Hi, I was wondering how other photogs normally carry their tripod on the road while on a vacation or road trip, anywhere outside the studio and without a vehicle? At times, I just grab one of the legs and walk around while at other times, I carry it on my shoulders with or without the camera attached to the tripod. However, recently, the tripod slipped from my hands straight onto the concrete road and might have damaged the ball head. Luckily, the camera wasn't on the tripod at that time but still the damage is significant enough to make me reconsider the tripod carrying strategy.
I am leaving on a cruise in a couple of months where I want to use my tripod to take some waterfall pictures. Is there something like a shoulder strap that can be used to carry the tripod over the shoulder?
When traveling in the manner you've described, I will sometimes push one leg of my tripod through the shoulder strap of my backpack and kind of tuck it behind my arm. I can cover good distance this way. You don't mention the kind of tripod you have but some packs have straps built onto them to hook around the tripod so that it rides on the back of your pack. This works fine for my Manfrotto because it is small enough, but not with my Gitzo because it's too big.
just returned from a trip myself; i used a "quiver" case for my tripod. Worked very well as it has a shoulder strap. It is on the Really Right Stuff website. The have a few different sizes that should work with wide variety of tripods.
Sat 06-Oct-12 01:19 PM | edited Sat 06-Oct-12 01:20 PM by Scotty
Having been a birdwatcher and a photographer for years I can safely say I have never seen anyone carry a tripod like this JRP!!! Not saying its wrong, in fact next time I'm out I will give it a go; but I have never seen anyone do this before... birders, photographers, no one...
I carry mine on one shoulder with the camera attached or if not shooting attached to my Nature Trekker II using the attachement straps and pocket.
Contacted Precision Camera Works (http://www.precisioncameraworks.com) who's Arca-Swiss North American official dealer. They sent replacement parts for ~ $50 (oops). Super easy to contact, fairly fast delivery but the price is a little steep. I guess going forward I'd hold the tripod as if my life depends on it.
I have a Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod with an Induro head. I travel to Europe every year, and I pack the legs in my luggage and the head in my carry-on camera bag. I used to use a bag that came with a folding camp chair, but now have a dedicated tripod bag from a camera store. When I'm out and about I sling the tripod bag over my shoulder.
When I'm out with a long lens on my camera, for wildlife shots, I have my camera/lens attached to my tripod, which I carry over my shoulder. When I'm out walking at night for typical night photos with the longest lens at 200mm then my camera/lens isn't on the tripod, and I carry the tripod using a Gitzo shoulder strap.
My two main tripods are the Gitzo GT3541LS Systematic (series 3) 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Same as yours.) on which I use my Nikkor 500mm for wildlife shooting, and the Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler Series 2 (Head removed and RRS BH-40 on legs) which I use when I travel and leave the Systematic at home.
Normally, when I use the Systematic, as mentioned above, I use it with my 500mm attached, plus DSLR, and carry it over my shoulder.
When traveling, I use the Gitzo GC5210 Tripod Shoulder Strap, with my Gitzo Traveler tripod. I have on a few occasions when traveling with the Systematic used the shoulder strap on it, when I'm using shorter lenses, and don't have the Traveler Tripod with me.