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Old 05-26-2015   #1
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How often do you use a Tripod?

Personally I couldn't be without one ... and the 240 is a great tripod camera with the EVF fitted for those times when camera shake isn't an option!
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Old 05-26-2015   #2
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I've been using mine a lot more lately...mostly because I've been shooting through a 135mm lens with a 36mm extension tube...so any movement is no good...most of the time the movement is due to wind...

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Nice shot, Sam!

If you want to get the most out of a good lens, there is no other way to do it, and I use a tripod more and more. Mine is a hefty Bogen/Manfrotto unit.

I almost always shoot my TLRs on a tripod.
For my 35mm SLRs, I got an anglefinder to facilitate tripod use.

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Old 05-26-2015   #4
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Mostly, Keith, when I start from home / never for traveling; see the attached selfie.

My 240 almost always has an RRS BM240 quick release base with BM9-G grip attached.

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Old 05-26-2015   #5
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First cybernetic add-on to my body....

I am joined at the hip with my tripod. A segment of the NYIP correspondence course in the 70's dealt with all aspects of the tripod and it's importance/effect of usage.

So a few years ago after watching Star Trek and seeing the advantage of living as the Collective, The Borg, I had a tripod designed to fold out of my hip hydraulically. Most important advance in my photography ever!!!. I even had a hook installed at the bottom of the center post, and carry a net type bag in my camera kit.

Most of the actual tripod components came from an anniversary model Bogen/Manfrotto.

I fill the net cargo bag with rocks and rubble at photo sites, for more stability.

You might say I practically live with my Tripod.
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I used the Bogen/Manfrotto 3228W with the 3030 head...it's pretty hefty...I have a smaller Bogen/Manfrotto set up and use it more when traveling...
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Old 05-26-2015   #7
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I use a light weight Ginzo for travel and calm weather and a Induro 313 when a heavy weight tripod is needed. Both have Arco Swiss heads with a quick release system. They are mostly used for night photography but do see the light of day on occasion.
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Never use a tripod - I think they are more suited for SLR shooters where precision is a must. I handhold my leica and just don't take the shot if I had to drop below 1/30th of a second.

Never actually isn't true - I used it once last year when taking a family portrait (selfie if you will!) but then again - I used my MF camera for that.

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Old 05-26-2015   #9
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Not nearly often enough!
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Old 05-26-2015   #10
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Very often. I keep a light travel tripod in the trunk of my car at all times "just in case"...

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Old 05-26-2015   #11
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Often. I have 3 tripods: an old Bogen/Manfrotto 3221, a Gitzo GT3532 and a lightweight Feisol 3442.

I use the Gitzo for DSLR use and the Feisol for the Sony A7R.
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Old 05-26-2015   #12
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Very often, but only in the studio, shooting products...
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Old 05-26-2015   #13
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I never use one but I plan on picking up one to use with the mighty Pentax 67.
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Old 05-26-2015   #14
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I use mine frequently for outdoor macro work where dof is needed, but only since buying a quality, 2.5 lb carbon-fiber model (oben). Before that I had a 5.5 pound model that I never wanted to carry on trails. Anyway, thus far using a quality carbon fiber has been a revelation.
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Old 05-26-2015   #15
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Not nearly often enough!
Great response! I have a heavy old Bogen and have thought somewhat about getting a lighter one. I used to have very steady hands, a little less so now and it really shows with hi-res and medium format...
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My old Bogen is pretty heavy, too, but it counterbalances a Mamiya C330f nicely when slung over a shoulder.

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Old 05-26-2015   #17
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I am too lazy carrying one. (and perhaps too clumsy as well to safely do that)
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Old 05-27-2015   #18
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I couldn't be without my Manfrotto tripods for the architectural and environmental work, but I do wish I didn't hate having to lug them plus a big backpack full of kit around so often.

I would imagine this is why I love little Rf and mirrorless cameras so much for my hobby shots!
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Old 05-27-2015   #19
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Old 05-27-2015   #20
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I can't remember the last time I used my tripod for anything other than teaching my toddler how to count.

But I wouldn't want to be without it.

I've used my monopod more, as it doubles as a walking pole, so I can take photos while out rambling. Also useful for gig photos.
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Old 05-27-2015   #21
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With LF a must, with MF most of the time, 35mm so,so.
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Old 05-27-2015   #22
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With LF a must, with MF most of the time, 35mm so,so.


There is something pretty liberating about shooting LF hand held ... if it's like a Graphic and has an RF.
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Old 05-27-2015   #23
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With the fast lenses and high ISO capability of mirrorless digital, not much with those. I do always have a 10", non-extentendable tripod for them in the backpack, just in case.

With the D800, however, it's tripod most of the time. I think of and use it much like MF and feel obligated to do my best not to screw up while that 36MP sensor does its thing.

btw, I used to keep tripod(s) at home in a closet but occasionally found myself out somewhere with an unanticipated need of a tripod.
The very helpful but less than earth shaking revelation: Keep a tripod permanently in the trunk of each car.
What if you need a tripod while at home? Well, there are a couple in the garage. :-)
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Old 05-27-2015   #24
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It depends.

Two examples:

This past weekend zero as I was making photos of my 1 year old grandson who is constantly moving! Fun and lots of smiles!

Family groups 100% of the time.
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Old 05-27-2015   #25
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100% of the time when I was using film and shooting professionally (after IS came out, 98%). With digital cameras, especially P&S, I seldom use one, but that is changing. I get better results with the tripod than with IS, so now I'm going back to using one most of the time. Still have a heavy Bogen with automatic legs that I've used for about 25 years. Also keep one in the car for unexpected opportunities and the rare trip involving air travel. That one is a cheap Velbon (name rubbed off long ago) designed with suggestions by the late Herbert Keppler.
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Old 05-27-2015   #26
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There is something pretty liberating about shooting LF hand held ... if it's like a Graphic and has an RF.
Keith, my first thought was that liberating just wasn't the right word, even for some of my heavier 9x12 cameras (with RF ). But thinking about it I think that is right on. To get that big a negative hand held is just fun.

I keep a tripod in the trunk of my car. I have several at home. Two are the type where the column can be tilted from vertical to below 90 degrees. All but one are Velbon aluminum. Even my stronger Mamiya tripod is aluminum.

Even so, I only use them when I think I need to. I can still hold cameras pretty steady, and know how high speeds can help. In Korea I used to carry a Velbon in case of need for photographs, and also to discourage slicky-boys.
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Old 05-27-2015   #27
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As infrequently as humanly possible.
"A street photographer with a tripod is like a cello player in a marching band"
However, to be fair, triopods are very handy for keeping one's gloves or coffee cup from falling into the snow in the wintertime.
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Old 05-27-2015   #29
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The little Leitz table tripod is always with me. But use it not much. Large tripods only occasionally, with Viso I.
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The older I get the more I use one.
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Old 05-27-2015   #31
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I use a tripod when I am shooting ...

a. long shutter speeds
b. medium format or large format cameras
c. long focal lengths
d. video
e. multiple cameras at the same time
f. heavenly bodies with tracking
g. panoramas


In some situations, I may use a monopod or a copy stand instead of a tripod.


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The older I get, the more I realize that a sturdy tripod is actually a useful implement.
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Old 05-27-2015   #33
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Only for extensive macro or landscape work. But for occasional images outside I'm used going down to 1/30 or slower with a film RF body or digital mirrorless cameras, provided I find a firm stand.
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Old 05-28-2015   #34
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Not nearly often enough!

Well said Frank!

I use mine far less than I should. Maybe I shouldn't keep it in the closet?
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I like landscapes, thus I use tripods. From a great hunk of a Giottos to a cheap Sunpak carbon fibre.
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I'm mainly a street shooter, so although I do actually own a tripod (inherited) I never use it, ever...
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Not usually with 35mm bodies. 35mm is for catching the fleeting, IMHO.
For medium format, I really prefer the results with tripod.
Composition and sharpness are greatly improved, almost always.
For 4x5 5x7 & 8x10 a tripod is an absolute necessity, obviously.

I have six or seven tripods of varying sizes, from smaller to huge.

In my studio I have a Plaubel Camera Stand that could easily support the front end of a car.
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Depends on what I'm shooting. For the past year I've been doing a ton of long exposures using the Lee Filter kit and Big Stopper. But when I travel or am just out and about I hardly ever use a tripod.
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I have a old Leitz Tiltall, I only use it when I want to take photos of birds at my bird feeder... a few times a year.
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