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Tripod Specifications Reference Chart

A summary of tripod characteristics

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Use this chart to determine the kind of tripod that's best for your needs.


Typical Tripod Specifications Pocket Tabletop Travel Medium Duty Sturdy Duty/Studio
Size Collapsed (inches) 7 inches or less
7-10 inches
10 to 20 in 20 to 30 inches
More than 30 in
Weight (pounds) Less than 1 lbs Less than 3 lbs 3 to 7 lbs 7 to 12 lbs More than 10 lbs
Maximum Height Extension (inches) 10 inches or less
Up to 20 in Up to 72 inches
48 to 60 in Over 60 in
Maximum Load Capacity (pounds)(These are averages -- Don't Overload!) Up to 2 lbs Less than 3 lbs Up to 18 pounds
7 to 20 lbs More than 15 lbs
Head Type Available None or Ball Ball, 3-way Ball, Pan
Ball, 3-way Ball, Pan
3-way Ball, Fluid, Pan 3-way Ball, Fluid, Pan
Feet Rubber Non-slip Rubber Non-slip Rubber, Spike Rubber, Spike Rubber, Spike, Custom
Leg Locks Friction Friction, Twist Twist, Lever Twist, Lever Lever, Custom
Common Material Plastic, Aluminum, Carbon Fiber
Plastic, Aluminum Aluminum, Carbon Fiber, Titanium

Aluminum, Carbon Fiber, Titanium

Aluminum, Carbon Fiber, Titanium, Wood


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