Advise on tripods


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been new to photography, going to taiwan to take landscape, buildings and street shots. any idea whether is it necessary to get a tripod?

which tripods is recommended for newbies. ;)
 

dingaroo

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Hi ernstay,

Being a member for the past 4 months, I'm sure you'd have noticed that such a question

"I'm a newbie, what tripod should I get"

has been asked almost every week.


Question: Do you know what a tripod is used for? Maybe you should try to read up Dennis Kee's article on "Basic Guidelines on selection of tripod and and tripod head" at this link.

Not that we don't want to help you, but we don't know how to help you, as we don't know what is your budget, what you like to use it for in future, and 1001 other questions.

Help yourself to help us. Cheers!
 

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#3
been new to photography, going to taiwan to take landscape, buildings and street shots. any idea whether is it necessary to get a tripod?

which tripods is recommended for newbies. ;)
you need a tripod when you can no longer take the photos (assuming that you want them sharp) with a shutter speed where handholding will give you a sharp result.

whether it is necessary, how would i know? of course there will be times of the day in taiwan where this comes into play, e.g. night time is a good example. some people prefer to just walk around without tripod and shoot high iso, some people don't mind bringing it along to shoot low iso, long shutter speed night scene..... it depends on your preference. no point buying it if you're not going to use it.
 

daredevil123

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Just to add...

A very good but not-so-famous photographer once said, "If no tripod, how to take landscape photos?". Yes it sounds extreme, and it may due to the crude translation from this "没有三脚架,拍什么风景照?!". And if you take some low light landscape photos, a tripod is worth its weight in gold, and is many many more times more important that a good lens.
 

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Numnumball

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been new to photography, going to taiwan to take landscape, buildings and street shots. any idea whether is it necessary to get a tripod?

which tripods is recommended for newbies. ;)
Bring it or u will regret not bringing it after ur trip..
Tripod is indispensable for landscape photography imo.. :lovegrin:
 

aspenx

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been new to photography, going to taiwan to take landscape, buildings and street shots. any idea whether is it necessary to get a tripod?

which tripods is recommended for newbies. ;)
If you don't know when to use it, why bring it?

Anyways, I wouldn't bring it if the people I'm traveling with will not be patient with me when I set up my tripod (I'm slow) etc. I would just shoot with my 35mm f/1.4 at ISO 3200 or higher which allows me to have sharp photos in low light situations at 1/30s or faster shutter speeds.

We don't know what you want to shoot, how you want to shoot, what else you're bringing and how much time you want to spend shooting.

Personally for my coming holiday, I'll be needing a tripod cos I'll be shooting stair trails (hopefully) which can not be done without a tripod.

Many things however, like landscape shots, shots in low-light and even panoramas are possible without the use of tripod.
 

iszan

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Bring it or u will regret not bringing it after ur trip..
Tripod is indispensable for landscape photography imo.. :lovegrin:
just have to agree with you bro, :thumbsup:

i cant imagine my overseas trips w/o the use of the tripod.. n there goes my landscape pictures.. it is also essential if you like to shoot night scenery..
 

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