Best budget tripods: 6 top models tested and rated

Best budget tripods: 6 top models tested and rated

Jessops Major Carbon Fibre

Best Budget Tripods: Jessops Major Carbon Fibre

Price: £80, $125
Buy it: Currently second-hand; new models to be confirmed soon by Jessops’ new ownership

NOTE TO READERS: At the time we tested these budget tripods, Jessops was still in existence. Since then, the company has gone into administration. We have included the Jessops tripod in this test, however, because many are available second-hand – and what’s more, it has been announced that Jessops will relaunch as an online only business.

Remarkably lightweight at just 1.8kg, the Jessops Major Carbon Fibre has three-section legs that enable it to stretch from 64cm (when folded) to a fairly meagre maximum operating height of 161cm.

Meanwhile, the maximum load is rated at 5kg for the legs and 6kg for the three-way head included in the kit.

One nice touch is that the four-position multi-angle legs can be rotated to an almost upright position – handy if you need to shoot very close to a wall.

However, both the legs and head feel a little flimsy and lacking in stability, especially compared with those on the chunkier aluminium tripods on test.

We say… Not the sturdiest tripod on test, nor the tallest, but it makes for a lightweight carrying option.

Features: 3
Build Quality: 3
Image Quality: 3
Value for money: 3

Score: 3/5

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PAGE 3: Best budget tripods – Hama Omega Carbon II
PAGE 4: Best budget tripods – Jessops Major Carbon Fibre
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