Carbon fiber vs aluminum tripod – which is best for photography?

Carbon fiber vs aluminum tripod

Tripods are commonly used to steady the camera, reducing involuntary camera shake caused by shooting handheld at slow shutter speeds, or simply to give the photographer the ability to tweak composition more accurately than a handheld shot would allow.

Tripods were traditionally made from aluminum, but more recently the best carbon fiber tripods have become popular, being touted as stronger and lighter than their metallic counterparts. And while carbon fiber is the more expensive material, prices have come down over recent years.

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