Bannockburn Slucing tunnel exploration…
Nikon D90, Sigma 12-24mm Lens, ISO 200, 10W Torch, Tripod.
Rollei doing what it does best amidst the ruins of Fort Balance
Another shot from the Petone Fair. This time of another photographer.
So what is wrong with this picture? Anyone who knows me know I hate cheap tripods (See previous rant here) and this guy sporting two camera bodies and seems to have forgotten to spend some money on his :). Its probably lucky that it was an absolutely still clear night for those firework shots latter on 🙂
I’m not judging… Just saying
A couple more shots of the Tripod with its legwarmers. I thought the Pom Poms were a nice touch 🙂
This time in colour from my half frame… Not sure what is up with the crazy yellow shift in the first one. It probably means the film was somewhat expired 🙂
Its a bit hard to make out but the sculpture at the end of Courtenay Place has had legwarmers put on it by some Knitting Graffiti Personages. I took a series of closer shots on half frame camera but since it took three weeks to shoot 12 frames on Rollei it might take a while to get through seventy two on the Demi…
Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.
Tripods… Not glamorous like a new lens or body.
Tripods… Not cool like remote flash triggers.
Tripods… Absolutely essential if you want your long exposure to be sharp!
OK so that sound pretty good without too much rant… deep breath…. but…
I work part-time in the photography retail sector and the number of times I have the following conversation is astounding:
“Hi Im looking for a tripod for about $150, what do you have?” (all prices are in $NZ just for clarification)
“What kind of camera are you putting on it?” (at this point I’m really really hoping it’s going to be a point and shoot…please…please)
“A Canon 5DmkII” (Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!)
“With a 70-200 f2.8″ (Double Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!”
At this point I usually go into rant mode…
My usual equation for tripods is that the tripod should be worth somewhere between 10 – 15% of the value of the camera equipment that is put on it. Anything less and the very slight movement from the cheaper tripod renders any sharpness of the equipment utterly void.
Now this might seem like a funny thing to get angry about but I guess that’s just me. People usually have a laugh when they see me lugging round my tripod but no-one every laughs at the result and admittedly I use mine for my 4×5 camera as well as my F5 and D70s (which isn’t a particularly large camera).
What I think people are trying to say is that they want a small compact tripod and think that a cheap one will do the trick but once shown the error of their ways can be shown the benefits of sturdy leg materials like carbon and basalt.
And then there is the suspicion that I am just trying to up sell them into something more expensive… No! I just think you should respect your camera and get something you wont hate in 6 months because it gives bad results!
Anyway there are some cases where cheap tripods are good… Usually if you are going to totally trash then in salt water etc… but generally buy something decent!