Sticking your tripod legs into mud, beach sand and seawater


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sjackal

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Will you do it?

Or do you use a cheaper tripod for that?

Or do you wrap the legs with plastic first?
 

Magix88

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I'm using a Manfrotto 055CB. I usually give my tripod legs a clean wash after a dirty day. :)

Plastic bags are for the head and camera when its raining. :p
 

Blur Shadow

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Be a man. Do the right thing! Just stick it in! Can easily clean with running water later.
 

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Be a man. Do the right thing! Just stick it in! Can easily clean with running water later.
That sounds rather *ahem*.:bsmilie:

To TS, seriously, the key thing is to achieve stability, if the cheap tripod is not stable and topples. It would be your camera and lenses in the mud, sand and seawater.

Makes sense right?
 

sjackal

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I am thinking to cut down on the post shoot maintenance.

Altervision, how you wrap? Plastic bag plus rubber band?
 

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u cut down post shoot maintenance? wrap with plastics wont increase pre shoot preparation?
 

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sjackal

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u cut down post shoot maintenance? wrap with plastics wont increase pre shoot preparation?
Yes I want to cut down post shot maintenance, as mentioned.

More pre shoot preparation no problem.

Post shoot got more other things to do, and generally, I am tired after a long day.
 

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Yes I want to cut down post shot maintenance, as mentioned.

More pre shoot preparation no problem.

Post shoot got more other things to do, and generally, I am tired after a long day.
If so, then don't bother bringing the tripod.

Tools are meant to be used. No matter how you protect, the plastic may still tear. So no point in the end. Still have to wash.
 

sjackal

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If so, then don't bother bringing the tripod.

Tools are meant to be used. No matter how you protect, the plastic may still tear. So no point in the end. Still have to wash.
Obviously I am bringing the tripod.

Use thicker plastic. Won't tear in a session.
 

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Obviously I am bringing the tripod.

Use thicker plastic. Won't tear in a session.
How much are you sticking into the water and sand? And salt sprays will still cover the whole setup when you're near the beach.
 

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Use umbrella holder plastic and rubber bands.


If not just stick it in and clean it later. Normally I dismantle my tripod and wash and clean after harsh (use near seaside, in mud, in the rain etc) use.
 

sjackal

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How much are you sticking into the water and sand? And salt sprays will still cover the whole setup when you're near the beach.
I guess maximum 2 to 3 inches, most of the time it goes in because of soft beach sand or mud.

Exactly about the salt spray over the whole setup. Still gotta clean the camera and lens in addition to the tripod, so the amount of post maintenance work makes me think about doing that to cut down the post work to get those sand out. If so, only a wipe down is needed on the tripod.

It would also make me less hesitant about trying more wet shots when I know its ok to get wet since the tripod is wearing Wellingtons.

Use umbrella holder plastic and rubber bands.


If not just stick it in and clean it later. Normally I dismantle my tripod and wash and clean after harsh (use near seaside, in mud, in the rain etc) use.
That was what I had in mind and but I guess umbrella holder aren't thick enough and might tear after a few times, as mentioned by Michael.

Will think of a way.
 

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I use plastic bags and tape. Wrapping multiple layers will hopefully reduce chances of all of them tearing.

Now that I think of it, the courier plastic envelopes like DHL's are very strong. A lot harder to tear than normal plastic bags. Hmm...
 

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Will you do it?

Or do you use a cheaper tripod for that?

Or do you wrap the legs with plastic first?
i only have cheap tripods. last time cheap and light. now cheap and heavy.

when it is cheap you will do all sorts of silly things with it, that you would regret not doing later on if you spare your "expensive" tripod from it.

moments lost.. opportunities gone.. which is more important? your white elephant darling honey cupcake equipment.. or the photographs, since this is photography, and not tripod babysitting class? :)

that said, please remember that effort is not proportional to results. and safety first.
 

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When I was in the army (not in this country) we used service issue condoms on our rifles when it was really muddy...maybe you need to borrow some when next on NS weekend :)
 

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My tripod is not the top of the line but I still stick it whenever I need to. Mud, sand, sulphur hot springs.

Just give it a good scrub at the end of the day

Ryan
 

sjackal

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Thanx people, but I guess you guys don't get it. :bsmilie:

End of the day I will be sitting on the sofa watching TV.

You guys will squatting in the toilet scrubbing tripods.
 

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