In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel is the best range of tripods for Nikon d3200 cameras for various price points and situations currently available on the market right now. Only you know your own personal photography requirements but we are confident that at least one of these tripods will be able to meet your needs.
Each of these tripods has an excellent reputation within the photography community as well as being considered the best tripod available for its specific category. We know that there are tripods available in the $500 range and over but the majority of our readers do not have that kind of a budget available to them so we will be looking at tripods under the $150 range. We fell that this allows us to recommend an entry level, mid-level, and high-level tripod within this price point to serve our readers best.
The Best High-End Tripod For Nikon D3200 Cameras
The ball head of the TM2534T is outstanding for the price. Its internal dampening effect allows you to record video on the tripod while having a very smooth and accurate panning effect if you have to change the direction of your camera or track something while recording. The panning ability of the ball head is something many competing brands at this price point have overlooked allowing the TM2534T to pull out ahead of the competition and establish itself as the leading tripod in this range.
You will notice that one of the legs on the tripod has additional foam around it as well as the “Detachable Monopod” indication on it as shown in the image to the left. As you may have guessed, you are able to quickly and easily unscrew this leg to make a highly-effective monopod for your Nikon d3200.
Once you have unscrewed the leg, unscrew the head of the TM2534T fully detaching it from the tripod body and then attach the removed leg and head together. This will create a fully functioning monopod that is lighter and smaller than the main tripod while still offering similar functionality.
Once you no longer need the monopod, simply repeat the process in reverse to rebuild your tripod ready for use again. The whole process of either building your monopod or rebuilding your tripod can be done in less than a minute.
As you would expect for a tripod at this price, the TM2534T has a very robust weight hook at the bottom of the center post as shown in the image to the right. You are able to attach additional tripod weights to this hook to further increase the sturdiness of the TM2534T in high-wind and various other conditions. This helps to keep your Nikon d3200 and lens of choice safer by preventing the tripod from blowing or falling over.
Although there are a number of styles of tripod weights out there, we always recommend the sandbag style weights from Neewer (Click here to check for product prices and availability). They are very effective, easy to use and cheap with a solid reputation.
The quick release plate on the TM2534T is very easy to use allowing you to keep your Nikon 3200 attached to the plate while removing it from your tripod to snap photographs elsewhere. You are then able to quickly and easily reattach your camera to the tripod when required without issue.
The video below offers an independent opinion of the TM2534T and its performance as a tripod that we feel you may find useful.
Another feature that we love about the TM2534T is how easy you are able to separate the center post into its inner and outer sections. This allows you to extend the inner section up and out of the outer section and then rotate it through ninety degrees left or right while being able to move it around a three hundred and sixty-degree axis as shown in the image to the left.
This allows you to get some angles other tripods can’t compete with while also being able to use the tripod for any overhead photographs you require. The process of extending the center post and locking it in position can be completed within seconds when you are used to the process.
The majority of the tripod is made up of high-quality aluminum to help keep the weight as low as possible. Without any additional equipment on the tripod, it comes in at just under three pounds with the dimensions of 4.5 x 19 x 5 inches. This allows you to easily store the tripod while on the move as well as travel with it easily.
The TM2534T also comes with a surprisingly high-quality storage bag included as standard at no additional cost. The zipper bag offers around half an inch of padding all around the bag to help keep your tripod safe and secure when not in use. The bag also contains an Allen key to allow you to easily adjust the tripod as well as some different neck piece attachments to change the functionality of the head of the tripod as required.
The Best Mid-Ranged Tripod For Nikon D3200 Cameras
The ball head on the Q555 is fluid and smooth when panning with it although resistance is a little light at times. The head does have a number of dials that you can tighten up to increase the amount of resistance applied and offer smoother more responsive panning when using the tripod. Although tightening the dials does help with the planning, it may not be smooth enough for slow, long video pans and we would recommend you go with the TM2534T (Click here to check for product prices and availability) covered above if video panning is something you require.
One thing that we would like to mention is that some of the more bulk cameras may limit the visibility of the spirit level although this should not be an issue when using a Nikon 3200 with it. A quick and easy way to fix this is to attach your camera to the quick release plate of the Q555, remove it off the tripod and make sure the spirit level is how you want it without your camera attached.
Even if your camera does block your view of the spirit level when on the tripod, you should be able to see enough of it when your camera is reapplied to see if the tripod has held its position with the additional weight of your camera and lens or not.
The center column of the Q555 can be flipped upside down to offer the stability of the tripod for some unique low angle photographs too. The process is quick and easy and only required you to tweak a few dials before being able to complete the action taking around thirty seconds at most.
The Q555 also uses the more modern level lock system for its legs that is extremely quick and safe when compared to some competing tripods that use the twist lock system. Depending on the type of photographs you take, simply using the level lock system can end up saving you a surprising amount of time. The independent video below compares the Zomei Q555 (this tripod) that uses the flip lock system and its cousin, the Zomei Z699C (Click here to check for product prices and availability) that uses the twist lock system. You can click here to read our full review of the Zomei Z699C tripod if you like.
The quick release plate on the Q555 is very easy to use and it has a built in lock system to help keep your camera safe if you have not reattached the plate correctly. This can literally save your Nikon d3200 and lens as some photography sessions have a lot going on at the same time and you may accidentally not refit the release plate correctly. On competing tripods, this could end in disaster but thankfully, the Q555 can help prevent this.
The Q555 also comes with an additional weight hook at the base of the center post as shown in the image to the left. The hook is able to hold a surprisingly high amount of additional weight for the price point of the tripod helping increase its stability in various conditions.
Again, if you think that you may need to actually use the weight hook when taking your photographs we would recommend that you pick up the sandbag style weights from Neewer (Click here to check for product prices and availability). Not only are they cheap and easy to transport but they are very effective and fit the hook perfectly without issue.
The Q555 dimensions come in at 4.5 x 19 x 5 inches with a weight of 2.9 pounds making it pretty much standard sized while also being easy and light enough to store in your photography bag without issue.
The Best Cheap Tripod For Nikon D3200 Cameras
In our opinion, the best cheap lightweight tripod that is also suitable for video for your Nikon 3200 is the AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod (Click here to check for product prices and availability). Although it has been designed as a no-frills cheap tripod for DSLR cameras that hasn’t stopped it becoming an almost instant hit within the photography community managing to earn over six thousand independent reviews from third-party photographers to date.
The head of the tripod comes with a decent quality spirit bubble that is accurate, easy to see, and easy to use as shown in the image to the left. The Nikon 3200 will not block your view of the spirit level when mounted on the AmazonBasics 60-Inch allowing for quick and easy adjustments.
The head of the tripod offers a relatively smooth pan and tilt movement with a good range of motion but we would not recommend it for video use as its movement is very jumpy. To be honest, at this price point this is expected and if you are wanting a tripod for your Nikon 3200 to use with video then you should look into the TM2534T (Click here to check for product prices and availability) covered first on our list.
The head of the AmazonBasics 60-Inch tripod does have an easy to use quick release plate that functions as you would expect but you are also able to swap it out for some other accessories. If you are done recording with your camera for the day, you are able to attach a mobile phone attachment (Click here to check for product prices and availability) to the tripod to record with your phone and have some fun.
Considering its price, this tripod has a surprisingly high build quality but they have had to cut some corners to get the price as low as it is.
For example, as shown in the image to the right, the weight hook on the AmazonBasics 60-Inch is made from plastic and is pretty flimsy. Although you can still attach weight bags to it to increase stability, we would not recommend adding too many in case the hook breaks.
Being such a lightweight tripod, we would imagine that it could potentially struggle if you use a long heavy super zoom lens on your camera too.
This coupled with the fact of adding weight bags potentially being a problem would rule out this tripod for use for any intermediate or high-end photographer or videographer in our opinion. A decent quality carry bag is included as standard that is actually better than we thought it would be considering how cheap the tripod actually is. The bag offers you an easy place to store the product while also giving you peace of mind that it won’t easily get damaged or accidently damage something else in your photography bag.
The Best Travel Tripod For Nikon D3200 Cameras
Considering the price and how small this tripod can shrink down to it really does have an outstanding build quality making it perfect for travel photography. The head of the tripod offers very fluid movement with amazingly smooth pan capabilities making this suitable as a tripod to capture those slow, long pans in any video clips you may need.
The ball head can also rotate through ninety degrees around a three hundred and sixty-degree angle to allow you to quickly switch from landscape to portrait if needed within a matter of seconds. The frame and legs are made from high-grade aluminum offering a very light product that has a nice solid feel to it.
The locking system has been designed to be as smooth and easy to operate as possible but doing this multiple times per session can really take up time. Still, we feel it is a handy feature if you plan to use it once or twice each time you are taking photographs though.
The rubber feet on the base of each of the legs offers additional anti-slip protection for the tripod as well as your Nikon 3200 and your lens of choice making it a very safe product to use.
You will notice that one of the three legs on the tripod has a golden ring around it. This particular leg can quickly and easily be unscrewed from the body of the tripod and turned into a monopod similar to the TM2534T covered earlier as shown in the image to the right.
The head of the tripod also screws off quickly and easily to be attached to the single leg to complete the monopod build. Then all you have to do is place the quick release plate with your camera attached back onto the head and you are good to go.
The monopole is an ideal side feature for travel photography, especially if you are planning on doing any backpacking style traveling where you need to travel light and fast as it offers very similar functionality to the tripod without as much bulk or weight.
The counterweight hook on the Rangers 57 inch tripod is high-quality, springloaded, and made from metal making it ideal for balancing the load on the tripod. Again, we would recommend that you take a look at the sandbag style weights from Neewer (Click here to check for product prices and availability) if you are planning to use the counterweight hook.
Finally, the tripod comes in at 15.8 x 4.9 x 4.9 inches with a weight of 2.89 pounds and a very impressive max load 26.5 pounds making it ideal in a large number of travel photography situations.