...with taking pictures on a tripod. Tell us your story of your first tripod. The reason for getting one, or did you get it as a present? What you liked and what disappointed you! And so on...
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#1. "RE: One day we all started..." | In response to Reply # 0walkerr Nikonian since 05th May 2002Mon 04-Oct-04 06:32 PM
The first tripod I owned was one that I received as a birthday present when I turned fifteen (that was twenty-seven years ago!). It was a Velbon VG-3 (don't ask me how I remember that) that was aluminum and came with a pan/tilt head. Although it wouldn't be considered a great tripod by today's standards, I was pretty thrilled with it. It enabled me to use my six-month old Nikkormat FT-2 in a wider range of situations, and I felt like quite the serious photographer when I used it. I had it for more than ten years before replacing it with a Bogen/Manfrotto tripod, so it couldn't have been too bad.
#2. "RE: One day we all started..." | In response to Reply # 0rutherfordphoto Registered since 26th Aug 2002Mon 04-Oct-04 11:55 PM
I don't remember what kink it was, however it would bet that it was German. (My Dad)
I got it when I was 13, I needed a tripod to shoot filmstrips for school, so my Dad gave me his. I used it to support my Minolta SRT-101.
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#3. "RE: One day we all started..." | In response to Reply # 2N80 Charter MemberTue 05-Oct-04 10:51 AM
I made the classic newbie mistake just after buying my N80. I got a Bogen/Manfrotto Junior tripod. It comes with a built in pan/tilt head that can't be removed. It cost about $80 and at the time I was impressed with myself for spending that much. As someone mentioned, the tripod itself seemed like the mark of a serious photographer.
It is light and fairly small. It vibrates a good bit. The knobs on the head poke you in the mouth while looking through the viewfinder. The plastic feet fell of. The twist locks didn't work well. It has four leg sections, which is too many.
However, even with those shortcomings, when used properly it worked fine; tedious at times but still effective. And it taught me the value of a tripod.
The real problem was not the price or its quality. The problem is that for not much more money I could have gotten something like a Bogen 3001 and a decent pan/tilt head that I'd probably still be using today.
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#4. "RE: One day we all started..." | In response to Reply # 0
when i was taking photography less than half-seriously, my well-intentioned wife bought me a quantary with a builtin pan/tilt head, most likely of poorer quality than george's bogen.
one knob quit working rather quickly. the adjustments were pretty much binary - locked or unlocked (completely unmovable or lens crashed into tripod). the pan/tilt was therefore more like jerk/shudder than smooth pan/tilt. the plate for locking the camera were iffy at best - lots of wobble in there, too.
i could have gotten better shots leaning against a tree.
i sold it to a guy in the office for 10 bucks. i warned him of its faults, but he said it would satisfy his needs.
#5. "RE: One day we all started..." | In response to Reply # 0
I have a cheap Velbon wobble pod with really thin legs. I first used it with a Sony camcorder and it worked, mostly. As far as my SLR kit was concerned it worked for my N70/28-80 lens.
Then I borrowed a friend's heavy duty tripod, don't remember the name. He got it from his dad in the early sixties. It looks like the Tiltall ST01. That started me on a quest to get my tripod. Like everyone else, I wanted a Gitzo CF and an Arca Swiss ball head. Yeah, like most starving students, I couldn't afford that.
Ultimately ended up with a Bogen/Manfrotto 3021 variation: 3401B. The is the first generation tripod with the ability to mount the center column laterally. It also came with two center columns: short and long. Of course it was black (hence the B desgination.
First real head was the Bogen/Manfrotto 3410/329 3-way Low Profile. It had the weight rating of the 3047 but the size of the 3030 and 3 spirit levels. I now use the Bogen/Manfrotto 488RC2 ball head.
First accessories were the retractable spike feet. Then I bought the Bogen leg wraps. Now, they sport the Nikonian/OpTech leg wraps available from the Nikonians Proshop (https://www.photoproshop.com/).
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#6. "RE: One day we all started..." | In response to Reply # 0
A couple years ago, I bought my first tripod. I was shooting with an N65 at the time, and I really had not discovered a great need for one yet, but I figured it was time to get one. Afterall, it would allow me to do some different things, long exposures, etc.
I bought a tiltall ST01 tripod from B&H for $99. The reviews I read on it were good: basically, a simple, high quality tripod, sturdy tripod for not alot of money (although I thought $100 was a lot).
After using it, I quickly realized the value of a good tripod, and begain to use it more and more often. However, I found the built-in 3-way head sturdy, but counter-intuitive to use. No matter how you placed the camera, the handles were always in the way. Also, one of the twisting leg-locks often got jammed and was difficult to use (twist/un-twist). I eventually started searching ebay for other tripods. I'd used Gitzo video tripods before, and knew them for their quality/durability. I found the G2220 Explorer, and instantly fell in love. The used ones on ebay were going for to much, so I bought it new at B&H for $200. I also bought a manfrotto 3230 monopod with the 3265 grip-action head both in mint condition on ebay for $72!! A killer deal!
I love my Explorer as much as I thought I would, and I use the monopod a lot. Here are some pictures of me and my new tripod.
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#7. "RE: One day we all started..." | In response to Reply # 0
Years and years ago when I was shooting film with my F body I realized I needed a tripod for longer glass.
I picked up a CPC Phase 2 GX-SE "Pro" Series with a pan / tilt head.
It was small and light enough to strap to a backpack. But that was its only quality. I have been on diving boards with less spring in them. It was only useful if you left all the legs collapsed and the center column retracted.
Getting heavy into digital I realized I had to do something about it. Following a link on this forum, I went to the Bogan Imaging Store and purchased a Gitzo Series 3 Systematic 1340 for a reasonable amount. Then I picked up a Cullmann Magnesit 35 ballhead off BH.
Now I have a setup I can hang a hind quarter of moose from or beat a grizz about the head and shoulders until it backs off.
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#8. "RE: One day we all started..." | In response to Reply # 0
I received my first tripod when I entered college, in 1959.
A marvelous looking tripod of aluminum tubing, made in Switzerland or Germany.
I can't remember the brand. Darn expensive as I was to learn later.
An uncle was put in charge of buying it and bring it back in time for my birthday.
My father order it for me, by then very convinced of my intense inherited taste for photography, at the time mainly dedicated to colonial architecture and family candid portraits.
I loved it, but it just didn't cut it for slow shutter speeds; a must when shooting 25 and 40 ASA slides. It was too light and not sturdy.
The head was a casted bi-axial pan-tilt that I ended up destroying its handle while making it tighter many years later.
This is the last picture made of it, in 1967, when my bride was helping me do some rudimentary vibration tests with various cameras.
That was how I started my quest for a good tripod.
Although Gitzo tripods were manufactured since the 50s, they were hardly available in North America.
It took me 15 years to find them and almost 40 to make one my own, with a long succession of terrible, mediocre and acceptable tripods in between.
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#9. "RE: One day we all started..." | In response to Reply # 0
when I first got into SLR photography back in the late 80's at University my friend loaned me his knackered velbon tripod to use with my OM2n for taking landscapes and night scenes in Edinburgh. it was a loose, rattley thing which spurred me to look for my own one. I was heavily into a couple of camera magazines (Practical Photography and Photo Answers) which both carried advertisements for the Benbo Mk1.
I was hooked, and spent a sizable chunk of a term's grant cheque on it, but I never regretted it. it could be set in any position in any location for landscapes, macro, wildlife, studio - anything. my only regret was selling it about 10 years ago when I lost the photography bug for a while and needed a "standard" tripod for my birdwatching telescope.
I sometimes wonder about tracking it down and buying it back - wierd, huh? you'd think it was an old car or something.
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#10. "RE: One day we all started..." | In response to Reply # 9StrBender Registered since 28th Mar 2006Sat 14-Feb-09 08:57 PM
My first tripod was a Slik U-212 back in the early 80's. It came with a tilt/pan head. For the time it was pretty good. It gave me my first experience with slow shutter speeds and running water. Now I use either a Giotto's MT 9180 or a Manfrotto 190 XPROB, and a Giotto's HM-1000/HM-657 ballhead.
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#11. "RE: One day we all started..." | In response to Reply # 0
For more than ten years, using my old Kodak P&S film camera I never missed a tripod or any support besides my own hands.
When using my first P&S Digital Camera I found I needed a tripod in order to get some flexibility for self-portraits together my family apart of the self-timer mode embedded in the camera.
I looked for the cheapest and lighter weight solution in a big shop dedicated to Photography. It cost me the equivalent to US$ 30.00 in 1998. I used it at several opportunities as I had two very young children that used my tripod as a tool to take their imaginary shots too.
When in 2002 I bought my D100 it was obvious my previous tripod did not supported my demands for a long time: it was not sufficient solid for any exposition above 0.5 seconds with my light weight Digital P&S, and certainly it would not fit my new requirements when using the D100, so I bought in New York my Manfrotto 055 after a long research and considerations. For around US$ 170.00 including a ball head and a couple of base plates, it was the best cost/benefit I found.
When I was ready to update from D100 to D200 I decided to use the money to buy a new tripod and head instead of my “dreamed” new camera. It took me US$ 1,200.00 to buy a Gitzo 1227 in a shop in Chicago, plus an Acratech ball head and Kirk L-plate and one lens plate. This time the motivation was my (then) recent purchase of Kenko TC PRO 300. When it was combined with my Nikkor 80-400 I got almost all time serious motion blurring using my Manfrotto tripod, its ball head and base plates. I think it was 2005.
I am satisfied with my tripod and head, yet.
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