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View Poll Results: If you are going to shoot a subject that you know you will want to make larger prints

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  • I always use a tripod

    49 53.26%
  • Depending on speed

    32 34.78%
  • Not often

    11 11.96%
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    I rarely use a tripod. I mostly shoot people and never could get used to an anchor on my camera. I mostly shoot 400 or ASA so I can get fast enough shutter speeds not to worry to much about camera shake. I can hand hold down to about 1/4 of a second with my 50mm. I just shoot a camera like a shoot my rifle, breath in, hold, squeeze.

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    I love big prints.

    If I know in advance that I will be shooting a subject that may be worthy of a big print, I will use a big steady tripod, 6x7cm or 6x9cm format ISO 100 film, and a prime lens set at its sharpest f/stop.

    If I am in a situation where things are changing so rapidly that there is no time to set up or move a tripod, I will use a monopod if I can.

    I routinely carry a tabletop tripod.

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    I use a tripod whenever possible. Only when moving around on the floor to get some good shots of my son I shoot handheld. Actually I did some shots of shopwindows just before christmas with Fuji T64 film and 85mm, 1/8sec @1,4. They came out tacksharp.
    I tried some handheld shots of my son sleeping with the P6X7 and Delta 3200.
    A couple of those came out blurred. I think they were shot at 1/60 sec, f/4,5, darned 75mm. That P6X7 is definitely not a lowlight camera.
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    I think the biggest attribute of 35mm is its flexibility - you can use it when you would be hard pressed to use something else. As such - there are many situations where a tri-pod can't be used, and I find myself using it for those applications most often. But whenver it is at all practical, I mount it on a tri-pod, its like upgrading your camera system for free!

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    I try to avoid using a tripod in 35mm because I love the freedom and speed of hand holding. If I think it is worth getting the tripod out I might as well put my medium format on it. Most of my 35mm shooting is when I am around family and friends and I find a tripod is not always appropriate to a relaxed atmosphere. If I take a 35mm out for a walk or for landscapes then it is because I want mobility and do not want to be focused too much on photography at the expense of enjoying the walk.

    Also, I am a believer in exploring opportunities within your limitations. A 35mm without a tripod clearly has issues for overall sharpness etc so I tend to push myself to different types of photos than I would take if I had the tripod - wide aperatures, picking details out of the landscape, lots of out of focus backgrounds etc etc This is often a good discipline for me and makes me think more creatively.

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    In MF I allways use a tripod.

    The main reason why I bought a 35mm is the flexibility of use without a tripod, therefore in 99% of all pictures I don't use one.

    I have a Leica M. and I can shoot nice, not perfect, but nice pictures handheld at 1/15th - 1/30th
    This speed in combination with a fast 1.4 lens and 400 asa makes the leica a very verstile camera, allthough questionable is the investment required.

    In pre-Leica times I shot with FM3a and a 1.4 lens, without tripod, but 1/60th was the max, and even then most pictures came out wobbly.

    I shoot mostly after dark, I do clubs (folk, Jazz) and performers on stage as well as club impressions, a MF system is a no-go in these situations. So at first being very reluctant towards the Leica pricing system I am eventually happy with the results.

    I have Leica a MP and M6TTL, 35mm Asph. 1.4, 50 summilux 1.4 and 75mm 1.4 lenses, really quite an investment, but paying off rather well at the moment.
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    Depends.

    Much of my 35 mm work is closeup with flash illumination. I do nearly all of that hand-held. With flash, the only ill effect of motion (mine, subject's) is poor focus, and with mobile subjects that's an acceptable risk.

    With long lenses, shooting hand-held is impossible.

    Otherwise, it depends on the situation. When not shooting from tripod, I try to brace myself against something solid if that's possible.

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    I used to shoot a lot of 35mm color and I always used an SLR on a tripod. When I started shooting more black and white, I bought a Leica and stopped using a tripod. It really wasn't the color vs black and white thing that changed my tripod use, it was due to a change in subjects. I started using 35mm for subjects that were more dynamic in nature--where the print quality was secondary to the subject matter.

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    I have a terrible time composing without a tripod. the horizon looks like a velodrome.
    art is about managing compromise

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    Depends on the situation. For street-type stuff the tripod can sometimes be a liability, so faster films and the same holding/breathing/triggering techniques I use for high power rifle competitions are the orders of the day. For landscape shots (yes, those CAN be done with a 35mm) I use a tripod and MLU. In those situations I've often joked that, if I could afford a forklift, I'd use a 2-ton block of concrete for a tripod. In short, I try to use the tripod with all formats whenever possible. When I shoot without one I'm prepared to accept the lower percentage of "keepers."

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