Tripods & Accessories

FAQ

  • It slows you down and helps you to concentrate on the picture and camera settings
  • Supports to get sharper images
  • Allows you to maintain a camera placement
  • Ideal for situations with little light
  • Perfect for action shots with gimbal or ball head and long focal lengths

Carbon is currently regarded as the absolute top material in terms of technology in tripod construction

  • High stiffness and strength due to mechanical load
  • Four times more resilient than aluminium
  • Despite high stability, carbon is extremely light; 80 percent lighter than steel at the same load capacity
  • High fatigue strength
  • High temperature tolerance, i.e. it hardly deforms in cold or heat
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Monopod, tripod or tripod with centre column ?

Monopods are especially suitable for sports and nature photographers. They are very light and have a small packing size, they are mobile and allow quick reactions and repositioning.

In the words of the great German nature photographer Fritz Plking: "A tripod with centre column is a monopod with three legs". This means that the stability of a tripod with centre column decreases dramatically the heavier the camera/lens combination is. Another practical wisdom of Fritz Plking: "Without a tripod you make images, with a tripod you take pictures".

Often the load capacity is listed with the specification of a tripod. These manufacturer's data are only theoretical. In short, the load capacity of a tripod is how much weight it can withstand before it loses stability. And by stability we don't just mean how much weight a tripod can withstand before it collapses. When a tripod is overloaded with weight, it allows more vibrations and therefore more camera shake. And at longer focal lengths (and these lenses tend to be heavy), these small vibrations become even more visible. Tripods offer different load capacities depending on the type of photography and the materials they are made of. Tripods that are made for nature or sports photography, for example, have a higher load capacity than travel tripods.

What load capacity do I need with a tripod?

As a rule, the load capacity of a tripod should be about 3 to 5 times the total weight of the camera and tripod head. Another rule is that the fewer leg sections a tripod has, the lower it is set up and the "thicker" the tripod legs are made, the more weight it can bear in order to work more safely and vibration-free with a camera combination.

Which tripod load capacity for images with 200-300mm focal length?

If you are photographing at focal lengths of 200mm to 300mm, you will probably need a tripod with a load capacity of about 10 to 15kg. Most telephoto lenses at this focal length are quite light these days, but it's still worth making sure that your tripod has a load capacity of this size to ensure rock solid stability.

What is the load capacity of a tripod for pictures with 300-400mm focal length?

As you move beyond 300mm focal length, the lenses become longer, wider and heavier. When shooting at these lengths, a tripod with a load capacity of 20 - 25 kg is recommended.

Which tripod load capacity for pictures from 500mm focal length?

With really long focal lengths of 500mm, 600mm or even 800mm you want absolute stability. You will want a tripod that offers a load capacity of at least 30kg, better more.

How does the centre column affect the load capacity?

To say it again in the words of the great German nature photographer Fritz Plking: "A tripod with a centre column is a monopod with three legs". This means that the stability of a tripod with centre column decreases dramatically the heavier the camera/lens combination is.

The load capacity is generally based on the fact that your camera is mounted in landscape format above the centre of the tripod legs. As you play with the angles, the load capacity changes. Therefore it is advantageous to have a tripod that offers a maximum payload more than the total weight of your kit. You can also help to keep the payload stable by hanging your bag from the tripod crown to add extra weight around its centre of gravity.

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