Tripod Tag

I note these days that everything is an apocalypse. It doesn't matter whether you are selling books, television programs, or politicians - every presentation has an apocalypse in it. Even bibles seem to feature one - I guess it gets the younger generation interested in religion. I wonder if there are vampires and zombies in there somewhere?Well, we here at Camera Electronic are not behind the times - we are behind a number of other things, mind...

I do hope my readers have seen this recent motion picture so that they can get the full impact of the bad pun. Otherwise it just sounds like I am clumsy in the studio. Still, bad as I might be I could not have done worse than the producers of the movie. It was so awful I asked for my money back plus interest when I left the theater. AND for the money that was paid out on the popcorn and the choc bomb. And the management agreed. Bring back the silent films, I say.I am a firm advocate of firm tripods. If I want something wobbly and light that easily folds up for storage in a handbag I can buy a packet of Kleenex. For photo support I want something that stays rigid and put, in that order. Years ago I invested in an appallingly expensive French tripod that I regretted buying right up until I started taking digital images that involved multiple images on layers. Then I blessed the day. Were I still in the market for a...

Our recent Cullmann shipment yielded several interesting bits. The new Flexx kits are going to need careful study - and by that I mean I get to play with them - to sort out what exactly the components do for macro photography. Cullmann gear has always been like this - if you ever encountered their camera stability kits from the 1970's and 80's you know what I mean - you were confronted with a wealth of clamps, screws, and articulated arms with bright coded colours and you generally ended up using something out of the kit in a strange way. It did the job perfectly but you were never certain whether that was what the company designed it for. You suspected that the wholesale representative might reel back in horror with a muttered " Donnerwetter" should you ever show off your rig.I have decided to start on the easy one - the Cullmann Copter. It is a tabletop tripod with style. The legs are 15cm long and are pressure-cast in a trough shape. This means that it is light and stiff....

 And I need to get a tripod for my Canon/Nikon/Sony/Pentax DSLR with a 70/200 and a 24/70 lens. I need it to be small and light and easy to pack into my carry-on luggage and cheap. But it has to be very steady as I am going to do star trail photographs at Stonhenge as well as all the major cathedrals of Europe and the red light district of Amsterdam. And I need a bag for it, does it come with a bag? Do I get this duty-free?Sigh.No, Dear, you don't get it duty free. The government might give you the GST back at the airport but you are still bound by the laws of physics* and are going to have to think carefully about what you are asking for.Your cameras and your lenses are good devices - you'll be able to take clear images if you steady the rig - but they are heavy. They far exceed the safe weight bearing capability of small plastic tripods with small plastic heads. You would be inviting disaster if you put your...

After braving my wingeing about the old Tiltall tripod that regularly barks my shins and knuckles, faithful readers are entitled to demand what exactly it is that I do recommend for their own ventures into the wild. In a word - Cullmann.Make no mistake - we sell Cullmann so this is advertisement as much as avuncular advice. But the goods are good - the tripods in their range feature magnesium metal for the their frames and spreaders and either aluminium or carbon fiber tubing for the legs. The locks are generally lever-type with adjustable travel to make up for future wear. The designers have been sensible enough to round off the corners of the castings so you will not peel bits off your hide as you work with it.Choose whatever size of leg suits your projected working height - tall if you can stand it, short if you need to pack it into a suitcase. Likewise choose between one of their three-way or ball heads and let one of the staff here show you the correct way to secure it...