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Why You Need A Strong Tripod

I wrote a post over on my blog on why you need a strong tripod ( Don't get me wrong. I love travel tripods. I use mine all the time and I have many photos I love because I was able to carry along a small compact tripod. But I can't deny that when it gets windy out, the smaller tripods can be a problem. Anyway, here's the link if you want to read more:
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Matt, lightweight supports become very strong if you hang a bag of rock from the platform... a mesh bag is all you need.  Mesh bag also serves for laundry, wet things & to stuff things into quickly for a fast get away... 
Nice shot...been there across the bay for days of rain...
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+Matt Kloskowski Thanks for sharing. I have has similar learning experiences over the years. I started out with smaller and lighter tripods purchased with price and convenience in mind, but have ultimately learned that sometimes we have to pay the price, both in weight/bulk and in dollars in order to achieve the sharply focused images we all aspire to produce. I have many tripods in testimony of the journey to that realization. The last tripod purchase was a lightly used Gitzo GT5542LS Carbon Fiber. That thing can support a bison! It weighs over 6 pounds, folds to about 2 feet and extends to a maximum height of about 5 feet without the head. I don't use it that much, but when I need it, I need It. it will support just about anything I will ever throw at it. But for most of my work I use  the Gitzo GT2942 basalt tripod. Basalt is less expensive than similar featured models in carbon fiber and seems to be almost equal in stability, though slightly heavier. It folds down to 22", weighs 3.6 pounds and extends to 53" without the center column extended. With either my RRS BH-55 or RRS BH-30, it works very well for most of my work in landscape photography
+joel cleare  line out low cost, how much is the $$ gear ontop going to $$ to support...  Oh, and a wise Field Photographer, +Art Wolfe , makes a valid point that the extension of a center column of a tripod probably should be cut off as it is counter to what your trying to do. Steady.
Hi +Matt Kloskowski.  I seem to have trouble getting onto your website the last few days.  I can see your posts through google reader, but when I try to go to, I get an error message telling me it can not connect.  I have tried on my mac, my iPhone and my work PC with no joy.
Hey Matt thanks for sharing.
Matt, great job! Of course, being from Toronto makes me a little biased. Great info on that link. Thanks.
Thanks for sharing your experience with tripods, +Matt Kloskowski .  I carry the "big" rig but have been looking at travel models for awhile.  Glad to know the TVC-33 comes highly recommended.
Hi Matt,
Thanks for the article on tripods. I shoot the Grand Tetons a couple times a year and wanted to know if you found the RRS tripod too heavy or overkill for the multi-mile hikes. Some of your pictures seem to be taken at turn-ins, overlooks and near the trailheads. Also, did you shoot an super telephoto (500mm or 600mm) with the tripod? If so, in your opinion, is the tripod substantial enough to support super telephoto lenses? Thanks for any advice and feedback you can offer.
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