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Archive 2011 · How short can your tripod be ??
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · How short can your tripod be ??

How tall does your tripod need to be, how short can it be ??


Suppose a picture of a person standing in front of you
has to be taken. This person is six feet, or about two meters
high. The camera stands on a tripod with a zoom with focal
lengths that go from 24 mm. - 85 mm. The tripod and also
the camera have a bubble that helps them to keep the
lens parallel to the floor and perpendicular to the subject.
(I have not used yet a bubble level myself). I would like to
ask a few questions because I may buy a new tripod.

A decisive point for me in the purchase is the folding size
and the weight. I am willing to sacrifice on the maximum
height. So, if for example you take a look at the following
two tripods, they are more or less the same tripod. The
major difference is their maximum height, and the price.

Tripod 1:

Tripod 2:

How much "height" would one need in order to photograph
the six feet person I mentioned, or people with a height
between five and six feet ?? Sometimes I may photograph
the full body, and sometimes from the waist up. I may
keep the focal length of the zoom at 50-60 mm. and then
just move back and forth the tripod a bit. Besides this
kind of portraits, some small products would also be shot
with the tripod.

Thank you in advance, kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!

P.S. The Induro tripods cost 1/4th or 1/5th of what the
Gitzo cost. Mmmmhh .........

Nov 24, 2011 at 01:34 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · How short can your tripod be ??

Maybe just think about how you'd photograph the same subjects without a tripod.
Would you crouch down, lie down, stand normally, climb on a chair?

Choose a tripod that offers the same options in terms of height adjustment.
You may find you need two tripods, a large, tall one for occasional use and a lighter, shorter one for the bulk of your work.

Nov 24, 2011 at 07:39 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · How short can your tripod be ??


Thank you for your answer : ) !!!

Yes, there are a couple of positions I would have without a tripod. It is a very interesting way to have someone think about it!

I already have a tall tripod. I thought on selling it. It may be a good idea to keep it.

Very kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!

Nov 26, 2011 at 01:34 AM

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