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Nothing gets my 'juices' flowing better than the arrival of a new piece of photographic equipment. My new tripod rolled in yesterday. It's time to retire 'Old Sticky', which was the knock-off version of what I have now.



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'Old Sticky' had become SO uncooperative with age that I disliked using it. The temptation was just to brace the camera and boost the ISO 'sky-high'. End result is 'noise' which is easy to fix in CameraRAW (Photoshop), but excessive noise-correction produces slightly 'muddy' images, which is what you are seeing here. My professional photo buddy in Ohio, Jan Bell pointed this out in an email yesterday. A low ISO will require no noise-correction, keeping the tones bright.



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Okay, all you shutterbugs... No, I DIDN'T get one of those overpriced high-tech carbon-fiber lightweight p.o.s.'s that you see advertised. This Til-Tall tripod is the exact same model I had as a teenager, oh so many years ago. It's made of aircraft aluminum, but it is heavy-duty and will easily support the weight of a 4x5 view camera. It clamps down securely with precise control. Maximum height=74'. In a windstorm it can be tied to the ground.

Oh, do I love my new tripod?   Yes.
Will I enjoy carrying it?   No.


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