Tripods

Criteria for Selecting a Tripod       Load Tripod Head Type Height Type of Legs and Locks Center Column Construction Materials .

Why Photographers Hate Tripods     Heavy Cumbersome Slow Frustrating .

Tripod Advantages   Sharper pictures More carefully composed pictures .

Tripod Heads   Determine how much weight you have to support Check on tripod head specs to ensure proper support .

Tripod Heads  Choose style   Standard 3 axis Ball head .

Tripod Heads  Ball heads    Rated for load Flexibility Indexed pan control .

Tripod Heads  Quick release plates make placing and removing camera from tripod much easier .

Legs .

Leg Height Tripod should extend to your eye level  w/ legs extended  Also consider minimum height (macro work) .

2 lbs then legs should weigh minimum of 1.5-2x the weight of the tripod head IE. .Leg Weight   Should be 1.8 lbs. If head weighs 1.

Legs  Number of leg sections .

Legs  Number of Sections  3 sections generally better   More stable Fewer things to jam up  4 sections folds up smaller for travel .

Legs  Locking mechanism .

Legs  Locking mechanism .

Legs  Cross Bracing Adds rigidity  Not good in field  .

Center Column Geared or Slip  Hook for hanging extra stabilizing weight  Reversible column for low angle shots .

Construction Materials  Carbon Fiber   1/2 the weight .2x the cost Good at absorbing vibration Cheaper and more available on used market  Aluminum  .

Good Luck and Shoot Sharp! .