When is a tripod redundant?

Started Jul 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
Tony Beach
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Re: When is a tripod redundant?
In reply to De Michael, Jul 31, 2013

De Michael wrote:

...at what point would a tripod be useless?

125th second? 250th second? 500th second? 1000th second.

There are too many intangibles in your question.  At what focal length?  How much are you enlarging the photo?  Which camera?  VR on or off?  How steady can you hold the camera, or do you have something to lean it on?  Are you using flash?

As a general rule, for handheld photography, I go for 2 to 3 times the focal length (e.g., 200mm would be 1/500 or 1/640) if I want lots of enlargement, and for anything slower than 1/250 regardless of focal length to avoid blur from mirror slap I use MLU or Exposure Delay.

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