In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel is the best tripod for Sony a5100 cameras currently available on the market right now. With more and more of the budget brands innovating their production processes they are able to offer some very high-quality tripods at some very budget-friendly prices.
In this article, we will be focusing on two of these tripods. We have seen people online dismiss the lesser known tripod brands but a quick look at the reputations of these products should put your mind at ease. Additionally, both of the tripods in this article outperform and outclass the competing tripods at their respective price points helping to keep them ahead of their competition.
The Zomei Z818 Tripod
The Z818 is based around the standard three-leg ball head tripod design while being mostly made from a Magnesium and Aluminium alloy along with some high-quality plastics. Not only does this help keep the overall weight of the tripod as low as possible but it also helps make it as stable and robust as it can without making it overly heavy.
Although the Z818 is a full sized tripod with a max extended height of 65 inches some people have taken to also using it as a travel tripod due to it being so lightweight and having a collapsed height of 18 inches.
The image to the left shows a nice close up of the ball head design of the tripod as well as the key features of the head. As you can see, it comes with a simple and easy to use quick release plate so you are able to mount and unmount your Sony A5100 to and from the tripod without wasting time.
If you have other cameras that you will need to use with the tripod then additional cheap quick release plates are available (Click here to check for product prices and availability) that will work with the z818. Picking a few of these up will allow you to quickly swap between your various cameras on the fly as required during your photography session.
Another key feature of the Z818 that helps it keep ahead of the competing budget friendly tripods is the location of its bubble level. Even with your Sony A5100 mounted on the tripod as well as your lens of choice the bubble level is still easy to see. This allows you to quickly adjust the placement of your tripod legs as needed without having to remove your camera rig to ensure the tripod is horizontal.
The tripod is very easy to set up due to its twist lock leg system so with a little practice you will be able to set up your full rig and be ready to go in under one minute. The rubber shoes on at the base of each of the legs also help to keep the tripod stable and sturdy in all conditions even when outdoors in the cold and wet.
If you are in the market for a trustworthy tripod that won’t break the bank, has an existing positive reputation with the community and will serve your Sony A5100 well then we definitely feel that you should check out the Zomei Z818 Tripod.
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
The Q555 is more of a traditional travel tripod with a smaller frame made from super lightweight Aluminum with a ball head design. That said, although it is smaller and lighter than its Z818 cousin above, it still comes with a maximum payload of just over around 17.6lbs meaning that it can easily take the 0.62lbs weight of your Sony A5100 as well as have plenty of load left for your lens of choice.
The image to the right shows the head of the Q555 in a little more detail and as you can see, even though it is a budget tripod it comes with all the core functionality.
Again, coming from Zomei the bubble level on the tripod head has been positioned so you are easily able to see it even with your Sony A5100 mounted as well as your lens of choice. If you do pick up the Q555 and use it as a travel tripod then this simple feature will end up saving you a bunch of time while you are trying to capture your epic landscape vistas.
Again, the Q555 also comes with a standard twist lock system on its legs that will quickly lock the legs in place to provide plenty of support for an A5100. The rubber shoes at the base of each leg will also prevent it from accidentally slipping when used in wet or snowy conditions keeping your A5100 as safe as possible.
We feel that the Q555 will make an excellent addition to anyone’s camera accessories and that our readers who own a Sony A5100 should definitely consider picking up it as its so cheap while also offering a ton of functionality.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Zomei Q555 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.