When it come to photography, one thing that you should remember is the gear you have. Of course it doesn’t always have to expensive. You can buy the cheap one and create the same photograph. Its always the matter of convenience when it come to expensive gear. At least that’s what I thought when I was bought my first tripod and I know that was a mistake.
So about 4 years ago when I first start photography, I was always thinking the important thing the camera and others aren’t so much. So when I needed a tripod, I bought the cheapest one, about Rp. 150.000 (about $10). I bought an excell tripod (I forgot what type it is) made from platinum. Quiet firm, really cheap, and I’m really happy about it, at least at first.
But by time, I realize something. many of my photo were blur. At the time, I thought I was accidentally touch my camera. Also, sometime the tripod shaking so much, either from the shake course by car passed by or from wind. Which almost felt down from the mountain before (Its a good thing I manage to catch it). And then one of tripod leg broken, so I bought a new and cheap one too. And in the end, the same thing happened. Well this one can’t even hold my camera (probably to heavy). It took me 2 tripod in 1 year to realize my mistake, buying a cheap tripod.
Just a reminder, if your a street photographer or any kind of photographer who doesn’t need a tripod, you probably wont even realize this.
So I search Internet. It seems many photographer have the same experience as mine. And then realize one solution to fix this problem to buy an expensive tripod, which is more stronger. So the kind of strong tripod is the one made of titanium or carbon fiber. Both are really strong and both are really expensive. And I’m not that rich.
So I save some money and I can bought a Sirui T 2204 X tripod made of carbon fiber. Very strong and I love it. And I have use it ever since.
I tell you this story because I want you to buy an expensive tripod. But to remind to not make the same mistake as I did. Especially if you’re into landscape photography, which tripod is a necessary thing to have.