so... what makes a "Good Tripod" a good tripod?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Smed, Sep 11, 2006.

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    Smed Guest

    im defiantly in the market for one... the one i have now wont hold its
    settings anymore...
     
    Smed, Sep 11, 2006
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    Stan Beck Guest

    Should be easy enough to use, light enough to carry, and above all, sturdy.
    You don't want one that shakes, and preferably one that will absorb
    vibrations, such as wind.

    Carbon fiber tripods, and some other composite materials are very good at
    this, but are expensive.

    If you want to get low, your legs should be able to spread out, and the leg
    braces on some models could be a problem.

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    Smed Guest

    thanks for the reply..

    i see various types of heads on the tripod... any recommendations??



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    dadiOH Guest

    IMO, the best and easiest to use is a ball head; specifically, the
    Leitz ball head.


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    Stan Beck Guest

    I find a ball head most useful, especially if you use a long lens for
    wildlife. If you want to do panoramas, a pan/tilt would probably be better,
    or something similar, because you can level it with a bubble level, and
    rotate it without tilting, keeping the camera level.

    A mount with a quick release plate for each camera or lens (interchangeable
    with various heads) will save a lot of frustration.

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    Sfj Guest

    I have spent some bucks on tripods. But I have also found myself in many
    situations without my trusty tripod. I have found that a bag of sand or
    duck tape do wonders.

    Nothing against tripods, just to get you thinking about alternatives...


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  7. From: "Smed" <>

    | im defiantly in the market for one... the one i have now wont hold its
    | settings anymore...
    |

    Besides what "Stan Beck" has replied, and this might be more true for video, the motion of
    the "head" (for lack of a better word) of the Tripod should have a smooth clean, not jerky,
    motion.

    This will definitely be better when using a telephoto lens.
     
    David H. Lipman, Sep 12, 2006
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    Stephen Guest

    Or a a bag of small bean bag beads - makes a good lightweight packing
    item for the top of the camera bag. Try and avoid floral designs on the
    fabric - not macho enough.
     
    Stephen, Sep 12, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I hate jerky head.
     
    Alan Browne, Sep 13, 2006
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  10. From: "Alan Browne" <>

    |>> im defiantly in the market for one... the one i have now wont hold its
    |>> settings anymore...
    |>>|
    | I hate jerky head.

    :)
     
    David H. Lipman, Sep 13, 2006
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