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    Shooting without Tri/Monopod

    I will be visiting Mexico, specifically ancient Mayan cities in the Yucatan, this November. The Mexican Government does not allow tripods or monopods at these sites (technically, you have to get a permit from INAH, which only National Geographic photographers seem to be able to get). I would love to bring my LF gear but am not sure how to go about shooting without a tripod or monopod. Any suggestions? Alternatively, does anybody have any suggestions on how to get a permit to use a tripod at archaeological sites from INAH?

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    Re: Shooting without Tri/Monopod

    Fast film and a press camera like a Graphic, Technika, Meridian, MPP, B&J, etc.

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    Re: Shooting without Tri/Monopod

    David's right... I've had good results hand-holding my Super Graphic even with ISO 100 films... If it's sunny, that means you can shoot at f/11 and 1/200 or 1/250, which is a perfectly reasonable speed if you're handholding a camera with a leaf shutter. If you're concerned about DOF, switch to 320 or 400 film, and you'll be able to handhold at f/22 or f/32...

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    Re: Shooting without Tri/Monopod

    I've used my Tachihara 4x5 without a tripod or a monopod by just balancing it on the end of the aluminium case I carry it around in.

    Using a 90mm lens means the framing doesn't have to be super precise. The 4x5 negative is big enough to allow some air around the subject matter for later cropping. A long (3 feet) soft fabric covered cable release sends no vibration.

    The down side is finding level ground to put the case on. And the worm's eye view of the world gets tedious too.

    Sometimes I wish for a four legged camera stand so that when some jerk waffles on about tripods I can say "Can't you count? This is a quadropod!"
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    Re: Shooting without Tri/Monopod

    Quote Originally Posted by Maris Rusis View Post
    I've used my Tachihara 4x5 without a tripod or a monopod by just balancing it on the end of the aluminium case I carry it around in.
    you could probably mount a tripod screw to the case, and screw on your tripod head to the hard case when you get to your shooting location!
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    Re: Shooting without Tri/Monopod

    I'd opt for a Speed, Super Speed, or Crown Graphic (or Linhof Technika) Thats what they were made for!

    Either that or epoxy a bit of 1/4-20 thread on a hard hat for your wifey to wear
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    Re: Shooting without Tri/Monopod

    Certainly worth taking note of the above suggestions for using a press or technical camera, IMHO. A 90mm would be great, maybe even something wider, if you have it.

    By their nature, the pyramidal sites like Palenque, Yaxchilan, Bonampak, Coba etc. make the wide view a necessity, and accompanying greater depth of field will be welcome. A coupled rangefinder makes life easier too, as will having available in your bag or wallet some tiny reprints of d-o-f tables for relevant focal lengths. Many places may present you with the possibility of perching your camera on benches, stonework architectural features and similar tripod substitutes (but careful to do no damage).

    Now and then at INAH sites, I have seen photographers with compact monopods (maybe a 4-section would be less obvious at the entry gate to the site? 'Fancier' make some reasonable models for absurdly low prices, 'Feisol' too). A camera with some weight is actually easier to hold still for hand-held exposures than a fly-weight digital - more inertia.

    And my last suggestion: sometimes great compositions can be found by shooting from _outside_ the actual site, so on those occasions a longer lens would be useful, and a tripod can then be used. Many many photographs of Tulum, for instance, are made from the beaches below the INAH site.

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    This fits in a bag, goes on cars and walls. No arguments - it's not a tripod - it's part of the camera. It's sheet aluminium, cut and bent in a press with a 3/8ths filleted hole. While your'e are at it, make some for your friends.

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    Re: Shooting without Tri/Monopod

    I would love to bring my LF gear
    Which LF gear ? Whether it is a Sinar P2 or a Speed Graphic, handheld, the problem is "sligtly" different, no ?
    What about describing your equipment ?

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    Re: Shooting without Tri/Monopod

    a beanbag works well too. ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Broadbent View Post

    This fits in a bag, goes on cars and walls. No arguments - it's not a tripod - it's part of the camera. It's sheet aluminium, cut and bent in a press with a 3/8ths filleted hole. While your'e are at it, make some for your friends.
    that's nice.

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