Choosing the best tripod for your needs as a photographer can be an absolutely overwhelming experience. There are a wide variety of price points and materials to consider.
A landscape photographer however might not need all the same tools or resources that an action photographer might need. If you tend to take a lot of time lapse photographs or pictures in situations that require a long exposure time you are going to want a tripod that is sturdy and solid once it is put into place to ensure that the camera will not move due to wind or other environmental factors and ruin your shot, as well as your artistic vision.
As you can see, the selection process can get to be confusing. Mostly because many photographers enjoy many different kinds of shots!
So, to help ease the pain of tripod shopping, we are going to look at a few tips for finding the right tools to fit your needs.
Factors to consider while buying tripods for your DSLR camera:
Your budget plays the biggest role in selecting the tripod for you. While you obviously want the best possible tripod, some of these tripods can run close to a thousand dollars, if not more. So, depending on your budget and your needs, there is a delicate trade-off between the tripod that costs 20 dollars and the best one that costs close to $1000.
When choosing a tripod you are going to want to decide what sort of camera mount and/or locking mechanism you are looking for. The two most popular varieties of camera mounts are known as “ball heads” and “three-way heads.” Ball head mounts have a single locking screw that allows the photographer to adjust the camera when loosened. These mounts can be moved in any direction and in a wide variety of angles. Ball head mounts tend to be cheaper and more compact than “three-way head” mounts. This small size and low cost makes them perfect for shoving into a backpack or shoulder strap and carrying along a mountainside for the perfect travel photo. Ball head mounts do create some limitations, however.We know lightweight tripods for DSLR we pick but These mounts are not conducive to precise adjustment as they only have a single screw holding the camera into the mount.
As the name would imply, the three-way camera mounts have three separate screws which allow the photographer to adjust the camera on a separate pan tilt and swivel axis. This means the photographer can make very fine adjustments to the camera’s position on each separate access. This allows you to get the perfect shot. These mount’s precision makes them ideal for portraits and long exposure shots as they provide a very sturdy platform for the camera. Unlike ball head mounts, these mounts tend to be bulkier and less portable because they have handles and other adjustments mechanisms that stick out at precarious angles. This might make the mount more difficult to carry. And, of course, with greater precision that is higher cost than Ball head mount tripods.
Of course, you can also decide to just get a tripod for now and choose a separate universal fit tripod head later.