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

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    Lachlan 717
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    Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    To make it easier for us, please make links to the products you consider

    The general rule here is big wood https://www.riestripod.com/
    To make it easier for the person posting the information, please find links to the product you consider using Google.

    As for your contention about the “general rule” being wood, I think you mean, “my rule”...
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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    There's wood, and then there's wood. There's carbon fiber, and then there's carbon fiber. There's aluminum, and then there's aluminum. In other words, there's a significant range of build quality in any of these respective categories. Regardless, toy tripods are for toy cameras.

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

    Thanks everyone! That was, uhh, a lot Gave me a lot to think about for sure with a wide array of options to consider. I'm not sure I'm any closer to figuring out which one to get but found some good sources for LF specific applications so thanks everyone - this has been very very helpful!

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

    OP could post a WTB: 'Tripod' and see what comes up

    I have only one little Ries, old model C, I bought on this forum

    I use it for 5X7 lawn pictures of people and buildings. The spikes work well on lawn and my rig looks authentic

    The 5X7 Poco is also light and matches, I cheat using a Horseman QR with no head

    Ries C by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr
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    Re: Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    The truth is we all have at least 3 mistake tripods
    Agree 100%. As far as heads go, I probably have had at least 5 mistake heads. The one brand that has never failed me is Kessler. Only regret was not acquiring one of their K-POD Tripods.

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

    Might look for used Gitzo tripods - the larger models with the "wing nut" locking pieces on the legs. They will hold up well, are solid and seem to last forever. On the used market you find them high priced to often very low - because of their size and weight.
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    Finding tripods for Large Format is kinda hard (daunting)? Favorite LF tripod?

    What’s the use case? If you’re hiking, a wood tripod and a ries head is not a (realistic) option for most people.

    Look into a CF tripod from Gitzo, FLM or RSS instead, or a Leofoto if cost is paramount. Choose based on height/weight/load needs and stowed length. They will cost around the $1K range, Leofoto less than half that (everything in life is a compromise).

    IMO Manfrotto, MeFoto, etc, are mistakes. You’ll end up spending more money.

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

    Look for a used Gitzo 1325. Very sturdy and reasonably priced on ebay. Bought mine 15 years ago and it's going strong. I don't have a center column and never missed it.


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

    No, we don't all agree on Reis.

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

    Ok, lets post tripods

    My hopefully last ever new tripod is this

    I also bought the 100mm half ball so I wouldn't need a head

    A member here is the NA sales Rep

    Designed in Germany, made in China

    I really like it, big spikes come with it, they are threaded 3/8-16 a near universal threading on tripods world wide

    My hands hurt from decades of labor, this FLM I can adjust, but not old Gitzo of similar capacity
    Last edited by Tin Can; 12-Mar-2021 at 09:00.
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