Real world meets lab

We mea­sured and weighed ev­ery tripod, then took them on an out­ing to see how they fared

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We mea­sured the max­i­mum and min­i­mum op­er­at­ing heights of each tripod (with­out in­vert­ing the cen­tre col­umn, where avail­able) as well as its folded length for car­ry­ing. We also mea­sured the com­bined weight of each tripod and head, us­ing cal­i­brated elec­tronic scales, and mea­sured the di­am­e­ter of the thinnest (bot­tom) leg sec­tion us­ing dig­i­tal elec­tronic cal­lipers. We went on to check the ease of use and smooth­ness of all ad­just­ments avail­able in each set of tripod legs and heads. To check over­all sta­bil­ity, we used them with a D7000 body and AF-S DX 18-200mm VR lens. We looked for good re­sis­tance to flex­ing through­out the whole range of op­er­at­ing heights. To gauge steadi­ness in breezy out­door con­di­tions, we switched off Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion and checked Live View images on the LCD in max­i­mum mag­ni­fi­ca­tion mode, with a 200mm zoom set­ting.

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