Tripod for Nature Photography


Sprocketdog23

Link Posted 07/01/2012 - 00:06
Love it though I do, I've been lugging my Benbo Trecker about for a few years. It does a good job at holding the camera steady in some really awkward angles, but even after years of use, I think I'm not bright enough to really work out how those legs on it work (it takes me ages to set it up and even longer to pack it away). I'm sure it was Heather Angel who convinced me to get one !!

Anyway, I'm sure there's loads of really good tripods out there for natural history, so what do you use and why?
'The best camera you ever have is the one in your hand'

Blythman

Link Posted 07/01/2012 - 00:08
I'm still lugging the MkI. I sold my lightweight Trekker years ago
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SteveEveritt

Link Posted 07/01/2012 - 00:29
I have the Redsnapper and its solid. Check it out here
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dave_walton

Link Posted 07/01/2012 - 07:08
Another vote for the Redsnapper had one for a few years now.
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Unlocker

Link Posted 07/01/2012 - 17:51
That could be a pretty open question!

Sprocketdog23 wrote:
so what do you use?

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Sprocketdog23 wrote:
and why?

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Sprocketdog23

Link Posted 07/01/2012 - 19:33
Wow, that is some seup
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coker

Link Posted 07/01/2012 - 19:33
Next!

Coker.
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davesexton

Link Posted 07/01/2012 - 20:24
I am using a Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Tripod with a SBH100 head. Gets the camera into all sorts of positions with less hassle than a Benbo Trecker.
Capture: Pentax K-1, PENTAX HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR, PENTAX 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro, SAMYANG 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC, SAMYANG 35mm F1.4 AS UMC, SAMYANG 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC

Processing: Adobe Bridge for organisation, DxO Optics Pro Elite for RAW development, ON1 Photo RAW for some 'stylising' and Affintiy Photo for more involved edits.

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Sprocketdog23

Link Posted 07/01/2012 - 21:00
davesexton wrote:
I am using a Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Tripod with a SBH100 head. Gets the camera into all sorts of positions with less hassle than a Benbo Trecker.

That looks really good, the world of tripod design has moved on a long way since my early Trecker. It looks like the legs have foam on them, is that so? Sometimes in really cold weather my Trecker can be freezing to hold when setting up/putting away, being metal with no comfy warm foam..
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Last Edited by Sprocketdog23 on 07/01/2012 - 21:05

davesexton

Link Posted 07/01/2012 - 23:15
Yes, the legs do have foam on them, and you are right, it is surprising how cold tripods get out in the wilds

There are beefier heads available form Vanguard, but the SBH100 seemed to be a good balance of quality to weight. I am very happy with mine.... I looked at a second hand Trecker, but it seemed cumbersome (though very well built).

Build quality on the Vanguard is good and there is a carbon fibre variant if weight is a concern.

Hope you find something that suits!

Regards,

Dave
Capture: Pentax K-1, PENTAX HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR, PENTAX 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro, SAMYANG 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC, SAMYANG 35mm F1.4 AS UMC, SAMYANG 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC

Processing: Adobe Bridge for organisation, DxO Optics Pro Elite for RAW development, ON1 Photo RAW for some 'stylising' and Affintiy Photo for more involved edits.

Still27

Link Posted 10/01/2012 - 16:50
Have you never thought of a Shoulder Pod, I find my 'BushHawk'fantastic with K5+Bigma.
Bill
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Slik Pro 700DX tripod.
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