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View Poll Results: Do you bring a tripod?
Every day 7 18.42%
Some Parks 19 50.00%
Never 12 31.58%
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:33 PM   #1
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Tripod or no?

How many of you bring a tripod to the parks with you? I've brought one a few times, but only once brought it in to the parks. That was in 2007 when I was both brand new into SLR photography and only on my second trip to WDW. What a newb! I have used it in the resort to take some pictures. Is it worth the hassle? I'm going March 17-24 in case that helps.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:06 PM   #2
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I was in the same boat when we went to the parks. I am so disappointed that I didn't at least take a tripod into the parks a few days. I kept looking for things to set my camera on to take pics, and it was just a huge pain. Next time I will definitely be planning a few days to take it with me, at least 1 day in each park.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:09 PM   #3
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I used too and used it a lot. But with two kids and all their stuff, I usually leave it for space issues.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:20 PM   #4
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I take it when I know I will be there after sunset, or for Wishes or Illuminations. We usually plan out our trips really well, so I know if I have time to use it, then decided to bring it. When I spend a whole day at the park I'll put the tripod in a locker for the day and take it out at night. Also, if you park hop, you only pay for the locker once. At the next park you would just put a deposit down, which you get back when you return the locker key. Just keep the receipt from the first park.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:28 PM   #5
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2 trips, brought full dSLR with tripod on the trip. First trip, lugged the tripod to a few dinners, but never to roam around the park. It was really only useful for a couple evening shots, done with a rear curtain flash.
Second trip, tired of lugging it around, only pulled it 1 or 2 times for shots at the resort. Really, not necessary at all.
Third trip, brought gorilla pod with RX100. Thus, fit in my pocket. Used it for Epcot Illuminations twice.

So IMHO... Good to bring along some version of a tripod if you want to shoot fireworks. Otherwise, you can probably live without it. And not bad to explore smaller tripods like gorillapods.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:39 PM   #6
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To me it depends on what i plan on shooting that day and how late I plan on staying as to whether or not i take both of mine.

I have 2 tripods, a full adjustable and a table top. The table top is in my bag all the time. If i am going to take any kind of long exposure shots then yes the adjustable goes in with me. It will collapse to about 2 feet and is not a problem to carry around and go on any rides with until needed. I have done this quite a few times. I love taking empty park pictures. I have also done some fireworks pics.

If you are planning on shooting the parades and shows then you have to worry about everyone hitting the legs when it gets crowded and it does.

The week you are going should not be that bad. The 2 weeks after your week are when most of the schools go on spring break. That will bring those crowds.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:17 PM   #7
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In the day I would leave at the room. When you going back to the park at night most likely for some night time photography then it is a must. Second trip to a park in the day I would have my tripod with me.

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Old 01-02-2013, 02:57 PM   #8
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Similarly to others, I bring tripods sometimes, depending on what I'm going to be shooting. I didn't answer in the poll, because none of the answers quite matched my use. I mostly bring tripods to parks when I know I intend to do long-exposure shots, which is most often at night. If I won't be heading back to my room during the day, I'll put the tripod in a locker earlier in the day and retrieve it at night, otherwise I'll head back to the room and bring it with me when I head back into the parks. Occasionally, I've shot daytime long exposure shots in the parks, during which I will obviously bring the tripod as well. I've brought my tripod to all 4 parks at one time or another - I'd say Epcot probably gets the tripod treatment the most, followed by Magic Kingdom. I never use a tripod just for standard shooting - only long exposures that exceed the hand-holdable limit greater than 1 second.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:44 AM   #9
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In the day I would leave at the room. When you going back to the park at night most likely for some night time photography then it is a must. Second trip to a park in the day I would have my tripod with me.

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Yes! This is what I did, that way I could get firework photos. I didn't bring mine to Epcot, & during the fireworks I wished I had!! But I did get great pictures at the Magic Kingdom.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:14 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone. I actually think the problem is my tripod. It does not fold down to smaller than 2 feet plus and does not fit in my bag. I think I will look into a smaller one and go from there. For me Disney is the whole deal but the photography is a big part or it. My trip reports are basically slide shows with captions. Lol.

I just value what of all of you think sp that is why I came to you for advice.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:05 PM   #11
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I brought mine in November and left it in the room 5 out of 7 days.

We had a stroller still and fitting it underneath wasn't that big of a deal.

It did come in handy in the room, since we were overlooking MK from CR. I couldn't have done those shots without one.

I also brought it for the morning we had our CRT breakfast and used a remote shutter release, which wasn't working for crap BTW, and at least got a couple of shots using a delayed timer.



Crazy bright sun that morning, I would have loved to had more time to setup the shot, some sort of nice fill flash ect. ect. but there was a horde of people coming behind us and I really rushed to try and get some shots with no one, or only one or two people in it.

Everyone was tired and this was the only really decent shot of all of us together.

So, definitely bring a tripod, just decide on a day by day basis if you want to bring it into a park.

Also at the moment I was setting up the shot I realized... "$%^& ! I can't rotate this tripod mount for portrait, I *have* to do landscape.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:50 AM   #12
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If I was going by myself I would probably bring one into the parks. I travel with someone who has no interest in creative photography and feels that stopping to setup a shot is a poor use of valuable vacation time. I have to admit that she makes a good point. I leave mine in the room and sometimes use it at night to shoot HDRs around the resort. I don't even carry an SLR in the parks anymore. I have been using a smaller and lighter mirrorless camera.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:17 AM   #13
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I'm surprised nobody has brought up bringing a monopod. I actually got far more use out of my monopod than my tripod. The funny thing is that I didn't use if for my camera much, but used it with my GoPro quite often. We almost always had the GoPro attached to a stroller for walk around shots, and would attach it to my monopod when we went on rides. The videos I got on Big Thunder Mountain were worth it alone.

Luckily we had a stroller for my nieces and I usually put both in the storage area which was convenient, but I still didn't use it much, because the trip was about them and the temps were in the high 90s most days. For our trip this summer I plan on spending some more time shooting for myself and expect to using it more.

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Old 01-03-2013, 10:41 AM   #14
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I'm surprised nobody has brought up bringing a monopod. I actually got far more use out of my monopod than my tripod. The funny thing is that I didn't use if for my camera much, but used it with my GoPro quite often. We almost always had the GoPro attached to a stroller for walk around shots, and would attach it to my monopod when we went on rides. The videos I got on Big Thunder Mountain were worth it alone.

Luckily we had a stroller for my nieces and I usually put both in the storage area which was convenient, but I still didn't use it much, because the trip was about them and the temps were in the high 90s most days. For our trip this summer I plan on spending some more time shooting for myself and expect to using it more.

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My travel tripod converts to a monopod, and the reason I didn't bring it up was I never found a use for it using still photography while at WDW. As you state, if you use video (DSLR, GoPro, etc.), it would be useful.

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I'm surprised nobody has brought up bringing a monopod. I actually got far more use out of my monopod than my tripod. The funny thing is that I didn't use if for my camera much, but used it with my GoPro quite often. We almost always had the GoPro attached to a stroller for walk around shots, and would attach it to my monopod when we went on rides. The videos I got on Big Thunder Mountain were worth it alone.

Luckily we had a stroller for my nieces and I usually put both in the storage area which was convenient, but I still didn't use it much, because the trip was about them and the temps were in the high 90s most days. For our trip this summer I plan on spending some more time shooting for myself and expect to using it more.

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A monopod is still susceptible to shake or blur. If you want a stable platform, you want a tripod.
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