Berlebach Report 3042 tripod in for review
Wooden tripods are said to be extremely resistant to vibration, and so should be high on the list of priorities for serious photographers, but how many makes do you know? I searched and found Berlebach, a German tripod maker who are practically unknown in the UK and I suspect also the US, though I noticed Adorama stock them.
They're made from renewable ash, which has been stored for two years prior to processing to eliminate tension (and thereby reduce splitting and fracturing during manufacture). I asked a spokesperson for the company which tripod they recomended for stability and general professional use and they recommended and sent me the 3042 for review. The quality and finish is excellent (without it being unaffordable, though that is relative - it costs $279.95). It has just two sections, making it extremely stable (a pro DSLR with a 300mm f/2.8 is about it's maximum) but not terribly compact. Three section versions are available, however. The 3042 Report also has a centre column with a leveling feature and spirit level. I'll be adding a review in due course, but I can say vibration levels are extremely low, possibly the lowest I've ever encoutered.
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