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#1 Gary Worrall

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 08:45 PM

Had a look at lens coat and they appear to have 2 options,

1. Leg Coat Wraps, and 

2. Leg Coat covers

 

The main difference I can see is the wrap option is a lot thinner, and the advantage of the coat cover,  its a lot thicker, some reviews have claimed too thick?

Going to get a Lens Coat for my tele lens but thought the tripod wraps would reduce the pain on the shoulder,

Covered a total of 5km last week, found the weight of the body/lens/tripod/ballhead OK but was a little pain digging into the shoulder, plus, a sidekick is arriving soon, another 2 1/2 lb. (think)

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 04:54 AM

Tripod wraps make a big difference when carrying a tripod for extended periods over your shoulder.

I've noticed that particularly with my Gitzo 5 series tripod setup and Nikkor 500 combination.

 

Another advantage in respect of both lens covers and tripod wraps is under cold weather conditions.

More pleasant to handle...

 

Gary, consider a monopod too if you don't already have one. I can walk all day with it when combined with the 500.

I'm inclined to use the tripod + gimbel head combination more in static situations.

 

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 05:12 AM

Tks Herman,

Yes I do have a monopod but I'm not that steady with it, guess I should practice more

 

I have a 3 series 3541LS/RRS BH-55/ and the addition of Wimberley sidekick soon, at least the Tamron is a lot less weight

Don't have the confidence with the monopod unfortunately, might have some practice tomorrow

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 10:56 AM

I went to the hardware store and purchase pipe warmers. They come in differant sizes and wrap around and have a little glue strip to hold them in place. On one tripod, it is so old that it is pretty tore up. time for a new set. Keeps it warm, I don't care if they get tore up as they are only $2.


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Posted 28 February 2015 - 11:14 AM

I have them on two of the legs but my Manfotto 055 XV came with them as did my Monopod. I like them in the cold easier to deal with.

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 12:37 PM

Both my tripods, as well as monopod, had wraps installed.  So I basically have to use them.

 

I like 'em for shooting in cold weather. All too often, I must remove my gloves or mitts to operate the camera, so grabbing a nice comfy wrap isn't as much as a shock as a cold, metal leg.


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Posted 28 February 2015 - 05:55 PM

I went to the hardware store and purchase pipe warmers. They come in differant sizes and wrap around and have a little glue strip to hold them in place. On one tripod, it is so old that it is pretty tore up. time for a new set. Keeps it warm, I don't care if they get tore up as they are only $2.

Good idea Dennis, they most probably call them pipe coolers here!  :D

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 05:58 PM

Tks Jim,

My Gitzo just came with a high price tag!  :)

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 05:59 PM

Both my tripods, as well as monopod, had wraps installed.  So I basically have to use them.

 

I like 'em for shooting in cold weather. All too often, I must remove my gloves or mitts to operate the camera, so grabbing a nice comfy wrap isn't as much as a shock as a cold, metal leg.

Tks Sparky

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 06:17 AM

How are the wraps when they get wet?  I've got a set of wraps but have not installed them.  Do they float or absorb water?


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Posted 20 March 2015 - 08:45 AM

How are the wraps when they get wet?  I've got a set of wraps but have not installed them.  Do they float or absorb water?

Eric,

 

I've got the pipe warmer type with a Condura cover (Op/Tech I think, through Nikonians).  I've never even worried about them absorbing water.  I've been in the rain with them frequently, and it never caused any problem.  Never tried to float them.


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Posted 20 March 2015 - 09:01 AM

Thanks, Gary - I have the same set - Op/Tech from Nikonians.  I'll need to install them and give them a try.  They either work or they go away. :)

 

The reason I bought them was to save my shoulder carrying the tripod, and for cold weather.  My reluctance has been due to the space impact on packing, and the worry over having them absorb water like a sponge.  The idea of floating is pretty unlikely - just a thought for photographing streams in in water.  But water would need to be pretty deep to matter.  Normally I would extend lower leg sections to have just the lowest sections submerged.


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Posted 20 March 2015 - 12:06 PM

Thanks, Gary - I have the same set - Op/Tech from Nikonians.  I'll need to install them and give them a try.  They either work or they go away. :)

 

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I found that the double sided tape used to keep the wraps from rotating or sliding on the legs does not hold very well.  I ended up using  foam double sided mounting tape instead.


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