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There is this article, about how to get photos maximally sharp. Rule 1 is to use a tripod at all times. So I guess main reason for most landscape photographers would be sharpness.


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Its a bit like asking why the shower has a setting which scalds you. You have to make your own decisions, and know if you have the centre column fully extended that you are taking a risk. Weight up the benefits against the risks.


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I travel constantly with my 4-section CF Manfrotto. The 4-section legs are the critical element. With the head rotated 90 degrees, it fits perfectly into my carry-on sized luggage. I've traveled across the US and to multiple countries this way, and have never checked it. I've never been questioned as it went through the X-Ray machine either, though it ...


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Others have addressed your question well, but I wanted to address one other thing: If it is so unstable, as it is described in many websites/forums, then why do manufacturers add it to tripods? Stability is relative. A tripod with its legs and center column fully extended is still steadier than you, handholding the camera. Think about it in terms of ...


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Tripods are not always used to stabilize the camera, although that would be their main purpose. Sometimes they are just used to have a fixed perspective over time. e.g. for filming, time lapse, panoramas to be stitched or just studio or table top arrangements or photo booth, selfies etc. pp. In these situations exposure time is not the issue at all. Even ...


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I think there are a few extra possibilities in addition to the pretty comprehensive answer you have: Marketing - a 6' tripod sounds better than a 5' even if the difference isn't something you'd want to use. This may be more of an issue on low-end kit. Tripods aren't just used with cameras -- when used for example with telescopes the centre column provides ...


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I have a Feisol 3441SB, which they class as a travel tripod, and is a very capable carbon-fibre tripod. I've taken it travelling a few times. It's full-size (130-180cm max height), but only weighs about 1.4kg (3lb) so doesn't make a huge dent in my luggage weight allowance. They claim it supports 7kg, and I've used it with maybe 2kg of camera + lens, and ...


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There are a number of good reasons for a center column. The first, and most obvious is that even if you've chosen a tripod that's sized for comfortable eye-level use without the center column extended, every once in a while you'll want some additional height, and on those occasions, the extra height may be worth the penalty you'll pay in stability. In this ...


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The device you need is called a crane. They are, however, not particularly cheap. They are also not particularly compact generally as they require a counterweight system and have to be very strong to deal with even a light weight with that much of a lever arm. Here is B&H's selection of cranes.


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No, there will not be any damage. Yes, you should turn it off. The feedback loop often caused additional vibrations but not enough to damage a lens. Some lenses are equipped with a tripod-detection but really do you want to count of this working perfectly all the time? A much better habit is simply to turn it off every time you are on a tripod rather than ...


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Yes on the in camera Image sensor shift stabilization you need to turn it off for tripod use. Will it damage your camera? probably not but your images will sometimes get shake caused by the sensor shift so it is counter productive. I have often forgotten to turn it off on my Sony A99 and have no ill effects except shaken images LOL. OH by the way Im ...


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While a feedback loop is ..technically possible, assuming some kind of detection and compensation system in the lens exists. (And this page claims its potentially damaging) - I find it incredibly unlikely that it will actually cause damage. The vibrations that such a loop causes should be such an order of magnitude lower than say...engines from a motorcycle ...


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There is no reason I know of that using an image stabilised lens on a tripod should damage the lens. It is, however, counterproductive as the tripod itself is already stable and any movements you make with the tripod will be fought by the image stabilization. If you try to move the camera while it is on the tripod, the IS will slow down how fast the lens ...



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