u4/3 Tripods

Started Jan 23, 2014 | Discussions thread
Fazal Majid
Fazal Majid Senior Member • Posts: 1,243
Re: u4/3 Tripods

Chris Malcolm wrote:

The aluminium version of a tripod is often the stiffer and more robust one (less likely to break if you sit on it). What the carbon fibre version gives you is greatly reduced weight of wallet, slightly reduced weight of tripod.

Actually it's the opposite - carbon fiber dampens vibrations better than aluminum, and wood works even better.

Adding a weight to the hook on the center column helps with stability, e.g. your camera bag.

In this kind of situation I either carry a Gitzo Traveler, or if I can get away with a tabletop tripod, a Novoflex BasicBall (with an Acratech ball head). The traveler has been copied by many Chinese manufacturers like Mefoto, but I haven't tried the knock-offs and can't comment on their performance.

The Novoflex Mikrostativ is also exceptionally good given how small it is. I've used it successfully with a Nikon D3, admittedly with a compact 50mm lens, not a 300mm behemoth.

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