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A Good Reason For Avoiding Cheap Tripods

 
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Apr 14, 2009 08:40 |  #1

Japanese Scientists Say (cheap)Tripods Increase Camera Shake


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Apr 14, 2009 09:20 |  #2

Interesting, but kinda nothing new.

I also think cheap is a relative term, and not all lower priced tripods are horrible.


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Apr 14, 2009 09:42 |  #3

Hmm. Its noticeable in my shots that a tripod helps. Good read though.


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Apr 14, 2009 09:58 |  #4

CanonDad wrote in post #7727358 (external link)
Hmm. Its noticeable in my shots that a tripod helps. Good read though.

A cheap tripod at 1/4 or 1 second is far better than hand held at that speed. But a good tripod at 1/4 or 1 second is far better than a cheap tripod at that same speed. It is that second statement that many photographers do not realize.

When mirrors went up and down, and shutters went side to side, camera-induced vibration was a signficant contributor to loss of IQ. The use of mirror dampening or mirror lock up prior to exposure greatly helped shots taken in the 1/4 - 2 second range, in reducing vibration. The torsional rigidity of a tripod mattered in the dampening of the sidways shutter motion. Now that both mirrors and shutters go up and down, there seems to be more dependence on the vibration dampening of the tripod, not merely on the torsional rigidity.


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Apr 14, 2009 10:03 |  #5

I have that exact tripod, and while it is better than the made in China Amvona tripod I ordered a few years ago, it is still aluminum and still shakey enough to see the shake with a long lens on it. Carbon fiber tripods are supposed to be much better, but I could not afford one. And shake does not stop at the tripod but continues on up into the head also. Not sure what would be best for that, but I assumes something like a Wimberley gimbal head would be best. Beyond my means though, until the Lotto comes through. ;)


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Apr 14, 2009 10:24 |  #6

[QUOTE=Grentz;7727209]​Interesting, but kinda nothing new.

I also think cheap is a relative term, and not all lower priced tripods are horrible.[/quote]

not according to Thom-san, who thinks everyone should rush out and drop a grand on their first tripod :D.

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Apr 14, 2009 10:47 |  #7

I have a $7.99 tripod that does fine. It was a Micro Center special. True I dont even attempt to use it when it counts. I use my good one. But in a pinch when I want something light to carry "just in case" it works great. I mainly use it to hold the laptop when shooting tethered.


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Apr 14, 2009 18:31 |  #8

I second that. Depending on the type of photography, my cheapo video camera, light-weight, aluminum and plastic tripod works fine. I would not use it with my 70-200 or for night photography, that's for sure.

I remember checking out SLIK tripods a few years ago. The aluminum one was more stable than the carbon fiber and about half the price. I ended up choosing the aluminum for stability and price. Although the carbon fiber one did look nice and was light as heck.


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Apr 14, 2009 20:49 |  #9

I have a cheap tripod that was designed with an HD camcorder in mind. Stupidly, I mounted by 30D and Sigma 70/200 on it. Good thing I'm still quick as a cat because as soon as I took my hands off it, the head popped right off the tripod! No damage incurred. But again, the head was designed to hold a 6 oz HD camcorder.

I'll get a good tripod in time. Don't really have a need for one yet as I don't shoot landscapes or portaits.

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Apr 14, 2009 22:49 as a reply to  @ snyderman's post |  #10

With tripods quality will generaly come with price but this is not always the case, I still have an old Planet tripod I bought in the late seventies that I still use whilst it is not up use with a 5D2 and a 100-400 L now, it has given me sterling service for over 30 years.

I now use a selection of Manfrotto 055 & 190 tripods it is still used mainly for studio lights now but my point is even though it was quite cheap it was a sturdy companion for many years.

If your budget is pushed you could consider E-Bay I have seen Manfrotto tripods complete with head for as little as $50 Australian from time to time.
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Apr 14, 2009 22:56 |  #11

Whenever I need to use my tripod = time for mirror lock up. In most ordinary situations, this pretty much takes care of the vibration problem...



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Apr 15, 2009 07:32 |  #12

DEF nothing new, but its good to see the knowledge is spreading!


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Apr 16, 2009 08:15 |  #13

ben_r_ wrote in post #7734188 (external link)
DEF nothing new, but its good to see the knowledge is spreading!

And more knowledge is generally better...especially in this field..:D and especially with the number of new dslr owners moving off of the green box for the first time....;)


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