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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, 03:10 PM   #1
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How often do you have a tripod with you?

Just out of curiosity; do you carry a tripod with you all the time? Most of the time? Do you even need a tripod?

09-26-2013, 03:16 PM   #2
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I'm the first vote :-)

Mine is in the trunk of my car. It leaves there about once a year, if I can't avoid it.
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It's rare that I don't use a tripod.
K5 and ISO 80 for the win!
I like to squeeze as much dynamic range as I can.
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I always have one 'available'. One is in my car. If I am travelling by air, I take one if I can.

How often do I use it-if I am shooting landscapes I try to use it whenever I can. Some of the carbon fiber ones are pretty reasonably priced nowadays and fold down to reasonable size. I have gone hiking with one of these, with just one leg extended to use like a walking stick. Pretty fine for small hikes. I did that on the Big Sur coast in California and worked out very well.

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It would also be interesting how many carry a monopod in lieu of a tripod?

As for me, mine follows me around like a little puppy.
But, that said, I mostly do landscapes where I can afford to use a tripod.
09-26-2013, 03:37 PM   #6
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I was thinking of putting an option for monopod'ers but they're a bit of a different sort
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I used to carry a tripod only "when needed due to darkness" but now I have it every time I want "sharp photos" Even in broad daylight nature walks.

Oh, and I almost always have at least a mini tripod or flat hat with me, if I need it in a pinch. So that is more than 90%. But a bigger tripod, with foldable legs, is a little inconvenient sometimes, I dont always have it with me.
Monopods and walking sticks with camera screw are interesting. Not sure how well it works out, though, you still need to support it by hand


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09-26-2013, 03:47 PM   #8
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I have one in the trunk of my car and one in the house. I try to use it all the time, the one in the car but it's hard to track a moving bird in flight with a tripod.
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pretty sure I have never taken a serious photo handheld, ever. The camera remains attached to the tripod.
...ok, my avatar photo was from 2009 before I even owned a tripod, so...
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Always, but not glued to camera

I need a 95% choice. Even carrying two zooms, I have a Gorillapod attached to the bag. Other times, I have the Manfrotto 055B and ball head, occasionally, my Trekker for awkward places.

When out in the trailer, I take all three, just in case.
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One in the boot of the car all the time together with the monopod. I use both sometimes but I'm not that successful with a monopod as I can't stop it swinging. I'd say the monopod was, for me, a waste of money.
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QuoteOriginally posted by p38arover Quote
One in the boot of the car all the time together with the monopod. I use both sometimes but I'm not that successful with a monopod as I can't stop it swinging. I'd say the monopod was, for me, a waste of money.
Monopods are good for use in the City or such places... since you don't want something big set-up in a busy area. Also, in the urban environment, you can do something like lean against a wall, fence or light-post... you become one with the monopod and become a tripod :P
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My real answer here is - when I need it. Low light, night, landscape, yep need it. Action - maybe, snaps nope, travel - sometimes, portraiture - yep for sure, etc. Just depends.
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I have one in the car at all times, but I rarely have the time or inclination to get it out and use it. I carry a rice (used to use beans) bag in the front pouch of my camera bag, and use it frequently. Usually there is a car roof, fence post, mail box or even a friendly shoulder upon which to to rest the bag. The friendly shoulder works best as I can direct it to move a little left or right, scrunch down or follow me. I have also met some nice folks with friendly shoulders and had a good time to boot.
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I use the monopod more than the tripod. Tripod more for night usage and monopod for most daylight usage... Of course, I put compatible QR plates and heads on both.
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