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buying a tripod

Posted On: Mar 22, 2020

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Author: Ton

There are decent tripods to be had for as little as € 50,- Nevertheless it is advisable to stretch your budget to about € 75,-.

Things to take into consideration:

  • Weight. This is not a problem for usage about the house, but for travelling it means you always have to carry every gram every minute of the day.
  • Reversible center column. This is very useful when taking macro shots.
  • Max. height. It is a blessing to not have to lean over every shot. For travelling tripods this is not always avoidable.
  • Min. height. A low height can be handy for macro shots.
  • Pack size. This is very important for a travel tripod. It makes it easier to carry and often it can be tied to a camera bag.
  • Max. load. This can be an issue if you have a heavy camera or lens.
  • The head. Usually a ball head is used. This is easy and fast to adjust. For panoramas it is essential that the head can be rotated in a fixed position.
  • Release plate. Most tripods are equipped with a release plate. This is useful to quickly mount or release the camera.
  • Monopod. It can be useful if the tripod can double as a monopod. It is much easier to carry around and still offers some support..
  • Carrying cord or bag. Essential when travelling. When the tripod can be attached to a sturdy camera bag, this is less important.

Other things to consider.

  • material. Carbon is the lightest, though at the same time the most expensive material.
  • Detachable head. Something to keep in mind if you consider to mount another head to your tripod.

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