Tripods & Nadirs?Ok, next dumb questions) And yes, anytime I am learning something new, I CRINGE when I read it years later, thinking, dang, why was I so dense?! lol It takes awhile of repeated answers to build the neuron connections....well, that's my story and I am sticking to it! ;)
I saw the 10 minute pano video from 360precision (expensive head!) and the guy casually takes the nadir shot handheld. I read various stuff about tripods needing small footprints to minimize interference, then I see this expensive carbon fiber tripod with a carbon arm that can be set horizontal. A mere $500 or so dollars! lol. Manfrotto has their version for around $180.
I have also heard that any semi-cheesy tripod that isn't put in a breeze will do, so i am in tripod acquisition mode right now.
One would think that the nadir shot needs to be perfectly straight down and shot at the same height as the horizontals, but I guess the software must resolve that otherwise people would not be shooting nadirs hand-held. Anything I should know about when shooting the nadir hand--held?
Or are these tripods with an center post that can articulate over to the horizontal the cats meow for shooting nadirs?
The other issue for me is the tripod weigh. I am already overweight on both checked bags, so get stuck with those fees, PLUS a 3rd checked bag, which costs a mere $350 USD these days. NOW add a D300, 2 lenses, a pano head and a heavy tripod, and there goes the 4th checked bag, another $350 round trip :( What a bargain! lol
So tripod weight is an issue, so I am open to suggestions.