I enjoy taking winter photos and lately the colder it's been the more I liked the results. The last 3 times I've been out shooting it was between -20C to -30C and windy, so probably colder with the wind chill factor. My phone died as soon as I puled it out of my pocket but the camera kept working fine. The problem was my $100 Aluminum Oben tripod ($100 at the time of purchase) which I found works perfectly fine under normal conditions down to about -15C. I was not able to move various parts of the tripod and the main head actually become loose. I was trying to tighten it as best as I could but to no avail. As soon as the tripod warms up all is fine.
I understand that metal expands and contracts depending on temperature but I would have hoped that the engineers that designed the tripod would have taken this into account.
I realized I will probably have to spend more than a $100 to get a good unit but are there tripods that will deliver in extreme temperatures? Even carbon fiber tripods still have metal movable parts and heads.
I would appreciate some recommendations/experiences.