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Really Right Stuff Versa VS-24 with BH-40 ballhead
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Specific Tripod Recommendations

Please first read Selecting a Tripod.

Gitzo is the most popular brand among serious photographers— just take any intermediate or advanced photography workshop and 8/10 tripods will be Gitzo.

Yet Gitzo makes it almost impossible to figure out what to get, with an enormous lineup, and a baffling web site that is almost unusable. The Gitzo line also changes regularly, so model numbers that are close usually indicate very similar functionality.

Choosing just one tripod and ballhead can be a challenge. Photographers who travel and/or backpack or hike are going to need additional flexibility over a solid but heavy setup. Specialists (e.g., bird photographers) are going to need additional choices also.

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