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Carrying a tripod,
« on: January 14, 2013, 07:12:58 PM »
Today in Derby we had snow and dark ominous skies, so wrapping up warm I set out with the camera and tripod, with the weather as it was I left the camera on the tripod and carried as one unit after a few miles it became quite uncomfortable, tried different positions etc, The carry handle for the tripod (manfrotto)I bought separately is neither use nor ornament, I really want to use the tripod more, how do you die hard landscape photographers do it, is it take it all apart pack it onto the rucksack and only set up at each shot or is there an easier way to carry the tripod with camera and lens all ready that I am missing
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Re: Carrying a tripod,
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2013, 07:32:39 PM »
I have seen a few of my friends using bean bags to cushion the weight, They put the bean bag on there shoulder and then carry like this?

One in particular with his 600mm prime lens? So if it works with a monster like that and his equally heavy pro tripod I would think must be something in using this method?

Also seen a similar idea but put you can buy padding to put on the actual tripod legs? So a similar cushioning effect?

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Re: Carrying a tripod,
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2013, 09:42:35 PM »
I sometimes carry the camera attached to the monopod over my shoulder.  Have often thought I needed a shoulder pad so if there are any commercial ones out there perhaps you can put up a link....john
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Re: Carrying a tripod,
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2013, 10:44:32 PM »
I must admit I detach the camera from tripod when I want to move any distance - I use an Op/Tech dual harness strap system so set up tripod, attach camera (via QR plate), then unclip it from the harness so I can wander about - when done for a location, clip the camera to the strap, then detach from tripod and fold tripod legs.

Depending on how far I am going (and terrain) I will either sling the tripod over a shoulder, use the carry strap, or, if I'm heading any distance, put it back in the backpack.

I have a Manfrotto 190 XProbB with the basic 804RC2 head, so it's not particularly heavy.

I've been on a few landscape type photo days with a pro - some have carried the tripod & camera over a shoulder, but only for fairly short (~1/2 mile) distances.

One thing that has just occurred - I will often have my Lowepro Nature Trekker II backpack with me to carry gear in - the shoulder straps on that are quite thick, so would act as padding between tripod and shoulder.
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Re: Carrying a tripod,
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2013, 10:45:52 PM »
I sometimes carry the camera attached to the monopod over my shoulder.  Have often thought I needed a shoulder pad so if there are any commercial ones out there perhaps you can put up a link....john

I not seen many commercial ones John except ones below? Perhaps I have found a gap in the market ha-ha!

http://cameras.dropship-fromchina.com/shopping/Outdoor-Photography-Tripod-Durable-Shoulder-Pad-p187961.html

http://store.birdsasart.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=24

I very seldom carry mine far, but I know a lot of my friends do? Quite a few have there own versions from who knows where?

Never took much notice, but I know that they didn't look like bought ones as they all different colours and sizes etc?

I will ask next time I see them? I am pretty sure though they just pads they adapted for the purpose?

Like the one below

http://www.carolinawildphoto.com/TripodPad.htm


The wraps can be bought from below but am sure there a much cheaper DIY alternative?

http://www.lenscoat.com/legcoat-wraps-c-23_22.html
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Re: Carrying a tripod,
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2013, 12:54:07 AM »
I have a similar set of pads to what Mufftrix has pictured and carry my tripod on my shoulder as shown in the picture with camera attached most of the time.
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Re: Carrying a tripod,
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2013, 04:15:42 AM »
I must admit I seldom use the tripod and monopod because of just this; they stay in my car! I usually end up with a bean bag and pressing against a rock or tree for stability....
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Re: Carrying a tripod,
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2013, 06:12:14 AM »
More then 15 years ago I put some closed-cell foam pipe insulation around the legs of my Manfrotto. It is still there. Only cost a few dollars.

Protects your shoulder and is warm to hold vs cold legs. 

This is what I used...maybe 10mm thick. Hole large enough to go around legs. Sealed with (what else?) duct tape. ;)

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Re: Carrying a tripod,
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2013, 10:32:35 AM »
Thanks all Mark that is the problem I was having and not bothering with the tripod but using the tripod I find myself thinking more about the composition and you can take the benefit of the lower iso's,  really trying to get out of the grab a shot but setting up the tripod for every shot is more frustrating, A trip to my local diy store I think to try out some foam, I was also thinking of a strap or sling so the weight is taken by the shoulders but the tripod is slung more onto your hip, most of my walks are in the 6 to 8 mile in distance so being as comfortable as possible is important
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Re: Carrying a tripod,
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2013, 10:44:16 AM »
I mentioned that I use a bean bag. I also have another very usefull trick.

Tie a string to the ring on the piece that connects the camera to the tripod; attach it to the camera and forget the tripod at home. At the end of the string, which measures the length from your eyes to your toes, loop the string so you can pass it under your shoe sole. Then, when you want to take a picture, pull on the device so that the string is stretched and taunt. This will stabilize your camera. I use this often in museums (people laugh at me, but the results are impressive!)
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Re: Carrying a tripod,
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2013, 02:07:29 PM »
Here is my beast....the duct tape has been replaced. The foam is old. Works.

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Re: Carrying a tripod,
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2013, 02:52:39 PM »
When suggesting these solutions, I would be interested in what lens you typically carry.  A 50mm on the shoulder would be much different than a 600mm. - Terry

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Re: Carrying a tripod,
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2013, 03:49:16 PM »
When suggesting these solutions, I would be interested in what lens you typically carry.  A 50mm on the shoulder would be much different than a 600mm. - Terry

I carry anything from my 16-35 to my 70-400 on the shoulder when using a tripod.
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Re: Carrying a tripod,
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2013, 10:11:47 PM »
I rarely use a tripod in the field...usually have a monopod (that I've equipped with a quick-connect clip) for hands free carrying on a belt lop. 

If I take the tripod out, I'd not carry a large lens on the camera. I'd carry the camera cradled in my in my left arm/hand and the tripod over my my right shoulder. If I was going far, the camera would be in a backpack.

I'd be okay with the 70300G mounted, but think there is too much torque on the mount from a larger lens. Not sure.

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