Camera shake on tripod?

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  1. RL168

    RL168 TPF Noob!

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    Folks,

    I have a quick question and hope you guys can help. I have a Nikon SLR camera, right now I am using it on a cheap Kodak tripod I picked up from circuit City years ago. I noticed when I am pressing the shutter-release button, I can see the camera shaking slightly from the viewfinder. I am guessing that is because of the built quality of the tripod that is causing the shake? What do you guys think?

    Thank!
     
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    Yup, that's why.

    You get what yuo pay for.
     
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    If a good quality tripod isn't in your immediate budget, try using the 10 second delay when it is feasable. This will eliminate the shake caused by your finger, but not such things as wind vibration.
     
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    You did not mention your specific camera. If film, traditional tripod use includes a shutter release cable.

    Additionally, if the tripod has an 'elevator' center section, hanging a substantial weight [10# or so] from the central post will improve stability.
     
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    I think you need to read the following article. Very informative and may well help you from following some well trod footsteps.

    http://www.bythom.com/support.htm
     
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    Thanks, I added that to my bookmarks. I'm currently on step four (second, sturdier pod), and was looking into step five (different heads), so this will save me the remaining misteps.:lol:
     
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    A heavier tripod will help, also get a cable release.
     
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    if it is not very windy, every tripod [EDIT: read below, not really every] will do if you use a cable release or remote. you might also need mirror lockup if shooting with long lenses and a weak tripod.

    without a cable release or remote, even the most sturdy tripod will fail you.
     
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    :thumbup:

    To me, the main purpose of a tripod is to hold the camera so that I'm not touching it when the shutter is fired. A remote/cable release is a great tool to have for tripod shooting. Otherwise, use the self timer. As mentioned, Mirror Lock Up (MLU) is a feature that some cameras have, which will further reduce movement when the shutter is fired.
     
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    Most tripods are also more stable if the center column is not extended.

    But yeh... use timer, use MLU (if possible), use cable/wired release, use heavier sturdier tripods.

    I also would tie a bag between the legs of the tripod and weigh it down with rocks.
     
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    Alex_B,

    I don't know what equipment you use, but I would have real reservations with putting a 5D with a 70-200mm f2.8 on a $12.00 cheap aluminum tripod. http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=3641489/skd=1/search=discount tripods Nothing like watching $4000 hit the ground. While I was not suggesting to the orgional poster that they go with a $900 tripod, if it is going to be a used piece of equipment, any buyer would be wise to spend the money to purchase a tripod and head that is at least rated high enough to support his camera body and heaviest lens. Nothing worse than reading that post that is a tale of woe with a fallen camera and lens on a cheap tripod.

    I will however second, or probably at this point third or forth the remote shutter release and mirror lockup. They will help.
     
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    Agreed.. but $900 tripod? Some of the sturdiest Bogen/Manfrottos (legs and heads) are not even close to that price.
     

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