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  1. Craig Meyer
    April 19, 2018 @ 9:31 pm

    Nice Post. I’ve had many tripods, but the 2 quality ones, a Bogen and a Gitzo Carbon still work for me. On the height issue, I’m 6’4″ and that’s been an issue. And with the CF Gitzo Mountaineer, the 4th leg extension is as thin as a pencil, so I try to avoid extending it, and of course, the dreaded center column shake, kept it retracted. With flip screens, and Live view, today, we can compose like reflex cameras with waist level finders of the past.

    I’m finding myself looking at reducing the weight of my Gitzo be using a smaller ball head for travel and hiking. I may even try to get a lighter rig altogether. I really stress that the quick release is the enabling gadget that makes using a tripod more practical. Frame and compose handheld even snap a few and review, than you know what you’re aiming for you can position the three legged monster and snap the camera on and make micro (ok Mili) adjustments and make the real photography you’re created in your mind.

    Happy shooting,
    C

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    • Epes
      April 23, 2018 @ 8:33 pm

      Life would be unfair without the quick release. Better than sliced bread.
      If you’re at the stage of Gitzo then I am not sure how much lighter you are going to get. At 6’4″ your options are fairly limited but I can understand you needing a Gitzo. At that height most other tripods, even carbon fiber, would be a chore to lug around.
      Thanks for you comment matey!

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  2. Dudley Wood
    April 20, 2018 @ 8:42 am

    Hi Anthony,

    Thanks for the great post. Like you I’m on my third tripod, and wouldn’t be without one. My current tripod is on the heavy side as I originally bought it to use with a FF camera, but have since moved to MFT, so will be looking for something lighter.

    Thanks again for the great posts,
    Dudley Wood

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    • Epes
      April 23, 2018 @ 8:27 pm

      Hi Dudley

      You are most welcome. I am glad you liked the post. Diana said I should write a technical post and that’s all I could come up with. I didn’t even mention models or brands. lol. I am not really into kit so much. But I do love it!

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  3. michelle flajsner
    June 21, 2018 @ 4:32 pm

    Hey Anthony, I think I may have to invest in a new tripod. I’m assuming this will be required in London Dawn session and the one I have is probably not the best. I’m going to be in London before and will have a chance to try them out. Recommendations for where you’d go to shop for kit? I won’t be at B&H for a few months!

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    • Epes
      June 22, 2018 @ 9:47 am

      Hi Michelle

      What model tripod do you have now? Calumet that I use is now Wex Photo in London.
      Their address is 37-39 Commercial Road London, E1 1LF
      There will be lots of tripods to play with.

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    November 14, 2018 @ 8:58 pm

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  6. mike stringer
    January 15, 2019 @ 7:43 pm

    hello , awesome photoghs/pictographs….my 30 year old alu/50 $ Canadian pesos , slides down the legs with 150-600 sig on it….I could buy 300$ benro //don’t need column raised ( Im 5’3″)…instead bought 119 Cameron ( 119$) , can use without column raised/good for 11 lb load ( 6 lb lens /2 lb camera) weighs 4 lbs 1 oz…..a 300 $ tripod weighs 3- 31/2 lbs….extra qr s are 17 $ ….others from b/h,ador….or Canada 30 $ can or usd…..I have a video tripod 7 ft tall , a leg lock at any length/height reverse alu tripod….I use the column on a broom handle as a mono pod( has ball head ) , have a monopod (video) I don’t use PREFER BROOM STICK ( can let alu part dangle off camera/carry broom stick….or use alu part on arm rest of car door….also 28 inch broom stick piece with alu part for sqat , sit on ground , or chair….so I have 2 heights for LIGHTEST MONO POD EVER/3 on door armrest on car door !!!!!! I used 2 or 3 plastic milk crates with 7 ft vid tripod for weddings /shoot over heads of sitting crowd………everyone is taller than me . Also touch peoples legs if they back into me , or may bump my camera , when your short people expect you to move …..not when broomstick is at their eye level …..used a scooter ( had emphysema ) people get out of my way when I go fast headed right towards them ….no one injured . Double lung transplant , I FEEL FANTASTIC mike Canadian artist w cameras…..I don’t change lense/I change camera ( 5 cameras w different lenses ) puritan sensor issue !!!

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    • Epes
      January 17, 2019 @ 8:24 am

      Wow! Love this. What??

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