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Wood tripods
« on: October 28, 2016, 12:15:03 pm »

I've been toying with the idea of a nice heavy wooden tripod for my 645D. I generally don't carry that system far anyway and my CF Manfrotto 190cxpro is probably a little small for that camera.
I'm trying to keep costs low so I'm watching eBay and KEH but thought I'd see what you folks would suggest too. I'd probably put a modern geared head on it but if it came with a decent head I wouldn't mind.

I'm hoping to find something like a sub-$200 old one that someone just wants to be rid of. I figured I'd check the local thrift store too. Any suggestions?
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Re: Wood tripods
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2016, 01:21:21 pm »

Craig's list, ebay, swap meets.
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Re: Wood tripods
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2016, 02:06:29 pm »

Used surveyor's tripod
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Re: Wood tripods
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2016, 02:13:55 pm »

Just Google "diy wooden tripod camera"
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Re: Wood tripods
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2016, 10:50:30 am »

Years ago when the television station where I worked was updating some gear, they replaced all the news photographer's wooden Peter Lisand tripods with aluminum Gitzos. The surplused wooden sticks were put up for grabs. I kept thinking I'd get one, but put it off. No one took one and eventually they were thrown away. These were tripods that could hold a thirty pound load and had a 100 mm bowl. I'm really sorry I didn't get one.

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Re: Wood tripods
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2016, 12:12:24 pm »

If you don't mind the cost, Reis makes what in my opinion the best.  They have a small size for medium format. Wood does not transmit vibration like plastic and metal do. I used them for years in LF
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Re: Wood tripods
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2016, 10:21:48 am »

Any suggestions?

Purchase a carbon fiber tripod. Why schlep a heavy tripod around? IMO there is little benefit to that and I'm a big tripod advocate.

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Re: Wood tripods
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2016, 10:43:04 am »

I guess one reason is cost but I also like the charm of wood and don't mind the weight for what I have in mind. I already have a cf tripod for hiking if it's that kind of outing.

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Re: Wood tripods
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2016, 11:16:29 am »

I guess one reason is cost but I also like the charm of wood and don't mind the weight for what I have in mind. I already have a cf tripod for hiking if it's that kind of outing.

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The charm of wood? I've owned wood tripods in the past and never found them to be charming. Sorry, I'm not trying to sound argumentative but after decades of photography I have no romantic notions regarding gear. In that regard I'm a total pragmatist.


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Re: Wood tripods
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2016, 12:15:17 pm »

Fair enough. I won't try to talk you into one.  :)

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Re: Wood tripods
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2016, 12:55:02 pm »

Matt, it just dawned on me I have a wood tripod you can have cheap. Email if interested-it is not a Reis, fyi. 8)
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