Best Tripods for Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless cameras are the way of the future, they do everything the bulkier and heavier DSLR’s do but come in a much more compact and lighter body. I’ve been using them for around 3 years now and I did a post talking about which mirrorless camera’s I recommend, you’d be surprised how affordable they are! If you want to see how much the pro to entry-level mirrorless cameras cost, then check out the blog post over at this link “Best Mirrorless Cameras”. I talk about which cameras I have used in the past and am currently using at the moment.

This particular post though looks specifically at tripod recommendations for MIRRORLESS CAMERAS, but they will also suit entry level DSLR’s and even PRO DSLR’s combined with the lighter lenses.

Over the years I have gained some valuable experience when it comes to camera gear that I would like to pass on with every so I compiled a list of tripods that suit the modern day mirrorless cameras. I have been creating photographs since the film days but my main digital cameras in the last 10 years have been the Nikon D5100, Nikon D800, Sony RX 100 ii, Sony A7R and the Sony A5100. These cameras range in size from the pocket rocket mirrorless RX 100 series camera to the much larger and heavier PRO DSLR D800. I’ve tried many different builds and sized tripods to go with these cameras as well from the $40 budget tripod all the way up to your $1,000 carbon fiber tripod and ball head.

When it comes to tripods they vary greatly in size and weight just like our camera and lens setups do as well, so it’s important to get a tripod that will match your camera!!! Why is this important you might ask? Well the main problems you can run into is that your ball head may not support the weight of a camera and lens setup or your tripod is over the top in size and features. These over the top tripods can have you carrying many extra kilograms of weight when you are out in the field and it can really tire you out! A good mirrorless camera tripod should be light in weight, be compact when folded up but also be tall enough for you to comfortably see through the camera viewfinder with bending over, so height is also a major factor here.

So without further ado I try to break down the mirrorless camera tripods into categories of price. If you have a large budget for a tripod then you should definitely select the Best Tripod and ball head combo a the bottom of this page but if you are just starting out and want to get your first tripod then there are a lot of other options here as well.

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The Basics Tripod- BEST MIRRORLESS CAMERA TRIPOD APPROX. $100

This Neewer Lightweight Portable 66-inch Carbon Fiber Camera Tripod is a steal at this price! A couple of years ago the cheapest carbon fiber tripods were around $AU300 but now we can get one close to $AU100 which is amazing value. This package also comes with a nice ballhead and custom sized carry bag. Carbon Fiber is a much much lighter material compared to aluminium and its usually anything from 1-4kg lighter. Neweer is trusted brand in the photography market and this one is perfect for those with mirrorless cameras and want they walk around tripod for the city or hiking. Take a look at the link to see how it folds up into a neat little package as well as adjusting into a monopod!

Next Step Up- BEST MIRRORLESS CAMERA TRIPOD APPROX. $200

When you unpack a new manfrotto tripod, you know instantly that you’ve gotten a quality tripod. If you can afford that little extra money to put into a tripod it is definitely worth looking at the Manfrotto BeFree Aluminium Tripods. I have suggested this Aluminium version of the BeFree series first because you can pick one up for such a bargain. Plus because these tripods, being designed for travel, are so compact they are actually really light in weight. There is a lighter version of this tripod as well which I have suggested as my level above this one. They come in a variety of colours and even a neat little carrying case!

Next Step Up in Carbon Fiber- BEST MIRRORLESS CAMERA TRIPOD APPROX. $300

The Manfrotto BeFree Tripod also comes in a carbon fiber option, which means the legs are made out of a super light carbon fiber material. This means the cost of the tripod is a little higher but if weight is an issue for you then this is the better choice of tripod. If you were just going to have the tripod at a function or an event then by all means go for the Manfrotto BeFree Aluminium Tripod. But if you are going to be out hiking up mountains or winding your way through a busy city then I would strongly suggest getting this carbon fiber version of the Manfrotto BeFree Tripods. The build quality is great, they are very compact and are considered a travel tripod. Perfect for your mirrorless cameras, APS-C to Full Frame!

Amazing Quality Travel Tripod- BEST MIRRORLESS CAMERA TRIPOD APPROX. $600

I purchased my first FEISOL tripod 6 years ago and they are offer nothing but professional grade gear! I still actually use it on commercial jobs to this day, so that just shows the build quality and I’ve taken it all over the globe from Japan to Dubai. They’re the kind of tripods that make you proud to own 😉 This is their carbon fiber travel tripod, The Feisol Traveller Tripod 4 Section Carbon Fiber . When you see this tripod fully extended to 73.6″ and feel it’s weight, or lack of weight because it’s so light, you will fall in love with it. Plus being a travel tripod when folded up and it shrinks down to a length of 16.93″ !!! This has got to be one of my favourite tripods that offers a mix of height with light weight carbon fiber quality materials. The perfect ball head for this tripod is the Feisol CB-40D Ball Head

Best of the Best Tripod- BEST MIRRORLESS CAMERA TRIPOD APPROX. $1200

Gitzo GT1544T  + SunwayFoto FB-28i! Ladies and Gentlemen this is your rolls royce level of tripods. Gitzo offers the highest quality tripod and I recommend theGitzo GT1544T due to the mix between height, lightweight and how incredible compact it is after you fold it up. When you get into the professional grade tripods you often buy the legs and ball head separately as they start to be designed specifically for various camera bodies, lenses and uses. Gitzo is known for offering luxury camera tripods and this combination is perfect for the latest Sony, Canon, Fuji, Pentax and Nikon mirrorless cameras. Their latest generation G-Lock technology in the legs is a key feature offering an efficient and balanced system. The SunwayFoto Ballhead is smooth and precise and fits perfectly between the folded legs. There are many high end features on this setup and if you want the best of the best then this is the tripod for you! The tripod legs the Gitzo GT1544T must be purchased separately to the SunwayFoto FB-28i, please see the links below. Another noteworthy piece of information about this ballhead is that it’s completely Arca compatible, so any arca plate style can be used with this ballhead 🙂

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