A good landscape photographer knows that the mostimportant piece of equipment (other than the camera itself) is a good tripod. Just like different lenses are built for different purposes, so are tripods. A photographer who travels and uses a tripod only occasionally will have differentrequirements than a photographer who photographs constantly in low light and difficult conditions. Here we are going to focus on things to consider specific to landscape photography.
Firstly, ergonomics. Landscape photography is often about waiting for long periods of time before the right conditions or lighting appear, so it is important to find a tripod that is comfortable for you. Before you buy, extend the legs of the tripod fully (but not the centre column) to see how far you will need to bend to look through the viewfinder. If after a few minutes your back starts to ache, then the tripod is too short. Not needing to extend the centre column is importantbecause doing this increases the chance of camera shake dramatically, so should be considered a last resort.
Secondly, check that the