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Old 28-10-2009, 18:44   #1 (permalink)
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Regarding Tripod

Once again I am here to bug you all with my silly doubts....Excuses for the same.

I don't have a tripod and I feel with a 70-300mm zoom lens fitted 2Kilos camera,its very difficult to stabilize...esp when u use the camera for bird shooting.

Before getting a tripod, i wish to take advise from all of you as to what I should look for in a Tripod(Features).In short, I want a "how to buy a tripod guide".

Any responses are valuable for me.

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Old 28-10-2009, 19:27   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Regarding Tripod

For shooting wildlife - birds included - most people would recommend a monopod as it is much more manouvreable in tight spaces or in undergrowth. Tripods excel with long exposures, landscapes and some portraiture.

Although it is not an area that I have much experience in, we have some excellent bird and other wildlife shots posted here by members using similar kit to yours hand held, so it is important to perfect your technique as much as getting the right gear.

Stabilisation is not the complete answer either for moving subjects. Correct shutter speeds, focusing and developing your shooting stance/positions and using available items for supports and/or steadying yourself will have the most effect.

There are lots of threads about tripods in the forums - try searching 'tripod' and see what comes up. Stable = heavy, light = unstable in genral terms with lots in the middle. Carbon fibre tripods are light and sturdy, but are also dearer.
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Re: Regarding Tripod

I would definitely use a good quality sturdy Monopod as this will allow you to maneuver your camera without having to use the tilt and panning handles on a tripod - i.e it's a lot easier to follow a moving subject with a Monopod.

Dabhand has provided some great advice as well...

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Re: Regarding Tripod

I've pretty much stopped using my monopod in favour of my tripod but I tend to rest it there, loosely, so it takes the weight off my arms but is vaguely stable to get a shot. Otherwise I use handheld, braced lying down or resting on a post/wall

It definitely is worth having a pretty sturdy tripod for those occasions when you need a really steady platform - I've an old video tripod which is very solid but is heavy. For out and about I use a Benbo Trekker or if travelling light a Benbo mini-trekker (both with simple ballheads but the Trekker has a joystick ballhead as well) - between them I find sufficient sturdiness for all my landscapes, macros and wildlife
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Re: Regarding Tripod

I'd go with a tripod, if you find it difficult to stabilize with that length lens then if you go bigger then you'll definitely need to look into something sturdy.

Here's the type of rigidity some go to get sharp images at 100%

As for maneuverability, the monopod is one option, but not necessarily the most stable. Look into different types of tripod heads for that.

Best advice is to go to a shop with your kit and try some out to get a feel for the weight and maneuverability of the tripod / head.
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Old 29-10-2009, 19:20   #6 (permalink)
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These are the things I would think about when looking for a new three legged friend:
- the weight of the tripod is suitable for the weight of the camera + your heaviest lens
- That all the controls (Levers, knobs) are comfortable and easy to reach when your eye is on the viewfinder
- QR (Quick Release) and legs, lock solidly with no play or movement (Do get QR).
- Closed length suits how you will carry it, ie in your bag strapped to your bag or over your shoulder. Shorter usually means more sections therefore more joints to do up to get to full height.
- Colour, don't buy silver if you want it for wildlife photography
- Centre column geared or not? Geared is more accurate in the studio not geared is faster in the field.
- Built in spirit-levels if you shoot panoramas

And of course price.

Hope this adds to your process and good luck in you choice.
 
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