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    I'm not sure if they are still made but my Cullman tripod has legs that have the largest section at the bottom with a closed end. This stops any sand or mud getting into the sliding sections as the lowest joint is 3 feet from the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsurit View Post
    Related and somewaht limiting, I put my tripod legs in pvc pipe which has caps on the end of it to keep sand and water off the legs. Tape at the top of the pipe. Bill Barber
    What a *fantastic* idea!!!! The PVC wouldn't have to be the perfect length, just long enough to cover the lengths to the section junctions. A plastic bag or similar could be rubber-banded to the tripod legs over the top of the PVC to keep water out from splash....

    The inside "edge" at the PVC cutoff could easily be rounded/smoothed to eliminate abrasion on the expensive tripod legs...

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    Using my 3211W at the beach now.




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    A wooden tripod like Berlebach perhaps?

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    If money is no object, Gitzo have a tripod specifically designed for beach use. You can get seawater on the legs.... but it comes at a price.

    http://www.gitzo.co.uk/product/0/GK1...n_Traveler_Kit

    It includes a ball-head designed to operate in an extreme environment.

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    great idea...

    ...about using pvc pipe w!end caps. i will give that a try.

    breathe, relax and enjoy.
    sg, aka smiling gecko, aka kenneth

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    That PVC idea will be perfect. So many times I hate bringing a tripod because I hate cleaning mud and crap off of it......not any more!! Great idea!!

    Bob E.
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    I wouldn't take a Hasselblad if I owned one anywhere near a beach or a decant tripod, this is inviting disaster, what is called in boxing terms "leading with your chin", I have an old folding Ensign Selfix M/F camera that I use for this purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thingy View Post
    If money is no object, Gitzo have a tripod specifically designed for beach use. You can get seawater on the legs.... but it comes at a price.

    http://www.gitzo.co.uk/product/0/GK1...n_Traveler_Kit

    It includes a ball-head designed to operate in an extreme environment.

    http://vimeo.com/15318742
    Thanks for the suggestion. I did consider the Ocean but it is a Series 1 and as such, not heavy enough to support the Hasselblad along with a 60-120 zoom and not "wobble" in potential windy conditions.

    I ended up getting a Gitzo Systematic 3 carbon fiber tripod along with it's matching ballhead and center column.

    http://www.gitzo.co.uk/product/72038...section_Tripod

    http://www.gitzo.co.uk/product/72038...atic_Ball_Head

    The PVC tubing is a great idea. I'm thinking of way to slip them on but still have the legs easily adjustable without the tubes falling off. Let me know if there are any good ideas out there.

    Maybe having the tubes a foot long while having the thinnest portion of the legs extended will allow the middle section to be adjusted without too much fumbling.

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