Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2015/10/24

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Subject: [Leica] Light tripods and electronic first curtain
From: jayanand at (Jayanand Govindaraj)
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 08:14:26 +0530
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This is the best advice I ever read on tripods. Maybe you would find it


On Sun, Oct 25, 2015 at 6:05 AM, Ken Carney <kcarney1 at> wrote:

> Paul,
> Just back from a workshop on panoramas.  Which Gitzo was this?  I have a
> Canon 5DMk outfit with lenses up to 70-200 2.8, and lighter Fuji X cameras
> and lenses, plus a pano articulating head.   Thx for any info, I'm looking
> for lighter is better with no compromise in quality :).
> Ken
> On 10/24/2015 7:07 PM, Paul Roark wrote:
>> Since the issue of tripods came up, I decided to do a quick and limited
>> test of the Sony with the Canon 70-200 f/4 L zoom attached -- set to
>> 200mm.
>> It's still sunny here, so 1/60 at f/8 was the "best" I could do for now.
>> Of course, all was on self timer release.
>> The baseline was a heavy Tiltall tripod with the center pole down.  The
>> first question I had was whether the Sony IS decreased sharpness, as the
>> Canon does, on a tripod.  It did slightly on the Tiltall.
>> I now carry a Gitzo carbon fiber Traveler tripod -- one of Gitzo's
>> lightest.  My main question was how this light tripod would do with the
>> 200mm lens and the electronic first curtain on.
>> All I tested was center sharpness at 200% enlargement, 1/60 and f/8, with
>> the camera in a horizontal position.  So, this has to be taken as just a
>> first and quick look.
>> That said, with e-front curtain activated, the Gitzo Traveler with the
>> pole
>> up or down matched the Tiltall in sharpness.
>> Interestingly, the image stabilization did not decrease the sharpness with
>> the Gitzo. It may have even increased it in one shot, possibly due to some
>> wind hitting the tripod.
>> The point is that the electronic first curtain release option of the
>> latest
>> cameras may allow light tripods to be surprisingly effective,in at least
>> some situations.  This option on a camera may be a significant one.
>> Paul
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