Tripod spikes? Do you REALLY use them?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mtbdudex, May 22, 2010.

  1. mtbdudex macrumors 68000

    mtbdudex

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    I ordered my FEISOL CT-3441S CF tripod yesterday, however I "forgot" to order leg spikes.
    I can get 3 stainless steel ones for $9/each.

    Simply, how often have people with spikes on their tripod legs really-really used them?
    Will I miss them if not ordered?

    Do you guys have them, and only attach for snow/ice outdoor shots?

    My order not shipped yet, so I should be able to add these for same shipping charge.

    3 of these will add over 1lb to my tripod.
    http://www.feisol.net/feisol-spike-stainless-steel-p-18.html
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  2. FrankieTDouglas macrumors 65816

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    Well, I use mine all the time outside. Inside on hard floors, I pull them in and only use the rubber (and maybe duct tape the legs to the floor to really make sure the tripod doesn't move).

    Outside, I lower the spikes every time I set up a photo. I don't want my tripod to move at all while photographing. I also have a heavy tripod intended for large view cameras, even though I'm only using a 5D.

    Now, you have to ask yourself what you plan to do. I tend to photograph a scene over and over, trying different actions in front of the camera and also light a scene different ways while doing so, then composite it all back in later so no camera movement is essential. If you're just wanting a solid stand for a single shot, maybe the legs aren't so important.
     
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  4. mtbdudex thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well''that's a good "point", no pun intended...
    The aluminum ones are way lighter, 3 of these are about 1/2 lb.
    I'm thinking these instead now.


    http://www.feisol.net/feisol-spike-aluminum-p-19.html
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  5. compuwar macrumors 601

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    I haven't used tripod spikes in years, but then my tripod/head/base is probably about 18lbs, so it's not moving unless it's vibration, and then I can hang a bag from the base.

    Paul
     
  6. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

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    I have the Gitzo spikes on my tripod although I will admit I rarely use them. The primary reason being it's a bit difficult to pull the rubber "feet" off the spikes to expose the metal. The design of the Gitzo spikes is such that there is quite a bit of suction and friction holding the rubber feet on, and it can be quite a pull to get them off without lubrication. I think if it were easier to remove them I would use them more often because I have found circumstances when it would have been nice to plant some spikes into soft ground (beds of grass, etc).

    I'm thinking of getting a different set whose design looks better than the Gitzo ones to replace my spikes, and maybe I will use those more. Unfortunately they are made from titanium and while very light, do not come cheap.

    Ruahrc
     
  7. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    I don't even have spikes installed on my tripods anymore, as I find them completely pointless. Simply put, the tripod and camera by themselves don't move as they have enough weight - and if I really need to add a bit more I can hang my bag off the bottom of the centre column.

    Plus they're fiddly and annoying to deal with. I've not missed them in the slightest.
     
  8. John.B macrumors 601

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    I have a set of spikes for my Manfrotto 190CXPRO4. Personally I don't like carrying the tripod with the spikes out, and they can sometimes be a pain to retract once you get a good bit of dirt and mud in there (depending on the consistency of the dirt or mud). Or when wearing gloves when it's particularly cold.

    I'll eventually add an additional tripod dedicated more for indoor use.
     
  9. carlgo macrumors 68000

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    The tripod becomes a defensive weapon when the spikes are out. I hike in mountain lion country.
     
  10. mtbdudex thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thx everyone for feedback, I found out my tripod could not use the rubber/hideaway spikes, I just ordered a (3) pack of these short ones "just in case" as learning, only $12. I'll keep them in my bag...
    http://www.feisol.net/feisol-short-spikes-pack-p-40.html
    If I don't use them, or find I need/desire the long ones then I'll get those at later date. Yea, not titanium......that's still $$'s
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