A piece of equipment often overlooked by camera buyers. You will see most exhibitors at IT shows or COMEX giving out free tripod with almost every camera purchased. So just how important is it to get a good tripod?
Tripod is an essential support for your camera for long exposure shots. It helps to keep your camera stable in most climate conditions. On top of that, time-lapse shooters may also love to use it, as they are likely to stay around in an area for couple of hours. At these situations, carrying a tripod with you will ease your shooting experience a lot. Last thing you want to happen is go home with a blurred image or wobbly time-lapse after spending so much effort and time has been put in.
Cost of a tripod can vary from a couple of dollars to thousands. For general shooting such as taking landscapes or group photos, you will probably be fine with an average tripod. A cheap tripod can get the same job done. However, they may not last long and tendency to have weaker legs to support any cameras. They are probably lighter in weight and if you put a heavier camera on top of it, it can become top heavy and fall easily.
When purchasing any tripod, take note of the maximum weight load of the tripod can handle. If possible, bring along your heaviest camera setup to the shop and test the tripod. Last thing you want to happen is thousands of dollar camera and lens dropping on the ground because the tripod cannot take the weight load.
When choosing the right tripod, try to figure out your budget and do your research at different types of tripod brands available. Ideally, we would suggest carbon fiber tripod because it is lighter, sturdier and holds a good amount weight load. It will likely to cost more than aluminum tripod but it will last longer than them for years to come.