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Tripod for birding?

20 Mar 2022 8:09AM
I wish to try some birding this year after seeing some impressive shots in the gallery recently, do i need a tripod and if so can i get some recommendations please, or do you guys that shoot birds just use freehand to hold your camera's?

Chrism8 16 1.0k 34 England
20 Mar 2022 8:56AM
Depends if your after birds in flight or stationary, for BIF def handheld as their movement is generally unpredictable, for birds in a tree or bush, a tripod would help in reducing any camera shake with a long lens.

You'll get more definitive answers if you expand a little more on what your looking for as well as the kit you have / intend to acquire
20 Mar 2022 9:30AM
I quite often use a small table top style tripod about 6 inches high so if out and about I can quickly put my camera on the floor for ground level photos of the wildlife

20 Mar 2022 3:17PM
I grabbed my DSLR with my 70-200mm (havn't bought new lens yet) this morning and test ran a couple of shots just to get the feel of things and have decided no tripod, easier and more flexible to go free hand so to speak.

thanks for the replies.

Jestertheclown 14 8.8k 255 England
20 Mar 2022 5:46PM
I don't shoot birds in the wild exactly; just the ones in my garden and the ducks etc. at a nearby canal and the local parks, none of which are in flight.
I've got hundreds of images gathered over the years, not one of which was taken using a tripod.
In fact, I don't really see how you'd be able to use one.
NeilSchofield Plus
16 1.8k 1 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2022 9:45PM
If you have an arca plate on your lens and the weight with camera is hand holdable, then you can get cheap pistol grips on eBay, simply attach a cheap arca clamp to it for gripping the lens, it can help when wafting it about

If you’’re in a hide then a simple bean bag would normally suffice

You would normally only need a tripod if you’re kit is very heavy, you’’re hanging about for ages waiting for something to turn up or you’re using a remote trigger
LenShepherd 15 4.6k United Kingdom
22 Mar 2022 8:47AM
Some of the pictures you have seen are likely to have been taken with very expensive equipment and a Gimbal head on a tripod - AFTER learning where a specific bird species can relatively easily be photographed.

Perhaps you could start by hand holding photographing birds in the garden through a window, or on ducks in a local park to see how you get on and whether you want to take bird photography further.
22 Mar 2022 2:17PM
After spending a couple of days in the garden chasing birds around with my 70 - 200mm i have found i don't have the patience for birding and any shots i got would be put to shame against the excellent images i have seen in the gallery, i'm going to stick with macro and flowers for a while since i don't have to chase them Grin Tongue

I'll leave birding to the dedicated people here.

thanks for all the replies.
Carabosse Plus
20 43.7k 270 England
22 Mar 2022 2:51PM
I think ducks etc in the local park is a good suggestion. They are used to people and you can even get close ups as I did recently - using my smartphone!🦆😁 (It's in my pf).

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