Damn tripod broke

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by ForrestPhoto, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. ForrestPhoto

    ForrestPhoto Guest

    Up in the mountains earlier today, one of the legs came apart where
    it's attached to the rest of the pod. I can still kind of use it, but
    this was just begging for several exposures and some Photoshop blending
    .... sadly they don't line up. I guess that's what I get for getting a
    cheap tripod.

    http://forrestcroce.com/Photos/Encircled.html
     
    ForrestPhoto, Jan 8, 2007
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  2. ForrestPhoto

    Mark² Guest

    Sometimes money "saved" is a lesson learned...

    I bought a very nice carbon fiber tripod a couple years ago...even though I
    had a good heavy one already. I find I'm much happier CARRYING the carbon,
    which means I USE it more.
     
    Mark², Jan 8, 2007
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  3. ForrestPhoto

    ForrestPhoto Guest

    Sometimes money "saved" is a lesson learned...

    You said it. I wanted a much nicer, carbon fiber one from the
    beginning, and it would have been cheaper to just get it.
    That's good to hear ... I'm suddenly considering one! I keep hearing
    CF is a lot better at dampening vibrations, and I like star trail
    photography, but if it's noticeably lighter, that's a great bonus. ( I
    biked 26 miles with a tripod, my camera, and two lenses, to get this:
    http://forrestcroce.com/Photos/IronHorseWaterfall2.html - on trips like
    that every pound I can shed helps. )
     
    ForrestPhoto, Jan 9, 2007
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  4. ForrestPhoto

    acl Guest

    That's a very nice shot, would be well worth the effort for me.

    Regarding biking, I think the trick is how you carry/arrange your gear.
    I cycle to work and back daily, at least 14km each day (mostly on paved
    surfaces), and I carry my camera and 4 lenses every day (in a backpack;
    that way I can protect it if I fall down). I also usually carry an
    ancient laptop, 2 or 3 thick notebooks, and sometimes one 1000 page
    book, and once every couple of weeks an aluminium tripod. I am not in
    any exceptional sort of physical condition, yet all this is not a
    problem at all. I use panniers for everything except the camera gear (I
    could put it there, but if I fall down...).

    I suppose, though, that if you're in rough trails, this may not be so
    easy (but they'd have to be really rough, I think). So how do you carry
    your gear?
     
    acl, Jan 9, 2007
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  5. ForrestPhoto

    Mark² Guest

    This reminds me of a guy I was in a high-end bike shop a few years ago (I've
    been serious about biking in the past)... Anyway... The guy had every
    possible high-dollar item on his mountain bike...like titatium shifters and
    brakes, etc. All in all, he likely saved about 4 or 5 ounces here or
    there...and perhaps 1.5 lbs on his frame.

    The catch... The guy was spoting upwards of 30-35 pounds of LARD around his
    gut!! :)
    -He'd spent thousands on saving less than two pounds on his bike...where if
    he's just quitting downing the Big Macs...he's save about 30!! :)

    And no...you don't remind me of his PROBLEM... Just made me think about how
    people can get their sights set on stuff, and yet miss the point entirely.

    -Mark²
     
    Mark², Jan 10, 2007
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  6. Well, here everybody bikes, so you see all sorts of stuff being carried
    by people on bikes. And all sorts of people: When I first moved here, I
    vividly remember being overtaken by an 80 year old gentleman on an old
    clunker (no gears!), carrying a mattress, and *smoking a cigarette*....


    I resolved to improve my physical condition :)
     
    achilleaslazarides, Jan 10, 2007
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  7. ForrestPhoto

    Mark² Guest

    I've got nothing against him riding bikes with a gut. It's just funny to me
    that he'd spend all that cash to save a few ounces (as though he was a
    world-class cyclist), when if he'd simply refrain a bit at the table, his
    "riding weight" would make up that difference many times over...
     
    Mark², Jan 10, 2007
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  8. Well, here everybody bikes, so you see all sorts of stuff being carried
    by people on bikes. And all sorts of people: When I first moved here, I
    vividly remember being overtaken by an 80 year old gentleman on an old
    clunker (no gears!), carrying a mattress, and *smoking a cigarette*....


    I resolved to improve my physical condition :)

    I used to bike from my house, up the hill to the main gate at work. (about
    one mile) There was an old geezer riding a cheap Schwin with a basket on the
    handlebars, that overtook me and cleared the hill in about half my time
    every so often....I could hear him coming behind me because his chain was
    maladjusted and so it made this terrible (to me) grinding noise.....And here
    I was riding a top of the line Motobecane with all the latest lightweight
    stuff, and 15 speeds. My tires were 1" in diameter, and operated at about
    100 lbs of air pressure, and his were the old fat 30 lb. ones like I used
    when I had a paper route back when I was 10 years old....It was really an
    ego buster........
     
    William Graham, Jan 10, 2007
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  9. ForrestPhoto

    Mark² Guest

    Ya, that's happened to me, too, though in my prime cycling days, I'm sure I
    caused quite a bit of irritation as I flew past people struggling up a hill.
    :) It's hard not to find at least a LITTLE enjoyment in that...just as you
    can't help feeling like a bit of a slug on the other end...
     
    Mark², Jan 10, 2007
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