Car­bon- fi­bre tripods un­der £ 300 tested

Digital SLR Photography - - Front Page - Test: RICHARD HOP­KINS

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.

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