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Choosing a Tripod
Choosing a Tripod

How to Choose a Velbon Tripod

We all buy tripods with the intent of avoiding skewed horizons and vibrations of equipment resulting in a blurred image. But the range of options can seem overwhelming to the uninitiated.
The best tripod is always the one you have with you, and making the right choice can avoid, at worst, your tripod being left at home because it’s simply too unwieldy or unmanageable.
Fortunately, Velbon can help to guide you to your perfect partner.

A tripod that ticks all the boxes
Just like when weighing up which camera to buy, consider what you’ll be using the tripod for.
If you’re someone who is into travel or landscape photography – and is always on the move – then a lightweight carbon fibre and magnesium tripod is ideal or an aluminium model which folds to a portable and manageable size makes perfect sense.
Then there’s the weight of your existing equipment to bear in mind, as it’s important to match the strength of the legs to the weight of whatever will be resting on top.
So, for example, will you be using your tripod with a compact camera, a camcorder, a digital SLR with large telephoto lenses, or even a spotting scope – the latter requiring greater support and sturdier legs?
Thinking about the above will help you to draw up a short list of requirements. Then the only thing you need to do is find a tripod that ticks those particular boxes.

Other useful features to consider
There are a few other more specialised criteria that can help narrow the search and more quickly match you with an ideal partner.
For example, check not only the maximum height a tripod can extend to but also the minimum. You might occasionally find it useful to have legs that are fully collapsible, better enabling those artistic low angle shots.
To provide fast and easy access to your camera – allowing you to be quickly on the move – a quick release plate is also useful. Ditto rapid release telescopic leg sections, allowing speedy adjustment of leg height.
In fact many tripods just come as a set of legs, allowing you to choose the head that best suits your individual needs for more precise operation: the two main types are pan and tilt, or ball and socket head, while a built-in spirit level will keep your aim straight and true – even when a surface is uneven.