Types of Tripods

Types of Tripods
When it comes to outdoor photography and birdwatching, a tripod can be am effective aid in keeping your equipment stable by reducing hand and body movement. Because tripods are made to suit a variety of circumstances, it is important to choose one that is right for you. Knowing what tripod styles exist and when it is appropriate to use them will assist you in utilizing your photographic equipment.

Mini Tripods

Mini tripods are designed to let you work in limited space conditions. They have a small footprint, which is the diameter of the legs' base when the tripod is fully opened. Mini tripods usually have simplified pan-tilt controls, such as a free-moving head and lever locks. Keep in mind that mini tripods are most effective for amateurs or hobbyists because they are functional and convenient to use. They are not meant for heavy-duty professional use.

Compact Tripods

Compact tripods are the most popular equipment choice for camera enthusiasts. The compact tripod provides full functionality that many professional tripods utilize, but are significantly lighter. Compact tripods usually have many more features than a mini tripod and can fold for easier packing and carrying. Compact tripods can usually support more weight than a mini tripod, but most often cannot support professional-grade cameras and equipment. Most tripods found at sports and department stores fall under the category of compact tripods.

Heavy-Duty Tripods

Also known as full-sized tripods, heavy-duty tripods are designed for professional equipment in professional outdoor shoots. They are usually only available at camera shops or large photography sections of electronic stores.

Heavy-duty tripods are designed to hold a professional-grade camera and lens for extended periods. They are also present more versatility in their components, which can be interchanged and upgraded. The heads of heavy-duty tripods have features such as fine-tuning knobs and bubble balance levels. When purchasing a heavy-duty tripod, take care in your choice---they are expensive and should suit your needs as an outdoor photographer.

Article Written By Justin Chen

Justin Chen is a freelance writer and photographer with 6 years of professional experience in outdoor activities, extreme sports, travel and marketing topics. His professional work experience includes publication with KOMO 4 News Seattle, Fisher Interactive Network, and Demand Studios. He is a current Pre-Med student at Walla Walla University.

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