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Jul 14, 2008 12:06 |  #1

hey all. I have been going out recently with my lovely new tripod. Do you all that have tripods, such as a bogen ect; carry your pod with the camera mounted or do you take it off each time you move to another location....say 50-100 yds. away? I feel secure....just like to know how you all feel.


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Jul 14, 2008 12:56 |  #2

Humm have the same question.


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Jul 14, 2008 12:58 |  #3

I have a quick release so usually carry it not mounted, but I will occassionally carry it mounted if I am going a real short distance... but, when i carry it mounted I always have the neck strap on... and it has saved me once. The quick release was not on right or something, but whatever the reason it did come off and the neck strap saved the gear.


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Jul 14, 2008 13:05 |  #4

I've carried monopods with bodies or big lenses attached - I had the benefit of the Arca-Swiss type of mounting, with either the Acratec/Markins spring pin safety system or the RRS type of safety stops. I'd guess tripod should not be much different than a monopod - just be sure everything is buttoned up tight, and keep the "slide line" parallel to the ground.

The RRS lever clamps are quite nice in that you can give them a quick visual check - but be careful the lever on the clamp does not snag on clothing, a bush, etc - it is called Quick Release - not positive clamp.

The other thing is that you can use the camera/lens strap as a tertiary catch - wrap it around the tripod in such a way that if it should slip out, the strap will catch it before hitting the ground.




  
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Jul 14, 2008 13:05 |  #5

When working outdoors, I have it mounted all the time. Just throw it over my shoulder and keep on truckin'. Unless you don't trust the mount or head for some reason, I don't see a problem.




  
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Jul 14, 2008 13:21 |  #6

I carry it mounted unless its a big/heavy lens on the body or if the the ballhead is mounted directly to the lens tripod ring (i.e. white Ls) - I know what I just said kinda redundant.

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If there a lot of foliage/debris/"negoti​ating" involved in getting to the next spot, I'll stick the body/lens back in the bag (I don't want branches raking across my camera/lens).

Its more of a question of where I'm heading, not so much if my equipment can hold it.




  
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Jul 14, 2008 13:35 |  #7

Same here, Arca style as well.


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Jul 14, 2008 14:01 as a reply to  @ René Damkot's post |  #8

hey thanks alot all!. I do trust my head and pod. More than likely, just for added security I'll just use the intended quick release if I have to walk greater distances. thanks again!


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Jul 14, 2008 19:23 |  #9

The 1/4-20 threads that go into the body of the camera are under a lot of stress, and every time you mount an adapter or a battery grip, it wears on them. they aren't very deep, so the wear and stress are acting on a small amount of metal. All that said, I don,t worry about it as long as I know everything is in order and the quick release is set right. If you want to worry about metal fatigue and breaking bolts, don't drive a car, especially around other cars. Ther is a lot more than your camera riding on the quality of lesser bolt/thread mechanisms than the camera mount set up. I throw the tripod over my shoulder and move, I set the thing up in a boat and slam through chop that makes my knees ache at the end of the day. I am more worried about the lens mount than the tripod camera interface. 25 years and no worries.


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Jul 14, 2008 20:03 as a reply to  @ birdfromboat's post |  #10

If I'm moving to a realitively close location I leave my camera mounted.. If its further I dismount my camera..


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Jul 14, 2008 20:45 as a reply to  @ yogestee's post |  #11
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You might want to read this, my latest project. Pay attention to the way the factory integral head was attached by the ridiculous 1/4" brass thread, somehow cast/ crimped into the swivel. I just about fainted when I got that thing apart

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My point is, that something that appears hell for stout--may not be


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Jul 14, 2008 21:00 |  #12

I carry my 40 with grip on my tripod regularly with no problems. I'll put on 10k walking with it set up with no worries. Then again I'm not using heavy glass either. If I was I'd get a better ballhead.


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Jul 14, 2008 22:36 |  #13

The only time i ever ran with my camera mounted was during Take Back the Night. I'd run to certain points and then set it up for a long exposure shots. Some shots came out really well, the movement blur really nice. That was with a P&S. If it was my 20D I would most certainly couldn't have done it, the march was long and I was already tired from all of the prior events.


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Jul 15, 2008 10:52 |  #14

I have a quick release so usually carry it not mounted, but I will occassionally carry it mounted if I am going a real short distance... but, when i carry it mounted I always have the neck strap on.

Me, too. If/when you get a quick release, buy three. You'll lose one & when you need the third, they will have stopped making them & the new one won't be compatible with the old one. ;)


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Jul 15, 2008 11:49 |  #15

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Me, too. If/when you get a quick release, buy three. You'll lose one & when you need the third, they will have stopped making them & the new one won't be compatible with the old one. ;)

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