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    Default Maximum load for a tripod

    Sorry for asking what may seem a dumb question.

    It’s about tripods and their heads…question is how do you calculate the total weight
    that a tripod + head can bear.

    Say the tripod manufacturer says tripod can hold 2 kg.
    And the ball-head manufacturer says the head can hold 3 kg.

    Does this mean
    1) the whole combination can hold up to 5kg
    2) take the higher weight as the maximum load i.e. 3kg
    3) Or only look at what the tripod can carry as ultimately, that’s what is bearing
    the weight of the whole set-up.

    Thanks for your answers.

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    Default Re: Maximum load for a tripod

    on the safe side. it should be 2kg

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    Default Re: Maximum load for a tripod

    U gotta factor in the weight of the tripod head you are using.

    And if after subtracting off weight of the tripod head, the tripod can carry a load less than what the tripod head can support, then stick to whatever remaining weight the tripod can handle.

    e.g

    My tripod can support 6kg
    Then my ballhead can support 30kg, weighs ~ 500gm

    You can put another 5+ kg

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    Last edited by giantcanopy; 24th October 2008 at 04:45 PM.

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    the tripod max load is much more than the spec given. eg. an 5kg spec tripod can withstand more than 20 kg of load. of cos you need to take into consideration the stability of the tripod.

    with this assumption, the ball head is more impt and since your ballhead can hold 3kg, i would think the max load will be 3kg.

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    Capacity of tripod and ballhead stand alone........ so take the lowest capacity as the limit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoomster View Post
    Sorry for asking what may seem a dumb question.

    It’s about tripods and their heads…question is how do you calculate the total weight
    that a tripod + head can bear.

    Say the tripod manufacturer says tripod can hold 2 kg.
    And the ball-head manufacturer says the head can hold 3 kg.

    Does this mean
    1) the whole combination can hold up to 5kg
    2) take the higher weight as the maximum load i.e. 3kg
    3) Or only look at what the tripod can carry as ultimately, that’s what is bearing
    the weight of the whole set-up.

    Thanks for your answers.
    The combined one would be what the tripod can take minus away the weight of the head or what the head can take, whichever is lower.

    eg if tripod can take 5kg, head is 1kg and can take 6kg, then the setup can only take 4kg (5kg tripod capacity minus 1kg weight of the head)
    eg if tripod can take 5kg, head is 0.5kg and can take 3kg, then the setup can only take 3kg limited by the head since tripod is able to accomodate the weight of the head plus the equipment the head is able to take.
    Last edited by lsisaxon; 24th October 2008 at 05:33 PM.

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    Try to do a balanced combination. The tripod and ballhead should have equal payload. No point matching a large tripod with a mini ballhead, and vice versa.
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    Default Re: Maximum load for a tripod

    Its is not advisable to load both your tripod and the head to their maximum capacity. They will not be performing well under maximum load. As a guide, the max weight they should be carrying is around 80% of the specified capacity.

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    Default Re: Maximum load for a tripod

    Quote Originally Posted by Kit View Post
    Its is not advisable to load both your tripod and the head to their maximum capacity. They will not be performing well under maximum load. As a guide, the max weight they should be carrying is around 80% of the specified capacity.
    Good advice.

    And we have seen advertisers putting their entire body weight on their tripod that supports probably a fifth of what they can do.



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    Default Re: Maximum load for a tripod

    Got camera so heavy meh? Or are you trying to hang yourself?

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    Default Re: Maximum load for a tripod

    Quote Originally Posted by mrericlee View Post
    Got camera so heavy meh? Or are you trying to hang yourself?
    DSLR body is not. But the lens can be really heavy Take a look at some of the birding lenses.
    Alternatively you can be using some really heavy digital back setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrericlee View Post
    Got camera so heavy meh? Or are you trying to hang yourself?
    DSLR plus LONG lens plus flash, etc may be quite heavy...
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    Default Re: Maximum load for a tripod

    You take the lower of the two nos. In your example, 2 kg. And remember, the weight of the tripod head is included in the 2 kg.


    Quote Originally Posted by Zoomster View Post
    Sorry for asking what may seem a dumb question.

    It’s about tripods and their heads…question is how do you calculate the total weight
    that a tripod + head can bear.

    Say the tripod manufacturer says tripod can hold 2 kg.
    And the ball-head manufacturer says the head can hold 3 kg.

    Does this mean
    1) the whole combination can hold up to 5kg
    2) take the higher weight as the maximum load i.e. 3kg
    3) Or only look at what the tripod can carry as ultimately, that’s what is bearing
    the weight of the whole set-up.

    Thanks for your answers.

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    Default Re: Maximum load for a tripod

    Thanks to all who responded. The replies have cleared some misconceptions i've had.

    cheers!

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