The friends who play photography know that the main function of the tripod is to stabilize the camera. It is especially useful when shooting slow-motion photography such as night scenes and solidified waterfalls. Which it can prevent the camera from blurring due to long exposure.

When choosing a good tripod, you should start with its material. At present, the mainstream tripods in the market are mostly made of aluminum alloy and carbon fiber. The advantages of aluminum alloy tripods are light weight and sturdiness. Compared with aluminum alloy tripods, carbon fiber tripods have the advantages of better toughness and lighter weight. Especially suitable for high travel frequency, carrying a lot of shooting equipment. The lightweight carbon fiber tripod can save you a lot of physical strength.

Carbon fiber tripod material surface

When buying a tripod, you must first determine the material of the tripod. If you choose a carbon fiber material, you should see if the surface of the carbon fiber is smooth. The surface of the carbon fiber stand will have a regular winding texture. When buying, you should see if the texture is messy or rough. Secondly, the weight of the tripod is also required. The carbon fiber stand is 30%-40% lighter than the average tripod. I will know what a carbon fiber stand is when I compare it.

Tripod height ratio

In the selection of the tripod, the user’s own height and the height of the tripod must be taken into consideration. The too short tripod will often cause inconvenience to the shooting when shooting, and the too high tripod will cause inconvenience to the framing, so in the selection, You should try it on site. The tripod is unfolded to the maximum height without raising the center of the tripod. The height of the pan/tilt without the height of the platform should be equal to the height of the user minus 35-40 cm. This adds the height of the gimbal and camera to meet the user’s shooting requirements. It is also recommended that you do not raise the center axis of the tripod as much as possible during daily shooting, as this will have a certain effect on stability.

Need attention to details

After finishing the height of the tripod, there are some small details in the selection, such as the smoothness of the leg legs. When purchasing, you should test whether the foot tube can be automatically unfolded after loosening the locking device. If yes, explain Each leg is smooth and easy to unfold and store in future use. There is also the locking firmness of the legs. At present, there are two ways to lock the legs in the leg. One is the toggle type and the other is the knob type, but no matter which locking method is used at the time of purchase. Test their tightness and firmness. When selecting, you can unfold the leg. After locking, place the tripod on the flat ground and press it firmly. Then, see if there will be any retraction of the foot tube. If there is, It indicates that there is a problem with the locking device and it cannot be locked. This will bring hidden dangers to the shooting in the future. This method can not only test whether the tripod locking device is intact, but also test the stability of the tripod.

We’d better be able to assemble the longest lens in the field and mount it on the camera. Try it on a tripod. After the longest lens on the shelf, the tripod can be stabilized. If the tripod has a crumbling feel, we As the saying goes, “soft”, it is likely to cause damage to important equipment such as cameras or lenses in outdoor use in the future.