Welcome to our article where we will be going over what we feel is the best Zomei tripod for Canon 1300d camera owners currently available on the market right now. Thankfully, the Zomei tripod range is seeing almost exponential growth due to rightfully earning a solid reputation within the community for providing excellent performance for a very low price tag.
As the Canon 1300d is just over 1 pound in weight with batteries pretty much any tripod is going to be able to support it even when you add the weight of popular accessories like a camera lens. We are also fully aware that our readers have different budgets available for their accessories so we will be recommending two Zomei tripods.
If you are on a tight budget and have to keep your costs as low as possible then it may be worth taking a look at the Zomei compact lightweight travel tripod (Click here to check for product prices and availability) but if you have a slightly larger budget available we would recommend that you pick up the Zomei Z818 (Click here to check for product prices and availability).
For the rest of the article, we will be focusing on the Zomei Z818 as we feel it is without a doubt the best tripod on the market right now in the sub $100 price bracket and we are massive fans of it. Additionally, the Z818 has an excellent reputation within the community with both photographers and videographers thinking highly of it.
User Interface And Control System
Zomei has taken the time to pack the Z818 with all the features you could ever need for your Canon 1300d while also ensuring that the tripod is as easy to use as possible. This makes it the ideal tripod for first-time tripod users and experienced photographers and videographers alike. If this is your first tripod then it has all the features that you will want in the future and will prevent you from having to purchase another tripod in a year or so with more advanced features.
The Z818 camera tripod uses the twist lock leg locking system as shown in the image above and the system has proven to be extremely effective. We know that some people do prefer to use the flip lock system but personally, we are fans of the twist locks like the ones on the Z818. We find that they are quicker and easier to set up when you arrive at the location you require your tripod while also providing the same level of stability to your Canon 1300d when in use.
As the Zomei Z818 is predominantly a travel tripod, the whole system has been designed to be as small, lightweight, and quick to set up and the twist locks play right into this. If you are planning on using your Canon 1300d for any kind of travel photography or videography then this can help to save you valuable time over the course of your day, especially if you are planning to work at a number of different locations and have to pack up your kit multiple times each day.
The included ball head with the tripod is shown in the image above and considering that the Z818 is a sub $100 tripod, it is actually great quality and does a great job while also being very easy to use. The bubble level on the head is also visible once you have mounted your Canon 1300d to the tripod allowing you to quickly and easily glance down to ensure that your rig is level. We have lost count of the number of sub $100 tripods that put their bubble levels somewhere that is blocked as soon as you mount your camera rig.
If you do plan to do any panoramic photography or slow pan landscape videography then it is probably a good idea to pick a pan head (Click here to check for product prices and availability) for the Zomei Z818. This will make it much easier to get the smooth movement required with your Canon 1300d when moving it from left to right but we doubt many of our readers are going to be doing this if looking to pick up a more budget-friendly tripod.
The quick release plate system for the Z818 is shown in the image above and it allows you to quickly and easily mount or unmount your Canon 1300d to or from the Zomei Z818 as required. If you have an additional camera to your 1300d then additional quick release plates (Click here to check for product prices and availability) are easy to source cheaply and allow you to quickly and easily switch between your camera units on the tripod.
Performance And Functionality
There is no doubt in our mind that the main reason that the Zomei Z818 has proven to be as popular as it is and grow such a large core customer base while earning the excellent reputation it has is due to its excellent level of performance. Not only does it provide some great image stabilization for your Canon 1300d to help improve your image quality but it also has a number of features to ensure that your camera rig is safe and secure when mounted.
We have made the short list below of some of the key features of the Zomei Z818 that we feel most of our readers will want to know:-
- Max Load Capacity – 33 pounds.
- Tripod Net Weight – 3.7 pounds.
- Maximum height – 65 inches.
- Folded Length – 18 inches.
As we mentioned earlier, as the Z818 was initially designed as a travel tripod it is very versatile and can easily be tweaked to meet the needs of your specific situation too. This also allows you to tweak the performance of the tripod to meet the needs of multiple photography niches too.
For example, the center column on the Zomei Z818 can be fully inverted as shown in the image above. This allows you to get your Canon 1300d as close to the ground as possible while still providing it with all the image stabilization that the tripod would provide it within the upright position. If you use your Canon 1300d for macro photography and plan to be taking photographs of bugs or plans at ground level then this is an excellent feature to have.
You can then quickly and easily switch the center column on the Z818 back to the upright position and use it for portrait or landscape photography within seconds too. The fully adjustable legs also allow you to provide your Canon 1300d with some great image stabilization on terrain that would otherwise be a nightmare to work on.
The counterweight hook at the base of the center column also allows you to add additional weight to the tripod in windy conditions to help prevent it from blowing over. As both the Zomei Z818 and the Canon 1300d are pretty light bits of kit, this can actually be a real threat when outdoors in high wind. Thankfully though, as shown in the image above, you can hang your bag or backpack from the counterweight hook to add the stability to the tripod and ensure the wind is unable to blow it over.
Another great feature of the Zomei Z818 is that it also provides you with full monopod functionality as shown in the image above. Now, the usefulness of this is definatley going to depend on what you are actually using your Canon 1300d for but being able to quickly and easily detach a leg from the tripod to use as a fully fledged standalone monopod is a great feature.
In addition to this, as shown in the image below, the Zomei Z818 has a very easy detatching system to quickly and easily detach the monopod leg and center column from the main tripod body. If you are out and about and have to hike to a location to capture photographs or video footage with your Canon 1300d then this can be a quick way to reduce the weight you have to take with you.
We feel that you are going to be hard pressed to find a competing tripod in this price bracket that offers as much functionality and the level of performance that the Zomei Z818 can offer your Canon 1300d.
Build Quality And Design
Another strong feature that the Zomei Z818 has going for is its excellent build quality and design. As the majority of the tripod is made from a strong aluminium alloy it ensures that it is both lightweight and robust while keeping the price tag as low as possible when compared to the higher price tags of the carbon fiber-based tripods.
As we have mentioned earlier in the article, the twist lock leg locks on the Zomei Z818 perform very well and do a great job of ensuring that your Canon 1300d is safe and secure during use. We were unable to find a single report during the research phase of this article where a customer had reported the tripod failing on them and their camera rig falling to the ground.
The body of the Z818 also has an anodic oxidation coat along with an anti-corrosion treatment applied to it to ensure that it will last you for many years to come. The treatments also do a great job of preventing the build-up of rust on the various locks and joints on the tripod that can sometimes result in seizing having a direct result in the performance of the tripod.
The foam hand grips on the tripod shown in the image above also allow you to comfortably hold it for extended periods of time without issue. This can be an advantage to you if you use your Canon 1300d for vlogging and are planning on talking into your camera while holding it mounted on a tripod. Although this may seem a strange thing to do, vlogging into your camera while holding it mounted on a tripod helps keep the camera steady even when walking to get a better image quality.
Question – Is there spiked feet on the Zomei Z818 if you remove the rubber feet?
Answer – Yes, the tripod has stability spikes to allow you to dig the tripod into surfaces for increase stability.
Question – Does the Zomei Z818 use a 1/4 inch or 1/8 inch mounting screw?
Answer – It uses the 1/4 inch thread size to mount a tripod head to the tripod body.
Third Party Reports
In addition to that, if you have the time, you can click here to read some independent reviews of the tripod from independent photographers and videographers who are using it as their tripod of choice.
That brings our article on what we feel is the best Zomei tripod for Canon 1300d camera owners on the market right now. We hope that our readers have found this article helpful and that we have done a good job of explaining why we feel that the Zomei Z818 is the best tripod for the camera. The Zomei Z818 will make a great addition to your camera accessories and be an excellent source of image stabilization for your Canon 1300d and we feel it is well worth the money.