Gitzo is a name that may not be a well-known now by newer photographers with such a saturated accessory market. But for the old timers, this is a brand that holds prestige and commands respect. Many companies can come and go in an industry over the course of 100 years, few if any, last that long. Gitzo has managed to hit that mark, and for their centennial celebration, the company is launching their Century Camera Bag Collection. Continue reading…
I’ve only owned two tripods my entire life and even though I use one for almost every shoot, each has somehow surpassed its life expectancy. These two weren’t raised in a bad neighborhood but after I’m done with them they wish they had. Needless to say I treat my tools as such and they get worn. Enter my third tripod, the Vanguard Abeo Pro 283CGH kit.
I’ve been interested in a pistol grip styled tripod head for a while because of its perceived convenience. In theory, the grip would also solve my biggest problem with tripods: difficulty using them in the cold. Unfortunately,d I didn’t make it to the snow for this trip but I did put it through some work. Read on to see how the new tripod from Vanguard fairs in our review.
Vanguard is a new brand for me and I’m always curious to see different companies’ takes on standard photo gear. The VANGUARD Abeo Plus 323CB Tripod with BBH-200 Professional Ball Head has some common features with other high quality carbon fiber tripods, but the head is a little unique.
Unless your hands are as stable as a turntable, you would benefit from employing a tripod. For the longest time I shunned tripods because I thought they would cramp my style and freedom. Freedom is popular these days and I didn’t want to hand it over to a silly, three-legged device.
But it turns out tripods can really help certain types of photography. Landscape is one of them, so is portraiture. Products, architecture…just about everything except underwater (although I was tempted to try that on my last trip to Hawaii). If you’re thinking of picking up a tripod or two, let me give you some suggestions based on pocketbook size and intended use. Options listed here range from $3 to $1550.