In spite of the presence of picture stabilizers in modern cameras stands are indispensable for dedicated photographers and filmmakers. Because it is only with a camera stand that the conditions are in place to achieve optimal image quality even under poor lighting conditions. Select the photo stand that is best for you and take pictures that are unique in quality.
What kind of stands are there?
Depending on the intended use different types of camera stands are available. Some stands can also be used for multiple functions as they can be adapted. We can distinguish between the following types:
- Three-legged stands / Tripods: offer the greatest field of application and stability and are particularly suitable for long-time exposures
- Single-leg stands / Monopods: very handy and light but they can’t stand alone and are suitable for telephoto lenses
- Table stands / Mini-stands: very small and flexible and ideally suited for travel
- Travel Tripods: very light but stable tripods out of Carbon
- Clamp stands: stands in the form of a fastening clamp for mounting on table tops and railings among other things
- Gorilla stands: flexible, pliable legs for mounting the stand on unusual, non-smooth surfaces
- Video stands: heavy stands usually with two pipes and specially provided with tie bars in order to avoid twisting during rotation.
Starting from when do I need a stand when taking photos?
With a stand you have maximum freedom in your choice of shutter speed and aperture and can select your image frame calmly and carefully. For this Rollei offers you a comprehensive assortment ranging from universally applicable tripods to special solutions for professional photography trips when creating videos. Select your stand based on its intended use and the weight category of your equipment. A stand is to be recommended particularly for photographs, which ought to be precisely aligned horizontally or vertically and require a long exposure time.
Photo stand: What should you pay attention to?
When purchasing a photo stand its intended use is crucial. If you often travel with your camera, you have to pay attention to its weight and the material, from which it is made. Whether the location makes certain demands on the sturdiness of the stand also has a role to play. The choice of subject decides the height that can be adjusted. The camera used, the perspective and likewise the location of its use are decisive when you are choosing a suitable stand head. Therefore, including other things, purchasing criteria should be as follows:
- Weight: the heavier the camera is the more weighty and sturdy the stand should be in order to maintain balance
- Material: aluminium, carbon and plastic are common materials
- Height adjustment: for taking pictures near the ground or for aerial shots
- Stand heads: dependent on the types of stand heads, among other things functions and load-bearing capacity
Which thread does a stand have?
With a quick-release plate you can attach the camera to a stand head. It is connected to the stand by means of the stand thread. Every camera has an internal thread, which is 1/4 inch in size as a rule. Other cameras and accessories use a 3/8 inch thread.
Most Rollei stand heads have a ⅜-inch internal thread and an adaptor for a ¼-inch thread so that they can be mounted on many different stands. Thus you are as flexible as possible.
What is a stand clamp?
Stand clamps and/or lens clips are used frequently with heavy lenses, like a telephoto lens. This clamp band is stretched around the lens and can then be connected to the stand as a carrier point. In this way you have better weight distribution on the stand and can align the camera more easily. In addition with a stand clamp you can take a shot in portrait format.
How do you attach the camera to the stand?
The camera is mounted on the stand by means of a stand head. You gain control of your camera by means of the stand head. The stand head is screwed by a thread on the camera with the use of a quick-release plate. Quick-release plates serve to facilitate an uncomplicated change of stand or to quickly attach different cameras to a stand. Some Rollei stands are already supplied with stand heads. Quick-release plates are always included with Rollei stand heads.
Ball heads allow for flexible alignment and setting of the camera in place with only one screw. Apart from the high-quality panoramic heads, three way pan heads and Gimbals provide you with the option of very precise work with panoramic and macro photography.
Video fans will find specialized solutions like cushioned stand heads (video heads) for smooth swiveling or also complete video sliders. The stand accessories and the accessories for Smartphones and tablets open completely new perspectives for you. Many of the stand heads have a so-called spirit level. This spirit level helps to align your camera correctly.
An overview of the various stand heads
- Ball heads: flexible, vertical und horizontal alignment is possible; many areas of application
- Three-way pan heads: adjustable on three axes, horizontal pivoting, tilting up and down, lateral tipping; very good for shooting films and for panoramic shots
- Geared heads: like three-way pan heads are provided with three axes, which, however, can be adjusted even more precisely and steadily
- Panoramic heads: have clear scales with determination of a nodal point for precise panoramic shots and smooth camera pivots
- Gimbal / Photo Lens support heads: cardanic suspension for oscillations of the camera without shuddering, for horizontal and vertical swiveling and for photography with large focal lengths
- Video heads/ Two-way pan heads: can be moved on two axes, for soft, smooth swiveling movements, which is preferred for shooting films
How tall should a stand be?
When the stand is at its maximum working height, the camera should be at eye level. The camera can also be attached about 20 centimeters above your head if desired and if that still feels comfortable for you.
Whilst taking photographs on the ground, attention should be paid to the low ground level. It always depends on how you want to use the stand. A particularly flexible stand, which can easily be taken with you on trips is possibly not that high. In this regard, you should set priorities based on the area of application and personal preferences.