How to choose the best tripod: 3. Legs akimbo
Most tripods let you select more than one leg angle, so you can splay the legs further apart to get the camera lower to the ground.
Ideally, you should be able to adjust the angle for each leg individually, to allow for rough ground or shooting in awkward and confined spaces.
The more you splay the legs, the stronger the legs need to be – spindly, multi-section legs soon reveal their limitations.
How to choose the best tripod: 4. Clip or twist?
When you extend the legs, the sections will be locked into position with either a clip or a twisting collar.
Clips can feel more secure, but they are affected by grip and sand and in cold weather they can be painful to use.
Twisting collars are neater (they don’t stick out) and simple to use, though they need to be good quality to avoid wear and slippage over time.
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