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    Default How important is a tripod?

    Photography is my one month old hobby. Would like to know the importance of having tripod. Should I get one at this point of time? or SHould wait until I am more skillful, like mastering other aspects of photography first..

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    That's the most important thing you need

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    Default Re: How important is a tripod?

    Originally posted by Falcon
    Photography is my one month old hobby. Would like to know the importance of having tripod. Should I get one at this point of time? or SHould wait until I am more skillful, like mastering other aspects of photography first..

    Thanks.
    If you want to take night shot... you need tripod 100% of the time if you want good results

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    Its very important to me as I have a pair of shaky hands (not legs though)

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    from my experience using a manual camera I would go for a tripod anytime

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    Default Re: Re: How important is a tripod?

    Originally posted by Klause


    If you want to take night shot... you need tripod 100% of the time if you want good results
    Yup, I agree.

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    all depends on what you shoot.

    to a streetphotographer - ZERO importance
    to a night shoot photographer - ULTIMATE importance

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    Oh i see. What about taking nature shots? That's what I am doing now.

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    yup - equally important for nature photography, especially when you are using long lenses.

    As a rule of thumb, the minimum shutter speed that you should use should be no slower than 1/focal-length, therefore, if you have a 80-200 (or 70-210) zoom lenses and you are shooting at 200/210mm setting, your shutter speed should be at 1/200s or faster.

    Granted, if you have ultra-steady hands, you can get away with 1/125s or even 1/60s, but you WILL notice a vast difference if you were to compare a shot taken handheld at 1/60s vs a tripod-mounted shot at the same speed.

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    If you want maximum depth of field in your nature/landscape photos, and/or want to use slow film (like Velvia) or low ISO in your digicam (e.g. G1/2 ISO50), you will need a tripod as the shutter speed will tend to be lowish. Using a tripod will ensure sharp pictures providing your subject doesn't move (a lot).

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