When people ask me about camera they should upgrade too, my usual response usually comes as a surprise. Instead of recommending the latest and greatest mirrorless camera. I usually tell them that a tripod is a much more valuable and cheaper tool to look at instead of a new camera.
Ok, lets jump in!
How I Found The Best Tripods For Nikon Cameras
While tripods may seem all the same from the outside, once you dig a little deeper, you start to see the subtle differences which can actually make an impact on your photography in a negative or positive way. So after much research and testing, here are the things I look out for when it comes to Nikon cameras.
- Build Quality: As we will be putting expensive camera bodies and lenses on top of these tripods, have a sturdy and well mad tripod is a must for peace of mind.
- Load Capacity: Shooting with DSLR’s, full frame and compact SLR cameras, having a tripod that can with stand these load with a telephoto lenses attached is essential.
- Stability: Tripods are made for stabilisation, so one that con provide this on all terrains is a must while still providing pin point sharpness for my images.
- Compatibility: Having a tripod that can go between different Nikon models if I was to upgrade was very important to me as I don’t want to purchase another tripod. Also having the ability to go between camera brands.
- Value: Tripods can range from $15-$1,500 depending on ones needs. So I tried to keep the price down while not sacrificing on features, quality or functions.
Top 3 Best Tripods For Nikon D3400, D3300 & D700 Cameras
1. Neewer Carbon Fiber 66″ Tripod/Monopod
Neewer Carbon Fiber 66″ Tripod/Monopod Specifications
Collapsed Height: 19.0″
Extended Height: 66.1″
Maximum Load: 26.5 lbs
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Neewer Carbon Fiber 66″ Tripod/Monopod Review
First up on my list is a very versatile tripod from Neewer which have been creating great photography lights and tripods for nearly 10 years. Neewer’s emphasis is on building fantastic high quality equipment for the budget savvy photography. That tradition continues with this tripod.
I have been using this tripod with my Nikon D3400 for the past 6 months and have absolutely loved the versatility that it gives me. Straight away, I was impressed by the robust build quality which is made with carbon fiber and stainless steel for the ball head.
Having the carbon fiber is great as it keeps this tripod to a minimal weight of 3.40lbs while still being incredibly stable while taking nigh time shots with my D3400. At full extension, it reaches just over 66 inches which was great for a taller person like myself!
The only real grudge I had with this tripod, if you could call it that, was the twist locks instead of the level locks. At the end of the day, this is only a personal preference, so I can’t mark it down for this. Overall this is a great unit that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone using a Nikon camera!
2. ZOMEi Z818 Tripod/Monopod
ZOMEi Z818 Tripod/Monopod Specifications
Collapsed Height: 22.0″
Extended Height: 65.0″
Maximum Load: 7.6 lbs
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ZOMEi Z818 Tripod/Monopod Review
Next up on my list is a great offering by Zomei, which too be honest, is almost identical to the above Neewer tripod. One of the biggest differences however is that this tripod is made out of aluminium as opposed to carbon fiber.
One draw back to having the aluminium vs the carbon fiber is that this tripod actually weighs more. Coming in at 3.70lbs. But where the real big difference occurs is in the maximum load capacity which is almost three times as much with the Neewer.
However I did find that the load capacity of 7.6lbs was more than enough, even when using my Nikon D3300 and a 600mm lens. This came in very useful when doing bird and wildlife photography.
3. Manfrotto MKCOMPACTACN-BK Compact Action Tripod
Manfrotto MKCOMPACTACN-BK Compact Action Tripod Specifications
Weight: 2.64 lbs
Collapsed Height: 17.83″
Extended Height: 53.36″
Maximum Load: 3.30 lbs
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Manfrotto MKCOMPACTACN-BK Compact Action Tripod Review
Last but not least on my list of the best tripods for Nikon cameras is the uber portable and affordable Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod. This is actually the first ever tripod that I purchased for my original Nikon P900.
Fast forward 6 years and still use this tripod for a large chunk of my photography and even video work!
As the name suggests, this tripod is compact which makes it great for traveling, hiking, backpacking and more. It is also very lightweight, coming in at 2.64lbs. If you want to learn more about this tripod, you can see my full review here.