Recently, my old Sonia Ph 220 tripod broke down, and I needed a newer one. As a consumer who sporadically uses tripod, I had a few specific characteristics to look for in my next tripod.
- Have at least a height of 5feet – One the disappointment with my previous tripod was that even in full stretch, it couldn’t go beyond 4’7″. On several occasions, these missing inches really left me craving for more.
- Folded length should be < 20″ – Unless you’re a pro who needs the best of the tripod and doesn’t mind keeping it as a separate luggage item, you’d like normal users (like me) would want something that doesn’t give you packaging nightmares, especially for flight travels.
- The Weight Hook –
Once, I went to a beach with my old tripod, the tripod struggled to withstand gale. I had to dig it 2-3 inches into the sand before risking my camera. Several tripods have a weight hook to hook some weight which keeps tripod stable. With my past experience, I wanted this in the new one.
- Triple leg partition – Compact tripods are so because of the three adjustment layers of the legs. This gives more flexibility when you want to shoot closer to the surface and also results in a better-folded length.
Comparison of Tripods meeting aforementioned need
|Brand||Berno T880EX||Yunteng Vct690||Mactrem PT55 Gold||JMary|
|Price||2,500 (50%)||1,949 (35%)||3,499 (56%)||2,500|
Digitek DTR 590 VD PRO Tripod‚ÄØ
(2 sections only & 2+kg weight)
Everyone Pro Tripod with Damping Head Fluid
26″ when folded
If you’re looking for a light-weight and compact tripod for normal use, go for it!