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How to choose a classic tripod

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With three legs for support, classic tripods ensure the highest stability. They are, however, less portable than monopods and take longer to set up. As a result, they are less suitable for reportage or sports photography, but they are ideal when shooting with long exposure times.

With three legs for support, classic tripods ensure the highest stability. They are, however, less portable than monopods and take longer to set up. As a result, they are less suitable for reportage or sports photography, but they are ideal when shooting with long exposure times. 

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Advantages and disadvantages
  • The camera is securely fixed in place, allowing for long exposure times
  • For night photography, landscapes, and time-lapse photography.
  • 3 legs provide high stability
  • A wide range available
  • Require time to set up
  • Not suitable for sports and reportage photography
  • Less portable and packable than monopods

Frequently asked questions when choosing a tripod

Do tripods come with a tripod head?

Not always. Most tripod models come with a head, especially those designed for beginners; professional tripods, on the other hand, often leave the choice of head to the photographer.

I'm a novice photographer and am not sure which type of photography to focus on. What kind of tripod should I choose?

Classic 3-legged tripods are the most universal type, whereas monopods are designed for relatively specialised genres - sports photography and reportage. You should also pay attention to the type of tripod head, as this can significantly affect the suitability of the tripod for different types of photohraphy. 

I enjoy landscape photography, but aren't tripods too heavy and bulky for long trips outdoors?

The size of a tripod when folded depends on the number of leg segments, with four segments offering the most compact design. To keep weight down, choose a lightweight yet durable material such as titanium.

Tripods

  • Help you achieve long exposure times
  • High stability
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Important parameters

Materiál a hmotnost

Material and weight

The material used is the primary factor affecting the weight of a tripod. Weight particularly becomes an issue for outdoor photography, when you may trek several miles with all your kit to find the perfect spot. If a tripod is too lightweight, however, it can negatively affect its stability.

Most tripods are made of metal, such as aluminium alloys, composites, and titanium. You may even come across wooden tripods, but these are unsuitable for most conventional photography.

Aluminium alloys - strong and yet relatively inexpensive, this is the most commonly used material.

Composite materials - lighter than aluminium but also more expensive.

Titanium - a light and strong metal, titanium tripods tend to be more expensive than others.

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Dimensions

To ensure comfort and convenience, the tripod should allow the camera to be mounted at a sufficient height that you don't have to stoop in order to look through the viewfinder. However, a higher maximum height will be reflected in a higher weight. For some types of photography a minimum height is also necessary, for example macro photography.

The maximum height of a tripod does not necessarily reflect its size when folded; the number of leg segments also influences a tripod's minimum dimensions. The higher the number of segments, the more height-adjustable the tripod, and the smaller it can be folded. However, a higher number of segments can have a negative impact on stability and vibration resistance. Most tripods have three or four leg segments, but some specialised studio tripods have only one segment.

Zatížení

Maximum load

The maximum load indicates the maximum weight of the equipment that the tripod can support. To prevent falls or instability, however, it is not recommended to go over 50% of the maximum load.

A higher maximum load is needed primarily when shooting with heavy lenses, which are usually associated with sports and wildlife photography.

Glossary - Tripods

Tripod

A tripod is essential piece of photographic kit used to stabilise the camera during longer exposure times.

Tripod head

The tripod head attaches the supported device (e.g. a camera) to the tripod legs and allows the device to be locked or positioned in different ways. Tripod heads differ according to the clamping mechanism used and the method of adjusting the axis.

Image stabilisation

Image stabilisation helps to prevent blur caused by camera shake. You should consider getting a lens with image stabilisation if you often use zoom or shoot without a tripod.

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