The most basic function of a tripod, of course, is to hold your camera still. If it doesn’t do that, it’s time to find one that does. Most of the time, bigger, heavier tripods will do that better, but bigger and heavier are not characteristics that suit travel. So tripod manufacturers have been putting quite a lot of emphasis in creating tripods that will hold the camera still in the smallest, lightest package that you can get away with. These smaller and flexible tripods are much better than the traditional tripods.
Extended Height: Usually, when choosing a tripod, you want the tripod to be able to reach up to a comfortable shooting height when you’re standing. So flexible tripod can be the best option when it comes to setting some height.Traditional Tripod doesn't allow to change height.
Load Capacity: When choosing a tripod you actually want to get one that has a load capacity much higher than the camera setup you plan to use on it. A flexible tripod can provide you with much higher load capacity than the traditional one.
Locking Mechanisms: Most of the current travel tripods have legs that are hollow tubes that retract into each other. They’re typically in four or five sections. There are two main types of locking mechanisms. The old-fashioned system uses a lever system. The upside of that system is that it’s reliable and they can even often make fixes in the field if the lock has loosened. The downside is that they add girth to the overall package and add a bunch of levers that protrude out a bit and can catch on things.
Many use a newer generation of locking mechanism that is a rotating lock. The upside is that they’re slim and reasonably flush and are very quick to operate. The downside is that they can be more susceptible to dust, dirt, or mud interfering with the effectiveness of the lock, and that’s something that manufacturers are aiming at with strategies to keep dust and dirt out in the first place.
Camera Type: The type of camera you plan to use on the tripod is a crucial consideration. Pretty much all of this class of tripods will work well with smaller, lighter cameras such as micro 4/3 or mirrorless systems. Others sit on a borderline of being used for bigger, heavier DSLRs. A flexible tripod is stable with all type of cameras but this is not the case with the traditional tripod. They may work well with some of them.
Carbon Fiber vs Aluminum: Flexible tripod uses Carbon fiber while traditional tripod uses Aluminum.
Carbon fiber and aluminum handle vibrations differently. Aluminum can be very stiff indeed, but that can also translate to vibrations being reverberating through the legs and actually being counterproductive. Carbon fiber can also be very stiff, but it can also be manufactured to have properties that can dampen vibrations.
In general, carbon fiber tends to be lighter and stronger. And it’s usually more expensive than the corresponding aluminum version, although that price difference has narrowed considerably in recent years as carbon becomes more common and the prices come down.
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