What tripods are good for ULF?

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  1. darinwc

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    What tripods are good for ULF?
     
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    You may get as many different answers as there are ULF photographers. Mine is an antique Gandolfi tripod, just as strong and well-made as their cameras. The big camera support plate is a definite advantage with wooden ULF cameras.
     
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    If you really mean ULF (i.e. bigger than 8x10"), then there is a real difficulty in finding a worthwhile tripod that you can carry any distance. I personally use 4x5" to 8x10", outside with my 4x5" Crown Graphic I find a Manfrotto 055 tripod is good if used with care, while in the studio a Manfrotto 058 handles just about anything. As the Manfrotto 058 has the "triaut" mechanism (all 3 legs controlled by a ring under the tripod head), I do not like to use it in dirty conditions (it copes OK but it needs a wash down and spray with WD40 afterwards), so I keep an old De Vere tripod as a standby for a heavy support for outdoors.
     
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    The answer is completely dependent upon the camera that will grace the tripod. If you shoot an older Korona you could easily use a Ries J100 and not have to many mobility issues. My 34# Wisner 12x20/8x20/11x14 Tech Field requires a Ries A100 that tips the scale at #13 just for the tripod. That is nearly a #50 camera/tripod combination. Aside from regular visits to the gym to lift weights you learn rather quickly to be highly selective where you drop legs. Gitzo produces a carbon fibre tripod that is interesting and very light weight.

    Good Luck!
     
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    I do not shoot larger then my Sinar P8x10 but she is quite heavy and I just can recomand the Wolf tripods the strongest go up to 30 kg and are light!
    http://www.wooden-tripods.com/
     
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    http://www.gandolficameras.com/ - go to "Tripods". Look at the "Major".

    Since I got one (a "Medior", antique) I can't really bring myself to put an antique wooden camera on anything else. It's even sturdier than my Stabil.
     
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    Just curious, the Wolf tripods look very much like a Berlebach tripod. Are they the same, just rebadged or just very close in design?

    TIA
     
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    Two modest tripods used together may be as sturdy as one really good tripod. but what a nuisance!
     
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    I use a surveying tripod for my 8x10 field camera when I'm in the field. Indoors I use a large Gitzo.
     
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    I mounted the 12X20 Korona on a wooden surveyors tripod with a Majestic geared head. It made for a heavy combination...probably on the order of 38-40lbs.

    It's not a Reis but it didn't cost nearly as much either.
     
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    I would go for a vintage Ries A-100 and model A PhotoPlane head for the big camera and keep the cost under control ! It just so happens I have just that tripod (ries A-100 and model A photoPlane head) needing a home--email me at josburke@bellsouth.net .$425 plus shipping (about $35 UPS)
     
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    I've only got a puny 5x7 Burke & James but I'm pretty sure my Majestic tripod with Majestic geared head would hold most anything up and hold it rock solid. My Majestic tripod has a geared center column which is also very solid. Paid $107 including an extension arm.
     
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    I use a Gitzo 1500 series carbon fiber set of legs with a big majestic head. It holds my 12x20 rock steady and has the added convenience of being light enough to actually carry some distance.
     
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    I manage pretty well with a Berleback 3032 tripod. it has a small 15 degree leveling ball plate that pretty much works for a majority of situations. I also use an old Davis & Sanford tripod/head to shoot verticals with the 7x17. both are great products.
     
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    Ries Model-A. The only tripod I suggest for ULF.
     
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    My Saltzman works great. Not so good for backpacking...
     
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    I have a Miller wood movie camera tripod that is about the same size and weight as a Ries A 100, but was MUCH less expensive to buy used. This thing will hold a building, but I'll be using it for a 7x17 camera. Not too far from the car though.

    Richard Wasserman
     
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    They are related in design, going back to the same nationalized company during GDR times (VEB Foto-Kino), but they are independent companies now.
     
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    Oh and Yes the Wolfs are really good, in my opinion much better then the Berlebachs. I just have my first Woody from the Wolf's and like it alot for my Burke & James 8x10.
    The loking down part is much better on the Wolf's then on the Berlebach, if Berlebach did not change it the last 4-5 years!
    Have a good time! Armin
     
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    A medium displacement tripod, like a #4 Gitzo or Linhof will support an 11x14 Deardorff. EVEN A RIESS can do it.

    A second, lightweight, tripod, placed under the front standard will secure the camera. There will be less movement than with a Salzman, or anything else out there. It wil be cheaper, and weigh far less.

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    I like my Bogen 3050 for my 8x10 (sorry, don't shoot ULF... yet :smile: ). I literally stood on the tripod and nary a squeak. It's heavy and solid.