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When required for Digital Photography a Tripod has a number of uses and applications many of which I've detailed below.
1: It allows you to keep your camera far more steady than is possible by hand which means sharper
shots. This has the advantage of aiding your photography in low light conditions or when
photographing moving subjects.
2: It makes it possible to use slower shutter speeds (for example when photographing waterfalls)
without introducing camera shake.
3: When photographing landscapes it ensures that the horizon is kept level.
4: To support the camera for long periods of time.
5: To help in certain photographic shots, such as panning or bracketing, HDR and panoramic.
6: For group portraits or when you want to be included in a photograph when using the self timer.
7: They aid in both macro work and "low level" photography.
In reality a Tripod has a great deal many more uses, and this "Camlink TP-2800" tripod with a three way Pan & Tilt head is capable to them all.
With tripods on the market up to and sometimes well into a three figure cost I would curious to find out exactly how good this budget model actually was.
Firstly product features are plentiful and go beyond what you would expect at this price range. Included is a free carry case which is good quality. The tripod itself has a carrying handle build on to it's body, two spirit levels to help you level up shots, a braced centre column with a hood on it's base (for adding weight in windy conditions or keeping you camera bag off the ground), telescopic legs that expand to a useful height of 160cm, self leveling feet and a quick release plate to name the majority.
Build quality of the tripod body is very good being of solid construction and well assembled. However the tripod head is only of average quality, it's not the smoothest when moving with a camera attached and does take a bit of practice.
At 1.4kg in weight it's not the heaviest on the market so it's not unreasonable to carry but it's worth noting that a lighter tripod would struggle in windy conditions so this may prove a disadvantage.
It expands easily from it's packed form to it's full height within a matter of seconds so you won't miss any shots. The quick release plate is a god send as it allows you to detach your camera in a second should you need it. The tripod is very stable even on uneven ground and the self leveling feet compensate should you be on rocky ground.
This tripod would suit photographers more than those interested in shooting video, mainly to that ball & head. I did record video a few times and found that the lack of smoothness did make the video jump every now and again as you swing from left to right.
There are many advantages to buying a tripod and if your on a budget then this "Camlink TP2800" model is ideal for most. It has a few faults but these are greatly outweighed by it's advantages. Considering the cost (£27.60 at time of reviewing) it really is great value and out classes many more expensive tripods.