Pick A Tripod

9/7/2012 9:06:55 AM

Picking your own tripod and taking care of it will give you gorgeous photos when you need its support.

Description: A full tripod set

A full tripod set

1. Situation

Before buying a tripod, make sure that you are well aware of when and where you will use it. For example, if your work requires a lot of travel, you shouldn’t pick a heavy/bulky tripod.

2. Type

A full-size tripod has a height equivalent to the distance from eyes to feet. It is able to remain firmly under windy weather. Some models look heavy and bulky, however, many brands has recently made models with modern material which is far sturdier and lighter.

Travel tripod has the same height with a commonly full-size tripod but an ability of being folded many times (thus it appears less sturdy) to make it easier being carried. Travel tripod has many variants like mini version laid on table or version which can bend and clang to tree branches. An odd tripod called monopod, which is used by reporters in events, has similar height to normal tripod’s one but occupied less space than full-size tripod.

3. Check the tripod’s height

If buying a tripod at store, you should dissemble it and check whether its height matches yours. Otherwise, if you do online-shopping with no practical test, you have to check all parameters provided by the manufacturer to find your most suitable one.

4. Pay attention to tripod head

Most tripods have available heads. Some brands add specialized heads installed with ball bearing and joints in order to rotate the camera conveniently. These specialized heads are often separately sold for various prices in custom styles.

Description: Lock/unlock mechanism for camera

Lock/unlock mechanism for camera

5. Lock/unlock mechanism for camera

Today’s most tripods have locking mechanism that is quickly opened to take the camera apart thanks to a screw attached to tripod’s leg. It is important to check whether this mechanism works smoothly before deciding to buy the tripod.

6. Legs and leg locks

It is noted that you should unlock tripod’s legs from bigger parts to smaller ones to ensure the legs’ steadiness. Check whether all legs are extended to their largest sizes and suitable for the height demanded before adjusting the center column, because using the support of three legs is more secure.

To maintain steadiness, leg locks must be conveniently either locked or unlocked for extending and they have to be firmly locked. Leg locks can appear in many types: thumb locks or twist lock. Whatever types they are, you have to check their steadiness before installing your camera.

7. Tripod feet

Most tripods all have anti-shake rubber feet which are also anti-slip on a majority of surfaces. Some feet come with spikes which go through surfaces and keep the tripod still on terrains like sand and hills.

8. Clean your tripod

To keep your tripod in good condition, you need to clean it after long trips so as to take out the dust stuck in chinks and prevent sea salt from rusting the tripod. Cleaning your tripod not only extends its age but also keeps it ready for every situations.


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