Hi everyone, I noticed many of the threads in this section were asking members to recommend a tripod, so I thought I'd start a sticky where everyone can post comments about their own tripod and what they think of it. Then whenever anyone asks for a tripod recommendation, we can simply point them here.
Please keep this thread just for comments on your own tripod - if you have any questions, please start a new thread. Thanks!
I'll start it off!
My main tripod for testing cameras and lenses is a Manfrotto 055CXPRO3
. This tripod is tall, sturdy but very light due to its carbon fibre construction. I chose it over the 190 version as I needed it to reach eye-height without extending the centre column. I chose it over the 055 aluminium version because it's much lighter and I often need to carry it around town while testing.
I use this with a 701HDV fluid head because it's more stable than a three-axis head, while also allowing smooth pans when testing video.
The 055CXPRO3 and head are transported in a Manfrotto MBAG80PN bag.
My travel tripod is a Gitzo 1541T with a Markins Q3T ball head. It's an expensive combination, but if you want stability in a small and light package, it's hard to beat. You can read more about it in my Photographing Alaskan Bears
My backup tripod for general use is my 15 year old Manfrotto 190 with 460MG magnesium head. The latter head also finds itself on my 055CXPRO3 when the fluid head isn't required. Fitted with that head, it's surprisingly light considering its size and stability.
I also use a selection of Gorillapods. I've started using the Gorillapod Focus as a cheap filming rig! See this thread