Quadropods? Seriously?

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  1. AUZambo

    AUZambo TPF Noob!

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    I was thumbing through my latest issue of Digital Photo Pro this morning and noticed a company has released a quadropod claiming the 4th leg increases stability.

    I'm a math teacher and one of the first things you teach in a geometry class is that any three points always share a plane - which is why tripods and three legged stools are always stable. When you introduce a 4th leg you run the risk of rocking.

    Why in the world would they claim a 4th leg increases stability?
     
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    more legs means more stability - its like more megapixels :)

    though you have to bare in mind that a stool is a fixed set of 3 legs - the legs cannot chaneg lengths. On a tripod the legs can change lengths and I can see the logic in a 4th adjustable leg giving additional stabilty in some situations.
    That said weight of the basic setup is going to go up as is setup time - and the increase in stabilty might only be noticable to landscapers setting up in hurricanes.
     
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    Marketing purposes maybe?
     

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