29 Nov FIRST LOOK REVIEW: RANGER LEOFOTO LS-284C TRIPOD
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Source: Bjorn Moerman
Tripods. Some photographers love them. Some hate them. For many new photographers, the first tripod quickly ends up either being not sturdy enough or being too heavy. Most end up buying several, before eventually settling on the right choice. When looking for the perfect tripod look for 4 things; size, weight, stability and price.
While things like Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on our lenses and especially In Body Image Stabilization (IBIS), can partially replace a tripod for some shoots, for most the need for a good tripod is still present!
In the last 10 years I’ve mainly used two tripods; my trusty Gitzo G1257 Mountaineer whenever I’m working close to a car; and a lightweight MeFoto Backpacker Classic when there is a lot of hiking involved. While being small and light weight, the MeFoto isn’t the most sturdy in more demanding environmental conditions. On the other hand, since my switch to mirrorless in 2013, the Gitzo has become a bit of overkill in size and weight.
So, I’ve been on the look-out for that perfect travel tripod for a while now. Something that has the Gitzo stability and that could carry the Fujifilm X-T3 with the XF100-400 lens as a maximum load.
Like a lot of things in life, things sometimes present themselves without looking for it. Such was the case in late August when I was contacted by a photography acquaintance in Dubai who started selling “LeoFoto” tripods. To be honest, I had never heard about the LeoFoto
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