for carrying a DSLR, telephoto lens and accessories, and two external pockets for cards, cables and batteries. List Price: $220.

The Traverse TR533-P288 Super Compact Tripod with Ballhead by Davis & Sanford is an aluminum body that folds down to 12 inches long, making it easy to carry. Despite its small size, the tripod can support a camera and lens up to 10 pounds. Five-section legs with rubber twist locks extend up to 53 inches. The dual-control ballhead has a calibrated base and is Arca-Swiss quick-release-compatible. Estimated Street Price: $110.

Flashpoint F-1228 Version II
The Flashpoint F-1228 Version II carbon-fiber tripod is designed for ease of handling and is constructed from carbon fiber for light weight and excellent vibration absorption. The four leg sections have rubber double-grip twist locks for easy adjustments, and leg friction levels may be adjusted to personal taste using an included tool. The tripod extends to a maximum 60.25 inches (including the center column) and holds a maximum weight of 17.6 pounds. List Price: $189.

The unique design of the Giottos YTL Tripod makes it particularly compact. The new Y-shaped center column adds strength and rigidity to the tripod while also allowing the legs to close 30% closer to the center than traditional round center columns, reducing bulk and weight. The legs have three adjustable angle positions with separate locks on each leg. The Giottos Quick Lever leg lock system and index markers on the lowest leg section make set up smooth, even with gloved hands. The two-way version allows you to raise, lower and reverse the center column, while the three-way version allows you to move through 180 degrees and lock the center column, where needed. Available in aluminum or carbon fiber. Estimated Street Price: $149-$456.


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