• Dan Medley

Tripods. Too many to choose from....

If I could go back in time and change one thing about the progression of gear I have purchased since starting my career in photography, it would be the darn dang tripod. I have lost count as to how many of these stupid three legged metal contraptions I have owned. We all hate the idea of spending a ton of money on something that has little to do with our actual photos... At least that is what I told myself early on. Boy howdy was I wrong about that.

Early on, I think I used a tripod I most likely found beside a dumpster in an alley (at least that's what it looked like). On a day with zero wind, that stupid thing would sway back and forth. I can't tell you how many shots I know I lost due to this. I hope it's deep in a landfill at this time.

The second one must have been from 1982. Probably was about $2.99 when I found it at Goodwill. I brought it home and was happy to try it out only to find out it was missing the shoe. Seven days latter, I received one in the mail from some old dude off eBay. I used it for a year and got tired of it weighing as much as a small child. Hopes for this one being deep in the dump as well.

This led me to the tripod hunt of late 2018. I spent SO MANY HOURS researching every company, every model, every sale, every YouTube video, every stupid blog post like this one. I landed on this beauty...

I. LOVE. THIS. TRIPOD. (Benro, sponsor me please) It's taken a beating and keeps on ticking. I have had no issues with it on the windiest of days. I've submerged it in water and it's shown no signs of deterioration. This is the Photography Tripod of my dreams.

Just look at how tall this bad boy can get!

WHY DIDN'T I LISTEN AND BUY A NICE ONE FIRST? I wish I could go back in time and yell at myself when I was wasting money on crappy gear. Buy once, cry once. Learn from my mistakes...


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