Tripod height question

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PerTulip Senior Member • Posts: 1,589
Re: Tripod height question

River Birch wrote:

My father is purchasing a tripod to use with a 600 mm lens. He needs help figuring out how high of a tripod he should get. He figured out how high it should be based on his eye level looking straight ahead. Should he purchase a tripod to adjusts taller so that he can tilt the tripod up without leaning over too much? Will the camera and lens be stable enough on not fully extended legs?

You can always shorten a long tripod by not extending the legs, but you can't add length. Also consider: on uneven ground, you need longer legs to get the same height as on even ground.

My take: when tripod+head barely reach eye level, it's too short.

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