Tripods from Optics4Birding


A birding tripod is a compromise of weight versus stability, and between compactness and height. Experienced birders look for compact, easy to transport tripods that are tall enough for comfort during extended use and have independently adjustable legs for uneven terrain. A smooth-operating tripod head is essential.

Manfrotto tripods and tripod heads provide stability and resistance to wind vibration and are popular with experienced birders as well as those seeking top quality camera tripods. Check out our Manfrotto tripods, camera tripods and monopod selection today!

Low Cost
Fluid Pan Head

Celestron Regal Premium Tripod
List Price: $260.95 Your Price: $199.95
Save: $61.00

Integrated 2-way
Fluid pan head
Max height 68.8"
4 section aluminum legs
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Slik Pro 700 DX Legs
List Price: $170.00 Your Price: $119.95 Save: $50.05

Aluminum/magnesium/titan alloy
Extends to 6'
Foam rubber
Leg padding on all legs

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Video Head

Fluid Effect Video Head
List Price: $100.00 Your Price: $69.95 Save: $30.05

Solid 2-way fluid video head
Quick release plate
Reversible handle

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Best Value
For Small Scopes

Celestron TrailSeeker Tripod
List Price: $169.95 Your Price: $129.95 Save: $40.00

Weighs 3.9 lbs
Max height 70.5"
4 leg sections for easy packing
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Travel Light

gitzo traveler tripods series 0 4 section
List Price: $556.82 Your Price: $499.99 Save: $56.83

4 Section Carbon
Extends to 4'
Closes to 14.4"
Weight 2lbs

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Compact Tripods

Field Optics Research MicroLite FT5021A
List Price: $139.00 Your Price: $129.99 Save: $9.01

Weighs 2.1 lbs
Closed length is 12.2 in.
Great for backpacking

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Digiscoping Tripod

Vanguard ABEO Plus Carbon Fiber Tripod

Digiscoping Head

Manfrotto MVH500 Pro Fluid Head

Solid and smooth
Sliding plate for adjusting
canter of gravity
Greate for digiscoping

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Manfrotto Aluminum
3 Section Tripod Kit

Manfrotto MK190X3-2W Aluminum 3 Section Tripod Kit

Includes MHXPRO-2W head
with dual fluid pitch control
Max height 66.93'
Total weight 5.95 lbs
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Budget Tripods

Most Popular

Tripods & Heads


Manfrotto 3-Section Monopod




Grip Ball Head

Manfrotto MHXPRO-2W Fluid Head
Grip Action Ball Head


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 Manfrotto Digiscoping Tripod Bundle. 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 Manfrotto MVH500AH, 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!

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