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12-12-2013, 11:00 AM   #31
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Fun to read the replies - can I admit here that with a glance at the title I wondered why someone would want to mount a mushroom on a tripod?

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can I admit here that with a glance at the title I wondered why someone would want to mount a mushroom on a tripod?
Sure, we won't tell anyone

And since we seem to have a few mushroom shooters here, does anyone have a good lighting setup they would like to share? (for mushrooms that is)
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good lighting setup they would like to share? (for mushrooms that is)
Now there was me thinking, that they (mushrooms) liked to be kept in the dark.
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Sure, we won't tell anyone
The mental image was quite disturbing...


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Another vote for Benbo...

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Now there was me thinking, that they (mushrooms) liked to be kept in the dark.
I want to shoot them, not make friends.
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I certainly hope that you don't shoot your friends!

To answer your original question, my preferred tripod for photographing fungi is an old Gitzo 026. Removed the original 2-stage center column, replaced it with an (induro brand) series 0 short column, and sawed it off even shorter. Legs are short enough that they don't get in the way, and with the short column (and a small Slik ballhead) can get down to ground level very easily.

As far as lighting, I prefer to use natural light on fungi. Usually aim for overcast days. Often use a sheet of white paper as a reflector to shed some light on the gills or pores beneath the cap - paper is easy to carry and fold into suitable shape or angle.
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To answer your original question, my preferred tripod for photographing fungi is an old Gitzo 026. Removed the original 2-stage center column, replaced it with an (induro brand) series 0 short column, and sawed it off even shorter.
Did you have to do anything to your Induro column to make it work? I recently bought a Gitzo 0 series tripod and I've been looking for a short column that didn't cost more than the tripod. I'm not above hacking off my center column, as I've already done that to two of my other tripods, but since this 0 series is so small, I'm thinking I'd like to preserve the multi-stage center column in case I ever choose to re-sell it. I looked at a Benro 0-series column, but was told it wouldn't fit.

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Where's the link to the photos? I'd love to see the mushrooms!
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Where's the link to the photos? I'd love to see the mushrooms!
Have to wait until the snow melts...............
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Did you have to do anything to your Induro column to make it work? I recently bought a Gitzo 0 series tripod and I've been looking for a short column that didn't cost more than the tripod. I'm not above hacking off my center column, as I've already done that to two of my other tripods, but since this 0 series is so small, I'm thinking I'd like to preserve the multi-stage center column in case I ever choose to re-sell it. I looked at a Benro 0-series column, but was told it wouldn't fit.
My Gitzo 026 is the old style - no (anti-rotation?) notch in the column. The Induro short column worked perfectly - had the notch, but this did not matter, since it was still the correct diameter.

I also have a series 2 Gitzo that does have the notched column. Used a Benro series 2 short column for this one. Notch was almost the correct size - had to use a bit of force to get it in, but now works fine.

Hope that helps!
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My Gitzo 026 is the old style - no (anti-rotation?) notch in the column. The Induro short column worked perfectly - had the notch, but this did not matter, since it was still the correct diameter.
Hope that helps!
Yes, that helps immensely! Thank you! My 026 is the old style, too, so it sounds like the Induro short column will work. My main tripod is an older Gitzo 320 Studex. I chopped the center column off right after I got it, but was able to find an actual Gitzo short column a number of years later for $10 in like-new condition. I keep a video fluid head mounted on that short column now and just swap out the columns depending upon whether I'm wanting to shoot video or stills. Thanks again for your help!
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