What to inspect when buying a tripod?


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UncleBen

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Hi forumers,

I am about to invest on a tripod I dreamed to own for many years. Hence, I would like to find out from you folks what are the area to inspect when purchasing a tripod?

Cheers,
Ben
 

UncleBen

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Sorry that I did not make myself clear. What I meant was what to inspect when you are purchasing a tripod at a shop. Eg: is the lock really working, expanding & collapsing the tripod are smooth & etc (I really have no idea what to check/test).

I've gone through the process of choosing the right tripod. I have also sorted out on the ballhead to use.

Cheers,
Ben
 

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giantcanopy

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Apologies for misreading !

Check thru dents over the legs which can make extending / retracting the legs problematic, , look for broken/cracked knobs / locks that tightens extensions ard the legs, smooth central columns that locks well and if the rubber foot tips / spikes are intact. I concerned if the tripod head fits the tripod nicely as well

ryan
 

shelomoh

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The price tag.

hahaha. Everything. That it works and no suspected manufacturing defects. That you don't foresee any future problems like flimsy construct...
 

UncleBen

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So, generally, physical inspection of the item is the only thing we do when buying a tripod?

Cheers,
Ben
 

Numnumball

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So, generally, physical inspection of the item is the only thing we do when buying a tripod?

Cheers,
Ben
Deployment and putting your heaviest load on it in the shop before u commit.

Will seriously recommend TKFoto to get whatever u intend to get :)
 

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Mostly is the
(1) Extending/retracting of the legs -> Do it on all legs X5 times & watch for jamming
(2) Locking of the legs & able to hold w/ the recommended weight load applied
(3) Locking of the center column & able to hold w/ the recommended weight load applied
 

Dream Merchant

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So, generally, physical inspection of the item is the only thing we do when buying a tripod?

Cheers,
Ben
Hmm ... not for me.

I also check for uneven load bearing and torsion.

But the pods I use are generally super strong so this becomes a moot point, but can be crucial for less specified pods.
 

masrudyn

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TS what's the dream tripod you are intending to get? care to share? I'm looking for one too :)
 

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