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Apr 28, 2010 16:03 |  #16

I would NEVER want to be anywhere in Europe without a tripod. Packing a tripod & schlepping it around is certainly inconvenient, but I'd that trade any day for the shots.


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Apr 28, 2010 16:51 |  #17

Come on guys. Read the OP's detailed description of the trip she's going to attend. An escorted tour etc. Tripods are for considered and planned shots. In my opinion and experience it only adds stress to a hectic situation if you lug around gear that you don't have the time to use. Sure - bring a tripod if you decide where to go yourselves, or if you have the freedom to go back to a nice location that you spotted earlier that day. Otherwise I suggest you leave it at home.

Pack what's in your signature (including the Grado's), and remember to enjoy those lovely cities. Perhaps bring a small table top tripod (like the one SCOTTinNJ presented) for those dim after dinner shots.


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Apr 28, 2010 18:29 |  #18

From your Sig, you gonna be using a Canon G6 ?
In that case I'll bring a small light travel tripod.

I used to lug around my big and heavy tripod in the beginning of my photography days, then move to no-tripod policy, but now I'll bring a small light travel tripod with me if Im traveling just in case.

Similar to your situation, when I only have my Canon G5, I brought a small cheap travel tripod with me everywhere. light and small so not too much hassle bring it around, cheap so I dont really care if I broke it, or lost it. That way I can still enjoy my travel.

Good luck, enjoy your trip...




  
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Apr 28, 2010 19:01 |  #19

olz wrote in post #10084495 (external link)
Come on guys. Read the OP's detailed description of the trip she's going to attend. An escorted tour etc. Tripods are for considered and planned shots. In my opinion and experience it only adds stress to a hectic situation if you lug around gear that you don't have the time to use. Sure - bring a tripod if you decide where to go yourselves, or if you have the freedom to go back to a nice location that you spotted earlier that day. Otherwise I suggest you leave it at home.

Pack what's in your signature (including the Grado's), and remember to enjoy those lovely cities. Perhaps bring a small table top tripod (like the one SCOTTinNJ presented) for those dim after dinner shots.

Sorry, I haven’t updated my signature yet :-)
I just bought my T21 and it’s already on the way. I will be still bringing my G6 just in case though. About my Grado, I will leave that behind haha.
To be honest, I haven’t finalized on what to bring yet. I already bought a small tripod (Slik sprint that will collapse to 14” I think) and I’m planning to buy a bean bag. I might bring both and check it out what will happen when I’m there if I should be using my tripod or just the bean bag.
I always travel light and it looks like at this point, it’s not happening lol.
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Apr 28, 2010 19:09 |  #20

if you are shooting with your T2i with a smaller lens - just get a Gorilla Pod or something equivalent... I walked my @ss all over the "sites" in Italy, (including the cities mentioned) and carrying a tripod would be only an extra shoulder pain IMO. If you are with a group of any size whose main passion is NOT photography, you wont have time for tripod but If you are by yourself, sure!

But a gorilla pod type contraption could do the same trick in less space... the less you have to lug around the happier you are! (I speak from ALL ends of the spectrum of experiences about this!)


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Apr 28, 2010 19:31 |  #21

Andrushka wrote in post #10085162 (external link)
...just get a Gorilla Pod or something equivalent.... the less you have to lug around the happier you are! (I speak from ALL ends of the spectrum of experiences about this!)

Best advice so far, especially in conjunction with your last comment, Sophie:

I always travel light and it looks like at this point, it’s not happening lol

If you are hiring a car with your mother, and can go to all sorts of unique places, with her happy to sit around while you set up a tripod and adjust the legs to get your shot level, and then decide the spot you chose isn't quite right......yeah, no worries....take whatever you want.

Otherwise, take a small, wee, lightweight thing, like a Gorillapod, shoot quickly and accurately, and enjoy the trip more, by carrying less, and spending lots of time with your mother.


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Apr 28, 2010 19:39 |  #22

olz wrote in post #10084495 (external link)
Come on guys. Read the OP's detailed description of the trip she's going to attend. An escorted tour etc. Tripods are for considered and planned shots. In my opinion and experience it only adds stress to a hectic situation if you lug around gear that you don't have the time to use. Sure - bring a tripod if you decide where to go yourselves, or if you have the freedom to go back to a nice location that you spotted earlier that day. Otherwise I suggest you leave it at home.

Pack what's in your signature (including the Grado's), and remember to enjoy those lovely cities. Perhaps bring a small table top tripod (like the one SCOTTinNJ presented) for those dim after dinner shots.

Been on escorted tours. There's always some time on your own to head off for those special shots, even if everyone else isn't stopped to snap and gaze at the current POI. I wouldn't expect to use it in the middle of the day, but evenings are free and are also the best times for sunset/tripod shooting.


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Apr 28, 2010 20:02 |  #23

eat lots of gelato and drink lots of espresso - its doesnt get better than in Italy ;-)a

I'd tell you the best spot in Florence for gelato, right by the Duomo, but I forget the name and I don't have my Rick Steve's guide book... maybe someone else can pipe in...


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Apr 28, 2010 20:12 |  #24

Dunno - we skipped the gelato and went for the limoncello. But there was a great pizza place on (Via Amilcare Ponchiello 23, Firenze Pizza, maybe?)


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Apr 29, 2010 02:12 |  #25

Jon wrote in post #10085303 (external link)
Been on escorted tours. There's always some time on your own to head off for those special shots, even if everyone else isn't stopped to snap and gaze at the current POI. I wouldn't expect to use it in the middle of the day, but evenings are free and are also the best times for sunset/tripod shooting.

Thanks everybody for yo your comments!

Yes, we actually have some free time from 1pm onwards so I guess that's a good place to use a tripod.

The main reason about the tripod is actually not too much for my hobby:D

Basically it's more for me and my Mom where we can be together in a picture. Sometimes it's kind a frustrating to keep asking other people to take a picture for you. We are all in a tour and I expect everybody will cherish their own time instead to be bugged around while they are wandering;)

I think gorilla pod is the best solution then where it's light and not bulky and I can use it during the day. I just bought a tripod and it's just 2 lbs... but 2lbs is heavy when you are carrying that weight for the whole day I guess.

I'll decide when I'm there and see how it works. I'll bring my tripod on my 1st day and see how it goes. If I say "that's it!!!" - then gorilla pod to the rescue (whoever invented this pod... why I never thought about it? ;))

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Apr 29, 2010 02:16 |  #26

Andrushka wrote in post #10085415 (external link)
eat lots of gelato and drink lots of espresso - its doesnt get better than in Italy ;-)a

I'd tell you the best spot in Florence for gelato, right by the Duomo, but I forget the name and I don't have my Rick Steve's guide book... maybe someone else can pipe in...

Bad news - I know you guys will hate me:p

I'm have lactose intolerance and I think I'm skipping that for it might ruin my whole vacation:(

I can only eat cheese when it's cooked (pizza etc.). I know...

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Apr 29, 2010 02:50 |  #27

I was never a true believer in the Gorillapod until I tried one recently. It is absolutely awesome! I was hesitant to put my 1d+17-40mm on one of these but it worked perfectly and was extremely stable. I was using the Gorillapod Focus which is a little beefier but the Gorillapod SLR would suit you're T2i nicely.

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Apr 29, 2010 02:55 |  #28

I spent 12 hour days walking all over all 3 of those cities and I did not want to be burdened with a tripod. I hand held for some night shots (successfully); you can rent or buy a tiny one any evening at the Roman Colosseum and I used existing walls for other shots. Personally, I am glad I didn't bring one. So many places I went into, it would have been in the way.


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Apr 29, 2010 02:57 |  #29

Oh, and the BEST gelato in Italy is right by the Trevi Fountain. As you look at the fountain, turn around so your back is to it and walk forward up the narrow ally. The gelato place is on the right...about 30 steps ahead. YUMMY! It usually is crowded...I have been there 3-4 times and it was amazing. Take some Lactaid tablets with you.


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Apr 29, 2010 06:29 |  #30

I wouldn't expect to use it in the middle of the day, but evenings are free and are also the best times for sunset/tripod shooting.

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