Tripods can often be a much-overlooked item in the photographer’s arsenal. So simple in design – essentially, they comprise just three adjustable legs and a method of attaching a camera to the top of a centre column – yet there are many times when using one can mean the difference between securing a great shot and missing a golden opportunity altogether. In this respect, tripods should be treated just like any other item of camera gear – i.e. you should choose wisely when purchasing and, with frequent use, understand how to get the best out of them, specific to your requirements.
From the outset, there is one simple fact which you should be aware of: not all tripods are made equal. Yes, they all share a series of common basic features but this can be where the similarities end. From price to build quality, weight to portability, picking the right model for you is a process best approached with a little research.
In this guide, I’m going to give you a basic overview of what’s out there. Of course, not all designs and specifications will suit every photographer (or their budget), but there will be something that is right for you. With a little thought and some pre-purchase fact-finding, you can be sure of spending your money wisely when the time comes to invest in a sturdy tripod.
To read the full guide, follow this link to the WEX Photography Blog.
If you are looking to buy a tripod or monopod, and are based in the UK or European Union, find the perfect one for you at the WEX Photographic selection of video and photography tripods by Manfrotto, Gitzo, Giottos, Slik and Velbon. Whether it needs to be aluminium or carbon, lightweight or professional heavy duty, they have 'the' tripod for you!
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