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Which Tripod should I buy

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This battered tripod of mine has served me well for the last fifteen years and is still going strong so it's been a fantastic investment.

But what should you look for when investing/ And I do mean investing because it's worth spending some money on a good one.

A cheap wobbly tripod simply is not worth buying. If you only want to spend £25 don't buy one. Spend the money in the pub instead because a cheap tripod Will be wobbly and completely useless.

There are all kinds of tripods on the market from the expensive, sturdy but light weight carbon fibre ones to big chunky monsters like my big Manfrotto.

Personally I prefer a heavy tripod because they won't go all wobbly when you stand them on heather or thick carpet.

Think about how easy it'll be to use. Do you really want to be fiddling with three clips per leg to set it up? Or would you prefer longer sliding legs like the ones on my old Bembo here. The advantage is there are only three screw lock on the whole thing so it's fast and east to set up.

Tripod heads vary hugely and ball heads are great. Again they're fast because there's only one lock and easy because you can swivel the camera through any plane without locking it, but the tripod still holds the camera steady. This is great for candid long lens photography at a wedding for example.

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Which Tripod should I buy
Hi Mike. I really like your videos. they are very informative. It's very obvious that you are talking from the heart and that is backed up by years of experience. I also like your presentation, it's just like you are talking to me as a friend that your are trying to help get better pictures (without explicitly referring to me by name of course) . In addition, you also leave in the video the little verbal slips that you correct at the time. That gives the instruction authenticity and a personal and human feel. I have attended many training courses for work (nothing to do with photography - worst luck) where the lecturer sounded like an automaton. That just makes you feel as if he/she doesn't want to be there which makes the trainee not want to be there too. You always sound human, natural and enthusiastic. Thank you for dispelling the feeling I had when I started the photographic journey that professional photographers were an unfriendly & unapproachable bunch. There are some like that, and there are some enthusiasts like that, but you are not one of them. All the best for 2018 - Harry
harry 10, Feb 2018 @ 09:32
Hi Mike. I really like your videos. they are very informative. It's very obvious that you are talking from the heart and that is backed up by years of experience. I also like your presentation, it's just like you are talking to me as a friend that your are trying to help get better pictures (without explicitly referring to me by name of course) . In addition, you also leave in the video the little verbal slips that you correct at the time. That gives the instruction authenticity and a personal and human feel. I have attended many training courses for work (nothing to do with photography - worst luck) where the lecturer sounded like an automaton. That just makes you feel as if he/she doesn't want to be there which makes the trainee not want to be there too. You always sound human, natural and enthusiastic. Thank you for dispelling the feeling I had when I started the photographic journey that professional photographers were an unfriendly & unapproachable bunch. There are some like that, and there are some enthusiasts like that, but you are not one of them. All the best for 2018 - Harry
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