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06-23-2011, 04:49 PM   #1
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Cheap wobbly tripod and SR

A hypothetical one here.

I've read elsewhere on the forum that to support a big old lens you need a big old tripod, and they're not cheap. $1,000 was mentioned.

My tripod, however, was very cheap, and as such it's a little bit wobbly. It's fine for what I put on it, but it's not exactly pro quality.

However, normal advice is to switch SR off when using a tripod, but I got to wondering if you couldn't just use a cheap tripod like mine with a big lens, and counteract the inevitable shakes by just leaving SR on.

Would this work? One day I'd like a big lens, but being able to use my cheap (and very light) tripod would be preferable to spending money I could spend on more lenses on something heavy to carry.

Any thoughts? Or have I just stayed awake too long (12:45am as I type)?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Northern Soul Quote
A hypothetical one here.

I've read elsewhere on the forum that to support a big old lens you need a big old tripod, and they're not cheap. $1,000 was mentioned.

My tripod, however, was very cheap, and as such it's a little bit wobbly. It's fine for what I put on it, but it's not exactly pro quality.

However, normal advice is to switch SR off when using a tripod, but I got to wondering if you couldn't just use a cheap tripod like mine with a big lens, and counteract the inevitable shakes by just leaving SR on.

Would this work? One day I'd like a big lens, but being able to use my cheap (and very light) tripod would be preferable to spending money I could spend on more lenses on something heavy to carry.

Any thoughts? Or have I just stayed awake too long (12:45am as I type)?
You could try it both ways, but you're probably better off leaving SR off, even on a cheap tripod. The movements a camera is subjected to when hand-holding are different from even a cheap tripod, and SR is only meant to work with the former.
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Yes - you're probably right, tripod 'wobble' is more restricted than hand held wobble I suppose, and will be more regular.
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Tripod shake is a much higher frequency than handholding shake.

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You'll also run into a problem if you want to use a remote trigger or the 2 s timer. Both drives modes shutoff SR anyway.
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You'll also run into a problem if you want to use a remote trigger or the 2 s timer. Both drives modes shutoff SR anyway.
No need for that when the tripod is wobbly anyway - a bit of motion from me pressing the shutter all adds to the fun
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You'll also run into a problem if you want to use a remote trigger or the 2 s timer. Both drives modes shutoff SR anyway.
Wireless remote, yes, cabled remote, no, has no effect on SR (at least on recent bodies).
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Weight works wonders on wobbles. I've an old insecure tripod; I'll hang my camera bag from it to stabilize it -- but not on windy days.

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A $1000 for a sturdy tripod? Mine is sturdy enough and it cost $100. It's heavy and not something you would want to carry on a 9 mile hike but certainly does the job.
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