Tripods in general, yay or nay? Opinions
I have taken pictures and snapshots for over 30 years.
Purchased a Nikon D200 when it came out, a Manfrotto tripod and ball head and have been trying to take "photographs" ever since. Every time you learn something, you discover two more things you need to learn more about.
Sorry, getting to my point,I am going to upgrade my ball head first, and legs asap,and have been researching the main ball head choices .Seems to come down to 3 or 4 models,and the booth line appears to be any of the top three will be a good choice.
The big dilemma is when as an undecided guy reading reviews,comes across an online expert blogger proclaiming that digital cameras and the d800 in particular eliminate the need for a tripod. He says the only people carrying tripods will be newbies and beginners .
I enjoy using tripod, (not as steady handed as i once was anyway) but was surprised to read that my new D800 was ending the need to carry one.
Im pretty sure I know how you folks are going to react, but before i go spend 500-750 for a new (non creeping) ball and plates just want to hear from you.
Thanks for your time and opinions
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#1. "RE: Tripods in general, yay or nay? Opinions" | In response to Reply # 0dm1dave Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Sun 06-May-12 06:57 PM | edited Sun 06-May-12 06:58 PM by dm1dave
>> "...an online expert blogger proclaiming that digital cameras and the d800 in particular eliminate the need for a tripod." <<
Are the initials of that blogger KR? It sounds like the nonsense that KR likes to put out to get attention.
No matter who this guy is that statement takes away any credibility he may have had as an expert.
You will be very pleased when you get ahold of one the top notch ballheads.
#2. "RE: Tripods in general, yay or nay? Opinions" | In response to Reply # 1
#4. "RE: Tripods in general, yay or nay? Opinions" | In response to Reply # 0
KR was trying to make a specific point that many of us are sympathetic to - it's good to go light, enjoy yourself, and get the shot without dragging along a ton of gear - if you can. Unfortunately, KR underscores his points with such hyperbolic absolutes that he damages his credibility with a large part of the community. I still like to read his posts, I just discard the hyperbole.
High ISO capability and VR have certainly helped improve the keeper rate without tripods, but they haven't completely eliminated the need for a tripod. It is important to note that KR DOES have a tripod and DOES use it when situation calls for it. He hasn't purchased a tripod in years, because he purchased a really good tripod in the first place.
So, you need a good tripod.
Here is what I need a tripod for:
- Video - even with VR, you can't take decent video without a tripod. (uh oh, now I sound like KR)
- Low light - late evening/early morning shots. There are a lot of them.
- Taking multiple shots for panos.
- Taking multiple shots for HDR images.
- Wildlife photography. Like hunting, you can't always expect to walk up on your quarry and have them sit still while you swing up a camera and take your shot. You can spend hours in a concealed position with heavy equipment waiting for good shots. A tripod with a gimbal head is a blessing in a situation like that.
- Any shot where you have to mess around with filters and a lot of careful settings. It's nice to have a tripod hold the gear for you while you concentrate on setting up and getting the shot. ND filters, graduated ND filters, many landscape situations, etc: tripod can actually make your life easier in those situations.
- You shouldn't use a tripod unless it makes your life easier or your shots better. Depending on the kind of photography you like to do, there are still plenty of situations where a good tripod and head will do both.
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#5. "RE: Tripods in general, yay or nay? Opinions" | In response to Reply # 4DavidN4 Nikonian since 09th Nov 2011Sun 06-May-12 10:54 PM
It is important to note
>that KR DOES have a tripod and DOES use it when situation
>calls for it. He hasn't purchased a tripod in years, because
>he purchased a really good tripod in the first place.
Actually, he carries along a $40 Dolica when he thinks that he might need one.
#6. "RE: Tripods in general, yay or nay? Opinions" | In response to Reply # 5ChrisPlatt Registered since 04th Jun 2011Mon 07-May-12 12:16 AM | edited Mon 07-May-12 10:57 AM by jrp
In addition to the Gitzo G1227 he claims to own.
"I use the expensive, solid but lighter weight Gitzo G1227 carbon fibre tripod which costs $510 and is superbly well made." But he says lots of things, who knows what to believe.
But let's not start a KR thread. I'm sorry I mentioned him. The point is that everyone with an avid interest in photography is going to find situations where a tripod is called for.
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#7. "RE: Tripods in general, yay or nay? Opinions" | In response to Reply # 0
Even if that statement were somewhat true it doesn't take into account one of the most important advantages is that it slows you down a bit and allows you to think about your composition. There are plenty of shots I could take without a tripod but I like that aspect added to my photography.
I will also give my vote for a Markins Ballhead mainly for the "Sweet Spot". That head with an L bracket will add so much injoyment to your photography.
There is nothing more relaxing than Tripod Photography.
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