Kit: 10 things to consider when you choose a tripod

If you’re after a tripod here’s my list of things you should think about before you buy.

  • Make sure that the tripod and head are solid enough for your camera (and any lenses you might attach).
  • When travelling, consider the weight of the tripod. Carbon fibre is a good lightweight option, albeit more expensive.
  • Consider how high or low the tripod will allow shots. The greater the range, the more creative perspective angles can be achieved.
  • Check that the feet of the tripod are adequate for the intended application, as they must not slip on different surfaces.
  • How quickly can the tripod be erected?  The quicker the better.  Remember this can be the difference between getting a shot or not.
  • Will the head combination suit the type photography you’ll be doing?

    A quick release mount can make all the difference.

    A quick release mount is important.

  • Does the tripod have a good quick release system to suit the camera equipment?
  • Is there a large range of accessories are available that make tripod work easier, such as L-plates (customised for specific cameras), panorama stitching heads, focusing rails and more.
  • Ensure that the quick release clamp is a tight fit with the corresponding camera plate or L-plate.
  • A carrying bag is handy to carry the tripod over your shoulder.
  1. Milton Hasnat

    Thanks for your useful tips. Could you please sugeest some brands that possesses all these criteria?

    Cheers!
    Milton

    • Thanks for the question, Milton.

      Problem is it depends on your budget, where you are in the world (I know you’re in Australia), etc.

      I’d recommend – if you can – trying some out before you buy.

  2. Marie Kerslake

    🙂 I am a beginner really at digital. I didn’t do much with my film Pentax either, I am thinking of a Sony, but am unsure what lenses I would need e.g. 30-50 50-80, telescopic, macro

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