7 Great Tripods for Landscape Photography — 16 Comments

  1. It would have been so great if you added some reference prices, too.

    But many thanks for the post! It is interesting in either way

  2. Great resource list Dan! I would add one word of warning on the Gitzo Tripods: if you’re going to be using them in cold temperatures, be cautious with the head and leg attachment points as there seems to be a problem with them becoming brittle at cold temps. I had mine break last year when photographing outdoors at temps around freezing. Gitzo repaired it, but that process had it’s own frustrations.

    Gitzo still makes amazing quality gear. Glad I invested in the tripod, just need to be cautious on this one use case. I have also still own a Manfrotto tripod that I’m happy with (even if it is a bit heavier).

    I would also mention that if your considering making the investment in a Gitzo, consider the new Really Right Stuff tripods. They appear to be the same build quality with a few minor improvements over Gitzo. And they are made in the USA! (I own one of their ball heads, and recommend it highly)

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  4. I have had a Gitzo 2531 (which I believe is a 3 section version of the 2541) for about 6 months and love it. I justified the expense because I would probably wind up saving money over buying a cheaper tripod I might eventually grow unhappy with.

  5. Your recommendations were very helpful as in one bittersweet moment I spent my entire Christmas allowance on the Gitzo 2541 and a new Lowepro Fastpack.

  6. I had my eye on a Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod but your comment “it doesn’t have the horizontal center column feature” has me questioning my decision. However Amazon states – “Much like the aluminum 190XPROB, the new 190CX has the innovative Q90° (quick center column system).” Have I mis-understood? Does that not make the aluminium and carbon fiber versions the same?


  7. Malcolm, I just looked the specs and you’re right, it also has the same center column as the aluminum model. Thanks for the notification.

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  9. I chose the Benbo Trekker over the Manfrotto 190. It has true spiked feet (Manfrotto spiked feet are 1cm long), the legs are waterproof, meaning you can use it on wet ground, as is often the case in the outdoors, it has a hook to add more WEIGHT (the winds can be fierce on mountain tops), it has independently adjustable legs, you can set it up between a rock and a hard place on the side of a mountain (the spiked feet also help), and fundamentally, it was designed to be an outdoor tripod from the start. Also, for me, they are made in England.

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