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View Poll Results: How often do you have a tripod with you?
All the time; it's glued to my camera. 65.66%
About 90% of the time. 2422.64%
About half-half. 2725.47%
Rarely; only if I really need to. 4340.57%
It's been gathering dust since I bought it. 65.66%
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09-26-2013, 05:39 PM   #16
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Bought a monopod after watching a few pros use them and recommend them. It's a really beauty too, a Giottos. Love it. Feels wrong. Never get's used.

On the other hand, I have a Velbon and Giottos tripod that I use most of the time. It's a must for sharper shots (along with cable or IR release)

09-26-2013, 06:02 PM   #17
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I very rarely use a 'pod of any sort with lenses shorter than 300mm. It's equally rare for me to use a lens 300mm or more without a 'pod (out in the field, almost always a monopod: mono- or tripod at home.)
09-26-2013, 06:45 PM   #18
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I always use my tripod, it just makes for much better photos.
09-26-2013, 07:00 PM   #19
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I keep two tripods within easy reach if I need them. A big one in the car, and a small desktop type in the house.

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I have a collection of new looking tripods purchased over many years. I have only started regularly using a gimble with my 500mm prime. I just never seem to have time to mess around with tripods. I am always in a hurry such as being with people and no becoming too painful taking up everyone's time.
09-26-2013, 07:26 PM   #21
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I usually carry a light weight mini tripod (only extends to about 40 cm) in my vest pocket when out bush. I don't do many "selfies" but occasionally I need it for that. So I carry the tripod a lot but rarely use it.
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Usually I have two with me (one's a gorilla pod that works for low use) and a super clamp+ball head on standby. I'm probably actually using it 70% or 80% of the time, though often it's as a lightstand for a flash or as a reflector holder with the camera handheld.

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The main tripod is always with me when traveling by car and comes out when I think I need it, which is pretty often for landscapes. I used to travel by air with a Benro travel tripod but the last couple of years only take a Really Right Stuff mini in my carry-on. The monopod is only for sports or similar fast-moving stuff.
09-26-2013, 08:43 PM   #24
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I use a tripod when possible or convinient but I am always improvising some added support to help stabilize shots. Be it with elbows, a wall, knees, shoulder, a tree, etc..
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I got one in the car and a small one in my bag that I take with me everyday to work.
09-26-2013, 10:29 PM   #26
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For 35mm I voted "Rarely; only if I really need to". I only use a tripod for 400mm or greater lenses, night shooting or marco work.

For 6x7 I would have voted for "About half-half" if I could vote twice. Heavier camera and lenses need a tripod, I only hand hold shooting with 400 ISO film and lenses up to 200mm.

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I have a little mini Manfotto 709B ?? table top tripod in the bag most of the time. Only 4" tall but rock solid.
That said I'll only use it in a few percent of shots.

My larger tripod (Sirui N2204 ? ) only comes out when I know I will need it. Sunset/Night/Sunrise/Landscape/LongExposure.
Think I've only used it 3 or 4 times since June.

Must get out more.
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From the poll it seems there are alot that rarely use tripods. But the comments are coming from those that have them all the time.

My question is why it with you when you are going to shoot landscape on a broad daylight for example? How does having a tripod make for a better picture?

I have two by the way and I use them to mount flash or for pictures that include or long exposure shots.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Culture Quote

My question is why it with you when you are going to shoot landscape on a broad daylight for example? How does having a tripod make for a better picture?
The best, as in the nicest, light is often at the ends of the day where the there is less amount of light of course. Tripod is a necessity essentially as these times.

In daylight conditions, not a necessity but .....

Using minimum ISO80 for the least noise and maximum DR and f11 - f16 for maximum dof. In all but the brightest condtions you might have have shutter speeds around 1/30 - 1/60.

Other times are when the composition is more critical such as When using ND grads, stitching panoramas, multiple shot HDR, timelapse sequences etc etc.

Using a tripod also makes you more careful with composition, regardless of the light conditions.
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I find it interesting how a few people here have a tripod always in the car. Of course, this makes sense if you drive to locations to take photos. Hah.
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