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[Light, high rigidity, high cost performance] How to choose a tripod for mountaineering and introduction of recommended SLIK tripod.

When you stay overnight in the mountains, you can take a beautiful picture of the starry sky and night view by bringing a tripod in addition to a strong camera in the dark.
Tripods for mountain climbing are required to be light and highly rigid.
A heavy tripod can drain your physical fitness and increase your risk of injury.

Also, when shooting a starry sky, leave the shutter open for about 20 seconds. If you use a tripod with low rigidity, the tripod will shake due to the weight of the camera or the wind, resulting in a blurred photo.

In this article, I will introduce how to choose a tripod for mountaineering and the tripod recommended by the author.

How to choose a tripod

First of all, how to choose a tripod is described below.

Material

There are various materials for tripods such as aluminum and carbon.
Let’s choose a carbon tripod.
Carbon is a material that combines lightness and high rigidity.
Carbon tripods are slightly more expensive, but choosing a good manufacturer can keep your expenses to a minimum.

Pipe diameter

The rigidity of a tripod is represented by the pipe diameter.
The heavier the camera, the thicker the tripod pipe is required
As a guide, choose a pipe diameter of 22 mm for a mirrorless camera and 25 mm for a single lens reflex camera.
Of course, there is a trade-off between pipe diameter and tripod weight.

It should be noted that one of the specifications of the tripod is “load capacity”, but it is said that it is not so reliable. It is more certain to choose by pipe diameter.

Number of Leg Sections

There are three and four leg sections of a tripod.
If you want to emphasize stability at the time of shooting (not blurring), choose three leg sections, let’s choose four leg sections if you emphasize compactness at the time of storage.

The three leg sections have a thicker pipe diameter at the bottom of the tripod, which increases stability.
The four leg sections is easier to carry because the total length when the tripod is folded is shorter.

When climbing a mountain, it is easy to carry it if the tripod is external to the side of Zack.
If the tripod does not pop out from Zack’s head, it is a good idea to buy a three leg sections tripod.
If you can’t tolerate this pop outting, it’s a good idea to buy a four leg sections tripod.

Introduction of recommended tripod

I introduce the recommended tripod made by SLIK below.

For mirrorless camera users

For mirrorless camera users, I recommend the SLIK PRO CF-633.

The specifications of the SLIK PRO CF-633 are as follows:

  • Pipe diameter… 22mm
  • Weight… 900g
  • Number of leg sections… Three-stage
  • Folded Length … 540mm

The SLIK PRO CF-633 is a tripod that combines high-cost performance and light weight.
A tripod with the same specifications made by another company weighs 1.2 kg or costs $800.

For compactness, the 4-stage the Slik PRO CF-634 is a good choice.
Folded length of the Slik PRO CF-634 is 475mm, it is compact.

For SLR users

The Slik PRO CF-733 is recommended for SLR users.

The specifications of The Slik PRO CF-733 are as follows:

  • Pipe diameter… 25mm
  • Weight… 1,330g
  • Number of leg sections… Three-stage
  • Folded Length… 575mm

SLR cameras are heavier than mirrorless cameras, so it is necessary to secure a pipe diameter of 25 mm.
As a result, the weight of the tripod inevitably becomes heavier.

If you want compactness, The Slik PRO CF-734 with four-stage is a good choice.
The total length at the time of storage ofThe Slik PRO CF-734 is 475 mm, it is compact.

Introduction of the photograph taken by CF-633 tripod

I introduce the night view that I took using the SLIK PRO CF-633.

The camera body used is Fujifilm’s mirrorless camera X-T3.
The interchangeable lens is the XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.
The total weight of the camera and lens is about 1 kg.
I used a tripod, so I took the picture with the camera and lens image stabilization function turned off.


The wind speed at this time was 10 m/sec. Since it was shot above the forest limit, I was in a situation where it was exposed to the wind.

1st photo.

The first example is shown below.
This is a picture of Mt. Fuji and the sea of clouds from the top of Mt. Akaishi.
What shines at the top of the photo is not the sun, but the full moon.

The shutter speed is 60 seconds and the converted focal length is 27mm. As I took a long exposure in the windy conditions, you can see the clouds flowing.

Mt. Fuji and the sea of clouds.
Camera settings shutter speed 60s, f8, iso500, conversion focal length 27mm




Shown below is a magnified view of Mt. Fuji and the mountain range in the foreground in the above picture.
Even though the shutter was opened for 60 seconds in the wind speed of 10m/sec, you can see that the outline of the mountain is not blurred at all.

Mt. Fuji and the sea of clouds. Equal times display.

Second photo.

Here is an example of the second one.
This is a photograph of the Mt.Akaishidake cabin and the sea of clouds.
The shutter speed is 60 seconds. The conversion focal length is 62 mm, which is a more disadvantageous condition (conditions that are easy to shake) than the first one.

You can also see the clouds flowing because I exposed for a long time in a windy environment.

Mt. Akaishidake cabin and sea of clouds.
Camera settings shutter speed 60s, f8, iso500, conversion focal length 62mm




Shown below is a magnified view of the location of the mountain hut in the photo above.
Even though the shutter was opened for 60 seconds in the wind speed of 10m/sec, you can see that the outline of the mountain hut is not blurred at all.

Mt. Akaishidake cabin and sea of clouds. Equal times display.



In conclusion, the SLIK PRO CF-633 seems to be a very good tripod.
This article is over.

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