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Anthony
04-06-2011, 01:29 PM
1/ Take a torch with you when shooting sunsets as it lets you see the combination on your bike lock !!!!
I just managed to unset my lock after about 5min but very nearly had to walk home :rolleyes:

2/ Get a stable tripod/setup - lost about 1/3rd of my photos due to camera shake?
Some I think could have been due to the camera moving on the mounting plate of the tripod in portrate mode - how tight can you do the screw up ?
Any tips to stop the camera turning on the mounting plate ?

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=49&pictureid=438

3/ Take the filter off - I know I have been told to do it before :(

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=49&pictureid=439

TheWengler
04-06-2011, 02:44 PM
What camera, lens, tripod, head are you using? I don't have any issues with my camera rotating on the tripod head when I'm using it. It will rotate however if I leave the camera on the tripod while I carry it around.

K1W1
04-06-2011, 03:36 PM
Some I think could have been due to the camera moving on the mounting plate of the tripod in portrate mode - how tight can you do the screw up ?
Any tips to stop the camera turning on the mounting plate ?

Sounds like your camera and lens is too heavy for your tripod head.

raven15
04-06-2011, 07:55 PM
1/ Take a torch

2/ Get a stable tripod/setup - lost about 1/3rd of my photos due to camera shake?
Some I think could have been due to the camera moving on the mounting plate of the tripod in portrate mode - how tight can you do the screw up ?
Any tips to stop the camera turning on the mounting plate ?


Torch? Do those work without matches, or at least flint and steel? (just kidding, I'm American).

You need a new quick release plate, head, whatever it is. I was just using my dad's today and it did the exact same thing. I ended up wrapping my leather camera strap around the tripod so I could tighten it and prevent the camera from moving in an indirect way. Worked pretty well, but I'm getting a tripod of my own in a couple weeks.

Anthony
04-07-2011, 12:06 AM
My tripod is a 25+ year ( probably nearer 30 years now I think about it ) old cheap aluminium one from when I had a slr. It was OK with my kit lens and wide angle but as you say the weight of my new EF-S 15-85 lens is to much for it.


It will rotate however if I leave the camera on the tripod while I carry it around.
I had a panic when I climbed over a fence as I put the tripod over my shoulder and felt the camera swing down under its own weight.

I was considering a new tripod as I would like a ball head but have been put off by the prices but I think I need to invest in one now.
Even though the tripod I have is a lightweight aluminium one it is still heavy to carry around all day; are the carbon fibre ones worth the extra money ?
I could also do with one that extends a little bit more as I also had the leags quite close together to get the height I wanted.

Joking about my experiance with a guy at work this morning he said about using the camera flash to light up the lock and then I had an idea - Take a photo of the lock and use it to work out which way to turn the numbers !

kgosden
04-07-2011, 06:57 AM
Carbon fiber tripods will probably not be lighter than your cheap aluminum one. However, they will be much sturdier and better at reducing vibration.

Anthony
04-07-2011, 09:51 AM
Thanks for the info kgosden and I think I will get a new tripod and while looking around the net I found this company: http://www.3leggedthing.com/

Their product looks very good and they do a try for 14 days and if you like it pay for it else send it back.

I can get a carbon fibre tripod with ball head for 269 although they are not for sale until 20th April.
I may have to make up an adaptor as I did for my current tripod to add the ability to put the center column out side ways like the Manfrotto.

I was thinking of a ball head as the lever on my current pan and tilt gets in the way.

Interesting website and worth a look.

Current tripod weight is 2045g

kgosden
04-07-2011, 10:46 AM
Looks like a decent Gitzo copy. The center column is interesting, but it is always better not to extend it. All that really does is make for a tall monopod.

Ball heads are the way to go. Smaller for travel and generally easier to adjust unless you are panning.

raven15
04-07-2011, 04:53 PM
3leggedthing is supposed to be a decent British brand, I was just reading about it.

Alternatively you could just get a new ballhead, you don't need to replace the tripod.

kgosden
04-07-2011, 10:37 PM
I am guessing that 'cheap aluminum' means it does not have a removeable head. Lots of entry level ones do not, particularly those pan-tilt head models with geared center columns.

K1W1
04-07-2011, 11:08 PM
Thanks for the info kgosden and I think I will get a new tripod and while looking around the net I found this company: http://www.3leggedthing.com/

Before you buy a new tripod read this essay (http://www.bythom.com/support.htm) and this page (http://www.dentonimages.com/Gear_Guide.php?guide=Tripods+and+Support)and it's various links. I'm not saying that you need to blindly follow what they say but they both offer exception well thought out and practical advice that you should consider in the light of your circumstances.

Anthony
04-08-2011, 12:10 AM
Thanks for the links K1W1 that will keep me busy reading for a while.

The main thing I liked about the tripods I linked to was the ball head which reading a couple of articals is an important consideration.


I am guessing that 'cheap aluminum' means it does not have a removeable head. Lots of entry level ones do not, particularly those pan-tilt head models with geared center columns.

Thats right no removable head, no geared column and no bracing between the legs.

K1W1
04-08-2011, 12:38 AM
The main thing I liked about the tripods I linked to was the ball head which reading a couple of articals is an important consideration.

But there are ball heads and ball heads. You must get one that is suitable for the weight that you want to put on it.

Anthony
04-08-2011, 01:58 AM
But there are ball heads and ball heads. You must get one that is suitable for the weight that you want to put on it.Current equipment:
Canon 500d body only = 480g
Canon 10-22mm = 385g
Canon 15-85 = 575g
Flash = ?g

Possible upgrades later:
Canon 70-200 F4 IS = 760g
Canon 24-105 = 670g

Looks like the most I will have on the tripod will be about 1.5kg.

K1W1
04-08-2011, 03:37 AM
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Looks like the most I will have on the tripod will be about 1.5kg.

So you are going to go out an buy a tripod that will last 25 or 30 years based on the weight of the equipment you will be owning in the next 12 months?

Anthony
04-08-2011, 04:38 AM
I will modify my last reply:

Looks like the most I will have on the tripod will be about 1.5kg but I will not buy one rated at 1.5kg. The current ones I am looking at are rated at 8kg - 12kg.

Anthony
04-08-2011, 04:58 AM
3leggedthing is supposed to be a decent British brand, I was just reading about it.

I found them by chance via Google and they seem to have some interesting items. But it could be a risk going with a vertualy unknown brand.