How to choose the best tripod: 9. Carbon fibre or alloy?
Carbon fibre is light and strong and ideal for travel or long-distance hiking, but it’s also more expensive.
If weight isn’t a serious issue, a regular aluminium tripod is just as good – as long as you choose a good brand.
How to choose the best tripod: 10. Are gears good?
Some tripods come with geared centre columns, which might seem like a good idea until you try it.
It’s fine in the studio, where you want to make fine adjustments to the framing and you’ve got all day to do it, but out in the field a geared centre column will just get in the way and slow you down.
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