The new entry-level tripods from Rollei are something very special: the new series of tripods, which can only be purchased online, is specially designed for beginners and therefore convinces with a top price/performance ratio. Despite the low price, the tripods do not lack functionality or quality. They offer exactly what you need as a beginner in DSLR & DSLM photography. From the material to the smooth-running leg locks for quick adjustment of the tripod height in dynamic motif situations.
The different beginner tripods are available in several variations and materials. You have the choice between aluminum or carbon tripods. Additionally you get our Allrounder and Traveler tripods in three colours (Orange, Black & Silver). Only the Macro photo tripod is available in black in both the carbon and aluminium versions. But even this diversity is not the core of the beginner tripods. It is the mature functionality in combination with compact packing dimensions, so that the tripods can be easily transported, especially in combination with one of our camera backpacks. The large scope of delivery and the functional flexibility ideally round off the overall package.
What can the beginner tripods for DSLM, DSLR and video cameras do?
First of all you don't have to worry about the necessary equipment when buying one of our beginner tripods. The tripods are compatible with all common DSLRs (spigeless reflex cameras), DSLMs (mirrorless system cameras) and video cameras. The basic requirement is the standard 1/4" thread as for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, Panasonic and Samsung cameras. But that's not the only thing the flexible and price-conscious tripods have in common.
All our entry-level models also include a transport bag and a tripod head. This is a ball head with panorama function and integrated spirit level. So you can start immediately after receiving the goods. The included quick-release plate also makes it easy to switch between different cameras.
Furthermore, all tripods of the new series can easily be converted into monopods. The 180° folding mechanism of the legs additionally ensures the small packing size, so that the beginner tripods fit comfortably into the supplied bag or your own photo backpack. The reversible and short centre column also allows the use of the tripods in macro photography, especially for soil photography. With just one tripod you can cover all areas of application from street photography, travel photography to landscape photography or use in a photo studio. Of course, the names of the individual models allow conclusions to be drawn about the preferred field of application.
The Macro Tripods for beginners - ideal for macro photography
In addition to the features already mentioned, the Macro Tripod made of aluminium or carbon offers another decisive function: the centre column can not only be reversed and pulled out, but can also be tilted 90°. So you can take especially good photos over railings or take pictures close to the ground, e.g. of plants and animals. The vertically insertable upper centre column is also ideal for product photography. By the way: for this we recommend the Easy Cap mode of our studio flashes.
The maximum working height of the Macro Tripod is 141.5cm, which can be screwed down to 21cm. And this with a pack size of only 49cm. The tripod's smooth-running but reliable leg locks also make adjusting the working height child's play.
The question of aluminium or carbon is above all a question of the area of application and the equipment. The carbon version with a dead weight of 1407g without tripod head (with tripod head 1792g) is easier to transport. For comparison: The aluminium tripod has a net weight of 1631g without tripod head (2018g with tripod head). Both tripods offer a maximum payload of 8 kilos, which is perfectly sufficient for common cameras and normal lenses. If you convert the tripod into a monopod, the load capacity drops to max. 6 kilos. If you travel a lot with your tripod, carbon is more suitable as a travel tripod than a material. If you prefer a little more weight in terms of robustness and stability, e.g. if you primarily work in a photo studio, we recommend aluminium.
Allrounder tripods - stable combination tripod for every application
The Allrounder tripods made of carbon and aluminium have a slightly larger maximum working height, but do not have a 90° tiltable centre column. But pack size, weight and the 180° folding mechanism are almost identical. The same applies to the max. load of 8 kg. The weight of the aluminium version is 1,340 g without ball head (with ball head 1,730 g). The carbon version is only 1.150 g without ball head (with ball head 1.539g).
The Traveler travel tripods for beginners
The Traveler tripods are the travel tripods among the entry-level models. In addition to the smart common features of all beginner tripods, they are particularly convincing due to the comfortable working height and the even smaller packing size than travel tripods. As a tripod it is only 38cm, as a monopod only 69cm. So it can be taken comfortably on journeys and does not really matter as an aluminium tripod with a dead weight of 1226 g (without head), nor as a carbon tripod with 1055 g (without head). The travel tripod therefore focuses primarily on comfort and transportability.
The main advantages & features of tripods for beginners:
- Flexible centre column - the reversible centre column which can also be used vertically is a real advantage for beginners, but also for professionals. Normal centre columns prevent real ground proximity when driving in, while the greater working height is bought due to a lack of stability. The reversible centre column allows macro photography and a working height of a good 20cm, while the high quality does not have to be without stability even at a higher working height. In addition, especially in macro or still life photography, the extension length of the legs does not have to be adjusted every time you want to adjust the camera in the centimetre or millimetre range.
- Pack size - the more drawers a tripod has, the longer the fumbling. However, these pull-outs also allow the smaller packing size, which is very important for transport, especially for travel and landscape photography. So the tripod can be attached to almost any backpack and you can also easily store it at home in the closet without taking up much space.
- Weight - both carbon and aluminum are absolutely first choice for tripods. Because they offer a low dead weight with the greatest possible robustness and stability. This is the only way to achieve payloads of 8 kilograms with a maximum dead weight of around 1.5 kilograms for the largest beginner tripods. In addition, nobody wants to transport a tripod that is too heavy - especially not when travelling. Carbon is the first choice in terms of weight reduction and vibration behaviour. Another factor is the size of the tripod. Think about how much working height you really need. Often more working height is at the expense of stability and light weight.
- Stability - the interaction of the thickness of the tripod legs, the reliability of the closures, the number of pull-outs and the quality of the workmanship, together with the tripod head and quick-release plate, determine the stability of the tripod. Here Rollei meets the highest quality demands despite the favourable price The included ARCA quick-change plates also play an important role here. They enable a fast, stable mounting of the camera on the tripod. So you can easily change the camera even in the dark without having to screw the tripod yourself. For this purpose, the ARCA plate is simply mounted on the tripod mount of the camera and can also be left here.