Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Gadget Bag: Carbon-Fiber Tripods
They’re lightweight, rock-solid tools that are guaranteed to make an immediate improvement in your images
The Slik PROFESSIONAL 4 CF reaches a maximum height of 100 inches and supports up to 44 pounds, but still boasts a pack weight of around eight pounds. This is a very beefy tripod, with 36mm diameter leg segments. It’s suitable for just about any camera up to most 8x10 view cameras. The legs are of a grooved tubular design that resists rotational torque when unlocking or locking. The multi-angle leg locks allow each leg to be positioned at a different angle to accommodate uneven terrain.
The Velbon EL Carmagne 640A tripod weighs 3.2 pounds, grows to a maximum extended height of 61.4 inches and supports up to 13.2 pounds. All models in the EL Carmagne series have three-position legs and a split rapid center column. Also included is an accessory hook for rock-bag stabilization, neoprene covering the top leg sections, and height markings on the lower two leg sections to allow for more precise positioning.
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