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Old Apr 3, 2012, 5:05 PM   #1
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I would like some suggestions for a tripod set-up for macro. Would like to be able to low to the ground.

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Old Apr 3, 2012, 5:37 PM   #2
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You can set up any tripod without extending all the leg sections. That will get you pretty low.
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Additionally, one with a reversible center column can help you be at an extremely low level and still shoot parallel to the ground.
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or get one that comes with a short center tube besides the stand one.

This is what I use. It gets very low with the short center tube in place.

http://www.adorama.com/CUM519K.html
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I can mount my camera upside down on the bottom of the center tube. That's worked well for me in the past.
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I had trouble figuring out where the various controls were when I put mine upside down on the center column. I ended up just taking the column off - my tripod has legs that can go almost level with the ground and that seems to work most of the time with flowers and such.

I also have a small table-top tripod that I can use for indoor stuff. My particular one isn't that heavy (bought for an ultrazoom, not a dSLR) and my macro lens is older and built like a tank. If I carefully line up one of the legs with the lens I can get it to work, but otherwise it over-balances. There are heavier ones out there that would probably work better but I have no real incentive to buy another one.

I also have a gorilla pod. It does not work at all well as a tabletop - the legs splay out with the weight of the camera and macro lens. I've used it with a much lighter lens as a table top, but it works better if you can wrap the legs around something instead of depending on them to stay straight and upright on their own.
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Thanks for the replies. After reading replies, I looked at the specs for the tripod I have, a Manfrotto 055cxprob. In their specs the say minium height is just under 4" which is the height I was hoping for. I may be making this more difficult then it really is, but how would I set-up that tripod at a 4" height?

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G'day RLE

MtnGal has got it best - a table-top / traveller's tripod works great for low-to-the-ground pix
Also - I would recommend a focus-rail between the tripod & camera to permit you to move the camera/lens combo the odd cm / 1/2-inch back & forth to get the best image possible

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Your tripod should be able to spade the legs all the way out. And if there is a short center with it that will give youths 4 inch height.
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Like RLE I have the Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod. The legs can go flat and the center column goes sideways and becomes a boom. I also have the Velbon Super Mag Slider macro rail for critical work.
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