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    Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    Can understand that 8X10s require mo' heavier than 4X5.... so maybe a Reiss or Surveyor's type of tripod is required. However, thankfully with no more than a 4X5, I'm very happy with a RRS - but not because of the brand, but because of the weight. Personally, I find ALL tripods are too expensive. I would almost reverse the discussion and begin with the tripod head you plan to use or think you need and work backwards from there. I think the head matters more... and highly highly highly recommend a geared head (Manfrotto 410 as a start) for the stability of the adjustment process - especially as the poundage of the camera rises. I bought one used from KEH for a huge discount off new (maybe $150?), and would then couple it with a used tripod to mount it on. Tin Can's right in that we all buy a lot of the wrong stuff. So start used and make mistakes at a fraction of the cost, and then when you know what you like and don't about your gear - fix the problems from a base of experience. I didn't, and my wallet now has a fairly low opinion of its owner. The point of opinions on this forum is a challenge to NOT make our mistakes but each of us has a different tale of woe. Like the old adage: "Wisdom is learned through experience, but most of the experience that teaches is bad." Truth is there are many right solutions, but more that aren't.

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    Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by Iga View Post
    What a nonsense ! :-)
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    Some guys in 1962 thought that Buddy Holly would not have been popular if he had not died in 1959. Hey, my wife and I still like to dance to his music. Some music does go on forever e.g. Chuck Berry. Long live Rock and Roll!

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    Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    . . . NONE of the above. Avoid anything with a center column, or else remove that portion of it; it will be counterproductive for typical LF applications.
    For heavier cameras like most 8x10s, that's good advice.

    But for lightweight cameras, a center column can be useful. I've used my Feisol CF tripod with it's center-column installed for Arca Swiss 4x5, Sinar 4x5, etc. It's also good for medium format cameras and 35mm digital.

    That said, I wouldn't extend it much past it's middle extension. Otherwise, it's just asking for moment arm vibrations.

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    Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    I have a Chamonix 4x5, Gundlach Korona 5x7, and Kodak 2D 8x10. Have a Ries J250 head. Just ordered a Ries J100-2 tripod. I need something solid out here on the windy plains.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    Center column with MF, Neil? Well, I happen to use the P67 system especially for its excellent telephoto lenses. The combination with a 300EDIF is more difficult to stabilize than a typical 8x10. I use the same Ries and Feisol tripods as for my 8x10, and with two mounts - a thread on the camera, and one on a lens collar, both unified onto an especially solid maple hardwood/phenolic bar, which in turn is directly bolted to the platform top of the tripod. No tripod head, no center column. That's how to get the job done! Try shooting that atop a column and vibrations would be worse than doing the Charleston atop a dance floor made of Jello.

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    Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    Bought a Gitzo 1325 between 12 to 15 years ago. Last year I decided I wanted a center column for it. Ordered from B&H and it fit perfect. I actually have two Gitzo's. Also a 1228. They are kinda like a Pentax Digital Spotmeter. They're so good you should just suck it up and get one. You won't regret it.

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    Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    I left two center column in a big drawer somewhere, and have found no reason to look for them. Might as well be Pogo sticks.

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    Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    I have 2 Miller DS10's.
    I Payed $1,100 for a complete kit 10 years ago that I have used a LOT.
    Recently I bought a very nice used one that was missing the fluid head handle for $125.
    They are light, strong, solid, extremely versatile and very quick to set up on anything from ice to mud.

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    Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    I love using my Technika IV on a Gitzo carbon fiber GT5543LS tripod with a Gitzo G1570M Series 5 Low Profile 3-Way tripod head, photographing with a Rodenstock Apo-Ronar 9/360 in a Compur Electronic 3 shutter. It's far more compact and sturdier than any Sinar camera I have got (P, C, F). And very transportable.

    I adore using the Schneider-Kreuznach Suoer-Angulon 8/75 on a wide angle device, a recessed lensboard or on a focusing helicoid, with the same camera, too, because I have central tilt on the back and the with the recessed lensboard the 75mm fits into the closed camera. I always use the Gitzo head. Where is the problem?


    Quote Originally Posted by Bernice Loui View Post
    Linhof Technika(s) aka metal folder with the fixed point of tripod attachment and the IMO severe limitations with wide angle lenses became THE reasons they got booted from the usable camera list.

    Might not be easily apparent initially as these Linhof camera are so well made and precision.. until the camera and bellows is racked all out with a BIG (copal# 3 shutter, largest that lens board will tolerate) long focal lens hanging on the lens end of the camera.. causing more camera support system (tripod and tripod head) instability than should be tolerated. Yet, they are not the only folders like this.

    Again, with the Norma, simply slide the set up on the rail clamp until it balances on the support system and it makes ALL the difference in stability and vibration tolerance.

    None of this is initially apparent with a "normal_ish" focal length lens, once the camera is pushed to it's extension and lens support limits with these problems will become apparent and less tolerable.


    Bernice

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    Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by Iga View Post
    What a nonsense ! :-)
    As a Pink Floyd fan, I have to agree.

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