any tripod users out there...

 By: cshimokita : August 19th, 2015-07:18

I was thinking about a "post yours" thread for tripod photos, but maybe not that popular... but if you got them, please share them...

If not a tripod, a wall, a railing, a tree, a car, anything to keep the camera from moving...


A window, in Marrakech Palmeraie...

 By: amanico : August 19th, 2015-12:09

I sometimes use a tripod, Manfrotto, for watch pictures, but this is not very funny...   wink



for product shots, definitely useful...

 By: cshimokita : August 19th, 2015-18:13

Digital high ISO goes a long way to support handheld photography...  but there is still a place for the tripod.  As well the process is such that you tend to spend some time with each composition.

Currently have (1) Manfroto 190 CXPRO4 with 486 head, (2) SLIK Grand Master II with a three way head, and (3) SLIK PRO POD 600.  Only used the monopod once or twice in over 10 years... not as useful as I thought it would be...

The CXPRO4 has seen quite a bit of use...


That is what I am learning, Casey... Thanks for your explanations. [nt]

 By: amanico : August 19th, 2015-23:16
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 By: Avatar : August 20th, 2015-07:34
They are heavy and not easy to carry around, so I guess I'd always prefer to make do without a tripod.  The trouble is though that I have shaky hands, so hand holding is not always ideal.  Someone recommended to me previously to try the bean bag option, but even then you're a little reliant on finding a wall or the like to perch it all on.

The new Manfrotto tripods look pretty good, I have to say.  What models do you all use?

Manfroto 190Cx Carbon Fibre Q90 4-section Tripod

 By: cshimokita : August 20th, 2015-15:46

I found a 'kit' at discount that included the tripod and head...  This setup has four sections and will fit in a checked airline suitcase.  When I am out and about I normally just carry it in my hand without a bag or strap...  camera not attached when moving.  With a payload of 5 kg (the head is rated for 6 kg) the tripod will accommodate my Mamiya RB67 in a pinch but the ground glass camera really needs a three way head for ease of composition.  I would definitely recommend carbon fiber if you are moving about... if it's too heavy you will leave it home.


Manfroto 190Cx Carbon Fibre Q90 4-section Tripod
Part #190CXPRO4

bubble spirit level / rapid centre column  
leg angles:  25° - 46° - 66° - 89°  
material:  carbon fiber tubing with magnesium castings  
closed length:  50 cm 
leg sections:  4 number 
Maximum Height:  146 cm 
Maximum height:  122 cm (with centre column down) 
safety payload:  5 kg 
Weight:  1.400 kg 

486 Compact Ball Head (out of production)
safety payload:  6 kg
Weight: 381 g

This message has been edited by cshimokita on 2015-08-20 15:49:52


 By: Avatar : August 21st, 2015-07:30
I've got a Gitzo GT1540, which seems to do the job, but still weirdly feels kinda bulky.

Like that one of yours a lot and have done ever since I first saw it.

World Photography Day ... 19-August

 By: cshimokita : August 20th, 2015-00:15

it seems that "World Photography Day" is observed worldwide on 19-August every year...  I guess I should post an old photo... ; )

Title - Snow Country
Model - Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens - 35mm f/1.4 L
ExposureTime - 1/1.3 seconds
FNumber - 2.80
ISOSpeedRatings - 3200
DateTimeOriginal - 2011:12:23 05:43:32 AM
ExposureBiasValue - 0

Surprising how similar the exif data is to Ares501's "Night Boat" photo... similar results as well ; )  But I digress... I didn't have a tripod on that trip, so I held the lens flat against the inside of the hotel room window for the duration of the shot... not a bad view...


This is a stunning picture Casey !

 By: bimbeano : January 26th, 2017-13:18
Gives me peace ...

No tripod or monopod...

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : August 20th, 2015-01:16
just another boat

from the balcony ledge

Terrific exposure and use of light [nt]

 By: descartes1 : August 21st, 2015-10:26
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Thanks descartes1

 By: cshimokita : August 21st, 2015-18:37

That evening in addition to the tripod I was using a Nikon F3HP with an AI'ed Nikkor-H 2.8cm f/3.5 and a Nikon F3P with an AI-S 50 f1.2... not sure what combination was in play for that photo, but most likely the 50mm.


The 50 1.2 id a killer!

 By: descartes1 : August 21st, 2015-20:00

My collection of manual focus Nikon lenses

 By: cshimokita : August 21st, 2015-23:36

I agree about the 50 1.2... it's one of my favourite lenses and gets the most use...  Here is a list of the other manual focus Nikon lenses...  The 85 gets the least use because, comparatively, it's a bit of a monster with 72mm filters and 609g (21.5 oz).

AI'ed Nikkor-H 2.8cm f/3.5 & Nikkor-P 10.5cm f/2.5
AI-S 20mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f1.2, & 85mm f/1.4

The second most used lens is the AI'ed Nikkor-H 2.8cm f/3.5 followed by the AI'ed Nikkor-P 10.5cm f/2.5...

Have been thinking about a Nikon 85mm f/1.4 D on a Nikon Df... not this year ; )

Love the old lenses...

Really Right Stuff TVC34 carbon fiber tripod............

 By: Mel : August 22nd, 2015-10:28
and a BH-55 ballhead. Both built like tanks. Also a Manfrotto 055CXPro with a RRS BH-40 head and for travel a Benro carbon fiber with a RRS BH-30.

Thanks for the list Mel...

 By: cshimokita : August 23rd, 2015-05:20

I have heard good things about RRS, but they don't seem to have a presence in Japan, at least not one that I could find...


I use a tripod constantly...

 By: jporos : August 23rd, 2015-08:42

for static shots...


and landscape...

I use it so much that I carry it on my camera bag.

by the way, do not buy this brand of tripod. Their customer service is awful. I am still looking for a cone collet for the last leg of this tripod after their customer service sent me three that were the wrong size. I have learned my lesson and will buy a Gitzo to replace this when it becomes completely non-functional.

Here is a train shot for you, Casey, no tripod.

I am a big fan of train shots...

 By: cshimokita : August 23rd, 2015-17:00

There is an old steam engine here in Tokyo that I want to get a photo of... waiting for it to cool down a bit... just too hot and humid (for me) to move around much this month...

The only way your tripod will become non-functional is if you throw it in the lake ; ).  My Manfroto 190Cx fell off my bicycle and broke one of the magnesium cast 'knuckles'... looked up the exact part number on the Manfroto web page and got a replacement in a few days.

Nice collection of "how-to-use-examples"... BTW, I can see that your train shot is handheld ; )


Hi Casey ......

 By: watercolors : August 24th, 2015-04:35

Not a tripod in use but I rested the camera on a traffic pylonsmile


I this photo a tripod was necessary, you can tell how it is almost inivisibly blurred due to low light and not so steady handwink


This message has been edited by watercolors on 2015-08-24 04:39:13

Edward... classy school busses

 By: cshimokita : August 24th, 2015-06:27

quite different from the "Bluebird" busses I rode on... not very often as I was within walking / bicycle distance from school...

Traffic pylons... it would  be fun to see a list of things that were used to keep the camera steady ; )

I like the "bus" shot from the low angle - nice...

How is the Cyber-shot for high ISO?


Thank you for your message...

 By: watercolors : August 25th, 2015-06:45


You can see my reflection and the pylon wink on the lacquered bus bumper. Now that is funny!

The ISO on my camera,  I intend to test this autumn (with my tripod) during the darker hours. Planning a couple of locations.

Your inspiration Casey.



hahaha... in the reflection ; ) [nt]

 By: cshimokita : August 25th, 2015-18:00

hahaha... in the reflection ; )

Thanks to all who added to this thread...

 By: cshimokita : August 24th, 2015-06:30

It got more response than I thought it would ; )

also encouraged me to think about doing some more night photos...


This photos are inspired by your picture Casey of train in motion....

 By: watercolors : January 21st, 2017-04:19
I planned to take a photo similar to yours for months, this morning I stumbled upon a moving train. Not having a tripod but a camera on passenger seat, while waiting for clearance I took a few photos resting my camera on a driving wheel, I am analyzing my results and while there are shortcomings I believe my camera is capable of better. I think it requires a purpose excursion  with a tripod  and adequate time.
Thanks for any constructive comments.
Best  Edward

The advantage of being in Tokyo

 By: cshimokita : January 21st, 2017-15:00

is that no matter where you are a train will pass every few minutes ; )  Unfortunately the location in my original photo is no longer available as they moved the tracks underground : (

I agree that setting up with a tripod can involve some pre-planning... which has an impact on the content and composition.

In the first photo,  I like the shadow on the moving train.



 By: bimbeano : January 26th, 2017-13:21
smile smile smile

That's a good setup for watch photos...

 By: cshimokita : January 26th, 2017-15:15
and a couple of beauties as well.

No tripod .. but a steady hand ;-)

 By: bimbeano : January 26th, 2017-13:36

That second photo is a good one !

 By: cshimokita : January 26th, 2017-15:23
with the title of "No tripod .. but a steady hand", I did a double take with the moving carousel roundabout (merry-go-round) as I wasn't expecting any blur... the moon is looking good.