How to measure tripod shake? (windy beach with long exposures)

Started Dec 22, 2012 | Discussions thread
Pelagic
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How to Compare Tripod Shake?
In reply to SPW1981, Jan 4, 2013

A standard means to compare support systems is with a laser pointer taped or rubber-banded to your lens.  Point it at a paper target 30 feet away.  Draw a circle around the light pattern for each tested system.  The smallest circle wins.  If the circle doesn't get smaller you've found the best price/weight/performance point.

I've fired shutters, played with mirror lock up,  tapped the end of a long lens and measured the time until the ringing stopped.

Be forewarned you may not be happy with what you own.

You can use this measurement scheme to easily test your field craft.  How tight is tight for an Arca clamp, different heads,  head adjustments,  etc, etc.

Sorry I've never seen isolated circle sizes to rate support systems.  Only used this method for real world comparisons and improving my craft.

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