Best carbon fibre tripod: 5 top models tested and rated

Best carbon fibre tripod:5 top models tested and rated

Things to consider when buying a carbon fibre tripod

Things to consider when buying a carbon fibre tripod

Lose your head
You can mix and match tripods and heads from different manufacturers. Kits tend to be cheaper, so we’ve listed both the kit and separate prices.

The long and short of it
Tripods with more leg sections fold up more compactly, but tend to be flimsier because each joint is a potential weak point, and the lower legs spindlier.

Three-way heads
Three-way heads have separate controls for vertical and horizontal movement, whereas ball heads enable free movement in all directions.

Carbon neutral
Many carbon fibre tripods actually have heavier aluminium centre columns; the exceptions here are FLM and 3-Legged Thing’s tripods, which are carbon fibre.

How low can you go?
The Eddie comes with a short column for low shooting, but an alternative is to invert the centre column and shoot with the camera upside-down. A pivoting boom also allows you to shoot low, or at awkward angles, and is great for macro.

PAGE 1 – Best carbon fibre tripod: 01 Manfrotto 290 MT294C3

PAGE 2 – Best carbon fibre tripod: 02 Giottos Silk Road YTL8354
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Best carbon fibre tripod: 03 3 Legged Thing 3LT X2 Eddie
PAGE 4 – Best carbon fibre tripod: 04 Vanguard ABEO Pro 283CGH
PAGE 5 – Best carbon fibre tripod: 05 FLM CP30-M4S Centerpod
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Which carbon fibre tripod was best?
PAGE 7 – Things to consider when buying a carbon fibre tripod


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  • Mike M

    Those are the TOP models? As for your #1……. Yea ok. It’s only 55″.And so at 6’3 that center column would have to be extended to save your back. It only holds 11lbs? So much for any big sig on it. It’ll hold barely and I mean BARELY twice the weight of a rig with a tele on it. This is not in your travel or budget tripod sections so where are your Gitzo and Really Right Stuff reviews?

  • Sue Basler

    I recently bought the Eddie – by far not a cheap tripod and the more I use it the more disappointed I am. The reasons – the lack of a quick release plate is often really irritating and if you tighten it a bit too much and your fingers are a bit damp or numb from cold it is a bugger to undo. Attaching the plate to the camera is a hassle – having to find a coin somewhere, so I solved that by making a hole in a coin and attaching it to my camera strap – mmmm. Possibly the most disturbing thing is that with all the knobs at their tightest there is lateral play in the head. It is not much but when using a long zoom it is huge. The play seems to be coming from inside the head and no amount of tightening fixes the problem, so I am off to the shop where I bought it to return it as it is just not worth what I paid for it as far as convenience and reliability goes. I would also like to add that unless you tighten the ball head really really tight it does not carry the weight of my camera with the sigma 150-500 without sagging.
    My score – 5/10