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Old Oct 13, 2012, 2:33 PM   #1
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Default Okay to leave camera on tripod when walking around?

Finally making myself use a tripod more, and took it downtown after dark to shoot along the Tampa waterfront at the convention center.

When we decided to move to another spot, I straightened the legs of my tripod and started to walk with the camera still attached.

Well, my hubby had a little bit of a bird and felt strongly that I should take the camera off for walking. (That's easy for him to say. He has a quick release-- I don't.)

Now granted, he may have really feared my clutziness more than the solid connection of the camera to the tripod. ( a totally fair concern) But I really got the sense that he wasn't just trying to preserve my feelings, and it was the connection that he didn't trust.

So, what's the consensus? Disconnect and stow, or hoist over shoulder if moving more than, say, 50 ft?
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Old Oct 13, 2012, 2:54 PM   #2
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i leave mine on the tripod, ive carried it for miles, that said, if it was tricky slipy or rocky areas i would probly take it off
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Old Oct 13, 2012, 4:16 PM   #3
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It depends on the camera. If the tripod socket is metal in the metal camera frame you can probably get away with it. However metal bushing in plastic or all plastic socket could run the risk of ripping the bushing out or stripping the threads if you catch the camera on something. Getting a quick release kit should be cheaper than a buying a new camera!
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Old Oct 13, 2012, 5:14 PM   #4
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G'day camalot

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Finally making myself use a tripod more, and took it downtown after dark to shoot along the Tampa waterfront at the convention center. When we decided to move to another spot, I straightened the legs of my tripod and started to walk with the camera still attached. .... So, what's the consensus? Disconnect and stow, or hoist over shoulder if moving more than, say, 50 ft?
In my various photo workshops, one of the workshops has a night excursion of the type you are doing. So I have a dozen "tripods on the march" for 3-4 hours ...

I advise people to
a) close the tripod legs - not leave them spread out
b) tuck thumb thru camera strap at all times
c) throw camera / top-of-tripod over shoulder so that feet are in front of you and pointing at the ground, and
d) walk carefully and slowly


We also wear these ...


Hope this is helpful
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Old Oct 13, 2012, 11:21 PM   #5
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Thanks, everyone. D7000 body, so I think I am good for metal vs plastic. Very good point thought. I also especially like the guidance of hooking through the strap too. I doubt that I would ever do this on uneven ground. I'm just not that sure footed.... and I saved too long for that camera to risk losing it.

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Old Oct 14, 2012, 11:35 AM   #6
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Love the vests Phil!
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G'day Peter

As far as a workshop excursion goes, the vests cover multiple things - basic personal safety at night when we're more concerned with 'looking the other way' or even 'head down, bum up' - it puts us all into a group all doing the same thing, so there's safety in numbers. Spectators recognise that you're part of a group and so it goes from there

You may note from the above image that each vest has a lower line of text ...

My personal vest - which I dub my 'camouflage jacket' lives under the car seat and every time I get out on the hiways or biways to walk to & fro chasing a landscape, it is put on immediately. I do not want some idiot to splatter me ...

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Old Oct 16, 2012, 11:21 AM   #8
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Phil,
the vest is a good idea, it was the lower line of text that got my attention

Seen a few versions of it like "I'm not a (terrorist/criminal/pervert)"
Or "Photography is not a crime"

World is getting to be a crazy place.
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Our Highway workers at Cal Trans wear a safety vest like yours. You can probably get a job here working for them.
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Get a quick release tripod mount. And just remove the camera if you take a long walk. But as others have said, plastic body with metal bushing, as the d7000 is not a all metal body. It has just couple of metal plates covers. Remove the camera. Not worth running the risk of striping out the bushing.
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