I do most types of photography, I do street, portraits, general night photography, architecture, documentary, some other stuff occasionally, and I also do some video.
And don't forget to get a cable-release to go along with that tripod.
"A certain amount of contempt for the material employed to express an idea is indispensable to the purest realization of this idea." Man Ray
In that case, a tripod is the most useful thing you could possibly buy.
Originally Posted by Markok765
-- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
When I go backpacking with 5x7 or 8x10 I do not take a tripod. It's heavy and clumsy. Use stones, stumps, whatever.
I also don't use a tripod with my favourite Ihagee 6x9cm from 1920s, which has only 1/25, 1/50 1nd 1/100 shutter speeds. My tripods are primarily for family snapshots. If you really feel your camera well you'll be able to hold it at pretty low shutter speeds. And if you are shooting for selfexpression purposes you do not really care much about sharpness. For most types of professional photography tripod is essential, but if you'd shoot professionally, you'd not have asked your question.
i have one of these tiltall tripods
it might seem like overkill, but one of
the legs unscrews and the little nubby screw under
the center column screws onto it, and the leg becomes a
monopod. i have used this thing since 1988, with 35mm, 6x6 and 4x5
so it is somethng you can grow with.
the cost is the same as i paid for mine, jeez 20 years ago ...
i also have a slik tripod just like the one pictured on the front page ...
i like it for traveling, cause it is compact and fits
in a suitcase/carry on ... its good and all, but
i always worry i will miss the quick release "bolt" and it costs
a fist full of dollars to replace it ...
.. not to mention it doesn't extend as high up as the tiltall ...
tripods can be worth it ... but sometimes leaning against a tree or a telephone pole
or building, and doing the "depress the shutter while exhaling" method works well too
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For just about everything BUT street photography, you need a tripod some if not all of the time. You can even do street photography with a tripod (I did some street work in Argentina with my 5x7, but that's another story altogether). Plus, it is the universal accessory - it will work with virtually any camera you'll ever own, from digital point-n-shoot to large format to video/cine.
Originally Posted by Markok765
an in between solution - string 'tripod'
Try a string tripod - there are lots of DIY guides for them - see google.
I have one in every camera bag I use. It makes many marginal shots in avialable light ones that actually work out.
It is definitely not as useful as a proper tripod, but still a very portable and compact pocketable stabilization device.
A monopod might be a good compromise for steadying your shots. In fact, I purchased a Manfrotto 682 monopod with a retractable mini tripod. It's self standing but I purchased it because it's easier to steady, easier to carry and easier to deploy.
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Thanks everyone. I was thinking of getting this tripod: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...gs_Green_.html and getting the head later. Can I still mount my camera on it?
This tripod states it has a 3/8" thread mount. most cameras have a 1/4'x20 course thread mount and tripods that house this thread would mention it. So find another one that states specifically 1/4" mounting thread. Some tripods have both, a 3/8' threaded sleeve that slides down into the housing base when 1/4' is needed.