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Old 12-12-2014, 10:06 AM   #1
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Best way to carry tripod through parks

Hi all,

My usual set up for going through the parks is to have my 7D + lens of the day on a BlackRapid strap. I don't like to carry other stuff around with me as it weighs me down.

For my trip over Christmas, I know the daylight will be limited and I would like to do some night time shots. In the past, I've carried the camera attached to the tripod and collapsed the legs. I then just carry the whole set over my shoulder. I've done this with the flash attached as well.

What I'm wondering is if anyone has come across a nice way to carry the tripod without any gear attached. My goal is to keep it light (no backpack) and relatively easily accessible.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Not sure what type of tripod you have, but I would look at a locker for when you are not going to use it for awhile or my favorite way is to have my wife carry it for me. As I tell her... love, honor and carry my gear

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I have a strap attached to my tripod(s) to wear it over my shoulder with the tripod in back. It works ok for the 2-3 pound tripods I carry.
I have read enough warnings about carrying the tripod with the camera attached that I rarely do it. The Really Right Stuff clamps seem safe but I wouldn't trust the typical screw-in platform.
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When I'm not actively shooting, I carry my tripod usually my the head or the adjustment handle of the head, letting the legs hang down so I don't poke anyone...I keep the camera off the tripod.

When I'm actively shooting using the tripod, I typically will leave the camera mounted, wrapping the neck strap of the camera around my hand at all times for security, leave the legs fully extended but the center post collapsed down, and put the camera over my shoulder, so the tripod legs are down against the front of my body, with my right arm wrapped around them and camera strap around my right wrist. This lets me feel safe that the camera won't go anywhere if it came released, the tripod legs are vertical against my body so not interfering with anyone, the camera sits above my shoulder so it's out of the crowd and can't be bumped, and all I have to do when I'm ready to shoot is spread the 3 legs and put the rig down.

Just got back a few weeks ago from Disney World, and did exactly that - was crowded for Christmas and I took a ton of night shots with the tripod at DHS and Epcot...no problems weaving through the crowds this way.
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