Question about tripod use
When using a full size SLR with a fairly large zoom lens, should I use the quick disconnect to take the camera off the tripod before moving from one location to other? Or, is it safe to just pick up the tripod with camera still attached and carry it like that? (I'm talking about walking a fair distance. Say from one spot along a creek to another place downstream, or up the hill to the bridge over the creek.) I could get by with leaving my S2 IS attached, but my new SLR and zoom lens are a lot heavier. I would NOT want to have them come loose and fall to the ground. Thank youTLIII..

Comments (5)

It's not uncommon for people with the A-S type systems to leave them clamped up while moving. Although I think if I was using a lever lock and it was brushy or the kind of area where a lever could be snagged, I might not..

It doesn't bother me to move around with a camera attached to some of my gear with the Bogen rc2 system, again, where I'm not worried about snagging things..

I'd had tripods/qr systems in the past where I wouldn't have been compfortable moving around much, camera attached...

Comment #1

I would leave the lens and camera on the tripod ONLY for very short distances and be sure everything is "locked tight." It's a lot easier to take a few seconds to do a quick disconnect than to ruin a lens or even the camera body while in a beautiful setting with the perfect light, and lose that opportunity plus a few weeks waiting for repairs. Did just that when I was fairly new to shooting and on one of my first day-long outings with a fairly heavy (after a few hours of toting) Minolta Maxxum 7000...not fun. I got lucky and didn't do major damage but got to be a spectator for the last part of that day. Missed some nice shots.sjrphotos..

Comment #2

I've heard of ball head, coming loose at the base...

Comment #3

Thanks to all who responded. I appreciate your insight. Based on your feedback, I'll disconnect unless it's for only a short distance in the clear. And even then, I'll leave the strap around my neck or arm.TLIII..

Comment #4

I don't use a tri pod a lot anymore but will be in the near future and was thing of this same thing. I have a very nice Bogen with a quick release and a mono pod with a over $400.00 head on it........but I still worry about something happening especially now being on disability and buying new is a bit harder now and whats on top the pods are now bodies and optics in the thousands of dollars vs a film body in the past..

What I intend on doing because I would rather not dis connect each time is to devise some sort of saftey cable attached to the body and pod so if it were to come loose it can fall only a few inches.'The moment you think your great is the moment you quit learning.'

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