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| p.3 #12 · 24TS-E or 17TS-E for landscapes? |
I have a tripod similar to Sunny's, the 1325 with no center column, same ballhead in fact. My other option is a much lighter GT1530 WITH center column, but I can reverse it so the center column and thus camera extend down below the legs. I can go as low as I like that way. I am interested in that gorillapod though. I can see its usefulness, wrapped around an ice ax planted in the snow, or a couple ski/trekking poles to gain some height. Is the Joby ballhead any good, and if not what head would be appropriate? I suppose you can get a lot of adjustment out of the legs alone sans head.
I suggest that you get used to your new 24 TSE II before considering more gear for tilt /shift shooting. There are several other issues you will discover when trying to adjust tilt/focus when very close to the ground. Such as: difficulty seeing through the viewfinder or even getting close enough to the LCD without laying in wet sand, or needing two hands for fine tilt adjustment, one for the lock knob and one for the tilt knob while simultaneously watching the LV 10X, or not making out the LCD due to glare, or operating your camera upside down with the shutter against the ground, or using an angle finder C at 2.5x and never seeing the corners of the frame for tilt adjustment, or using an axillary LCD and having the HDMI or remote cable get in the way of the ball head clamp, or trying to adjust GND filter position, or...... Plenty of time to practice and come up with your work around strategies for various situations.
When you get your 24 TSE II lens, practice both shift and tilt in your living room or hallway and in your drive way to become familiar with the controls in a normal shooting position as well as at low angle. These fine adjustments can be difficult to maximize and you don't want to be struggling when the good light is fading fast. Read the article I linked to in this thread regarding tilt and focus.
After several months of use you will get a feeling for what works for your style of tilt/shift shooting. Enjoy your new lens, it is among Canon's best.