Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
My wooden Berlebach tripod seems to drain vibration very effectively. In 16x20" prints I can't really tell a difference between frames with mirror lockup and those without.
I've heard others say that about wooden tripods, I do have two but the first a Gandolfi is awful in terms of build quality and the second is a pro-TV/35mm cine camera tripod built like a tank and very heavy.

This is why I think it's about knowing your own equipment. These days it's rare I use 35mm or 120 SLR's although I've bought 2 pre WWII quarter plate and two 6x9 SLR's recently but they seem to have very little mirror slap compared to later cameras, strangely. The mirror moves as you press the shutter and isn't governed mechanically, the shutter only tripping once it's up, so you move the mirror mechanically and there's no slap.

With all equipment there's no hard and fast rules, it's up to us as photographers to find what works best as individuals.