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Gitzo G1548, G3540XLS,
G1325, G1228, GT0530

Key Aspects of Tripod Stability

The rules for tripod use are fairly straightforward. See the research on tripod stability.

If you’re going to bother with a tripod, do it right: go light or go sturdy, don’t mess around in the middle zone. What “light” or “sturdy” means can of course depend on your camera system. But even the diminutive Gitzo G0530 can serve (with care) when mirror lockup and remote release are used. Serious users need at least two tripods because carrying a heavy tripod or nothing is not always feasible, especially when traveling (so the rule does have some exceptions based on the situation).

Leg sections

Favor 3 sections over four for stability. However, the differences are usually small once the tripods become larger.

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Gitzo G1548, G3540XLS, G1325, G1228 & GT0530

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