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Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:58 pm

I've been getting a fair few e-mails through the A-Net system asking about the BIGMA and a recurring theme of all of these is a question asking me if I shoot handheld or on a tripod.

Personally I only ever shoot handheld as I've yet to see let alone try a tripod that can allow me to pan fast enought to cope with a fast military jet or airliner on approach.

Does anyone here actually shoot mvoing aircraft with a tripod?

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:08 pm

Hi Rez,

I have a tripod for shots with low light when the object is not moving but never use it for panning in day light.

I know someone who used to do so (not an a.netter) and I never understood, as you say how they could pan effectively. They don't use it anymore so perhaps that answers the question that handheld is better.

OT but how do you find the 50-500 EX Rez? Good quality? Easy to handhold etc as I am looking at getting myself one

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:30 pm

I have not made the investment yet for my 10D (have to buy a separate tripod ring for the EF 70-200 f/4L lens), however I used a monopod with my Powershot Pro1 and had very satisfying results. This type of support should allow you to pan, at least to a moderate degree. Ultimately, though, I think handheld is the way to go for high angle shots of moving a/c.

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:30 pm

Hi Rez, tripods at night for me only. For daylight moving shots its a monopod all the way for me and only at full zoom. Hand held is by far the best option even if the monopod is still attached because it adds extra weight and a stability to the camera.

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Wed Jun 01, 2005 11:57 pm

Thanks for the responses guys! Big grin

Ben,

The BIGMA is a bit of a beast of a lens. A touch onthe heavy side but my arm muscles are developing accordingly!. The zoom was a bit stiff initially and I've had to get used to the twist zoom action having somehow managed to develop a push-pull zoom action with its predecessor the Sigma 170-500. As mentioned in other posts, in good light it is very good but once the light starts to fail I may as well pack up and go home.... ahh the joys (and expense!) of IS! The build quality of the lens is also very good and the tripod collar makes a great handle for lifting the whole lot. Be aware though that a new version has comeout (DG) which I think has got better coatings on the optics(?), though apparently it's more expensive as well...


Phil / Mick,

I used to have a monopod and for a few airshows I would try swinging the camera around with the tripod attached.... trouble is it was quite annoying for the folks whose hats I knocked off!  rotfl ... ended up selling it and the cheap Velbon tripod on Ebay. In their place I've recently invested in a SLIK Pro 700DX tripod with the 4 way head... Lovely bit of kit and rock solid!

Anyway, back to the subject at hand... not many folks using tripods.... didn't think so.

Thanks all!

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Thu Jun 02, 2005 12:45 am

Quoting Philhyde (Reply 2):
(have to buy a separate tripod ring for the EF 70-200 f/4L lens),

Just an fyi, I always use my tripod on my 300D - without the ring on the 70-200 and it does just fine.

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Thu Jun 02, 2005 12:49 am

I do not use a tripod to take photo of moving aircraft.

I use a tripod when I take photos of aircrafts in a museum using long time of exposure without a flash.

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Thu Jun 02, 2005 1:42 am

I would use a tripod but my Lowepro Minitrekker does don't carry it very well. Seeing as it had to weigh around 4-7lbs I don't want to carry it by hand. The ball head on it is amazing! Worth ever penny. Well I didn't pay for it as I got a deal at the camera shot with my 100-400 purchase.

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Thu Jun 02, 2005 1:52 am

Quoting F9Widebody (Reply 5):
Just an fyi, I always use my tripod on my 300D - without the ring on the 70-200 and it does just fine.

That might work OK with the 300D and a tripod, but the 10D is a bit bulkier and the monopod provides less support. Adding the 1.4x teleconvertor would surely make it worse. As a first step, and since the tripod ring is currently on back-order everywhere, I plan on investing in a more substantial monopod.

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Thu Jun 02, 2005 2:06 am

Hello



I have one of these out of my dads magazine he gave me - I never use it though - I shoot handed ALL the time. Even if I had a big one I think I would.

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Thu Jun 02, 2005 2:35 am

Quoting European (Reply 9):
Even if I had a big one I think I would.

A big what Jimmi?  Wink
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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Thu Jun 02, 2005 2:45 am

Hey

Quoting European (Reply 9):
a big one

I MEAN A TRIPOD - LOL!  

Cya

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Thu Jun 02, 2005 3:41 am

I expected to see some "fisherman" talk in this topic.
Not even one person telling us shooting hand held with 1/25s at 800mm on a windy day, I am disappointed. Big grin

Anyway I do use a mono or tripod quite often.
The point is that even if you think the result is quite good the use of a tripod will always make it better and at least not lucky shot.

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Thu Jun 02, 2005 5:03 am

Quoting Manzoori (Thread starter):
Does anyone here actually shoot mvoing aircraft with a tripod?

Actually, I shoot moving aircraft with a camera - I've never been able to find the slot to put the compact flash card into on my tripod!  Silly

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Thu Jun 02, 2005 5:19 am

Boom Boom!


Also, further to my earlier post, I've just weighed the 10D, BG-ED3 and BIGMA, 2 batteries and a CF card... all up weight is...... 3.32Kg.

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Thu Jun 02, 2005 6:10 am

Rez,

Thanks for the info. I think although I am tempted I may get a 1.4x converter and new smaller EX lens rather than get the 50-500.

I love my 100-300mm EX f4 and I hear that it AF's well with a 1.4x attached so will probably go with that.

Many thanks for your help

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Thu Jun 02, 2005 6:34 am

No worries Ben... hope it works out for you.

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:34 pm

Using a tripod, like everything else, takes time to get used to.
I use a Manfrotto 190 with a 141 RC head, usually for panning.
It is very helpful when you are level and with the runway.
I believe results with low light are good, allow me to self-plug


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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Thu Jun 02, 2005 11:24 pm

I go the economy route. For indoor images, I have a six foot chain with a tripod screw attached to one end. I step on the loose end to steady my camera. I was queried about my setup at the Udvar-Hazy Center and couldn't resist saying it was for grounding my camera to dissipate static electricity.  Smile

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Sat Jun 04, 2005 10:09 am

Quote:
Also, further to my earlier post, I've just weighed the 10D, BG-ED3 and BIGMA, 2 batteries and a CF card... all up weight is...... 3.32Kg.

Damn.. that is the config I shoot with, no wonder my arms are tired after a few hours!!

I use a monopod sometimes, a rather solid Manfrotto one, only used a tripod on planes at night!

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RE: Who Shoots With A Tripod?

Sat Jun 04, 2005 11:40 am

I just got my bigma on tuesday and as its been raining all week in south florida i havent had the oppertunity to use it. I'm going to try it handheld on tuesday assuming that the weather is good.
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