Carbon- fibre tripods under £ 300 tested
DESIGNING A GOOD, strong and super- solid tripod should be really easy, and it wouldn't cost too much either. Just make it big and very heavy – out of scaffolding poles would be good! But the problem is obvious, and that's why quality tripods tend to cost a fair bit, especially when the best carbon- fibre material, which is light, strong, and good at absorbing vibration, is so expensive. Carbon- fibre tripods weigh roughly about 30% less than aluminium, but might weigh in at twice the price. Then it has to be adjustable for height, quickly and easily, on any working surface from pavement to rocky mountain, which presents a design and engineering challenge. And so the cost ramps up further. On the plus side, the finished product will be inherently sturdy and built to last. A good tripod will provide many years of loyal service. And after long treks, you'll appreciate the weight saving carbonfibre models give over standard aluminium.