Stupid question... why would I want a 8' tall tripod?

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  1. manaheim

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    I'm looking at "real" tripods now and I see some of them go up pretty high. Being the geek gadget monger that I am, I see bigger numbers and I think to myself "well, damn, I gotta get the BIG ONE", but then I start to think... you know, I'm only 5' 8"... eye level for me is like 5' 2"... I can't really use an 8' tall tripod unless I carry around a 3' step stool.

    So... what's the point?

    My fear is that if I get a smaller one that I might later stumble on the situation where I need it and go "Ohhhh THAT'S why I wanted the big one" and then kick myself for having a small (cough) tripod.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks! :D
     
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    Well i guess if you wanted a really high perspective but still needed a steady tripod. My dad told me that one time he was trying to take a picture of a pool but didnt have a tall tripod so he used a ladder. What happened was the camera fell and broke in half. I guess if he had an 8 foot tripod that wouldnt have happened
     
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    Taking photos of large groups where you need a tripod is one use - otherwise if you can shoot hand held, a step stool would be good enough
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Sometimes there is a call for a model to lie on the floor and be shot from above.

    Works very well in senior portraits for girls.
     
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    saltface TPF Noob!

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    I've seen 10' tripods used for shooting buildings over fences. There must be nothing like sitting on top a ladder next to your massive tripod as people go by staring at you.
     
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    "Real" tripods are used by "real" photographers. "Real" photographers carry around a(n) (often collapsible) stool for precisely that purpose!
     
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    Buszaj TPF Noob!

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    I was at photography convention a few weeks ago, they had a 12 foot tripod. Looked nice too...
     
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    rubbertree TPF Noob!

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    See? Lots of reasons to have an 8 foot (or higher) tripod!
     
  9. Real photographers are 10 foot tall, everyone knows that...
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    :lol: :lol:

    Ever try using a 5' tripod on stairs? You wish you had a 8-10 foot one, it is the perfect size.
     
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    This may be unrelated/non-helpful, but from my experience as a videographer, having a camera at the back of the church that is higher than all of the guests when they stand up can be very helpful. :D Others have mentioned times when you might want to get above a certain obstacle, so I guess I'd classify this as one of those obstacles.
     
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    Dont some of these "real" tripods also allow you to lay the legs flat?

    Say you had a large gap you wanted to span you would lay your 10ft legs across and get 20ft of span. I would think that would be a good reason. you could use it as a bridge lol.
     

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