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Practical Steps for choosing a lightweight portable tripod Great

Practical Steps for choosing a lightweight portable tripod
Roberta Hochreiter

The tripod is an absolute necessity, because after hiking in an area that was of breath and tired and are much less likely to keep the camera fixed. Also, if you are using a telephoto lens, creating a panoramic shot or using long shutter speeds are going to need a tripod to eliminate motion and to create sharper pictures. You'll want a tripod that is lightweight, compact, but still has the features you need.
1. Important elements in a tripod Chosing
There is a tripod to meet all your needs, so you must determine the most important to you and select which meet their primary needs. When you are buying a tripod that you want to pay attention to these five things.

  1. Weight
  2. Height [with and without the center column raised]
  3. Stability
  4. Durability
  5. Easy adjustment

The lighter tripod is easier to transport. There are advantages and disadvantages, of course. The lightweight tripod is not as stable especially when it rises to its maximum height. Materials in the market now, such as carbon fiber, which help to reduce the weight of large tripods. The downside of these tripods is the price. Are considerably more expensive than aluminum.

Height is crucial, because standing hunched over his camera every day really put a crimp in your enjoyment. Furthermore, I think portability of the tripod. The smaller it compacts down, the more portable it is.

Stability is very important because this is basically the point of using a tripod. Some tripods come with a hook on the bottom of the center post so you can hang a weight on it to keep it steady on especially if it is windy. camera movement, even a little lower the quality of your photographs. A tripod is a must if we are going to take long exposures, use a telephoto lens or take panoramic pictures.

When you use a tripod to photograph the door and / or nature photography, which means make sure that rises to the elements. A tripod should be able to withstand hard use over a long period of time without breaking. It makes no sense to invest in a product if only is going to break in a couple of weeks or block it got wet.

Last but not least you do not want to fumble around with ungainly controls. Do you want a tripod that will adjust quickly and easily so you do not miss important shots. Flick adjusted individually locking legs are very good. A ball head and a quick lift enter post makes quick adjustments once the tripod is set at the correct height.
2. Lightweight Portable Tripods
After much research, the best portable tripod I've found is the Velbon Maxi 343E Mini Tripod. I carry it with me everywhere. Compact less than 17 inches weighs just 2 pounds. Never be tempted to leave it behind because it fits easily into your backpack or briefcase. Built with all metal die-casting, which means it can withstand much abuse. It's quick and easy to adjust. Each leg has three quick lever leg locks and feet have rubber tips with retractable spikes so you can use on any surface. The center column opens easily into position and the head of the ball socket can be adjusted without the eye of the viewer. Height maximum is 62.4 inches with the center column fully extended and 52.7 inches with the column closed. maximum load capacity is 8 pounds. Best of all, you can buy this tripod for less than $ 100 and comes with a manufacturer warranty of five years. Did I mention it comes with a case?

You can read user comments This tripod Amazon.com. They are increasingly difficult to find and I hope that does not mean they are no longer manufactured.

09/05/1906 – I received information from Blow America, who are the distributors in the U.S. Velbon and this model has been discontinued. If you find one on eBay or anywhere else, grab it now.

Here are some other brands of portable lightweight tripods which compares favorably with the Velbon Maxi 343E:

Bogen – Manfrotto Compact Black Digi-Tripod with tension Integral Ball Head & Carry Case
the length of an ultra-compact tripod – folded just under 14 ", compact ballhead, quick-action leg locks, backpack-style bag is included. It weighs 2.2 pounds. with a payload of 5.5 pounds. It costs about $ 85.

Slik Sprint Mini Tripod with head spherical and Tripod Case
Weighing only 26 ounces (1.6 lbs/740 grams) and folds of 14.1 inches, has a maximum height of 43.3 inches, locks speed output of the leg, gearless center column, can easily handle a camera up to 3.5 pounds and is guaranteed for three years. Priced at around $ 60.

Slik Sprint Tripod – Silver Finish – with Ball Head & Case
The Slik SPRINT is a compact model with features Compact Digital photographers are looking for. A maximum height of 63.1 inches reaches eye level yet the SPRINT folds to an impressively compact 17.9 inches, weighs 1.9 lbs for easy travel, speed release leg locks, gearless center column and can hold a camera up to 3 pounds. The price is about $ 70.

Slik Sprint Pro Tripod – Silver Finish – with Ball Head & Case
a maximum height of 64 inches reaches eye level yet the SPRINT PRO folds to a compact 18.9 inches and weighs 1.95 pounds for easy travel, has speed release locks leg, gearless center column and can hold a camera up to 3.5 pounds. It has 3 positions adjustable angle legs for easy setup on uneven ground or steps. The angles of the adjustable legs can also be used to reduce the tripod. When used with the built-in short center column, (the included center column unscrews into two parts), the camera is just 6.4 inches off the ground for a very low angle or macro photography in the field. Another way to get the camera low is to reverse the center column which could be used for macro photography or work copy. It sells about about $ 80.

Sunpak Digipro 4B Tripod with Ball Head
Features: Versatile Quick Lock Ball Head, Push the lever Leg Locks, Grounder with Split Center Column, free nylon carrying Bag w / Shoulder Strap, load capacity up to 3.3 pounds., Extends to 55.9 inches Ultra light weight at 1.8 pounds. It sells for about $ 60.

Sunpak 3300 PRO Tripod
Tritanium manufactured from a titanium alloy, magnesium and aluminum significantly increases the overall yield strength to weight ratio of the 3300 PRO. Able to support teams of up to 11 lbs., The PRO 3300 is incredibly light, with just 2.7 lbs., While dual-slot design of the leg adds additional strength without adding extra weight. With a working height of 62.9 ", the Sunpak 3300 PRO tripod has three leg sections, with integral quick release levers lock, and has multi-angle leg adjust-ments for use on uneven ground for extreme low angle photography. With "grounder" capability, the Sunpak 3300 PRO can operate at a minimum height of less than 11 "without need for column short center, and the folds of a compact 23.2 ". The price is about $ 70.
3. Alternatives to Tripods
There are some alternatives to stabilize the camera if you do not have a tripod or do not want to carry one. I have an old (clean) sock filled with rice, which acts as a ball to calm my camera. You can use it anywhere, on a rock, a ledge, car, window etc. You can also take an empty sock and fill it with dirt or gravel when you get to where you if you do not want to carry around rice. You can also use your pack or a bag of clothes to stabilize the camera. If you have to take a picture of hand, try using a speed of at least 1 / 60 second or higher. The longer your lens the faster your shutter speed should be.

Here is an alternative Elegant on a tripod that beats the rice in a sock all together! The POD Camera Platform (Bean Bag) with Base Yellow, 3.75 cm in diameter, 2 "thick, has a 1 / 4 x 20 thread to protect the camera. You can plop this on a rock, post, stem or even the ground for low shots. I'll post my comment after you understand and test it.

I've never tried one, but the idea is good. Here is the write Chestpod Novoflex is a good way to support the shooting with telephoto lenses, in scenarios where Monopods and tripods would be impractical or prohibited. It begins as a comfortable strap, which articulates with a broad base of rubber that rests on the chest. Attached to this base is an arm that ends with a turntable that has a 1 / 4 "-20 screws to install the tripod collar of the lens.

Bogen Manfrotto Pro- Autonomous Monopod, Black Anodized a monopod is another alternative to the tripod. It can serve double duty as a hiking pole. All the features of the 681B Monopod professional and useful addition of three retractable legs. The 682 is a black anodized aluminum three-section monopod sure rubber grip, Wrist Strap, quick action lever lock leg system 45 ° flip, large 2.3 "camera / head platform with plastic cover and dual 1/4-20 "- 3 / 8" camera screw. Weight is 2.4 pounds.

Last but not least, is the car window pod. Perfect for unexpected opportunities to leave the car could ruin the shot. A car can work well as a blind for wildlife shots. Do not forget to turn the car to eliminate movement. There are many brands, but for maximum versatility, a ball head works best.
If you follow the tips in this article will be more likely to bring your tripod and ensure sharp photos without breaking your back or your bank account.
Roberta Hochreiter is an avid photographer, hiker and backpacker with 5 years experience in nature photography. This article provides photographers with tips on choosing new equipment Photography that is lightweight and portable. For more information, please to http://www.womengophoto.com for information on: tripods
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About the Author

Roberta Hochreiter is an avid photographer, hiker and backpacker with 5 years experience in nature photography. This article gives new photographers advice on how to chose photographic equipment that is lightweight and portable. For more information please to to http://www.womengophoto.com

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