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I'm 5'8", and the GT5533 gets too high for me to see the camera controls (depends on the head, of course). On a slope, extra leg length helps a lot, but on level ground, it's plenty tall.Thank you for all the suggestions.
I should add, despite my username, I am only 5'6" so having a tripod which extends 8 foot isnt a huge requirement to me
My two cents whatever worth.On multiple occasions I have tried and mostly failed to achieve perfectly sharp images on a sandy beach with even moderate wind using frame averaging on long exposures. Adding extra weight to stabilize the tripod, using my arms to limit vibration were all employed
Yes, plywood hut and grip truck are great but no vehicles or even temporary structures are allowed here at my beach in Palm Beach.my assistant would usually set up a wind break with C-stands flying a Matthews 4x4 floppy (4x4 frame opens to a 4x8). Also great to keep hot sun off the camera. On another project in Minnesota during winter, I had a 4x4x8 plywood hut constructed with a hole to shoot through for a night shot of lit aircraft at a very windy airport location. i’ve also utilized production vehicles like the grip truck as a wind break when it was convenient to a location.
But then just might use vibration suppression pads which may do both, prevent sinking in sand and suppress vibration.
I'm curious. While there are a zillion articles out there (many identical) extolling their virtues, I have yet to find a test. Let us know what you think!But then just might use vibration suppression pads which may do both, prevent sinking in sand and suppress vibration.
Celestron Vibration Suppression Pads have a 4.6 out of 5 rating based on over 500 reviewers on Amazon, https://tinyurl.com/44kkvhde (no association or affiliation).
(After reading some of the reviews I will order and try out!)