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Up for Discussion: Tripods

Recently someone sent me a question about tripods and I thought it was time I wrote something about them. If you are serious about photography then there is one piece of equipment that is almost as important as your camera and lens; your tripod. There are many different types of photography that you might do where it is essential that you have a tripod. Then there are types where you don’t need it all, and some where it would be better if you used it, but it isn’t absolutely necessary. Some photographers value their tripods and will make sure they get something that is good and sturdy. Others think they aren’t so important and just get something cheap and basic. Today we are going to look at when you should buy a tripod and how to decide what is the best one for you. Tripods in the Field. There is no getting around it, there are some types of photography that would be impossible without a tripod. If you want to photograph the Milky Way, …

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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs – Looking at a Macro

Recently a few have asked me if I would do a post on using the macro lens, so I thought this might be a good day for it.  I also thought I might talk about my plans for next year.  Seems like it is time to start thinking about what I am going to . 90mm Tamron Macro Lens I’ve had the Tamron macro lens for a few weeks now and I’ve really been able to explore what I can do with it.  I think, through this blog and using different macro lenses throughout the year I have been able to work out how to use it.  When I first used one earlier this year I thought it was going to be impossible.  It wasn’t as easy to use as I thought it would be.  However, after several months and lots of research I feel a lot more confident using one now. I was explaining the lens to someone the other day and one of the things that I mentioned was that it was light, …

Photography with Three Legs

When I first purchased my tripod, almost twenty years ago, I had no idea what I was buying, in that I had done no research, but Vanbars, a photographic shop in Carlton had some on special, they looked good, so I bought one.  I was lucky.  Really lucky.  I have never regretted that purchase and even now, I still think it is a good tripod.  It has always done what I wanted and has been a fantastic tripod. I’m not going to lie, I do want to replace it now, but not for the reasons you would think.  To extend the legs it has things that screw in and out, and as I get older my hands can’t cope with the tightening anymore.  I have trouble with tendinitis in my hands, so I put the tripod up and one leg will start sinking because I didn’t tighten it up enough.  Annoying, but that is really the only reason why I want to replace it. I have a Manfrotto tripod with a 190 base and 141RC head.  The …