Gitzo Tag

Here it comes, folks. The biennial German trade fair, Photo Kina, for all things photographic. Clatter down off the fire-step into the dugout and hunker down...

It costs $49 and it has three legs and you need one in your car right now. And you can't get it at Marlowes.This is not a column about studio shooting with tripods. The one you see in the pictures would be awful in a studio. If that is what you are looking for, go look through the Cullmann, Gitzo, and Manfrotto tripod range and look for the big, heavy ones - the heavier the better.This is about a small, boxed $ 49 aluminium tripod that is light enough and cheap enough to live in the box in the boot of your car. Cause one day you gonna get caught...

Remember the problem of the selfie shooter we mentioned in a previous post? The ten seconds to eternity that the self-timing circuit takes before it fires the camera - when you try to look like Roger Moore when he was 007 and end up looking like Roger Moore now...

Sitting there looking at the Fuji cameras I own started me thinking. I have encased two of the bodies in purpose-built cages to allow for easy attachment to my Cullmann  or Gitzo tripod  and to allow me to attach a Fujifilm EF 42 flash easily on the side. The cages are well made with Arca Swiss rails on two sides.They're great - they provide a better grasp of the camera body and metal protection against bumps and knocks. Even if you don't attach them to a tripod, they can act as platforms in either landscape or portrait orientation to steady the camera. And they are not  too heavy.But...

" You weesh to buy ze bes' tripod in ze shop, Monsieur? I weell show eet to you, but you mus' unner stan' eet is not for jus'anyone. Ah, non. Thees tripod ees only for the mos' sophisticated and important people. No peasant need apply...