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Jan 26, 2013 13:54:29   #
Harvey Loc: Pioneer, CA
 
This may sound like a lot of trouble - BUT - if you don't live near a large camera store why not make use of those that offer no question return in less than a few days - buy the best looking/lowest priced one you see and if you don't like it work your way up till you are happy.
JMHO
Harvey

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Jan 26, 2013 14:06:37   #
TheDoctor Loc: NoVa
 
Db7423 wrote:
wmf wrote:
Db7423 wrote:
wmf wrote:
Db7423 wrote:
wmf wrote:
Thanks for the info and thank you for the color kudo! We will be on a far size ship and never thought about THAT movement. Bar Keep, another round of brewskies please!


Have a great time, take a lot of pics and post them soon. We need images with heat- it's freezing here.


Man I feel for you guys. Austin Texas is 76 degrees and no end in sight for a week or so.

Go ahead and rub it in- BTW, have a lousy trip and on second look the color is terrible! :) :)
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It's so cold I saw a lawyer with his hands in his OWN pocket!

Funny! BTW, the last blinding snowstorm we had was...NEVER. Not to mention the last time this city shut down was due to a whopping 1" of snow...No bull! COLD to most folks here is 40 ABOVE zero.
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We know how to handle the snow and 1" doesn't even slow traffic here. But we really have been cold. This week the schools in my area delayed the start of the school day two hours to give it a chance to warm a little for the kids waiting for their school bus pickup. Things have changed somewhat over the years- I remember having to walk about a mile to and from school with no regard for the weather conditions and that mile was up hill both ways! Seriously, post some pics when you return and have a great time and don't drink all that tripod money cause you will need one sooner or later. Thanks for the fire! I feel warmer already.
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Jan 26, 2013 14:08:37   #
six-gold Loc: Winnipeg, Mb., Canada
 
I don't know what you consider cold down there in Pittsburgh, but we just came through a couple of days with a wind chill of under -40 here in Winnipeg. I read where Sydney Crosby decided to walk from his hotel to the arena, just to get a taste of good old Manitoba winter.

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Jan 26, 2013 16:36:32   #
wlgoode Loc: Globe, AZ
 
The Dolica AX620B100 is quite capable and a real bargain, check Amazon.

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Jan 26, 2013 16:48:59   #
William Bennett Loc: Il
 
Look into Burno at Adorama.com I have the A3580F Holds 33 lbs

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Jan 26, 2013 16:49:54   #
William Bennett Loc: Il
 
Look into Burno at Adorama.com I have the A3580F Holds 33 lbs

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Jan 26, 2013 16:50:51   #
wolfman
 
gdwsr wrote:
There are a lot of options to consider. But first. If you are going on a whale watch on a boat, I have read that you do not want to use a tripod; it will pick up the vibrations of the engines and the wave tossing will throw off level, etc. Hand holding apparently dampens all that.

As far as a tripod.... Man!... you are preceptive to notice it is not a simple matter to pick out the right one for you. You will get a lot of different answers, none of which are wrong. For example, a lot of people like ball heads as they allow one adjustment (handle) to maneuver the camera in all three planes. I prefer a three way head (three handles) that way I can adjust each plane independently. 3-ways are considerably cheaper but that isn't the reason I like it. Also carbon fiber tripods are very light and won't rust or corrode (although you still want to flush them off with fresh water after a salt water shoot). Also a consideration it the type of leg adjustment. Leg clamping mechanisms very as well; some are twist, some flap-clamp. Most have a clamp at the bottom of each leg segment but there are some very nice ones that have one adjustment at the very top of the tripod legs. (I would put that at the top of my priority list for my next tripod). No matter what you get you want to make sure the "clamp" is tight (push down hard on it and make sure it won't slip -- ever).

In my opinion, any tripod will do the job if it is strong and stable AND works for your style of shooting. I use a Slik 212dx and love it but I probably don't beat to the same drum as most. Here is one on ebay just to give you something to look at.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SLIK-Universal-U-212-Deluxe-Camera-Tripod-3-way-Pan-Head-non-twist-legs-EXC-/281055196009?pt=US_Tripods&hash=item417031f369
There are a lot of options to consider. But first... (show quote)

I use a Slik U212, and I also love it. It's well made and very sturdy. I just ordered a new Giottos panhead from B&H because I'm not to crazy about the one that came with it. Other than that it's a great tripod.

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Jan 26, 2013 16:52:57   #
wlgoode Loc: Globe, AZ
 
William Bennett wrote:
Look into Burno at Adorama.com I have the A3580F Holds 33 lbs


Could that be Benro?

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Jan 26, 2013 17:32:48   #
blacks2 Loc: SF. Bay area
 
wISOr wrote:
blacks2 wrote:
First,I am very sorry about my first misplaced response. I went whale watching out of Mexico and Alaska. To shot whales you have to be fast, your best results you get is to use 1000 ISO and if your lenses are VR you will do fine. Lean up against the boats cabin and your body will absorb the boats rocking. Whales appear and disappear in seconds, there is a lot of luck involved, just be patient.

Thanks for the ISO tip. I am aware the whales have zero notification they are coming (up). How rude of them! We are doing the Alaska thing in late July. I'll definitely have plenty of time (7 days) to "watch", and hopefully will be watching in the right direction. Have the VR lens, Nikon 70-300mm, so I think I'm set with that part. Any more whale tips? This is a trip I have been waiting on for decades and I want to be armed and ready with all the info and arsenal (good word for camera stuff) I can gather. Lastly, don't worry about the misplaced response, I'm good with it.

Wayne
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I am a veteran when it comes to Alaskan cruises I took about ten in my lifetime. I assume since you mentioned the seven days, your are going either from Vancouver or Seattle not San Francisco. If you are not returning to the departure port be sure your cabin is on the right side facing land otherwise you will see mostly open ocean. Cruise lines make their money on port excursions so they travel during the night and don't show the beautiful scenery as they rush from port to port. I am sure you will visit Skagway, leading into is the Lynn channel but in order to see it you will have to stay awake as all ships travel through there at night and spent the daylight hours in Skagway. Weather changes fast in Alaska, when whale watching don't get fooled by the sunshine in the morning, it might rain on your way back to the ship. As for your photo gear the 70-300 is perfect, forget about any tripod or monopod you will never have any use for it. For scenery shots be sure to bring a polarizer. Anyway, enjoy the the trip, expect to gain 5 lbs as the food is outstanding on any Cruise line I ever used.

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Jan 26, 2013 17:47:28   #
William Bennett Loc: Il
 
Wlgoode I ges it could be Benro

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Jan 26, 2013 17:48:21   #
wISOr Loc: Austin, TEXAS
 
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blacks2 wrote:
wISOr wrote:
blacks2 wrote:
First,I am very sorry about my first misplaced response. I went whale watching out of Mexico and Alaska. To shot whales you have to be fast, your best results you get is to use 1000 ISO and if your lenses are VR you will do fine. Lean up against the boats cabin and your body will absorb the boats rocking. Whales appear and disappear in seconds, there is a lot of luck involved, just be patient.

Thanks for the ISO tip. I am aware the whales have zero notification they are coming (up). How rude of them! We are doing the Alaska thing in late July. I'll definitely have plenty of time (7 days) to "watch", and hopefully will be watching in the right direction. Have the VR lens, Nikon 70-300mm, so I think I'm set with that part. Any more whale tips? This is a trip I have been waiting on for decades and I want to be armed and ready with all the info and arsenal (good word for camera stuff) I can gather. Lastly, don't worry about the misplaced response, I'm good with it.

Wayne
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I am a veteran when it comes to Alaskan cruises I took about ten in my lifetime. I assume since you mentioned the seven days, your are going either from Vancouver or Seattle not San Francisco. If you are not returning to the departure port be sure your cabin is on the right side facing land otherwise you will see mostly open ocean. Cruise lines make their money on port excursions so they travel during the night and don't show the beautiful scenery as they rush from port to port. I am sure you will visit Skagway, leading into is the Lynn channel but in order to see it you will have to stay awake as all ships travel through there at night and spent the daylight hours in Skagway. Weather changes fast in Alaska, when whale watching don't get fooled by the sunshine in the morning, it might rain on your way back to the ship. As for your photo gear the 70-300 is perfect, forget about any tripod or monopod you will never have any use for it. For scenery shots be sure to bring a polarizer. Anyway, enjoy the the trip, expect to gain 5 lbs as the food is outstanding on any Cruise line I ever used.
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We are doing the Sawyer Glacier cruise from Seattle. Also the whale excursion is out of Juneau. We'll be sailing with Captain Jack on a 50 foot vessel for about a half day. We are starboard side of the Rhapsody, top deck (8) I believe. So we should have a decent view. Polarizer and rain sleeves are on my list of stuff to get. THANK YOU for your info.

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Jan 26, 2013 19:08:48   #
blacks2 Loc: SF. Bay area
 
wISOr wrote:
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blacks2 wrote:
wISOr wrote:
blacks2 wrote:
First,I am very sorry about my first misplaced response. I went whale watching out of Mexico and Alaska. To shot whales you have to be fast, your best results you get is to use 1000 ISO and if your lenses are VR you will do fine. Lean up against the boats cabin and your body will absorb the boats rocking. Whales appear and disappear in seconds, there is a lot of luck involved, just be patient.

Thanks for the ISO tip. I am aware the whales have zero notification they are coming (up). How rude of them! We are doing the Alaska thing in late July. I'll definitely have plenty of time (7 days) to "watch", and hopefully will be watching in the right direction. Have the VR lens, Nikon 70-300mm, so I think I'm set with that part. Any more whale tips? This is a trip I have been waiting on for decades and I want to be armed and ready with all the info and arsenal (good word for camera stuff) I can gather. Lastly, don't worry about the misplaced response, I'm good with it.

Wayne
quote=blacks2 First,I am very sorry about my firs... (show quote)
I am a veteran when it comes to Alaskan cruises I took about ten in my lifetime. I assume since you mentioned the seven days, your are going either from Vancouver or Seattle not San Francisco. If you are not returning to the departure port be sure your cabin is on the right side facing land otherwise you will see mostly open ocean. Cruise lines make their money on port excursions so they travel during the night and don't show the beautiful scenery as they rush from port to port. I am sure you will visit Skagway, leading into is the Lynn channel but in order to see it you will have to stay awake as all ships travel through there at night and spent the daylight hours in Skagway. Weather changes fast in Alaska, when whale watching don't get fooled by the sunshine in the morning, it might rain on your way back to the ship. As for your photo gear the 70-300 is perfect, forget about any tripod or monopod you will never have any use for it. For scenery shots be sure to bring a polarizer. Anyway, enjoy the the trip, expect to gain 5 lbs as the food is outstanding on any Cruise line I ever used.
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We are doing the Sawyer Glacier cruise from Seattle. Also the whale excursion is out of Juneau. We'll be sailing with Captain Jack on a 50 foot vessel for about a half day. We are starboard side of the Rhapsody, top deck (8) I believe. So we should have a decent view. Polarizer and rain sleeves are on my list of stuff to get. THANK YOU for your info.
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I was with Captain Jack last June out of Juneau, great service. A few shots of the litle and the big Sawyer glaciers I took.
Big Sawyer
Big Sawyer...
Little Sawyer
Little Sawyer...

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Jan 26, 2013 20:30:56   #
cableguy Loc: Germantown Hills, IL
 
I also have posted asking for opinion's on a good tripod. I ended up purchasing from B & H the Vanguard Altra Pro Legs (263 AT-$129) and a Manfrotto 804RC 3way pan tilt head ($59) . I love the combination. It is very sturdy and can be adjusted to almost any shooting conditions. DON'T use it or any tripods on boats or moving vehicles due to vibrations of the vehicle motors. Have a good shoot.

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Jan 26, 2013 20:37:52   #
wISOr Loc: Austin, TEXAS
 
Thanks I will check that out. Sounds like more in my ball park. Many folks have said no tripods on a boat, so I'm up on that. BUT I do need one for other shootings.
cableguy wrote:
I also have posted asking for opinion's on a good tripod. I ended up purchasing from B & H the Vanguard Altra Pro Legs (263 AT-$129) and a Manfrotto 804RC 3way pan tilt head ($59) . I love the combination. It is very sturdy and can be adjusted to almost any shooting conditions. DON'T use it or any tripods on boats or moving vehicles due to vibrations of the vehicle motors. Have a good shoot.

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Jan 26, 2013 20:40:44   #
ianhargraves1066 Loc: NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida
 
wISOr wrote:
GREETINGS! After spending a small fortune on a D7000, 3 lenses, bag...yadda yadda, I am now in the market for a tripod. BUT am a bit clueless which way to look, other than a decent used one that I can pack and carry on an upcoming whale watching excursion. The longest lens I have is the 70-300mm and I really would like to spend even a smaller fortune on a reasonable tripod. NOT a pro at this so a basic one that will hold the camera nicely and not send me to a lending institution to purchase... :) Aesthetically, as long as it has not been run over by a car and works will be OK too.
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Until a few years ago I always had a Gitzo Tripod until some kind soul stole it from my Volvo Station Wagon. I hand a succession of cheapy ones but needed a more substantial one that was not too heavy and suited a very light pocket book. Daytona has one not very well stocked dealer and I ended up in Best Buy and bought the only one they had available a "Sunpak 7500"It's a 3 section square legged thing. a center column that removes and acts as a monopod, a pan and tilt head. I ill trat it like crazy, been in the ocean with it, deep in sand and mud, throw it in the back of my truck and it has never let me down. I have placed a 10x8 wooden camera, on it, and consistantly mount my Sinar 4x5 on it. Never had a problem with it. I paid $65 for it and Best Buy still have an updated version for the same price. It came with 2 mounting plates so you are not always messing changing them. I would recommend it without reservation. Tilde531 used it with her CanonEOS50D and a 200mm lens without any problem and she carries it without complaining (well she does but I am deaf and can't hear her, haha)

Best of luck.

I also have a antique Kodak wooden tripod that held an 11x14 camera in a medical school but its too heavy to cart around.

Ian

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