The Berlebach Mulda Report 8023 wooden tripod is one of the more interesting photographic items available from around the world. The wooden tripod, once the defacto standard, has now been replaced by highly efficient, light, carbon fibred, ultra prescision engineered tripods, but is there a place for the wooden tripod in this modern world?
We set to find out, and tested the Berlebach Mulda Report 8023 wooden tripod with a number of cameras, including the 36x optical zoom Nikon Coolpix P500
Berlebach Mulda Report 8023 Wooden Tripod: Features
- Mounting head with centre column (head not included)
- Hook at the bottom
- Locking legs
- 3 leg sections
- Made ouf of ash wood
- 10 year guarantee
- Legs spread to an angle of about 20°, 45° or 90°
- Convertible rubber feet
- Eyelets on metal clamps to attach steel chain
- Minimum height: 52cm
- Maximum height: 176cm
- Maximum load: 10Kg
Berlebach Mulda Report 8023 Wooden Tripod: Handling
If you are looking for a lightweight compact tripod then stop reading now, this isn't the tripod for you. At 2.8Kg it is heavy and is 69cm in height when folded up, therefore not the kind of tripod you are likely to want to carry around for a day of shooting.
To adjust the height of the tripod there are two screws with substancial grips and as long as you unscrew them far enough the legs are easy to adjust.
The tripod can extend from 52cm to 176cm, which is likely to be ample height. If you enjoy shooting low to ground you can reverse the centre-column and set the legs to 45° and have your camera as low as you like.
Berlebach Mulda Report 8023 Wooden Tripod: Performance
When using the Nikon Coolpix P500
, the tripod at its fullest height and tapping the legs there is a small amount of instability but it settles back down within a couple of seconds. When reducing the height of the tripod by withdrawing the lowest sections back the tripod is a solid as a rock and remains at an easy height to work with when stood.
The tripod was taken out on many a windy day during camera testing and there were no issues with the wind causing any shake, although it was a relief to put the tripod down after carrying it about. The feet are chunky which means that it doesn't sink into the ground, and can be adjusted to be used as spikes or rubber feet.
The tripod proves extremely versatile whether you want to shoot stood up or low to the ground, despite its weight.
Value for Money
The Berlebach Mulda Report 8023 Wooden Tripod is available for €199.00, approximately £180.00, or may be available from around £150 if you shop around. This puts it in the mid-range compared to other tripods, and the Report 8023 does not come with a head, which adds additional cost to this tripod although the 10 year guarantee is impressive, and goes to show that the tripod is built to last. Alternatives include the ultra compact Velbon Ultrek UT43D Tripod
with head for £179, the Velbon Ultra REXi L Tripod
without head for £119, Elemental Epod Tripod
with two heads(!) for £150, there are also a number of other tripods available for £150
to £200 tested here
, including light weight carbon fibre tripods.
|Centre Column Hook
||Underneath head (with rubber grommit)
|Leg lock (White) Locked
||Leg lock (Red) Adjustable
Berlebach Mulda Report 8023 Wooden Tripod: Verdict
The Berlebach Mulda Report 8023 Wooden Tripod looks great compared to the more standard black tripods available, and has a solid construction with a combination of wood and metal. The large tripod and solid construction come with a high price, namely the weight of the tripod, and at 2.8kg it weighs more than double that of a similar carbon fibre or aluminium tripod. The size is also another noticeable factor when considering taking this tripod with you, with three large leg sections you certainly notice the size of this tripod when carrying it around, and the small size and compact designs of some of the new tripods are very impressive, many fitting into a small rucksack, yet still extending to a full size tripod.
The size and weight of the tripod make the wooden tripod more suited to slow, more considered photography, perhaps in a studio or in a landscape situation (there's nothing "quick release" about this tripod). However, the biggest flaw we found was with the centre column release catching on the leg when trying to adjust it. This meant that you would need to move the tripod, adjust the centre column, and then re-position the tripod. Overall it's difficult to recommend this tripod unless you have a particular interest in the look and feel of the tripod, or a specific photography style that would suit this tripod.
Berlebach Mulda Report 8023 Wooden Tripod: Pros
Wooden legs look and feel great
Solid metal construction at head / centre column
Flexible locking legs with multiple positions
10 year guarantee
Berlebach Mulda Report 8023 Wooden Tripod: Cons
Locking centre column handle catches on legs
Head not included
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Berlebach Mulda Report 8023 Wooden Tripod: Specification
|Number of Legs sections