#25. "RE: sharpness: my perpetural struggle" In response to In response to 24 Wed 30-Jan-13 04:47 AM by bobpilot
Thank you; I read your post twice and I'll read it again tomorrow; then I'll a tap test (after my dental visit to get a crown put on a back molar)
Let me see if I captured what you said:
1. Get spikes. Do you mean these: B&H # GIGS5030VSF ? Or these: B&H # GIG1220129L3
I found B&H# GIG1410130B3 for the Series 5. (This means that I am considering a new tripod)
2. Test to find out where the vibration is coming from; legs, head, lens foot.
3. Use long lens technique: hand on lens, Mup (for test, but not practical in field)
4. I am confused about what you meant about the Long Lens Support. You stated, "I predict the results with and without the long lens support will be difficult to distinguish . . ." So, is the Long Lens support of not much improvement in stablity? Later you said you use it; does it help?
This little adventure to Yellowstone will cost me a significant amount of money; hotel, guide, transportation, meals, cold-weather clothes. If I have to buy a new tripod, I will. I don't want to spend the money and come home with images that are not sharp; if a new tripod will resolve this issue then that's what I'll do.
If I can't get a sharp image, every time, or at least most of the time at home on a concrete slab, taking photos of a ruler on a stable platform, I am not going to get good images on an icy path, in bitter cold with wind blowing. If a new tripod will improve the odds, the that's what I'll do.