Ten years later, on a major advertising shoot for Saatchi & Saatchi, the tripod was elevated all the way up, including the center post. A ladder was needed to for me to be eye level to the viewfinder. I was using a 800mm lens. I needed the focal length for the creative director’s vision and also to remove the extremely ugly background. Tripods – you’ve got to love ’em! When do you hate them? The reality is, when you carry a tripod all day long and do not use it, this is not a good thing. A reasonable tripod takes up as much space as 3 lenses. Or, a camera, lens, and a strobe. It can also slow you down at a time where you want to be as mobile as possible. But what happens when you don’t take that tripod? Invariably, you come across a situation where you say “Oh god, what have I done”? I think I’ve come up with a great solution. Well, not really me, but Manfrotto. I’ve recently purchased a Manfrotto 190CXPro3 tripod, and a 701HDV Manfrotto head. The tripod is unbelievably small and light and the head, even though relatively inexpensive, works extremely well for moderate DSLR video shooting. I’ve pushed past the envelope of weight, and it’s worked great with a 70-200mm f/2.8.
Tripods, love them or hate them? When you need them, you’ve got to love them!