Flashpoint tripods & heads
Why every photographer needs
a good tripod. By Marvin Good
Right: Two of the top Flashpoint carbon-fiber tripods, the twist-lock
Flashpoint F-1428N and the lever-lock Flashpoint F-2328N ($229.95),
plus the muscular Flashpoint F- 4 ball head ($114.95).
The most unappreciated, underused piece of equipment in all of photography is without a doubt the tripod. Even
photographers who understand a tripod’s
value are often reluctant to spend money
on one. It’s money well spent—but you
don’t have to pay a lot to get a good
Flashpoint tripods, tripod heads, and
monopods offer the features and quality
of big-brand competitors at a fraction of
the cost. The Flashpoint F-1428 tripod,
for example, is made of 8X carbon fiber,
which gives it high strength without excess weight. It can support a camera and
lens weighing over 26 pounds, yet weighs
less than six pounds itself. And while the
F-1428 rises to six feet when you extend
its center column—great for high angles
and tall photographers—it collapses to
two feet in length thanks to the four-sec-tion design of its rubberized twist-lock
legs. (The column is reversible for low-level work.)
Prefer fast-action lever-locks? Take a look
at the carbon-fiber Flashpoint F-2328.
Like the F-1428, it supports over 26
pounds in camera and lens weight, features a built-in bubble level for easy
alignment, yet weighs even less than its
Before you moan and groan about the
nuisance of carrying a tripod around, con-
Photographer: Sandy Ramirez
One classic photographic effect that requires a good tripod is turning car lights into
streaks with a long exposure, achieved here with a Flashpoint tripod.
Flashpoint tripods and heads are available
exclusively from .
To order, visit the Adorama store, Adorama.com,
or call (800) 223-2500.
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sider what it can do for you. First and
foremost, it gives you tack-sharp pictures
at slow shutter speeds that would cause
blur if you were to handhold the camera.
What about the in-camera image stabilization found in most of today’s DSLRs?
Sure, it gives you an edge—but since everyone’s degree of steadiness is different,
you never really know how slow you can
safely go. And the damage isn’t always
obvious blur. Sometimes shaky hands
just cause an irksome lack of crisp detail
that you may have been blaming on improper focus. A tripod insures that this
A tripod is especially important when
you’re using a long lens, such as a tele-
photo for wildlife photography. That’s be-
cause the longer a lens, the greater the
chance of blurred results. This is why
long-lens photographers set high shutter
speeds for handheld shooting—but
they’re still often pushing their luck. A tri-
pod is the best insurance that they’ll
come back with sharp shots. And as a
side benefit, a tripod keeps the viewfinder
image from jumping around the way it
does with a handheld telephoto, letting
you frame the subject more precisely.