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Tall photographers! Do you use a high tripod?

 
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Jun 05, 2008 08:32 |  #1

Hi guys,

I Still haven't bought a tripod, but I really do want to get one in the near future. I'm just not sure wether I want a tripod that is fairly high, or one that isn't that high?!

I was interested in buying a Manfrotto 055XProB because it can go up to 170cm. That's pretty high for a tripod, the most tripod withing my pricerange (250euro for tripod & ballhead) are usually less high. But now i've found a Giotto's which can go just as high but is a little bit heavier (3kg for the giottos vs 2.4kg for the manfrotto).

But then again, do i really need 170cm of height? I'm 2.07meters tall, and I don't really like to bend over that far quite often because my tripod is only 150cm high.

What are you experiences with high/short tripods?

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Jun 05, 2008 11:39 |  #2

I just bought a tripod for tall people last night - Gitzo GT3540XLS. I am 6'2" (74 inches) tall and the only tall quality tripod with reasonably light weight is Gitzo GT3540XLS which goes to 78 inches tall WITHOUT center column. It's very expensive but my prior carbon tripods were not tall enough. Extending the center column defeats the purpose of using a tripod and was equivalent to using a monopod. I was starting to hurt my back by keeping the centerpost low. This new tripod will definitely fix my problem and yours too (especially after adding a ball head which adds another 3-4 inches).

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Jun 05, 2008 12:05 |  #3

Feisol makes some tall tripods of good quality. Models 3372/3472 and 3371/3471. I don't get worked up about it if I have to raise the center column a few inches or so. Add the height of the ballhead and the distance from the bottom of the camera to the viewfinder. Measure from the floor to your eye level for your needs.


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Jun 05, 2008 13:16 |  #4

I let the image dictate the camera heigth. Not my length.
If an image is better when I shoot it from 1,2 meters high, I bend over...

That being said, if you are shooting airborne stuff (birds, planes) I can imagine you'd prefer a taller tripod...

Are you located in the Netherlands perhaps? Avatar and name look familiar...

Edit: Just saw your website: yes, and no ;)


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Jun 05, 2008 13:21 as a reply to  @ René Damkot's post |  #5

I'm 6'3" and have an 055XPROB, it suits my needs perfectly. With the center column extended the thing can almost reach the ceiling in my room. It's a very capable and sturdy tripod, and not too heavy either.


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Jun 05, 2008 14:40 |  #6

I love you guys saying you're tall when you're 6'2" or 6'3"...

I'm 6'8". Yes, I hit my head on everything. :sad:

But I'm also looking for a tripod, so I'll keep an eye on this thread.


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Jun 05, 2008 15:29 |  #7

René Damkot wrote in post #5666325 (external link)
I let the image dictate the camera heigth. Not my length.
If an image is better when I shoot it from 1,2 meters high, I bend over...

I did that for 10 years to save money (couldn't get myself to spend $xxx on tall tripod legs). Recently I realized that $xxx is a small price to pay compared to back surgery.

One thing to consider is the choice between two scenarios:
a) A lighter tripod that is good for your back, or
b) A taller tripod that is good for your back.

If you spend hours walking with the tripod, a lighter one is preferable. If you stand/shoot for many hours, a taller one is better IMHO.


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Jun 05, 2008 15:46 |  #8

Hahahaha.
Got a point there, however, that's not what I was saying.

If I ever buy a replacement for my 1325, it'll probably be a 3540XLS, if only because I need a high tripod every once in a while (for instance for group shots, a portrait off a high view point, or to shoot over a crowd)

However, I still say that in most cases (except things like airshows, BiF, you name it) the photographers length should not dictate the shooting height... The subject should.
If a two meters tall photographer shoots a 1,6 meters tall model, he will probably need to get the camera down to her height! (lowth ;))


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Jun 05, 2008 16:04 |  #9

I'm about 6'1", and I use a manfrotto 055XPRO. When I need the height, it is perfect. Otherwise I work to the appropriate height for the subject.


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Jun 05, 2008 16:12 |  #10

Haha yeah I'm from the netherlands René ;) I'm nearly 2.10 meters tall bytheway...

mattcham wrote in post #5667224 (external link)
I did that for 10 years to save money (couldn't get myself to spend $xxx on tall tripod legs). Recently I realized that $xxx is a small price to pay compared to back surgery.

One thing to consider is the choice between two scenarios:
a) A lighter tripod that is good for your back, or
b) A taller tripod that is good for your back.

If you spend hours walking with the tripod, a lighter one is preferable. If you stand/shoot for many hours, a taller one is better IMHO.

Yeah, I'd like a light tripod..... but then i'd most likely be less tall :/


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Jun 05, 2008 22:54 |  #11

I'm 6'6 and I use a tripod that extends to 70 inches. Then add a 3 or 4 inches for the ballhead, 2 inches for grip, 3 inches for viewfinder it all adds up. I don't think I've ever extended it out all the way.


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Jun 06, 2008 10:41 |  #12

I use a tripod that can at least reach eye level (I'm 6'2"). Higher tripods need to be more stable than those that are lower, and not using the center column if you can help it is best.


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Jun 06, 2008 11:03 |  #13

KevinAldrich wrote in post #5666915 (external link)
I love you guys saying you're tall when you're 6'2" or 6'3"...

I'm 6'8". Yes, I hit my head on everything. :sad:

But I'm also looking for a tripod, so I'll keep an eye on this thread.

I am also 6'8". I guess I never thought about tripods for tall people before. At the same time, having the camera up that high might not be the best angle for every shot. I am not a pro photographer, so I really can't justify spending hundreds of dollars on a tripod. They has one at best buy that goes up to 72" (6') and its a mono pod too. I could probably live with that, especially for the money.


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Jun 06, 2008 15:17 |  #14

René Damkot wrote in post #5666325 (external link)
I let the image dictate the camera heigth. Not my length.

Bravo, this is the way it should be done!!! Interior architectural photography can be done without TSE lens simply by leveling the body and reducing height or raising the height to capture the scene (and then crop in PP), for example.


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Jun 06, 2008 17:29 |  #15

Maybe i should go for a little bit lighter/smaller tripod! Because im planning on taking it walking/biking etc.


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