Lens Accessories: Tripod Mount
Okay, so let's, talk about the tripod mount on the lenses. So this is a bad technique for mounting your camera on a tripod. Normally, you do mount your camera on a tripod that's what he said, we mount the camera on the tripod, but this is an unbalanced way to do it because we have a lot of weight sticking off the front of the camera it's going toe be very hard on the tripod to hold it steady and it's going to blow around in the wind more easily than if we mount it. Where it's supposed to on the tripod collar on the lens so there's a number of lenses that will help you get the center of gravity in the right spot so that your tripod isn't wanting to tilt over and fall over on itself. So all of the bigger lenses have tripod mounts on them, and so when we want to take our cameras vertically, this is also a very challenging thing for our cameras to do. And I hate doing this with our cameras number one for stability reasons, number two for alignment in composition reasons our lens has just c...
hanged position. Now I need to lower my tripod legs by about four inches and move the whole tripod over in certain scenarios that takes a couple of minutes to dio because I'm not working on a nice flat concrete floor so when you go vertical, using the tripod mount allows you to just simply rotate the camera and the lens stays exactly in the same spot, both for weight issues, giving the center of gravity correct and for compositional issues. It's, it's. So nice when you have a rotating collar and you could just rotate the camera like that, and so this is going to be something that's going to be available on the bigger lenses and so lenses generally up in the two hundred millimeter and above range are probably gonna have a tripod collar built on to the whole system right there. Now. In the past, there's been a variety of movable tripod collars for once that you khun ad in there and so, for instance, on the seventy two, two hundred in order to keep that light and small, they don't have a tripod color. But you can buy thie artie one tripod mount ring, which sells for about one hundred seventy dollars, which is a bit pricy for a little piece of metal like this, but it especially designed for that lens. If you do a lot of tripod work, however, there are other companies that will have tripod colors for a wide variety of lenses. One of the early nikon eighty two, two hundred lenses did not have a tripod color on it and everyone found that you really needed a tripod collar on it, and so I think that was one of the ways that the kirk manufacturing tripod accessories got really started is that they started making special tripod collars that would hold the lens very steady for somebody who does a lot of tripod work so there's a variety of these out on the market, they're going to sell anywhere from fifty to two hundred dollars, and some of them our basic tripod collar some of them haven't extra support that kind of holds the front end support because there you get a little bit of wobble out there. So there's a number of these nice accessories for those of you who do work a lot from tripod either for telephoto work or for macro work, you really need to be able to support the camera and lens properly and this allows you to do it. And so you just got to be very specific about what lens and camera you are using these with because they are very dedicated systems in many ways some cameras will have a removable try tripod color, so if you know you're not gonna be using a tripod and you want to save a few ounces, you can take it off when necessary. Some of the cameras will have removable feet so that you could just take the foot off because the collar is built on to the lens itself. And you could just take this off to help reduce the size and shape of the lens. You can also replace this with some other types of devices, and I really like these because there's certain types of mounting systems on tripod and this is designed to fit straight on the tripod system. The nikon has just a straight flat mount, and if you want to hook it up to a tripod, you have to put a plate on the bottom of it, which increases the balkan size of it. And so if you know you're going to be using it on a specific tripod and these air using an ark, a swiss style tripod head and there's, a lot of these tripods out there, you can buy either from kirk or really write stuff. Both of them make just fantastic quality equipment that are great accessories, and they just attached right on to the bottom of your lands and it's, just a very streamlined system that is very simple minimum out of weight minimum, out of fuss and extra gear that you're playing with. And so I highly recommend those if you do use any of those long lenses on the tripod much.