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Tripods & Camera Supports

Camera tripods and supports can dramatically improve the sharpness of your images. Read our reviews to uncover the best tripod for your needs and budget.

Camera Supports
For sharp photos and video, choosing the right option for steadying your camera is essential
Camera SupportsUsing the right support system can make all the difference between a blurry and a sharp photo or shaky and smooth video clips.

Tripods & Supports
Choosing the right support can do as much for your photography as a new camera
Tripods & SupportsYou probably know that tripods can make a huge difference in getting sharper pictures, but buying a tripod definitely isn’t as exciting as buying a new camera or lens.

Use Your Head
Choosing a tripod head for still and video
Use Your HeadMaybe the most important part of your tripod is the head. That’s why many tripod makers give you options, and most tripod designs have removable heads so you can switch them out or upgrade.

Tripods & Supports
When sharpness is essential, there's nothing more important than camera support
Tripods & SupportsCapturing sharp photos requires sturdy legs. Yes, that means adding more to your load, but few accessories are as essential as a tripod. Lenses and cameras with image stabilization definitely help, but nothing ensures sharpness like a tripod.

Support Your Gear
For the sharpest photos and video, choosing the right camera support is essential
Support Your GearEven if you have very steady hands and a stabilized lens or camera, for the sharpest images possible, using a tripod or other camera support is the only surefire solution.

Supporting Video
A quick look at gear to keep your video on the level
Supporting VideoThe beauty of HD video is that it’s incredibly crisp and detailed—and that’s also its difficulty. Even a small amount of camera shake can be hard to watch for very long. If you’re getting into video with one of the latest HD camcorders or an SLR that offers HD capture, you want to give your camera proper support.

Toolbox: Tripods
Give your camera the support it needs for the sharpest shots possible
Toolbox: Tripods

Many photographers think a tripod is a tripod, a necessary evil if you want to get sharp pictures when using long lenses or long exposure times. But a tripod is more than a camera-steadier, and tripods vary greatly in design, features and versatility. In addition to preventing camera movement from blurring your photos, a tripod locks in your composition so you can study it, and so you won't accidentally change it as you squeeze off the shot. Here's a look at some of the top models on the market today.

Toolbox: Camera Supports
Ensure sharpness by using a variety of camera platforms
Toolbox: Camera Supports

Photographers are always concerned with sharpness. They'll often search for reviews and lens comparisons to make sure that their optics produce the sharpest image possible. Yet even the best-engineered lens in the world will deliver soft photographs when the camera isn't as steady as it needs to be. Whether you're shooting landscapes or portraits, a sharp result is sometimes only possible when the lens and the camera are seated on a stable platform, be it a tripod, monopod or beanbag.

Tripods & Supports
The best gear for getting stable shots and smooth video
Tripods & SupportsA tripod is the most dependable way to gain absolute sharpness in any situation and at any shutter speed


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