Wired magazine’s Gadget Lab has a very appropriate article about the use of tripods. Unlike an article you would read in a Photography magazine, this article is written with the casual photographer or videographer in mind. The article discusses the basics, the head and the legs, of course. But it gets into a lot of the add-on features that you might find with higher end tripods. That’s right, there is actually a basis for the price of high-end tripods. But knowing what you need and what you don’t is always tricky. That’s where this article tries to educate its reader. As it points out, “Both [legs and heads]are equally important, and both can have a lot of extras, some of which are very handy and some of which are useless.”
This is a good read for anyone looking to buy a tripod any time soon.
Read the full article: Three Legs Good: A Guide to Tripods