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A set of braces that attach each tripod leg to either the center column or to the other legs. Having these increases the stability of the tripod and ensures they stay firmly splayed apart. The only drawback with braces that are attached from leg to leg is that you can't move the legs independently of each other. Some models have individually adjustable braces so the legs can be spread wider apart or unevenly for low-angle or uneven terrain work.
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