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160 pages

John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide

Creator: John Shaw | 2000

This is about the only Gitzo tripod I do not recommend.) The G-I548 weighs in at 6 3/4 pounds and also has four leg sections. Since the legs are a large diameter , it is very solid. The only problem with carbon fiber ...

Publisher: Amphoto

About this book
An updated bestseller, this book of extraordinarily beautiful photographs of nature contains state-of-the-art instruction on how any photographer can aim for equally impressive results every time a camera is focused on the great outdoors. Even highly skilled photographers are often baffled by the problems facing them when they work outdoors. But with this exceptional field guide in hand, every photographerbeginner, serious amateur, semi-pro, and procan conquer the problems encountered in the field. Using his own exceptional work as examples, the author discusses each type of nature subject and how to approach photographing it. Specific advice and information cover selection of equipment and lenses; how to compose a shot; how to get close ups; and other tips covering a range of techniques to enrich various types of nature photographs.



144 pages

John Shaw's closeups in nature

Creator: John Shaw | Photography - 1987-09-01

These tripods are the Slik M322 on left and the Gitzo 320 with a Bogen 3047 head on right. Both tripods offer low- level ground positioning. I've taped the legs of my Gitzo to keep my hands from getting ...

Publisher: Amphoto Books

About this book
The nature photographer John Shaw offers the first book to apply closeup techniques to the subject of nature. Most of the available material on closeup photography concentrates on studio techniques, which can't be used effectively in the field. Discussing the basic technical considerations as they apply to outdoor closeup photography, Shaw covers exposure, equipment, and composition. Specific techniques and equipment applications include - extension tubes and bellows; macro lenses; internal focusing lenses; zoom lenses; supplementary lenses; teleconverters; flash; and lighting. Studio work and other methods are explained in relation to why they are not practical in the field. The book is illustrated throughout with Shaw's fine, full-color images.



144 pages

John Shaw's landscape photography

Creator: John Shaw | Photography - 1994-04-01

The Gitzo 341, with the same legs as the 320, gives you the option of removing the centerpost assembly entirely and replacing it with a flat platform. Consequently, this tripod will go absolutely flat on the ground if you need that ...

Publisher: Amphoto Books

About this book
From grand vistas to intimate woodland glades, landscapes are favorite photography subjects. Too often, however, photographer's visual experiences of the majestic outdoors aren't reflected in the pictures they make. Why? Because many people overlook the importance of good technique, believing that exotic locations and expensive lenses create fantastic pictures. As John Shaw, the famous nature photographer and best-selling author, demonstrates in this definitive book, expertise as a landscape photographer comes from mastering techniques and developing a personal response to nature, not from having a large budget for travel and equipement. John Shaw's Landscape Photographyteaches that producing good photographs means learning how to control the tools of photography: camera equipement, lenses, film, light, and exposure. The goal Shaw proposesis to make technical proficiency second nature, so that it doesn't intrude when it is time to compose great pictures. With lessons fully illustrated by 195 color photographs, including many before-and-after sequences, this beautiful book also covers all the basics of photographic design and composition that characterize brillian portraits of the landscape.


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  • Gitzo

    Gitzo GT1542T Series 1 6X Carbon Fiber Traveler 4 Section G-Lock Tripod for Cameras

    Photography (Gitzo)

    Rating (33 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Gitzo

    Get the 1544T instead!

    0 3/5 PDXJosh (Portland, OR) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) The ballhead must be removed for this to folded to its stated dimensions. The newer 1544t has a shorter center column to allow for the ballhead to be covered by the legs when they are folded back. I bought this one and was disappointed until I realized they came up with the 1544t. Much better and only a few bucks more. The only difference again is the slightly shorter center column. 99.9% of the time you should not raise the center column anyway to keep the tripod more stable. I now have the 1544t with a Really Right Stuff BH-30 ball head and the combo is perfect for backpacking and travel. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 24, 2013

    Expensive but worth it

    I told myself "I'll never spend $600 on a tripod! How good could it be?" Well, when I was at a local photo store I lifted a Gitzo Mountaineer in one hand and the I already have in the other. The difference in weight was surprising. The Traveler is even a bit lighter. It's so much lighter than any aluminum tripod out there.For traveling the Traveler folds up to a bit over 20" with the legs folding up over the head. I have a Manfrotto 498RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release Replaces Manfrotto 488RC2 ballhead and unfortunately I have to remove it to fold the legs back. Not a big deal but a bit of a pain.If you carry a tripod with you hiking or just walking around town you'll quickly appreciate the weight savings this offers. It's good quality construction and should last years... 5/5 Fred (northern VA) - See all my reviews I told myself "I'll never spend $600 on a tripod! How good could it be?" Well, when I was at a local photo store I lifted a Gitzo Mountaineer in one hand and the Induro Alloy 8M Tripod AT-213 (Black) I already have in the other. The difference in weight was surprising. The Traveler is even a bit lighter. It's so much lighter than any aluminum tripod out there.For traveling the Traveler folds up to a bit over 20" with the legs folding up over the head. I have a Manfrotto 498RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release Replaces Manfrotto 488RC2 ballhead and unfortunately I have to remove it to fold the legs back. Not a big deal but a bit of a pain.If you carry a tripod with you hiking or just walking around town you'll quickly appreciate the weight savings this offers. It's good quality construction and should last years... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 28, 2011

    Exceptional for what it is.

    I purchased this tripod for a recent international trip as I was traveling with only carry-on luggage and my other tripod is far too large to fit in such an arrangement. Knowing that this is a rather tiny unit, I didn't have particularly high hopes regarding overall stability, even considering the name brand. It turns out I was mostly wrong and this unit has done so much to impress me that I've yet to go out with my large tripod since obtaining this one. It works very well for me. It won't necessarily work very well for you, so please read on.I'm 5'11" and with the legs fully extended, the center column all the way up, with a Really Right Stuff BH-40 and a Nikon D600, the viewfinder sits maybe an inch below eye level. As far as I'm concerned, this is as close to perfect as I'm ever going to get from a tiny tripod. Yes, I'd much rather have a tripod that gets to eye level with no center column for the added stability, but that's clearly not going to happen with this... 5/5 kendalltristan - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) I purchased this tripod for a recent international trip as I was traveling with only carry-on luggage and my other tripod is far too large to fit in such an arrangement. Knowing that this is a rather tiny unit, I didn't have particularly high hopes regarding overall stability, even considering the name brand. It turns out I was mostly wrong and this unit has done so much to impress me that I've yet to go out with my large tripod since obtaining this one. It works very well for me. It won't necessarily work very well for you, so please read on.I'm 5'11" and with the legs fully extended, the center column all the way up, with a Really Right Stuff BH-40 and a Nikon D600, the viewfinder sits maybe an inch below eye level. As far as I'm concerned, this is as close to perfect as I'm ever going to get from a tiny tripod. Yes, I'd much rather have a tripod that gets to eye level with no center column for the added stability, but that's clearly not going to happen with this... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 5, 2013
    List Price: $756.00
    Carbon Fiber construction
    Ground level set for low shooting
    Highly portable support with no compromise
    G-Lock for quick and accurate locking action


  • Gitzo

    Gitzo G1026 Weekend Compact Performance Tripod

    Photography (Gitzo)

    Collapsed length: 16 in
    Supports 5.50 lb (2.49 kg)
    4 Section
    Max height: 48.875 in


  • Bogen

    Gitzo GT2542 Mountaineer Tripod Series 2 4 Section (Black)

    Photography (Bogen)
    List Price: $967.00

    G-Lock Ultra leg logs
    Supports up to 39lbs
    Built in hook
    Reversible column
    Constructed from Carbon exact


  • Dolica

    Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head

    Photography (Dolica)

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    Dolica

    feature rich tripod!

    0 5/5 Kirk (IL, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head (Camera) It is made out of aluminum. Light enough to carry around the whole day yet still very sturdy. The aluminum ball head actually performs well. Once you've got the desired angle and lock it in place, the camera will stay on that angle until you release the lock unlike my 20 usd tripod. Im using a d80 with 18-270mm lens attached. That's about 1.2kg weight. The tripod is rated by the manufacturer to handle up to 13 lbs of equipment. Other features are a quick release plate, 2 bubble levels ( one on the head and the other on the legs), user replaceable aluminum tripod head, a threaded weight hook and spiked feet. The tripod can also converted so you can take macro shots. The legs can be locked in position independent of one another. With all these features plus great performance, this tripod is a steal!One minor hiccup, the plastic on the leg clamps, while not cheap, isnt top of the line. But they get the job done so it a no issue for me 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 26, 2009

    Great Tripod for the Price

    If you're a professional photographer, go look at Manfrotto or some of the other high end brands. If you're an amateur photographer looking for a good tripod that won't cut into your lens budget, then look no further.The ball head is nice, but is sometimes a bit unwieldy, and difficult to set. Sometimes you have to crank down the tightening nut a lot to get it to stay. The snaps that extend the legs are plastic feel cheap, but what can you expect from such an inexpensive tripod?On the good side, you are getting a ball head tripod, with legs that can be extended past their typical angle. They also have nice padding on them which is great in the Northern climates when you have to work without gloves. The tips of the legs can be rotated to reveal spikes for difficult terrain, and there's two bubble levels: one on the legs of the tripod, and one on the actual ball head. There's also a compass, if you need that utility. Even with all that, you still get a pretty... 4/5 R. Kanzig - See all my reviews, April 12, 2009

    Dolica AX620B100 62-inch Proline Tripod w/ball head

    0 3/5 irJIM (northern, CA USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head (Camera) Great tripod with performance legs that spread low and wide for macro work for the price. The quick release plate, quick flip lever leg release and lock, bubble levers, and a good tripod case besides being light and compact is great. The weak area for this tripod is the weak strength of the legs when fully extended, it has too much play but great for P&S digitals O.K. for small dSLR with small lens. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 22, 2009
    List Price: $65.99
    Ballhead, quick release plate and bubble level
    62" Aluminum Proline Tripod
    Quick release leg locks and non-slip rubber feet
    Support up to 13.2 lbs


  • Manfrotto

    Manfrotto BeFree Compact Lightweight Tripod for Travel Photography (Black)

    Photography (Manfrotto)
    List Price: $223.00

    Supports up to 8.8lbs
    Light and compact design
    Designed to fit into carry-on luggage and backpacks


  • Gitzo

    Gitzo GK1880CQR Series 1 Basalt Compact QR Kit

    Photography (Gitzo)

    Rapid Column: The center column locking collar above the tripod shoulder makes it easier to adjust the column quickly, with an anti-rotation grooved center column for improved stability.
    G-Lock: The G-Lock locking mechanism is redesigned for a 20% increase in rigidity, faster operation and stronger, safer locking. The G-Lock's design also includes a "gravity lock" effect by which the higher the load applied vertically to the leg, the stronger the lock.
    Anti Leg Rotation: The Anti Leg Rotation (ALR) system means the tripod can be opened in less than 15 seconds by simply loosening all the twist locks on each leg at the same time, then pulling the leg down and tightening the locks individually.
    Tripod Features
    Ground Level Set: Ground level set allows you to remove the center column to save weight and get the camera closer to the ground...no tools needed.


  • chenfa

    AFAITH® Professional SLR Camera Tripod Monopod & Ball Head Portable Compact Travel up to 35lbs

    Photography (chenfa)

    Rating (78 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    chenfa

    I tried to find someting wrong

    0 5/5 Timothy L. Boschen "Saddlebag Photography" (Sterling, Virginia United States) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: AFAITH® Professional SLR Camera Tripod Monopod & Ball Head Portable Compact Travel up to 35lbs (Electronics) This tripod comes from China and is a no-name brand. I was fairly sure I would be disappointed when it arrived. I had looked at several carbon fiber travel tripods but I was afraid it would crack under rough use. This no-name fits the bill. The mag-aluminum alloy is sturdy and holds my Canon 60D well. The ball is tight and turns smoothly. I am 6'2" and I can look through the eye piece without bending over. For the life of me, I cannot find anything bad to say about this tripod. For the money, it's a real good deal. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 24, 2014

    Rugged, Lightweight & Compact - Similar to MeFoto RoadTrip at 1/2 the Price!

    Being on the Road a Ton, Needing to Travel Light in the Backcounty (and on Planes) and Having to Shoot a LOT of My Own Video and Photos alone - for Ultimate Survival Tips on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/UltimateSurvivalTips ... I've been doing a lot of research and have been looking for a lightweight yet rugged and compact tripod for several months.I almost pulled the trigger on the MeFoto Roadtrip when I found this gem... Which upon closer inspection seemed to line up REALLY, REALLY closely in spec, look and function to the MeFoto and some other "brands."Like MANY Others - I have found about NOTHING wrong with the AFAITH Tripod which is sturdy and sufficient for my DSLRs and Canon XA-20... And as far as I can tell this tripod is exactly the same - as the MeFoto Roadtrip (with a few style tweaks) at around 1/2 the price.NOW let me say that for the extra cost MeFoto will give you up to a 5 Year Warranty (3-years standard - 2 extra if you... 5/5 David Robert (North Central, PA USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: AFAITH® Professional SLR Camera Tripod Monopod & Ball Head Portable Compact Travel up to 35lbs (Electronics) Being on the Road a Ton, Needing to Travel Light in the Backcounty (and on Planes) and Having to Shoot a LOT of My Own Video and Photos alone - for Ultimate Survival Tips on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/UltimateSurvivalTips ... I've been doing a lot of research and have been looking for a lightweight yet rugged and compact tripod for several months.I almost pulled the trigger on the MeFoto Roadtrip when I found this gem... Which upon closer inspection seemed to line up REALLY, REALLY closely in spec, look and function to the MeFoto and some other "brands."Like MANY Others - I have found about NOTHING wrong with the AFAITH Tripod which is sturdy and sufficient for my DSLRs and Canon XA-20... And as far as I can tell this tripod is exactly the same - as the MeFoto Roadtrip (with a few style tweaks) at around 1/2 the price.NOW let me say that for the extra cost MeFoto will give you up to a 5 Year Warranty (3-years standard - 2 extra if you... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 23, 2015

    Top Knotch Knock-Off

    0 5/5 D. Hall (Seattle) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: AFAITH® Professional SLR Camera Tripod Monopod & Ball Head Portable Compact Travel up to 35lbs (Electronics) This tripod is similar to other reverse-folding tripods like others from Dolica, MeFoto, and 3-Legged Thing; but at a fraction of the price. It's not made of the lightest or strongest materials like some of the other brands, but you get what you pay for. That said, this is a stellar tripod that does the job and folds up compact and light. Another plus for me was that the ballhead is compatible with Peak Design's Capture Clip system. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 14, 2014
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    Typical regulating design of elevator, offering the different damping effect depends on the weight of your camera
    5-section center column, realizing your lowest angle shooting
    Quick release leg locking, giving a more convenient leg handling
    Pull-out button angling adjustment, ensuring single adjust of each leg
    Dual hydraulic Level PTZ, three the knobs design PTZ


  • Gitzo

    Gitzo GT2340L Series 2 Aluminum 4 Section Tripod

    Photography (Gitzo)


  • Gitzo

    Gitzo GT1544T Traveler Tripod (Black)

    Photography (Gitzo)

    Rating (8 reviews):
    (4.9/5)
    Gitzo

    Amazingly light and solid

    Legs unlock and lock with ease and precision. One barely has to snug them and they lock in place. All four segments can be released at the same time making setup really fast. Fit and finish is superb. I use an Acratech GP Ball head which is a very good fit for this tripod but doesn't quite let the legs close completely. This has not proved to be a problem as I only fold the legs over the head when packing for flights and need the shortest possible length. The only negative found is that the tip covers on the legs will slip occasionally on hardwood floors. This is more of minor annoyance than a problem. My old tripod was the Manfrotto 190 CX PRO B which costs less than half as much and worked very well. The Gitzo weighs about a pound less and was definitely worth the upgrade. The old saw about the best tripod is the one you have with you is true and with the 1544t at 3.1 lbs with head, you will have no reason not to have it with you. If you are not using heavy long glass, you... 5/5 Michael (Loveland, CO) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) Legs unlock and lock with ease and precision. One barely has to snug them and they lock in place. All four segments can be released at the same time making setup really fast. Fit and finish is superb. I use an Acratech GP Ball head which is a very good fit for this tripod but doesn't quite let the legs close completely. This has not proved to be a problem as I only fold the legs over the head when packing for flights and need the shortest possible length. The only negative found is that the tip covers on the legs will slip occasionally on hardwood floors. This is more of minor annoyance than a problem. My old tripod was the Manfrotto 190 CX PRO B which costs less than half as much and worked very well. The Gitzo weighs about a pound less and was definitely worth the upgrade. The old saw about the best tripod is the one you have with you is true and with the 1544t at 3.1 lbs with head, you will have no reason not to have it with you. If you are not using heavy long glass, you... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 1, 2013

    Gitzo has taken us back to the 1541T!!!

    So I was on the fence when the 1541T came out a few years back and never got it. Instead I got the 1550T because I thought I would prefer it's smaller size. What I did not take in to consideration was the 5 sections vs 4 on the 1541T. In any case, I got tired of extending the 5 sections every time and I didn't feel that the 5 sections of the 1550T were particularly stable for my large DSLR so I went searching again... I looked at the 1542T but was put off by the center column as it was designed differently so that if you had a head attached and closed the legs, the head would be sticking out the top. I'm happy to say that with the 1541T, Gitzo redesigned the center column to make it more like the 1541T so that when you close the legs, the legs surround the head. The 1544T is a pretty good fit with my Acratech GP-ss! It's not perfect as the legs don't fully close but it's good enough for me at this point. I could have gotten a Markins Q3t or something smaller than my GP-ss but I... 5/5 gadget-o-holic (The Windy City) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) So I was on the fence when the 1541T came out a few years back and never got it. Instead I got the 1550T because I thought I would prefer it's smaller size. What I did not take in to consideration was the 5 sections vs 4 on the 1541T. In any case, I got tired of extending the 5 sections every time and I didn't feel that the 5 sections of the 1550T were particularly stable for my large DSLR so I went searching again... I looked at the 1542T but was put off by the center column as it was designed differently so that if you had a head attached and closed the legs, the head would be sticking out the top. I'm happy to say that with the 1541T, Gitzo redesigned the center column to make it more like the 1541T so that when you close the legs, the legs surround the head. The 1544T is a pretty good fit with my Acratech GP-ss! It's not perfect as the legs don't fully close but it's good enough for me at this point. I could have gotten a Markins Q3t or something smaller than my GP-ss but I... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 19, 2013

    Woohoo! I am stoked

    0 5/5 J. Martin - See all my reviews, October 24, 2013
    List Price: $856.00
    Reversable center column
    Made from 6X carbon fiber
    Anti leg rotation
    Shorter column to allow lower minimum height
    G Lock leg locks


  • Bogen

    Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Tripod Ser.3 4S Long (Black)

    Photography (Bogen)

    Rating (3 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    Bogen

    compared to other Gitzo

    0 4/5 Bob D. - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Tripod Ser.3 4S Long (Black) (Electronics) Compared to Ser 2 GT2542LS, which I like better. Pros: heavier tubing. Easy adjust hight with center column (important feature for 4X5 field camera). Seems as solid as Ser 2. Open (non extended) about eye level for me (6'2"),(so is Ser 2, LS). Con: Heavier than Ser 2 and collapsed length no shorter than Ser 2. Feet on this are slick and slide on hardwood/tile floors, making this less stable overall. Also, Ser 2 feet have built in spikes, while with this one, the are tool applied option. Mounitng plate smaller: The RRR BH-55 head "hangs over". Large plate on Ser 2 a stability plus, I think. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 18, 2014

    Love it. It has reduced any unwanted camera shake

    0 5/5 Sejal G. Patel (Waukesha, WI United States) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Tripod Ser.3 4S Long (Black) (Electronics) Love it. It has reduced any unwanted camera shake. It is much heavier than my previous Benro, but the trade off with no camera vibrations is worth it. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 27, 2015

    Excellent

    0 5/5 Sidney de Zoysa - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Tripod Ser.3 4S Long (Black) (Electronics) Excellent 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 13, 2014
    List Price: $1,106.00
    Price: $994.88
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    Built in hook
    Reversible column
    Constructed from Carbon exact
    G-Lock Ultra leg logs
    Leg angle selector with spring


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