In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best tripods for Nikon d7000 cameras currently available on the market today. Although many photographers and videographers tend to instantly think of expensive and potentially over price tripod brands like Manfrotto, recent advancements in the production process have enabled some budget-friendly brands to produce some excellent quality tripods.
Both of the tripods that we will be focusing on in this article fit into this new, next-generation set of tripods that utilize modern production techniques to offer the best possible product for the lowest possible price. They both offer great performance and functionality as well as having a solid reputation amongst the community.
The Zomei Z818 Tripod
The Z818 is made from a very lightweight yet very strong Aluminum and Magnesium alloy that ensures that the tripod is light enough for you to easily carry it to your photography location while also being strong enough to support your camera weight and provide great stability.
The tripod head shown in the image to the right is based around a traditional ball head system that has been tried and tested over the years and proven very popular with both photographers and videographers.
It comes with a very easy to use quick release plate to allow you to quickly mount and unmount your Nikon D7000 as required. If you have a number of cameras in your collection and you plan to use them with your new tripod then you can also pick up some additional quick release plates (Click here to check for product prices and availability) for cheap that will work with the Z818 allowing you to swap between your cameras as required on the fly.
Although it is lightweight enough to be used as a travel tripod, its max height sixty-five inches allows you to use it as a full-size tripod when needed too. The legs on the Z818 use the tried and tested twist lock system to enable you to quickly set up your tripod rig and get on with your task at hand with minimal effort required.
The rubber shoes at the base of the legs of the tripod also offer superior stability from the tripod when used both indoors and out no matter the conditions or surfaces that you need to use it on. One of the legs of the tripod can also be removed and quickly turned into a fully fledged monopod so you can reduce the amount of weight you need to carry while still getting some stability when you reach your location.
The base of the tripods center column also has a counterweight hook shown in the image to the right to allow you to add more weight to the tripod to increase stability when used in windy conditions. Although you can pick up specifically designed tripods, you can usually get away by just hanging your coat or backpack off the hook to increase the overall weight on the tripod.
All in all, we feel that the Zomei Z818 will make a great addition to your camera accessories. It will make a great partner for your Nikon D7000 and provide a ton of functionality without you needing to break the bank. Its performance is on par with that of tripods that are much more expensive and we would highly recommend that our readers seriously consider picking up the Z818.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Zomei Z818 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Zomei Q555 Tripod
It is based around the standard three-leg, ball head design and is made from Aluminum to keep it as lightweight as possible so it is very easy to carry while traveling while remaining very strong. When fully collapsed the tripod is around seventeen and a half inches long making it very easy to include the tripod with your luggage if needed. All that said, the tripod still offers excellent levels of stability while also being very strong, its maximum payload capacity is around seventeen pounds allowing it to easily take the two-pound weight of your d7000 while also leaving plenty of spare weight for heavy zoom lenses or whatever accessories you use.
The ball head of the Q555 is shown in the image to the left. The lip to the left of the quick release plate on the head is the bubble level for the tripod. Unlike many competing budget friendly tripods, you can easily see and check the bubble level even when you have your d7000 and your lens of choice mounted on the tripod.
This allows you to quickly and easily check that your tripod is level within seconds without needing to fully unmount your camera rig, adjust the tripod as required and then remount your camera rig to continue. Although this may sound like a small detail, over the course of a photography session it can save you a ton of time and effort.
Although the Q555 comes with a ball head as standard, any people choose to also pick up the Panhead accessory (Click here to check for product prices and availability) to offer better performance when taking panoramic photographs or recording those epic slow pan vista shots for your videos. Even with the Panhead accessory, the Q555 still works out to be cheaper than the majority of its competition while performing at a similar, if not better level.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Zomei Q555 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.