Getting your tripod really wet??

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  1. 250Gimp

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    I have been thinking about using my tripod in some wet and snowy conditions.

    What do you think about putting your tripod legs right into a creek or snow?

    I wouldn't put the joints into the mud, but they would be in the water or snow.

    Can't wait to hear your thoughts.

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    Won't bother them unless its salt water. I have put my tripod in many creeks in the mountains but while I was at the ocean, it basically destroyed it because I only washed it off once the whole week. Don't do that. In freshwater, it should be fine.

    ~Michael~
     
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    I'm not a tripod expert, but most, if not all, are made of aluminum or plastic so rust isn't a problem. The biggest concern would be dirt in the moving / sliding parts. For the two cheapo tripods I have, that would be about knee deep. I would leave the legs extended until I could clean them off before sliding them back into the body. A good spray with a hose and then a wipe down should do the trick.
     
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    I wouldn't worry about it either. Its equipment designed to serve a purpose, now get out there and use it! Just ribbing you, but I wouldn't hesitate doing it to get a great shot!

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    The only tripod I have is a cheapo $20 thing from Walmart. I've had it for years, and it's been in mud, water, snow, you name it. It still works perfectly fine. Of course you'll want to make sure to clean it off afterwards, but that's not much of a problem.
     
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    I've got a nice Manfrotto and I wouldn't even hesitate to put it in the snow/water. Even salt water would be ok if you washed it off when you were done. Besides if it get's you THE shot, what's it matter what happens to the tripod. lol
     
  7. It's a tripod. Get the shot.
     
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    Like all the above If I hesitated from going in the elements I would not get shots like these.

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    I was set up in about 3 feet of water for this shot
    and in marsh muck for this

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    I'm not shy at all about where my equiptment goes to get the shot

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    Who cares if it gets wet, it's a tripod!!

    Even if you go in the ocean with it, just take in the shower and wash it down, leave it open overnight, and the next day it should be dry (enough).

    Sometimes, equipment has to get wet to get the shot, no biggie, it's just a tool.


    One of my tripods got SOAKED during this shoot, along with my D70 and SB-600's. They all were awesome, no problems :)
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    In below freezing temperatures, I had my Tripod in the lake and during the exposure, my legs were covered in ice and the water around the legs froze too, condensation was dripping off of everything.
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    My tripod, and camera got pretty wet with this shot, Climbed out to the middle of the creek. It bends towards the viewer, you can't see it.
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    Alminium may not rust, but it does corrode! Keeping it clean will keep it in good shape for a long time. My tripods are all carbon fiber so no worries about that for me. Of course the lock down screws are metal. Just a general cleaning if they get dirty will suffice. I do have a couple older Bogen aluminum monopods. About the only thing showing wear on them is the bottom pad where the small rubber foot came off and just been using it without.
     
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    You need a bigger camera to balance that lens! :lol:
     
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    Damn

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