Factors to Consider When Choosing a Tripod


Gear Focus

Feb 26, 2020

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Tripods are one of the most essential items for any photographer, which is why you need one too. However, it’s important to choose the right tripod for you. There are several factors to consider when choosing a tripod, such as its weight rating, height, material, and more. But before all that, you need to decide what you’re using the tripod for. For instance, some photographers may only need a tabletop tripod, while others will need a full extendable tripod. We cover all the major factors you’ll need to keep in mind before purchasing a tripod.

Check the Weight Capacity

A tripod’s stability is its most important feature; after all, the tripod is holding the camera you invested in, so it better be stable. One indicator of the tripod’s stability is the weight rating. A good rule of thumb is to make sure the tripod can hold at least double the weight of your camera with its heaviest lens attached. By having an extra few pounds to work with on the tripod’s weight capacity, you can add extra gear to your camera, such as an external flash.

The Tripod’s Construction Ultimately Determines its Capacity

A tripod shouldn’t be a burden to carry, but at the same time, it must be strong enough to hold your gear. Most manufacturers make tripods with carbon fiber or aluminum. If price isn’t an issue, carbon fiber is a great option because it’s lightweight yet extremely durable; however, carbon fiber does come with a hefty price. So, aluminum is one of the best alternatives for durability, weight, and affordability. The construction of the tripod’s legs is important, as they also determine the tripod’s strength. On the other hand, most tripod legs are extendable, allowing you to adjust its height. Some tripods will come with a centerpost which is a central post that you can use to raise or lower the camera’s height. Whichever option you choose, just keep in mind that as you increase the height of the tripod, the stability decreases.

The Tripod Head

Many tripods will come with a basic head to attach your camera that works great for beginners. However, if you’re a seasoned photographer or realize that the head isn’t helping you progress your craft, you can purchase a separate head. For example, fluid heads are great for those who want to incorporate videography. On the other hand, a ball head is a popular choice for those who need something compact yet versatile. Whether you’re a professional photographer, or you’re just starting out, you’ll have a tripod at some point. The ideal tripod and head will vary based on your experience and creative needs, but if you keep these factors in mind when choosing a tripod, you’ll be all set. If you’re in the market for a tripod, shop with Gear Focus. We have camera tripods for sale, in addition to monopods, stabilizers, gimbals, and other gear. Our team takes pride in selling new and used camera gear for photographers and videographers at every experience level. We’re run by photographers, for photographers, and we only sell gear that will help you progress your craft.

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