Tripod or not to tripod

Nov 1st, 2004, 04:36 AM
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Tripod or not to tripod

Is it worth carrying tripod for indoor/evening/night photography? I have read that tripods arenot allowed inside monuments. Is it allowed in temples at night?

Thank you.
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Nov 1st, 2004, 05:50 AM
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I'm planning a trip myself, so I don't have first hand experience. Check out and do a search for "Egypt". Lots of good discussion on this and other Egypt photo related topics.
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Nov 1st, 2004, 11:27 PM
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hi steven
thanks for the pointer.
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Nov 2nd, 2004, 03:42 AM
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We saw people with tripods - so they must be allowed in some places. However, traffic flow and sheer number of people make them difficult to use without obstructions by passers-by and annoying for people who trip over them.
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Nov 2nd, 2004, 08:06 PM
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Officially, tripods aren't allowed in temples, museums, historical sites, etc. However, baksheesh goes a long ways, so you might want to risk it.

I didn't take mine but still managed to get many decent night photos. I brought a small hand towell that I would rest on walls and other semi-flat surfaces. It worked good enough. Yes, I would have preferred the tripod, but I know I also would have been denied entrance in many places - so, I think I made the right tradeoff. You can view these photos here:

Carry some fairly high-speed film, too. I got some of my evening shots handheld...

Have a great trip. Egypt is one of a kind.

Regards, Bruce
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Nov 4th, 2004, 04:43 AM
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Hi Bruce

Thanks for the tips.
What speed films did you carry? 400,800,1600?

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Nov 6th, 2004, 04:21 PM
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A small, lightweight alternative to a tripod is a ClamPod - a clamp with a standard mount on it. You can buy one, or you can weld a screw on a pair of ViseGrips for 1/4 the cost.
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While you can't beat a tripod for best quality, unless you are a professional, high speed film is your best bet. After a while, lugging a camera bag around becomes a real pain; a camera bag, water and a worthwhile tripod will soon put a real damper on your trip.

Nov 7th, 2004, 12:04 PM
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Hi Sunil,

You're welcome.

I now carry print film in 400 speed (as well as slower) as the quality has gotten as good as the ISO 100 of only a few years ago. On that particular trip, however, I did not have anything but 100 and 50. I was able to get some decent early-evening shots handheld with ISO 100 film. Not recommended, but it did the trick.

Regards, Bruce -- Fine-art Travel Photography
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