What to Look for when Buying a Manfrotto Camera Tripod
Whether you are taking photographs just for fun or as a profession, a camera tripod can help you get the shots. Camera tripods from Manfrotto can help you keep your device steady so that you can shoot professional-looking photographs no matter what type of camera you have.What components make up a tripod?
- Head: This component allows you to securely attach your camera to the tripod. The head is attached to a plate that you can remove easily if it has a quick release.
- Center column: This column holds the head above the legs. Also called the chassis, this part is usually made from a metal alloy, such as an aluminum alloy or carbon fiber.
- Legs: Most models have three legs that can be used to stabilize your shooting device. Each of the three legs may be adjustable depending on the height you need and to level the tripod on uneven ground. They often have individually adjustable leg sections that can be adjusted separately.
- Leg lock: The locks keep the legs from collapsing while you are in the middle of taking your photographs.
- Foot: These give the legs some grip to prevent the tripod from sliding around.
There are several different types of tripods to choose from depending on the type of photography you are interested in. The different types include:
- Compact: These smaller accessories are easier to transport if you have to travel to your shooting location. They are often made aluminum.
- Travel: These accessories are made from lighter materials so that they can be carried while you are exploring. Some, such as the BeFree model, weigh less than 2.5 pounds, allowing you to easily carry it with your other travel supplies.
- Professional: Professional models such as the Manfrotto X-Pro series often have an advanced setup, giving you tons of options whether you want to shoot in a studio or out on location.
- Studio: For those working in studios, these are designed to hold the heavy cameras and lenses you may need to take portraits and macro shots. The Bogen Manfrotto 3046 Studio Tripod can hold a maximum weight of 26.5 pounds
There are several things you may want to consider when looking at different tripods. The features you should consider include:
- Size: When considering the size of the accessory, make sure to consider the minimum and maximum height. A compact model may not have a shorter maximum height than other types, though it may be easier to carry. Taller models may be heavy but may also have a larger maximum height.
- Load capacity: Certain models are only capable of holding cameras that are up to a certain weight. Make sure the carbon fiber or aluminum model you are looking at can handle the weight of your camera.
- Tripod head: The different heads include ball head, pan and tilt head, and pistol grip heads. A ball head can position your camera in any way you want. Pan and tilt heads allow you to pan or tilt the camera independently. Pistol grip heads let you quickly reposition the camera as needed.