I have to admit, I always believed I was alone when it came to my love of tripods. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I use them for nearly every shot I make. Still, I never thought anyone else really cared all that much about our three-legged photographic friends, especially based on the lack of discussion found on internet forums and such. The fun stuff – bodies, lenses, and such – easily outnumber tripod topics by a factor of at least 50 to 1.
However, at the same time, it’s a rare day that my inbox doesn’t see a question or two about the tripods featured in my videos. It seems everyone wants to know what they are – and that’s where the video below comes in.
This time around, I’ll outline EVERYTHING I use for support – my two tripods, my monopod, both heads, and even accessories. Oh, but that’s not all!
Just knowing what I use without knowing why I use it is about as useful as a car wash on a muddy dirt road. So, in addition to just telling you what I use, we’ll also go over why I choose the legs, heads, and accessories I did and how I use everything in the field.
Enjoy – and as always, you’re comments are welcome! (I’d also really like to know if you enjoy these “location” type video more than the “office” ones I usually do – or if it’s doesn’t matter one way or another.)
(RRS = Really Right Stuff)
Gitzo 3541XLS – current version 3543XLS
Gitzo 5540LS – current version 5543LS
Gimbal – Wimberley Wh-200
Ballhead – RRS BH-55
Monopod – RRS MH-01 head
RRS PG-CC Cradle Clamp
RRS Universal Leveling Base
Gitzo GS5030VSF Spiked Feet Set
PS – By the way, as I mention in the video, I have no recommendations for current tripods since I haven’t looked for any in 15 years! All I can tell you is that the stuff I use WORKS and works well.