Do you use a tripod with your M4/3 camera?

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dezignman
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Do you use a tripod with your M4/3 camera?
Jul 23, 2012

If so, which one? And, for what type of work?

I thought it would be interesting to take this survey.

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I do. It's a Manfotto non-carbon with a Manfotto head. I will be switching out or an Acratech head shortly, they are hanging a design to me of their heads.

I use a tripod or mono anytime stabilization is required, which is quite often. I shoot a lot a landscape/cityscape stuff...

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dezignman wrote:

If so, which one? And, for what type of work?

I thought it would be interesting to take this survey.

Thanks.

Once in a while, I use a monopod. It's an old, but still effective, Bogen with a small Manfrotto ball head. With the EM-5 not yet used a tripod, and seldom did with the EP3. Hard to be specific about circumstances of using the monopod, it varies quite a bit, but doing close-up work of nature subjects, flowers and the like, would be one instance.

However, I do use a copy rail, which I designed and built, where the camera is mounted and locked in position. Mainly used for making photographs of fine-art prints (monotypes, block prints, etchings, etc.), or old photographs and other objects. So in that use, it's similar to a tripod. Just have to remember to turn off the IS when so mounted.

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I am a big fan of tripods...
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I used a Manfrotto 190 CX3 for these shots http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1041&message=42088230

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Feisol 3442 and photoclam pc30 ballhead.

I found them essential for my old DSLR 400mm+ (35mm equiv) even with IBIS in anything less than bright sunlight. With m43, I don't have a long telephoto lens yet, but I plan to get one eventually. Even so, the tripod gets plenty of use for product shots, macro etc..

I'd also consider getting a bigger ballhead too. Arca-Swiss P0 looks interesting. After using a full-sized, centre column-free CF tripod I don't think I'd feel happy with anything less solid despite the smaller size/weight of m43.

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I do not think so. They have bought m43 because they do not want to lung around bulky gear. Roaming around with tripod would defeat the purpose of their buy. Tripod is for the users who buy dslrs and keep them in drawers at home.

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If so, which one? And, for what type of work?

I thought it would be interesting to take this survey.

Thanks.

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Manfrotto 190XPROB which I bought originally for my dSLR. yes, it's heavy, but that's why it can withstand a quite strong wind!

Tripod is used mostly for long exposure shooting such as: http://www.flickr.com/photos/albert-ang/5746157347/in/photostream (taken by X100 instead of m43) - something i haven't done since I owned m43 last months ago because the weather is too cold at night
or when I use 10 stop ND filter.

Now, i'm planning to try to use tripod to take multiple shots and create a composite photo.

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I use a Vanguard Nivelo 204BK. It's a lightweight travel tripod (600g), so it's a good companion for m43. I use it for landscapes mostly.

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nt)Only if I'm bracketing, i.e., need multiple shots exactly the same.
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dezignman wrote:

If so, which one? And, for what type of work?

I thought it would be interesting to take this survey.

Yes,
Velbon Sherpa (or Carmagne) 630 CF with an ArcaSwiss P0 head

architecture, long exposures, HDR work, focus bracketing works, whenever framing is important and a tripod is possible at all, sometimes when waiting for the right moment shooting semi statical subjects, when in the mode for careful shooting, when having set up the lights correctly, and so on

I have an E-M5 and the tripod beats the IBIS every time...

Having said that I also should mention I make heavy use of the IBIS and for me it works fine. I don't always bring the tripod, far from it actually, but when I do the results are superior and that often with regards to camera shake and framing.

Essentially it is the same as always. The IBIS offers a possibility to shoot hand-held a little longer than we could do without IBIS and that's good, especially indoors when equipped with a fast lens. IBIS also works fine when standing on something vibrating a little but you have to take several images making sure something is useful.

"the tripod is my best lens" (or something like that, and I think it helds a good portion of truth).

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I've used a Gorilla Pod for a while. It's cheap, light and holds a camera but it's a pain to position accurately; not that much better than nestling the camera on top of a bag or jacket and using the 2 second shutter release.

I've recently bought an EBay Gitzo 1542T with an old Lindof ball head. The tripod is excellent, lives up to the hype although I'd struggle to justify the new price.

The head looks good but doesn't work very well (no surprise it was free with the tripod) it doesn't handle fine adjustments well and settles a bit once you've locked it down.

I've got a Markins Q3 quick release head on it's way and a Kirk PZ-130 plate which fits my G3 perfectly.

I'm not sure how much use it will get, if I don't use it enough the this type of kit holds it's value so nothing lost (or not much at least!).

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I use the Induro 213 with the Induro BHL2 head. The head uses arca swiss plates.

http://www.indurogear.com/products_details_CT213.html

http://www.indurogear.com/products_details_BHL2.html#2

When:
HDR photography
longer than slow Shutter speeds
Macro with Novaflex mini rail
When I want to best stabilization I can get

When I don't:
Street Photography
Parties
When where I am shooting tripods are not allowed

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Absolutely yes!
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A tripod is absolutely necessary.

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Naturally: Do you use a tripod with your M4/3 camera?
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Always when needed and especially when shooting landscapes or still lives.
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absolutely. Truthfully I am never without a tripod.

DrWu wrote:

Always when needed and especially when shooting landscapes or still lives.
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Beautiful image
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dezignman wrote:

If so, which one? And, for what type of work?

Yes. And a monopod, too. I use a wired shutter release with my GH2 when using it on a tripod. I use it for macro, low light and long telephoto (birds and things).

Tripod: Gitzo GT1542T
Ball Head: Really Right Stuff BH-30 with standard round platform.

Monopod: Gitzo GM2561T
Ball Head: Really Right Stuff BH-25 with standard round platform.

Since I use only one camera, really didn't see the sense in getting into the added size, weight, expense and complexity of using an Acra-type head and plates. Trying to keep things simple. Isn't that part of the appeal of M4/3? For me it is.

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dezignman wrote:

If so, which one? And, for what type of work? I thought it would be interesting to take this survey.

Gitzo G1158 carbon fiber with RRS BH30 PF ball head. I also have an aluminum Gitzo Series 0 "Weekender" tripod and head that I bought new about 20 years ago. It's still a great tripod for m4/3 and compact cameras.

I use a tripod quite often unless it just doesn't make sense, such as a fast-moving family function or in an area where tripods are not allowed. My photos are much sharper when using a tripod, even at some shutter speeds normally considered "safe" for hand-holding. A tripod makes every lens a better lens, even my awful kit zoom. Switching to the lightweight Gitzo Series 1 carbon fiber has made lugging around the tripod/camera combo pretty much a non-issue for me. An added bonus is that my framing is much more precise and bracketing is easier when I employ the tripod.

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better than IBIS
In reply to Jonas B, Jul 23, 2012

Jonas B wrote:

Velbon Sherpa (or Carmagne) 630 CF with an ArcaSwiss P0 head

architecture, long exposures, HDR work, focus bracketing works, whenever framing is important and a tripod is possible at all, sometimes when waiting for the right moment shooting semi statical subjects, when in the mode for careful shooting, when having set up the lights correctly, and so on

I have an E-M5 and the tripod beats the IBIS every time...

I'm glad to know at least one person agrees with me. I have been chided in this forum for my staunch support (pun intended) of tripods in this sloppy hand-held era of "IBIS solves everything."

"the tripod is my best lens"

I've never heard that saying, but I'll remember it now! My Gitzo makes every lens better (see my post below).

Jim Pilcher
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In reply to ELLIOT P STERN, Jul 23, 2012

ELLIOT P STERN wrote:

absolutely. Truthfully I am never without a tripod.

I keep a tripod in my car, even when I don't happen to have a camera with me. It's always there when I need it, whether to make photos or beat off an attacking bear.

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