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Do you bring a tripod / monopod on your trips?

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1. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

How many of you actually lug a tripod or monopod along on your trips, especially extended trips?

I'm debating whether I should bring my Giottos monopod which has detachable supports to convert it to a tripod. Do most museums in Europe allow the use of monopod?

2. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

To be honest I'm not sure about that. I'd love to give you a decent answer to this one, but I haven't got a clue about that.
What museums will you be visiting? I could check out if they allow it in the spanish ones if you're visiting Barcelona, Madrid, etc..

3. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

A lot of places in Europe don't allow cameras inside let alone tripods and monopods. One thing you have to consider is that these places are full of people and most of the really famous objects have crowds infront of them or wandering around cluelessly infront of them. Also, some of the floors you'll be walking on are considered historic or works of art in themselves (as is the case for the grand gallery at the Louvre; seen the Da Vinci Code ??). Setting up a tripod or even monopod is awkward and rude. Same with the churches. I've only seen one, and he was being supervised by a curator I think. You rarely see tripods in museums in North America. It's probably for good reasons.

There are also strange rules. Why I can photograph Virgin on the Rocks all I want, and not the Mona Lisa I don't understand.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 30, 2006, at 5:18 PM by Q' ]

4. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

I meant tripods or monopods for general use. A solid camera support always makes for sharper images, especially in low light situations... sunrise, sunset, night scenes. Or slow shutter speeds for blurred waterfall or ocean waves.

As for museums, I remember taking pictures in the Louvre but not the Uffizi. Most museums in the US don't allow tripods or flash.

5. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Ah sorry to have misunderstood. Yes. I do carry a small tripod for self portraits. All my relatives seem to want to see me in the pictures.

But in general I try very hard to work without a tripod. Only use it when I'm shooting dancers or in my studio when I'm fiddling with stuff and don't want to loose the setup. Comes back to what I was saying about style earlier. I was trained by a portrait guy, not a landscape or architecture guy.

6. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

Q' - if you're in Europe for 3 months and shoots all sorts of pix (landscape, portraits, close-up, lowlights, would you bring a tripod / monopod? Is it worthed?

The wide-end of my digicam lens is F2.8, tele is F4.8.

Regards

7. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

i think if you are taking photos in low light then yes bring a tripod! if its small in size etc and wont cause too much inconveinance...other wise i hope your camera has good image stabilization feature:) but even that does not work as well as one would like because some of my night photos are sometimes blurred or not so sharp!

i got a canon ixus 850 IS...great in size and does the job perfectly, i was looking at purchasing the canon g7.

didnt want to lug a slr / dslr around with me or to look to be robbed.

so...tripod for night photos...for day photos you dont need a tripod at all.

in most churches your not allowed to take photos for respect and all that, but ive seen heaps of tourists taking photos on the sly...and even if you get caught, you get escorted out or you get told not to take any photos...just act dumb and tell them you didnt know...

8. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

the reason why you cant take photos of the mona lisa is that the flash actually damages the paint on the painting... eventually the paint gets brighter and brighter...

a bit like having the mona lisa under the sun...

9. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Quoting Dezafinado

Q' - if you're in Europe for 3 months and shoots all sorts of pix (landscape, portraits, close-up, lowlights, would you bring a tripod / monopod? Is it worthed?

The wide-end of my digicam lens is F2.8, tele is F4.8.

Regards

I only carry a small pocket tripod useful only for a pocket camera. It doesn't matter what I shoot or how long I'm travelling. Personally, I move around a great deal when I travel. Tripods are just too cumbersome for my lifestyle. Since I've never had any problems with any type of picture when I travel, I don't expect my next trip will include taking a tripod. But different people travel differently and want to take different pictures. I've always believed photography is about learning what the gear is for then using the gear as tools to express your vision.

10. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

thanks for your reply...

I have a Giottos P-pod http://tinyurl.com/yajvtq, which is quite versatile. I'll see if there's space to bring it along. A bit on the heavy side... 3 pounds.