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HOW TO CHOOSE A TRIPOD - how to choose the right tripod for a reflex camera (DSLR), camcorder and what they are: photo tripods and video tripods

There are four types of tripods - pocket, universal (suitable for both camcorders and cameras), video tripods and photo tripods, respectively.

Photo tripods

These are quite expensive models made of durable material. Titanium and high-strength steel are often used in them. For increased reliability, the number of support sections has been reduced - from here no more than three. This ensures minimal backlash. Such models are intended for heavy SLR cameras, the total weight of which with the lens and additional accessories exceeds 2 kilograms. They have a very rich set of delivery, due to which you can significantly expand the scope.

Video tripods

As the name suggests, they are intended exclusively for camcorders. In principle, outwardly they are no different from universal and photo tripods by the presence of a large handle on the head. It is designed for easier framing. They have the same weight, materials and construction as other models. Most often, such devices are included in the initial price range, since professional video tripods are not yet available in the mass sale.

Pocket Tripods

In principle, this is a very interesting option in the sense that you can carry it with you in your trouser pocket, and all the time. This is very convenient if you have a small camera (only compacts are suitable) and you have where to put it, since in the unfolded state its height is about 30 centimeters, or approximately in this area (depending on the specific model). The maximum weight of the camera for such a tripod is 500 grams. Besides, the ridiculous price is another important advantage. The average model of a pocket tripod costs 100-150 hryvnia.

Universal tripods

This is the most common category at the moment, as these models start at $ 20. True, the price of actually high-quality models starts at $ 60 and up. They are universal in the sense that they can be attached to both a video camera and a camera, including a mirror. They are made mainly of aluminum, so they are very light and easy to carry. The only drawback is flimsy in cheap models and low wear resistance of the material, even in more expensive models.

The price of such tripods usually depends on the maximum height, but it is not worth raising them to the maximum, again, due to the above factors. Tripods are equipped with a removable stand for equipment, which is attached to the head with one movement and is very convenient to use (the camera or camera does not need to be screwed on every time).

Remember that the more expensive and high-quality the tripod is, the more reliable your equipment will feel, therefore, it is categorically not recommended to save on it, especially if your equipment is expensive.

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