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05-01-2010, 11:35 PM   #1
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Do you shoot mostly Handheld or Tripod?

noticing some of my shots are slightly blurry..probably cause handheld... do you shoot handheld mostly or use tripod?

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Scenery & macro - tripod; Everything else - handheld. The lack of sharpness could be due to camera movement, subject movement, focus accuracy, lens sharpness or sharpening.
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Have had a DSLR for 2 years now and bought a decent tripod at the same time.
Have used it once for a macro shot and never bothered since.

Too much faffing about for me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hockmasm Quote
noticing some of my shots are slightly blurry..probably cause handheld... do you shoot handheld mostly or use tripod?
handheld but probably haven't shot anything important that i shall bother with tripod.

If what i was shooting was important, i would use tripod even if i could gotten away with handheld.

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Depends on what I am shooting, but probably 85% hand held.

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For years, 99.99% hand-held.

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I recently got both a monopod and tripod, because I hadn't been getting very many "keepers" hand-held, and there's not always something around to lean on.

I used the monopod for the first time yesterday and got quite good results. I'll definitely be needing the tripod for close-ups & macros with my DA35 and my DAL50-200/Raynox 150. I can't wait till the rain subsides so I can try the tripod out!

When I have sufficient light and high enough shutter speeds, I'll still do hand-held though.
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95% handheld
the rest nightshots and macro/test on tripod
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Hi hockmasm,

I haven't actually counted, but I imagine I'm about 50-50 with my bird shots. I probably shoot more volume handheld because I have to hedge for the lower percentage of keeper grade shots, but I tend to shoot the greater percentage of shoots per season from a tripod/gimbal with a significantly higher success rate.

I discovered last year that I had raised the bar in quality but was having less fun. This year I'm keeping the fun factor in mind, and am planning on shooting more handheld. I might change my mind back again depending on my ability to handle the possible increase in frustration, but I even went so far as to initiate a light weight training regimen to increase my upper body strength. Hopefully increasing fitness will offset turning 60 a bit. I wasn't exactly a couch potato, but age has its inevitable consequences. . . and everything gets harder as time passes.

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I use the tripod virtually all the time with the 400. For the 12-24 and 16-50 I will use the tripod when I am shooting particular subjects that need level horizons or absolute parallel to the subject to avoid keystoning, but for general use, both are hand held. The 50-135 is hand held most of the time. The 100 macro is hand held (!) 99 percent of the time. I chase bugs with it. As the macro is manual focus, catch-in-focus works very well for me. Trying to shoot bugs with a tripod is a bit out of my realm of possibilities, I'm afraid.
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Depends on what the shooting subject is. I like to take a lot of motion blur of waterfalls and just movement in general so a tripod is necessary. Also necessary when I set up my camera pointed at my bird feeder. A tripod is also a hassle to set up, move, attach etc... so handheld WHENEVER possible but sometimes it is just not possible so about 75% handheld.
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I'm about 80% tripod lately. But I mostly use it as a mono-pod. By that I mean I don't spread the legs very often - only when I want a panorama or an HDR bracket. I carry it, camera attached and legs together but fully extended, on my shoulder. I can swing it down and get a shot as quickly as if it were hand held, but much more stable obviously.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hockmasm Quote
noticing some of my shots are slightly blurry..probably cause handheld... do you shoot handheld mostly or use tripod?

But more and more I find I am using my monopod.
It doe make an appreciable difference and is easy to carry about.

My tripod not so often.


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