For birders, outdoor enthusiasts, and wildlife researchers, the best resource for tripods on the Web is Optics4Birding.
We carry an amazing selection of tripods at price points to suit any budget, and help people get the most out of their
outdoor activities. Pair one of our many tripods with a spotting scope,
binoculars, or a camera and discover the
smooth imaging and extended-use comfort only a tripod-mounted optic can provide.
Tripod Brands We Carry
Optics4Birding is proud to offer our customers a wide selection of tripods and tripod accessories,
starting with affordable models for the budget-conscious all the way to top-of-the-line tripods for professional use. Our company employees test and
use the tripods we carry, giving them the product knowledge that can help you select the right tripod for your own uses. We offer tripods from some
of the most highly-respected companies like:
How Do I Choose the Right Tripod?
As with any outdoor equipment choice, there is no one right answer to the question “Which tripod should I buy?”
Customers should have ideas about how the tripod will be used, where it might be used, and how far it may have
to be carried out in the field. Also, it is important to have a budget in mind. Optics4Birding carries models
at various price points, giving our customers many choices to suit whatever budget they have to work with.
Tripods come in many sizes and models. For use with larger optics like heavy spotting scopes or video cameras,
heavyweight tripods with sturdy legs make a great choice to help stabilize the optic during use. A good example
of a pro-quality tripod is the
055 Carbon Fiber KIT-3S Photo Movie Head. For travelers who want to pack light, such as for backpacking
and quick outdoor getaways, compact tripod models are a smart solution.
The Barska Lightweight Tripod is a great choice
for its small size and portable nature. Some tripods can even be used to support binoculars.
Many tripods are made from anodized aluminum for durability, while more expensive models may feature carbon fiber
legs to shave some weight from the unit. Carbon fiber also dampens vibration much better than aluminum, and is
therefore a must for those intending long range photography or videography. Most tripods come with either 3-
or 4-section extendable legs for versatility and support on uneven terrain. Backpacking tripods may have as
many as 6 leg sections for compactness. For all-around use, rubber feet on the bottoms of the legs provide
adequate support. For more challenging environments, such as use on ice or frozen ground, spiked feet may offer
more security against wind shift. A sturdy model with spiked feet such as the
Celestron Heavy Duty
Alt-Azimuth Tripod is a good example.
Do You Carry Tripod Accessories?
In addition to our extensive range of tripods, Optics4Birding also carries accessories to make transporting
and using your new tripod better than ever. To keep your tripod protected while traveling or when not in use,
our selection of tripod cases are incredibly useful. Carrying
tripods into the field may require the use of a strap, and we carry a wide selection of
shoulder straps and pouches in our online
storefront. For additional support when using a large spotting scope or a video camera,
camera brackets make a lot of sense.
Many experienced tripod users prefer a fluid head. These heads, made by brands like Slik and Manfrotto, give
users smooth motion without vibration or jiggling for tracking moving objects like birds or other wildlife.
The fluid heads allow one to position the optic quickly and easily, locking into place once the objective is
located. Tripods may come with a fluid head from the factory, or may be retrofitted with such a head after purchase.
The Slik 504 QF-II Fluid Effect Video Head is an
excellent example of an affordable fluid head for tripods. A more expensive model is the
which is our best digiscoping head. Manfrotto tripod heads are some of the industry’s most respected fluid heads.
The Optics4Birding Quality Difference
No other company offers the selection, the pricing, and the variety of tripods that Optics4Birding carries.
We are serious about outdoor activities like birding, wildlife observation, and sporting events, and we are
committed to providing our customers with the best equipment at the most competitive prices. Our company has
developed a reputation for quality that is backed by some of the most outstanding customer service in the optics
industry. Optics4Birding stands behind every product we sell with our signature no-hassle
return policy and
our easy-to-use online shopping storefront.
In addition to our selection and service, Optics4Birding proudly offers our customers our exclusive
Price Guarantee. We will meet or beat any advertised price
from an authorized dealer on the same item. Best of all, most orders ship free!