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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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    Carbon Fiber construction
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  • Gitzo

    Gitzo GT-531 Series 00 Carbon 6x 3 Section G-Lock Tripod - Replaces GT350 (Black)

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    Rating (2 reviews):
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    0 5/5 W. P. ford (seaford, new york) - See all my reviews, June 22, 2013

    Excellent lightweight tripod

    0 5/5 S. Hooton "Samsung52LCD" (Juneau, AK USA) - See all my reviews, July 13, 2014
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  • Ravelli

    Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70" Tripod with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag

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    Rating (593 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    Ravelli

    WOW!

    I've got to say everything the other reviewers have said is true. This thing is awesome, especially for the money. I've broken this down into PRO's and CON's because there are a few nit picky negatives, but I say GET IT!PROS1. Pistol Ball grip - This thing is awesome. Easy to adjust and rock solid in any position. I'm doing a lot of portrait work and constantly changing from landscape to portrait. Position changes are instantanious.Grip is easy to work.2. All Aluminum construction - That pretty much says it. Everything is either cast or extruded aluminum. And not the cheap stuff either.3. Adjustable positions - The main legs can be independantly set to any of three angles allowing for almost any configuration you could think of. The center shaft can easily be inverted for low shots.4. Carrying bag.- Unlike what another reviewer had said, you CAN put the tripod in the bag without removing the head as long as you tilt the head... 5/5 Johncal - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70" Tripod with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag (Camera) I've got to say everything the other reviewers have said is true. This thing is awesome, especially for the money. I've broken this down into PRO's and CON's because there are a few nit picky negatives, but I say GET IT!PROS1. Pistol Ball grip - This thing is awesome. Easy to adjust and rock solid in any position. I'm doing a lot of portrait work and constantly changing from landscape to portrait. Position changes are instantanious.Grip is easy to work.2. All Aluminum construction - That pretty much says it. Everything is either cast or extruded aluminum. And not the cheap stuff either.3. Adjustable positions - The main legs can be independantly set to any of three angles allowing for almost any configuration you could think of. The center shaft can easily be inverted for low shots.4. Carrying bag.- Unlike what another reviewer had said, you CAN put the tripod in the bag without removing the head as long as you tilt the head... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 4, 2010

    A whole lotta tripod for the money.

    I'm 6' 3" tall, and needed a tall, stable tripod. After reading positive reviews on Amazon, I decided to take a chance on the Ravelli APGL4.PROS:1) very sturdy and stable2) capable of extending tall enough for an NBA player to use3) well-designed panhead is quick to adjust, and holds position securely4) all metal construction5) adjustable tension leg locks hold legs securely6) two instant-release mounting plates7) very versatile8) reversible column9) 3 bubble levels on panhead10) includes Allen wrenches for adjustment11) low costCONS:1) not ready to use right out of the box - loose screws & other minorassembly glitches easily fixed with a screwdriver & Allen wrenches2) screws are made of a softer metal than they should be.3) a few screw heads were deformed by assembly at the factory4) funky smell from manufacturing5) somewhat heavy6) graphite... 4/5 R. Ballard "Radio DJ" (Iowa, USA) - See all my reviews, April 23, 2011

    Great Value

    I ordered this tripod and am truly impressed. This is a sturdy, well constructed tripod that performs beyond my expectations for this price. The pistol grips by themselves can cost more than this entire setup.Pros:1. Solid, the weight provides great stability and it feels like it can take a lot of abuse. Nothing about this screams 'cheap'.2. Pistol grip head is easy to use and locks solidly in place. When the trigger is released it doesn't budge the smallest amount even supporting my camera and heaviest lens. I'm not sure I could ever go back to a pan head tripod again.3. Extends to about 6 feet high. Collapses to about 2 feet when not in use.4. Comes with an extra quick release plate, adjustment wrenches, carrying case and a free mini tripod.Cons:1. This is a heavy tripod, I didn't weigh it but must be close to 10 pounds easily. Not ideal for taking on long treks hiking to photo spots.2. Could be considered bulkier... 5/5 JR - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70" Tripod with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag (Camera) I ordered this tripod and am truly impressed. This is a sturdy, well constructed tripod that performs beyond my expectations for this price. The pistol grips by themselves can cost more than this entire setup.Pros:1. Solid, the weight provides great stability and it feels like it can take a lot of abuse. Nothing about this screams 'cheap'.2. Pistol grip head is easy to use and locks solidly in place. When the trigger is released it doesn't budge the smallest amount even supporting my camera and heaviest lens. I'm not sure I could ever go back to a pan head tripod again.3. Extends to about 6 feet high. Collapses to about 2 feet when not in use.4. Comes with an extra quick release plate, adjustment wrenches, carrying case and a free mini tripod.Cons:1. This is a heavy tripod, I didn't weigh it but must be close to 10 pounds easily. Not ideal for taking on long treks hiking to photo spots.2. Could be considered bulkier... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 16, 2010
    List Price: $399.99
    Quick Release Leg Locks
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    Pistol Grip Tilt Adjustment Head
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  • Bogen

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  • Gitzo

    Gitzo GK2580TQR Series 2 Traveler Kit Tripod

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    Rating (10 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Gitzo

    Best of both worlds

    So I did not want to buy this tripod. I walked into a local camera store planning on spending about USD 200 on a tripod. I had no idea what I wanted so I took my camera (D300) with a 200mm lens into the store. I looked around and no salesman in sight. Just about 15 different tripods out to be looked at with another 20 or so folded up on the side. I began putting my camera on different tripods to see which I liked.Instead of telling you all the great things about this Gitzo I figured I would explain what I learned and my reasoning for buying this one.1. I did not know this but when I began putting my camera on different tripods I saw that many of the lighter ones were not sturdy. What I mean by sturdy is that they did not hold my camera up well. A sturdy tripod (I learned) has to be made of proper material but this is not enough. The locking systems on the legs have to be well engineered. You see tripods have to be carried by the photographer so the... 5/5 D. Galletti "BovrilArg" (Buenos Aires Argentina) - See all my reviews, August 12, 2009

    Great Legs, but terrible head that you have to pay for...

    OK, so I've had this for about a year now, and feel comfortable writing a review.First, don't be fooled by the copies. My friend bought a "angel" copy and we compared the two. Yeah, not the same quality nor stability; though it does have a BETTER BALLHEAD and more "features" than the Gitzo. I'd give it 75% for 1/3 the price.Anyways, the thing that totally ruins the rating of this tripod is the fact that you have to pay for the completely worthless ballhead that comes with it. Let's face: if you're paying $900+ for a TRAVEL tripod, you're not looking for second best - and yet Gitzo only sells these great lets with a 3rd class ballhead - the plate doesn't sit tightly and has tons and tons of creep, the ballhead is neither smooth nor particularly tight and also has a bit of creep (depending on setup). The ballhead in no way inspires any confidence.And to top it off, the pin that attaches the terrible Gitzo ballhead to the legs is a hassle to... 3/5 Just Another Joe "Joe" (Joeville, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gitzo GK2580TQR Series 2 Traveler Kit Tripod (Electronics) OK, so I've had this for about a year now, and feel comfortable writing a review.First, don't be fooled by the copies. My friend bought a "angel" copy and we compared the two. Yeah, not the same quality nor stability; though it does have a BETTER BALLHEAD and more "features" than the Gitzo. I'd give it 75% for 1/3 the price.Anyways, the thing that totally ruins the rating of this tripod is the fact that you have to pay for the completely worthless ballhead that comes with it. Let's face: if you're paying $900+ for a TRAVEL tripod, you're not looking for second best - and yet Gitzo only sells these great lets with a 3rd class ballhead - the plate doesn't sit tightly and has tons and tons of creep, the ballhead is neither smooth nor particularly tight and also has a bit of creep (depending on setup). The ballhead in no way inspires any confidence.And to top it off, the pin that attaches the terrible Gitzo ballhead to the legs is a hassle to... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 23, 2010

    Brings a tear to your eye a couple of ways

    So, I've drug a competitor's tripod on two vacations and not gotten it to the field. Why? too heavy to bother with. Ok I'm an amateur, but like the good stuff. After a recent class, I picked up the Olympus 12-60 and 50-200 both very sharp glass. Both around four figures, and at 4-6lbs E3 camera and lens(4/3 system) depending on the lens. The legacy tripod I was describing was carbon, but all told around 5 lbs. This one (Gitzo kit)goes 3 lbs 10.5 oz on my digital scale. For some reason, this makes a huge difference.Early images look great, and the unit feels very stable. I really like the feel of the leg tighteners and gripping and releasing all three at once is nice. The ball head is very functional except for panning, which only seems possible if you remove the center post and pan on the lip of the head itself. Strange, but functional. Otherwise the unit snugs up well and I like the quick release plate so well I machined a matching recess for the nub in my lens... 4/5 Craig Guinn "olympusbug" (Atlanta) - See all my reviews, May 30, 2010
    Ground level set allows you to remove the center column to save weight and get the camera closer to the ground
    Anti Leg Rotation system allows loosening of all the twist locks on each leg at the same time for quick set up
    G-Lock locking mechanism gives faster operation and stronger, safer locking
    The rapid column can easily be inverted for an alternative shooting angle or low level macro work
    Removable rubber feet allows you to easily change worn out rubber feet or to fit other accessories, such as spiked feet or snow/sand shoes


  • Dolica

    Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head

    Photography (Dolica)

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    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
    Support up to 13.2 lbs
    Quick release leg locks and non-slip rubber feet
    Ballhead, quick release plate and bubble level
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  • Gitzo

    Gitzo GT1544T Traveler Tripod (Black)

    Photography (Gitzo)

    Rating (3 reviews):
    (5.0/5)
    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
    Price: $648.00
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    Made from 6X carbon fiber
    Shorter column to allow lower minimum height
    G Lock leg locks
    Reversable center column
    Anti leg rotation


  • Bogen

    Gitzo GK2542-80QD Mountaineer Kit Ser.2 4S Ball Head QD (Black)

    Photography (Bogen)
    List Price: $1,312.00
    Price: $1,148.04
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    Reversible column
    G-Lock Ultra leg logs
    Built in hook
    Constructed from Carbon exact
    Leg angle selector with spring


  • Ravelli

    Ravelli APLT4 61-inch Light Weight Aluminum Tripod With Bag

    Photography (Ravelli)

    Cary Bag included
    *Units do not include Mini Tripod as packaging might state*
    Lightweight and compact design
    Center pole is extendable
    Pan and tilt motion with the option of shooting landscape or portrait
    61.5" height but it collapses to 24"


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