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A better camera tripod for professional photographer

Updated on July 20, 2011

In order to take a stabilized, bright and focused pictures equipment that is used is called a tripod. A camera tripod is used for various purposes such as shooting in low light, shooting in small aperture in bright light, slow moving object, self portrait, and for telephotos. Every professional photographer needs a camera tripod in order to have a better picture. So choosing a quality tripod is very essential because a bad tripod can spoil the whole photograph. There are some factors which can determine the quality of a tripod: construction material, height, legs, heads, centerpost etc.

At first you have to take care of the weight constraints of the tripod. Most common construction material of a tripod is aluminum because it is widely available. In contrast carbon fiber offers great weight to stability ratio than aluminum, but it costs more than the aluminum. So if you can afford that high price tag it would better to have carbon-fiber because it is long lasting. Serious photographers often choose carbon fiber tripods.

Regarding the height of the tripod it should considered three heights: maximum height, minimum height, folded height. You could choose maximum height as the tripod and the camera combination is at your eye level or less than your eye level. It should not choose less maximum heighted tripod because it causes frequent bending over of lowering you body.
There are two types of legs available for tripods: tabular and channels. Tabular models are heavier which in turn more stable and having longer life span. Usually tabular legs have 2, 3, 4 or 5 sections. As sections increases as the stability decreases but the folded height decreases which makes the camera tripod easy to carry. The sections of the legs are adjusted by leg braces. The types of braces are threaded twist lock or flip-lock. Threaded twist locks gives more strength and stability than flip lock but it is somewhat knotty to set up, on the other hand flip lock provides satisfactory operation.

The most important part of a camera tripod is head. While you intend to purchase a tripod you must check the maximum weight that can be sustain by the head. Most of the heads are fluid heads which uses an internal fluid to create damping effect called drag, resistance. Cheap heads have almost no control over drag and good head allows you to have fine control over drag for tilting and spanning. There are several types of heads: ball head, pan-tilt head, gear head, fluid head etc. Ball head uses a ball and socket joint which allows moving all axes of rotation from a single point. In contrast pan-tilt has separate axes and controls for tilting and spanning, so it is possible to control an axis without risking in change of other axis.
Hopefully I have covered some basic factors to select a right camera tripod. You may find various types of tripods but if you keep your eyes open you may have a better quality camera tripod. Here I refer some models of tripods which you may look for buy: DOLICA AX620B100 tripod, Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod, Manfrotto190XPROB tripod, Joby Gorilapod SLR-Zoom tripod.


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      Reynold Jay 

      7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Welcome to HUB writing. I already have a great tripod however-I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and Useful.” I'm now your fan! RJ

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