The 37 best photography accessories in 2017

22. Nest Traveller NT-6294CK Carbon Fibre Tripod & Monopod kit

Despite its travel-friendly size, this setup will hold 20kg worth of kit

Folded/extended height: 166cm/45cm

Excellent capacity: 20kg is way beyond what most people need
Arca Swiss-type quick-release plate is a little fiddly

N-Photo magazine awarded this tripod with a Great Value badge in its recent group test, concluding that "for a carbon fibre travel tripod on a budget, the Nest is unbeatable." It folds down to just 45cm and has a respectable maximum operating height of 166cm, and can hold a staggering 20kg when used with this ball head. You can even take a leg off and use it as a monopod!

23. Benro GoPlus Travel FGP18A Tripod

Packed with high-end features, this is a supremely versatile tripod

Folded/extended height: 165cm/46cm

Features, design and performance are all very difficult to fault
You can find travel tripods with slightly smaller folder lengths

This set of legs won the Best on Test badge in a recent N-Photo group test, scoring five starts in almost every category. With a 46cm folded length, a 165cm height and a hefty load capacity, it ticks all the right boxes for those on the move in need of a study photographic companion. Partner it up with the Benro B0 ballhead and you have yourself a winner.

Read more: The best cameras under £500

24. Novo Explora MP20 Monopod

Solid but affordable – what's not to like?

Folded/extended height: 57.5cm/182cm

Excellent price for a carbon fibre model
Not quite the shortest when folded, but this is a minor point

The winner of our recent monopod roundup, this carbon fibre option weighs just 480g but provides rock-solid support for payloads up to 20kg. The monopod folds down to a length of 57cm, which isn't quite as short as some others, but it's still one that you can easily strap to the side of your bag. You can buy it here.

25. Joby GorillaPod Hybrid Tripod for Compact System Cameras with Integrated Ballhead

Weighs little but provides support where conventional tripods cannot

Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 25.7cm

Included ballhead makes it more flexible (and better value)
Shortish legs might not quite wrap everything you need it to

There will be times when you simply won’t be able to use a tripod. Maybe you’re working in a confined environment, or at a tourist hotspot where they're not permitted. In these situations, Joby’s Gorillapod will come to the rescue. Compact and lightweight, with support for up to 1kg of kit, its legs can wrap around posts or fences but you can also it straight up when you need to.

26. Benro MAD49a

Impressively rigid, with flip clamps for a speedy extension

Folded/extended height: 54cm/191cm

191cm extension is impressively long for a monopod
A little heavier than its peers, so maybe less ideal for travelling

The MAD49a is built from a rigid aluminium and can be extended to a massive 191cm. It offers the further benefits of a foam surround for comfortable handling, and we love the fact that the 50mm-diameter foot provides excellent grip on flat surfaces, with the ball joint linking this to the leg while allowing easy movement.