Choosing The Best Tripod For DSLR Camera


When shopping for a tripod, you should not let the vast choices available become overwhelming. A tripod serves one main purpose: to keep a photographers camera still and steady while taking pictures. This helps the final image to be sharp…especially in low light settings. However, with innovative technology and the ever persistent need to improve existing products, the choices for tripods are far from simple. There is a so many to consider when choosing the best tripod for your DSLR camera. Here’s some questions you may consider when thinking of adding a tripod to your equipment bag:

  • -What height do you need to tripod to extend to?
  • -Is there a weight limit you do not wish to exceed? (this is extremely important for photographers who shoot landscapes and must walk to many locations)
  • -Is there a weight limit the tripod itself has?
  • -What is your specific budget for the tripod?

These questions can help you develop a basic understanding of what you require from the tripod you choose.
Height of the Tripod
It is a general rule of thumb to choose a tripod that is equivalent to your height. This prevents you from having to bend over to look through the lens. A tripod that is too tall is usually okay because the legs can be adjusted to the appropriate height. Another reason this is an important factor is because for traveling photographers you will generally want a tripod that can easily fit into your luggage. 

Weight of the Tripod
This is another important consideration to make when purchasing a tripod. The weight will be determined by the construction of the tripod. Carbon-fiber is by far the best option. It is light-weight and durable which makes it a perfect traveling companion. If a tripod is too heavy you will end up not utilizing it to its full potential.
Weight Bearing Capabilities
The amount of weight a tripod can support is also a very important factor. If the tripod you choose can not support more than a few pounds, you will find yourself unable to use your DSLR equipment with it. When determining the amount of weight your tripod should be able to support keep in mind the additional accessories you use with your camera. Typically you should choose a tripod that can support up to two times the total weight of your camera and heaviest lens. Otherwise, the tripod will end up collapsing and ruining your expensive equipment.
How Much Should You Spend?
For some photographers this may be the determining factor on the tripod that is chosen. There are quality, affordable versions priced between $75 and $150. Anything below this price-point will probably be of sub-standard materials that break or damage easily. A tripod is considered high-end when it reaches the $500 price point. However, for amateur or beginner photographers this is not a feasible amount to spend on equipment. As you become more established and build your client base, investing in a high-end version is a good idea.
Why is a Tripod Necessary?
A tripod is a necessary piece of equipment for a variety of reasons, which include:

  • They enable you to keep the camera still.
  • They provide a resting spot for heavy equipment.
  • Allow the photographer to frame the shot more accurately by keeping the image still.
  • Allow the ability for self-portraits.

When you begin shopping for a tripod it is essential you understand the main components. They include:

  • Heads: This is the part of the tripod that will hold the camera. There are various makes including ball heads and pan tilt heads.
  • Legs: This determines the height of the tripod.
  • Feet: Usually removable and changeable for indoor and outdoor shots.
  • Centerpost: Allows the head to be adjusted independently from the legs.

Understanding the make-up of a tripod will enable you to make an educated decision about your specific needs. These pieces of photography equipment insert a certain element of convenience for photographers. The ultimate decision you make should fulfill the need of your specific art.
Tripods are available in a variety of materials, types and styles in order to meet the demands of the photography industry. New features and tools are being introduced all the time to improve the existing products. The old saying “out with the old, in with the new” is definitely relevant in this line of products. However, if you find a tripod that meets your specific needs you can commit to it and not worry with new gadgets and accessories that may over complicate the device.

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