When do use tripods?

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skysurfer5
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Re: When do use tripods?

This is very close to my own experience, except that I don't hike in the winter, only stroll.

The last time I carried a full-size tripod on a long hike was in 2009, when I did the 11-mile round-trip between Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park and the cascade immediately below the Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp.  I ended up using the tripod only a couple times and concluded that I gained nothing from carrying the extra 5 lbs.

If the hike is short, I might carry a tripod, but now it's more likely to be my short and tiny Slik Pro 500DXS than my full-size Manfrotto.  When we do car trips, I bring both tripods just in case.  When we fly, I may or may not bring one or the other.

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