Cost of tripod ranges from $7 to $3000. There are zillions of articles on the whole internet about tripod, mopped. Indeed we have minimum 3 articles – (i) Tripod in Digital Photography, (ii) Details, Types and Parts of Tripod head, (iii) Is Tripod is Really Useful? Our this illustrated guide will help to answer which tripod to buy for which type of digital camera. It is obvious to anyone that a $300 tripod will differ from a $7 tripod. But why there are literally $3000 tripods? All human on this earth want to save some money. Not all companies on this earth are honest enough about quality and pricing. Only to perform web search, read reviews from good websites; one need basic idea for cost effective yet best selection of tripod.
Which Tripod to Buy For Which Type of Digital Camera?
We are taking that you own minimum some camera like Sony A68 and mount 135mm lens. Weight of such with your hands will go over one KG load. They are simply heavy cameras not light camera.
As most of the digital cameras of these days has some video recording facility, a tripod with classic fluid video head often attracts the owners with any type of camera. It is too common for the DSLR owners to jump to buy some tripod from $7 to $100 and later learn from the mistake. The cheap under hundred dollar tripods are basically designed for loading light cameras or mobile phone cameras or light video cameras. Sony and China company has no huge difference at that price range. Table top tripod, pocket tripod – all essentially not designed to handle a DSLR.
The low end tripods are dangerous – they can fall with camera. Furthermore their video head will not deliver a jerky style on movies. Below $400, all purpose heavy tripods for DSLR practically does not exist. The cost of manufacturing three well balanced legs is huge.
It will be worthy to read some well written articles on the same topic :
I do agree with them, if you are new, buy a cheaper tripod to understand why some companies run monopoly business in Apple’s business model. It is true that it is better to have a cheap than nothing.
Which Tripod You Recommend?
We can not recommend any particular model. It frankly depends on your need, type of work and many variables. Without facing limitation of one system, it is not possible understand why we end up buying multiple tripods, heads.
I personally like “Manfrotto Befree Aluminum Tripod With Befree Live Fluid Head” among the low end tripods. Manfrotto Befree Live adds stabilization at that money and definitely attracting is the fluid video head with perfect weight. The legs have lock style instead of the twist. There is a good sized sliding base plate to help to balance the weight of the camera depending upon the lens we are attaching to the body. You can mount a 200mm lens without fear. It is towards best around panning action when the centre column at maximum height. The price is affordable for something compact and lightweight for video and some other uses.