What tripod can support a 600mm lens and still go on a long hike into the wilderness? We test out six higher-end, thick-legged, modular tripods that are comfortably tall and capable of supporting tremendous amounts of gear. This group review compares all six models, examining their features, functions and ergonomics in use, both in the studio and out in the field.
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Leofoto is one of the best-known names in the world of affordable tripods and supports, but not necessarily for the best of reasons. With the LM-364C, Leofoto appears to offer some innovation and high value – so how does it perform?
ProMediaGear is well-known within the photography industry for their long-lens gimbals and flash brackets , but with the Pro-Stix TR344, this family-run company is making a play for the premium 'systematic' tripod market. Read our in-depth review to find out how it performs.
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From Sphericam to Theta, and from the New York Times to your local real estate agent, the age of 'consumer virtual reality' seems to have finally arrived. What's changed and why is VR in the headlines? Read more
A full-frame, ultra-wide angle macro lens from a very new brand provides a unique option for users of many different systems and lens mounts. Combining a 1:1 macro, wide angle of view and shift lens into a single body, the Venus LAOWA 15mm F4 is a lens with more than a few tricks up its sleeve. This article explores those abilities and provides some real world samples from both full-frame and APS-C cameras. Read more