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Choosing Tripods For Digital Cameras

Facts about tripods for cameras and advice on selecting the right one

tripods for digital cameras

Without previous experience it can be really tricky choosing the right tripods for digital cameras.

After the camera body and lenses themselves a tripod will probably be amongst the first things on your shopping list.

That's because there are a lot of things that tripods are useful for.

Selecting the best camera tripod for you will enhance your pictures enormously and open up new photographic possibilities.


I use a Giottos GTMTL8361B and love it! Here are some other great tripods for digital cameras worth checking out:



How are Tripods for Digital Cameras Useful?


  1. Sharpness. Securing a camera to a tripod will eliminate the camera shake that can effect hand held shots, and ensure maximum sharpness every time.

  2. Depth of field. Using a tripod gives you greater freedom over the aperture setting you can select, and with it depth of field.

    Not having to worry about camera shake from a really slow shutter speed makes it possible to choose a narrow aperture (large depth of field) in most situations. This makes selecting a camera tripod essential for keen landscape photographers.

  3. red dawnNight / low light photography. For night time photography ( e.g photographing Christmas lights) a tripod is essential.

    Having a tripod in low light allows you to select a slow shutter speed and capture your subject clearly without risking camera shake or resorting to flash.

  4. Motion Blur. For intentional motion blur (e.g peaceful, misty seascapes) where a slow shutter speed is required, a tripod ensures that the static parts of the picture remain sharp.

  5. Still life, portraiture, studio. Any photo shoot that requires a lot of attention to the subject, whether tweaking still life objects or putting someone at ease for a portrait photo, will be much easier with a tripod. All you have to do is press the button when everything is in place!


Considerations When Choosing The Best Camera Tripod For You


  1. Weight Limit. All tripods for digital cameras have a maximum weight limit. If your camera exceeds the weight limit for a given tripod, it will not be held steady in its place whilst the shot is being taken, defeating the whole object.

    Check the weight of your camera, and then take it with you when you plan to buy a tripod.

    Always test a tripod with your camera on it first, before buying, to assess its stability (bear in mind the likelihood of wind when you're shooting outdoors, too).

    If you're a compact or brige camera user, take a look at something like the Manfrotto 785B. It's really nice and lightweight; too flimsy for most DSLR's but perfect for a camera of around 1kg or less.
  2. If you need something to support the weight of a DSLR and lens, I love my Giottos GTMTL8361B, and would recommend it to anyone without hesitation.

  3. Size / Height. Choose a tripod that extends to a maximum height at least equal to your eye level - it's just a whole lot easier and kinder on your back!

    Tripod legs have a different numbers of joints for folding. Some don't fold that small, some become very compact.

    Make a point to check the folded size and be sure it's convenient for you. Camera tripod cases are usually designed to make transportation easy.

  4. Material. Do you have a beefy camera, several lenses etc, making for a weighty camera bag? You probably don't want to turn every shoot into a gym session by adding a heavy duty camera tripod to the mix, right!?

    But don't worry, you can still have one that is just as strong and secure by choosing from carbon fibre tripods. Tripods for digital cameras are basically either carbon fibre or aluminium, the latter being heavier but also cheaper.

    So make a call on whether a higher price is worth it for the lower weight. For me, it definitely is, as I tend to lug my gear around on long photo walks. The carbon fibre Giottos GTMTL8361B that I use is rock steady, even with a telephoto lens, and at 1.8kg attaches to my backpack without becoming a health risk!

  5. Head. The head attaches your camera to the legs of the tripod, so it's probably the most important of the camera tripod parts.

    Be sure to check that the fitting on the head is tripods for digital camerascompatible with your camera. Whilst many tripods now offer interchangeable heads to accommodate a greater range of cameras, do be sure, when selecting a camera tripod, that you don't choose one that just doesn't work with your camera!

    Another reason to have your camera with you when buying.

    You will also have to choose between a pan/tilt head and a ball socket one. Generally, the ball socket heads are slightly more convenient but it is a matter of preference.

    A pan-tilt tripod works with a simple horizontal and vertical movement mechanism. Meanwhile ball sockets allow you total freedom to manoeuvre the camera in any direction with a single movement - useful for sport and wildlife photography.

I use a Giottos GTMTL8361B and love it! Here are some other great tripods for digital cameras worth checking out:



Small Camera Tripods.

Are you just looking for a quick and tripods for digital cameraseasy tripod to hold a little digicam?

You can pick up some great mini tripods with flexible, hard plastic legs that easily support a compact camera, and wrap around objects too (so you can attach them to something at the desired height even though they are very small).

These small camera tripods are known as Gorillapods!

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