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Old 21-10-2008, 08:42   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,just out of interest : How many of you,when you venture out with your camera with nothing specific to photograph,would 'normally' also take a tripod ?.At one stage I did but found the weight of the thing off-putting.I then got a lighter tripod but more and more left it behind too even though it restricted the photos I could take.I packed the tripod on my recent visit to Mallaig but forgot the quick-release plate so it only left the Hotel once!!.I recently bought a 16-85 VR lens to give me a bit more 'scope' but of course it's nowhere near as versatile as a tripod.
Also,for those of you like me,what other things have you tried ie bean bag/gorilla pod/mono-pod etc to give that bit of extra stability without the weight of a tripod?.
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Old 21-10-2008, 12:03   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Tripod useage

I do take my tripod out everytime and it happened to me once that I'd forgotten the quick release plate But I carry a backpack and add the tripod onto that. Although it does add some weight, I'd rather take it with me then leaving it at home. I haven't got a very steady hand, and would be more p****d off if the photo's are blurred.

I do have a monopod now as well for if the tripod is not necessarry. That thing is so light, you don't feel the weight at all.

A gorillapod I wouldn't get. They can't take that much weight of the camera & lens, and are not steady enough to my opinion. I've been reading up on them, and most people are not to happy with them.

But if the camera is not that heavy then it might be an option.
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Old 21-10-2008, 12:22   #3 (permalink)
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I leave my quick release on the camera's,,just finished trotting around the botanical garden here with my pod. Bring it everywhere I go 90% of the time, I like to take bracketed shots of some things as I build up my collection of hdr files. Some day the software might get alot easier to use and I'll have lots to play with. I do pretty good now but not good enough. There were alot of people taking pictures, but I had the only pod with me,,,,and lots of water to fuel the body, I use a home made foot and a half high non folding pod for macro,,,I can tuck it in my belt if I go for a hike and want to bring it,,,but the big boy is my favorite.
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Old 21-10-2008, 14:11   #4 (permalink)
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I'm afraid I can't help thinking any 'scaper that goes out without a tripod is just messing around. Although I'm very much in the "Pft! I don't need that crap!" camp, in only 2+ years of togging it's become apparent I'm an idiot*

As an aside, I rarely go out in strong light (except for the occasional IR shot). Instead I'm on an eternal hunt for the golden (s)hour so my exposure times tend to be far too long for anything handheld.

I always take my tripod. It weighs a ton, I hate it and make a point of telling anyone who'll listen just exactly how much of a pain in the ass it is. But still - I'd never leave it at home!




* OK, I knew I was an idiot 30 years ago but I mean in photography terms.
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Old 21-10-2008, 14:32   #5 (permalink)
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My tripod goes everywhere that I take my cameras, including full day hikes up mountains in knee deep snow.

If its worth the effort to carry your camera with you why compromise any potential shots by not taking the equipment needed to properly get those. Yes I agree its hard work carrying it along but the results usually warrant the pain and suffering incurred
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Old 21-10-2008, 16:00   #6 (permalink)
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Yes 95% of the time I carry my pod. I too have mad the mistake of leaving the quick release plate behind!
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Old 21-10-2008, 18:45   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Tripod useage

I take the tripod if I'm going out specifically to take pictures rather than just going out with a camera on board that I might not even get out of the bag.

Like Boofers, I have a QR plate permanently attached to bottom my camera body and the tripod mount on the Sigma 70-200 f2.8. My tripod and my monopod have Manfrotto heads that both accept the QR plates, so I think I'm bulletproof in this respect.
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Old 21-10-2008, 18:53   #8 (permalink)
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I bought an expensive Benro CF tripod with intention of using it more for landscapes, then found I have shot portraits mainly for the last year
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Old 21-10-2008, 22:16   #9 (permalink)
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I only take my tripod if I know I am likely to use it. I usually take it to Studio Group (for window light shots), anything in low light or indoors. I probably take the tripod more now than I used to because I do a lot of HDR. However, I never take a tripod on holiday as it is just too much hassle. I do have IS lenses so it is not usually necessary for most routine shots.
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Tripod (heavyweight) always in boot and if fell-walking then lightweight on rucksack. All depends where I am going and what style of shots. An absolute must for landscapes, but for moving events never used. BUT it is still with me just in case.

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Old 22-10-2008, 06:54   #11 (permalink)
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I hauled mine to Dubai and glad i did, mines a Velbon CF very light It to straps onto my lowepro bags etc
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I only take my tripod out with me if I know I'm going to use it.
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Old 22-10-2008, 08:17   #13 (permalink)
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I have 3 tripods, two large ones that only come out when I know I need them, visits to the highlands or churches etc. But I found this great old lightweight tripod that I take out most of the time. Just means I can put the camera down on timer, you never know when you are going to get that difficult shot.
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I recently bought that 16-85 VR lens and went to Japan for two weeks. The only time I took my tripod out was for a night shot of the A-dome in Hiroshima and that was deliberate. The rest of the time it stayed in my suitcase.

The lens rocks, I've edited 1,200 and uploaded 100 stock images so far and I've got another 3,000 to edit down. I've rejected loads of picture with camera shake where the VR wasn't quite doing it's thing but I always take 3-4 shots when relying on VR so that I can get one sharp one. A tripod would have been impossible in all the national monuments, on the street, grabbing shots in passing, it's just not an option for general photography.

So, no, I only take the tripod when I need it for landscape or night photography. The VR or ISO Auto get me sellable shots the rest of the time, provided that you take plenty of pictures as VR is a numbers game.
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Never take mine out don't know why i bought it, mono pod goes if i take 300F2.8 but for some sports i hand hold it
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I tend to take one if it's a photographic trip. I keep one in the car. If it's a holiday or work trip then I'll take the Cullman magic.
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I carry a tripod in the back of my car and use it for panoramas, telephoto shots and low light situations. Though I am by no means doddery my hands are not as steady as they used to be and camera shake is the surest way to degrade critical sharpness.
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I carry a tripod in the back of my car and use it for panoramas, telephoto shots and low light situations. Though I am by no means doddery my hands are not as steady as they used to be and camera shake is the surest way to degrade critical sharpness.


Me too also.That was one reason for buying the 16-85VR lens and my intention is also to maybe use ISO200 as my base handheld speed permanently [will see how the D200 files@ISO200 shape up].I have noticed,on closer inspection,how much camera shake/movement degrades images.I will carry my mono-pod more regularly and when deliberately going out to take 'serious' photos [light/weather permitting!!] will take a tripod.
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I'm afraid I can't help thinking any 'scaper that goes out without a tripod is just messing around. Although I'm very much in the "Pft! I don't need that crap!" camp, in only 2+ years of togging it's become apparent I'm an idiot*
I so agree with this! No, not the idiot bit (other than myself joining the idiot ranks as I really should use a tripod more!) but the Landscape=Tripod bit
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got a tripod and a mono pod - rarely use them...monopod's in the car boot but always remains there...
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I have had both a Manfrotto lightweight tripod and Slik monopod for ages...but have only just recently realised the value of taking them everywhere I go - bugger the inconvenience; they are worth their weight in gold and I'd not be without either. I also leave the quick mount on the camera body. I've also just brought a rotating head to fit the monopod!
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Me best mate, keeps me upright,Wouldn't leave home without it always first to lift & then the camera due to my balance problems.
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but have only just recently realised the value of taking them everywhere I go - bugger the inconvenience; they are worth their weight in gold and I'd not be without either.

Yeah, I'm a recent convert too. Well worth the effort of toting yer tripod!
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