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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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    tripod or hand hold?

    Ok, those of you that shoot 35mm in particular. If you are going to shoot a subject that you know you will want to make larger prints from, will you always use a tripod, sometimes use one depending on the speed you shoot at, or no generally I hand hold. If you would please indicate what the speed is you consider too slow to hand hold for absolute tack sharp enlargements.

    I thought a pole might enlighten us as to the practices of many, and perhaps change a few of us and our techniques.
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    I never shoot handheld. It makes no sense for landscapes.
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    Well if I didn't drink so much,,,,opps forgot I don't drink, Well If I didn't breathe so heavily,,,, opps not that young and breathless anymore. Well If this arthritis would quit making my hands shake,,,, yep thats the one,,,,I could hand hold a 35 mm for enlargements.
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    Peter,
    I use a 35mm both ways, if I know I might want to make an enlargement I usuall opt for the tripod. Hand held with higher shutter speeds will work very well, but my favorite device for 35mm is a monopod. I used to carry a length of sash chain with a 1/4 in 20 thread thing attached, screw it into the tripod socket, then stand on the dangling chain while lifting up and pulling the chain tought. it works much better than just hand holding. Works for me!

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    I use a tripod much of the time. Bracing the camera against solid objects is sometimes more convenient. I've ruined many shots by overestimating an ability to do without some kind of support.

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    Not depending on speed but depending on the situation

    Whenever it's feasable I use a tripod, no matter the film speed. In fact, whenever it is feasable for these situations where I know I'll use a tripod, I shoot the slowest film I have - currently TMax 100 at EI 50.

    But I shoot in a lot of situations where tripods are out of the question. Low light concerts etc and street photography. Then getting the shot is much more important. I've handheld 1/4 of a second at f1.4 shooting on the street, making do with whatever support I could get for my elbows.

    First priority is getting the shot. Second priority is getting the best possible quality. Lazyness ought to be the last priority, although sometimes it isn't.

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    To me it depends on the subject and the shooting situation. If the subject is static, I tend to use a tripod and the largest camera that is practical. If the situation does not permit a tripod either for pragmatic or legal reasons, then I shoot handheld and use the largest camera that is practical.
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    I'm with David on this one. I use the biggest camera possible and a tripod if it is suitable for what I am shooting.

    Richard Wasserman

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    so far i think this is interesting. I would have assumed more shot hand held. My recent background has been 4x5. I of course always use a tripod. As i re-enter the 35mm arena i am inclined to want to shoot freehand. I know however that i want tack sharp results so i use a tripod.

    Interesting all the same

    Pete
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    For a static subject anything less than 1/1000th sec will show increasing loss as the shutter speed is lowered. For myself the only time not to use a tripod is when not using one improves the photo...such as active children at play. The tripod should be the most stable one you can afford and still carry a hundred feet.
    Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)

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