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Old 07-29-2005, 12:22 AM   #1
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I was just wondering how many of you use a tripod.
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Old 07-29-2005, 12:26 AM   #2
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I do. It's the best photography tool I own.
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Old 07-29-2005, 01:24 AM   #3
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Yes and no. Very often I'm chasing trains so I don't have time to use a tripod. It's also a hassle on trips and such so occasionally I don't bring it. It's very difficult to use a 300mm lens without one. Night shots with long exposures are almost impossible without them either. You need one for most shots but sometimes you can get by without.
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Old 07-29-2005, 02:01 AM   #4
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Depends if I have time or not. All night shots get the tripod or window glass ball mount (make sure to turn the car off when using). Any shot using the 300mm gets the tripod and I use it anytime I want to get a set frame so I don't tend to pan with the train movement.
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Old 07-29-2005, 02:16 AM   #5
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There's no way for me to get away with taking a night shot without one. I've tried using a tripod during the day. It's not as easy as shooting without it. But there are those times with my 200mm or 300mm that just require it.
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Old 07-29-2005, 02:20 AM   #6
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When I was younger I only used a tripod for low light conditions. Approching 50 I cannot hand hold a camera very well anymore and the tripod comes in handy.
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Old 07-29-2005, 03:01 AM   #7
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I very seldom use a tripod. With a 70-200mm IS a tripod isn't necessary unless it's windy. For the 400mm I use a monopod 75% of the time and a tripod 25%. Time is also a factor when chasing. Setting up a tripod just takes to long.
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Old 07-29-2005, 03:46 AM   #8
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I use one. It helps me a lot especially when zooming in all the way.
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It depends on if my nerves are over-caffeinated or not.

I only use one for night shots.
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Old 07-29-2005, 04:11 AM   #10
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If I did I sure wouldn't get so many rejects! I need to put it in the car.
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Old 07-29-2005, 04:55 AM   #11
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I only use them for night shots...I dont like using a tripod for just daytime photos of trains, I like to be in total control of the camera and not have it screwed onto a big tripod incase I want to move my angle real fast or w/e.
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Old 07-29-2005, 05:03 AM   #12
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I use a tripod on all my night shots and whenever I use a converter. I carry a tripod in the truck, in fact only time it leaves the vehicle is for a photo.
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Old 07-29-2005, 09:06 AM   #13
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I don't use a tripod except in low light conditions or night shots. During the day, no tripod. I get a nice tight shot, then zoom out so if I am unlevel, I can us PS to level the photo.
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Old 07-29-2005, 09:08 AM   #14
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I also keep mine in the car 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless it is out for a photo. I try to use it as much as possible, only not using it when I'm chasing something and need to get in and out of the car quickly or just don't have time to set up. I like to visualize my shots well in advance and the tripod helps me achieve what I expect.
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Old 07-29-2005, 01:32 PM   #15
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I have a nice tripod, but so far I've not used it on any of the pictures I have on RP.net.

I think I might give it a workout this weekend.
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Old 07-29-2005, 02:21 PM   #16
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I use if for difficult shots where my squatting stance might jeopardize the picture. Otherwise, I use my monopod (best investment, ever) quite frequently.
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Old 07-29-2005, 04:43 PM   #17
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I recently got a tripod, and after having time to use it to better frame my shots, I absolutely love it. I like setting it up, getting the exposure where I want it, and then leaving it where it's exactly where I want it to be to get the shot I envision. Pretty good investment, IMO...
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Old 07-31-2005, 04:56 AM   #18
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I try to use one (a tripod) at all times. As I get a bit older I am not as steady . . .
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Old 07-31-2005, 07:07 PM   #19
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I do. Night shots only so far.
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Old 07-31-2005, 10:17 PM   #20
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i have a failry heavy 300mm lens and it requires a tripod at all times. I also use a tripod for almost every shot i take, regardless of lens weight, it just makes things easyer to compose and much easyer for focusing, especally since my stuff is all Manual Focus.
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I dont use one for most day shots, but I do use them for night shots. I guess that it would not hurt to start trying to unse it for all shots. But it is hard to do when you are chasing a train.
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Old 08-02-2005, 01:41 AM   #22
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If you have the time to plan and frame a shot, you should
use a tripod and shutter remote. It will give you the
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Old 08-03-2005, 11:16 PM   #23
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I own 4 high quality tripods and use 2 for most photos (I shoot with 2 cameras most of the time - no zooms for this boy). The bigger, the better as far as far as I am concerned. I deal with a lot of wind, so stability is a big deal for me.
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Old 08-04-2005, 12:53 AM   #24
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Quote:
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I very seldom use a tripod. With a 70-200mm IS a tripod isn't necessary unless it's windy. For the 400mm I use a monopod 75% of the time and a tripod 25%. Time is also a factor when chasing. Setting up a tripod just takes to long.
I can set up my tripod in seconds! Here's a perfect example:

I am already set-up for the shot, anticipating a train, but not knowing when, or how soon, and realize the time... I have to get back to town for a tire balance appointment. So I drive off, and pass a lit signal... "I'm already out here, I want my train!" So, I turn around and drive back to my location. There is only one place to park my vehicle. As I park my vehicle, here is the train coming... I grab my 'pod (camera still attached), and unfold it as I am jogging to my set-up spot. I get the 'pod on the ground, leveled, camera powered up, angled, and in time for the capture.

But, that's just me.

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Old 08-04-2005, 03:04 AM   #25
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Most of the time I shoot freehand, heck, lately been shooting alot from the driver's seat of my truck. LOL

I like to use the tripod if I have a good heads-up with plenty of lead time.

I do use the tripod for nightshots, as I think it's a necessity, also for long exposures. Helps avoid smearing.

In daylight with good sun, freehand all the way. Gives me alot of flexibility.
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