The Berlebach 8023 Wood Tripod Legs wtih a Center Column is a 3-section model, featuring a sliding center-column which adds additional height adjustment. These center-columns are made from precision-drawn light-metal tubing and are built into the tripod to fit precisely. Use of an extra-short center column (10 cm) enables near-ground-level work.
Berlebach has been manufacturing beautifully finished pieces of German craftsmanship for over a century, and then as now the natural advantages of wood continually appeal to discriminating shooters. Handling a wood tripod in extremes of heat or cold is quite a different experience than that of a metal or even carbon fiber tripod. Wood just seems not to care.
But despite wood's impervious nature to temperature and its general aesthetic appeal, the best reason to choose wood over any other material for a tripod is its incredible ability to absorb vibrations. A wooden tripod placed in a shallow stream may be vibrating quite a bit where the legs meet the water, but up at the column it is dead as a doornail. Putting a laser pointer on top of a metal, carbon fiber and wood tripod and shaking the legs of each clearly displays the advantage. The laser pointer's beam upon the wood tripod will have come to a rest much quicker than the others, and additionally its resonating disturbances will be smaller as well. This will assuredly show up in your pictures!
- 3-Position independent leg spread
- Simple to clean
- Leg locks which are unaffected by sand, mud or water
- Dual spiked/rubber tipped feet
- Classic stylish appeal