The one piece of equipment that every photographer should have in their cupboard is the tripod. They are usefull for Landscapes, very very handy for Studio Portraits, and absolutely mandatory for Macro & Close-up photography.
Screw-Type Locking Clamps are the style of Leg Locking Clamp where you have to manually rotate a bolt to clamp the legs into place. These operate a small cam which will eventually wear out from use and not hold the legs in place. Of the brands I would recommend there are really only two that I would buy: Manfrotto and Benbo. The reason these tripods are so good [especially for macro and close up work] is that you can position the camera in any plane not only the vertical plane.
As you can see in the above photo – you could position the camera at 2 inches off the ground with complete stability to do a macro shot of a blade of grass. Sure, they may be a bit heavy, but heavy is gooood for this work where stability is a prime concern [any slight movement during macro work is magnified out of control]. If you need a tripod for use while hiking then you buy a light-weight easy to carry unit, or get a monopod. I would buy one in a second now, unfortuneatly they weren’t available 14years ago and I bought a Manfrotto, which has been and continues to be an excellent unit.
These are great for fast action photography where you are constantly on the move, however they only provide stability in the vertical plane – its upto you to hold it still in every other direction. Light, easy to carry, and they can be adapted to suit any surface, or fixed to any surface quickly and easily. Pistol Grip Heads are great for quick fast changes and are especially usefull on monopods where you can only use one hand to adjust the head [because your other hand is holding the monopod!] But they are not as good for fine precise control.
Make sure they have big easy to grip handles with soft grip texture – they can get quite stiff especially if you are using a camera of any substance. These types of Video Heads are fine for your average cheapo home video camera where you don’t want to move the camera once filming has started.
If you do need a Video Head that allows for smooth movement, then spend the money and get an oil-damped Video Head. Generally, all manufacturer’s heads will fit onto all tripods as they are industry universal connectors, but always check first! One last thing… all decent Head Units have a little brass locking pin that when activated prevents the release lever from releasing your camera. Byron thanks for this but if you only had less than ?100 GBP is there a suitable alternative? Dawn, the first and last tripods are for Video Cameras [check the long handles] the 2nd one may be a bit light and possibly 2nd hand.
This is great, Byron, I agree with everything you’ve put here, I LOVE the pistol grip head, and loathe the ball head (but it packs better for travelling).
If the lens does autofocus okay, there will still be a delay between you half pressing the shutter button to AF, and fully pressing it to take the photo. The difficulties with autofocus increase the higher the magnification of the image you are trying to capture.


Although I have pretty much dismissed autofocus above, it is a good idea to at least try it out with your camera. Using the camera handheld is usually the best choice for insects during the daytime as they move about too much for a tripod to be of much use. Now, if you can press the shutter button as soon as the subject comes into focus, all well and good. This technique can be used not just with reversed lenses, but with all methods of macro photography. Another trick that can be used when you have a very close focus distance, is to grab onto whatever your subject is attached to.
A tripod is often the best choice for studio work where you don't have to deal with wind or moving subjects.
As with handheld macro photography, when focusing with a macro lens you can use the lens' focusing ring. A focusing rail mounts on your tripod head, or it can be mounted between the tripod and the head.
The rail has a toothed groove along the bottom, and a cog system controlled by a knob can be used to move the camera along the rail. When focusing in situations where a tripod is used, it can be a good idea to your camera's rear LCD for focusing. By using a remote shutter release you don't need to worry about this, as you are not touching the camera at all when triggering the shutter.
If you require further details regarding the transaction data, please contact the supplier directly. Weight.A tripod needs some weight to it otherwise it will vibrate in the wind, or when traffic passes by.
Metal or Carbon Fibre legs.Plastic legs tend to flex and bend ever so slightly which will add to the vibration. Rugged Feet.Your tripod should have large rubber feet to cushion the tripod from external vibrations.
Sure they take a bit of time to screw and unscrew, but they also never slip no matter how much use they get because you just keep screwing the bolt until it is tight. Nothing is quite as terrifying as watching your beautifull camera nose-dive into the concrete as one of the quick-release locking clamps on your tripod gives way. However – I have not seen their full range, and my perception of SLIK is from 14 years ago. Typically they will rotate left-right, tilt up down, and tilt to the left but not left-right. Look for one with a hook or similar so you can add a weight to keep it still in wind…. When I use mine, my camera stays permanently attached [and locked] to the head and I sling the tripod over my shoulder when walking about. Although this delay will be very short, a very small movement of the camera or subject during this delay can be enough to put the focus slightly off from where you wanted it. Handheld photography can be used anytime, though bear in mind that shooting handheld may sometimes require using a higher ISO or additional lighting (flash) to prevent blurry images from camera shake.


You can set your camera and subject, then get repeatable results while you experiment with lighting and exposure settings. It allows you to capture still scenes in natural light by using a slow shutter speed without any camera shake. But for other methods, especially when using a reversed lens, it can be quite helpful to have a focusing rail. Use the magnify feature to zoom in on the preview image, which will let you focus extremely accurately. No matter how stable your setup, when you depress the shutter button on the camera, it's likely to move the camera a small bit. This gives a couple of seconds delay after you press the shutter button, which allows any vibrations from pushing the button to dissipate. Many tripods also have rubber feet which screw back to expose a metal spike for grip on ice or similar surfaces. Geared mechanisms never lock in place properly which means the centre column is never truly stable. These are also great if you are doing macro work indoors [ie… on a table] because [again] you can position your camera in any plane. I have known a couple of photogs who have these, and they both found them to be good quality heads, but annoying to use.
Maybe not if you were hiking over mountains all day, but for any other purpose you really wont have a problem. If a lens racks the focus out to infinity and then back again before it finally focuses on the subject, this can take some time. Once you've found the subject in approximate focus, rock back and forth ever so slightly so the plane of focus moves back and forth through the subject.
For insects though, you need to be careful not to scare them off when you take hold of their perch.
You can read more about this technique on John Kimbler's No Cropping Zone blog - How Working Distance Works Against You. You would position the tripod so the subject is approximately in focus, and then use the focusing rail to get the focus exactly where you want it. The product will still cost you the same as if you went direct, and the commission helps pay for running this site.
They are not as flexible-in-use as a 3-way head, and they tend not to hold their position as well with heavy cameras. It may not even be able to find focus on the subject, and leave you with an unfocused image in the viewfinder. This should help you in preempting the exact moment to press the shutter and snap the photo. In other cameras the view will normally be on the rear LCD, or you should be able to switch the view between the EVF and the rear LCD.



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