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 asthetic appeal, the best reason to choose wood over any other material for a tripod is its incredible ability to absorb vibrations. Wood simply does not resonate vibrations such as other materials, instead it gobbles them up. 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!
The 8043 is the flagship 3-section model of the Berlebach line. The center column is incorporated into a levelling base with a bubble level, and this provides 30° of quick correction in all directions. For many applications you wouldn't even need a tripod head at all, and of course the closer your camera is to the top of the tripod legs the better off you'll be.
- Integrated levelling base and center column with bubble level
- 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