ladder / tripod ? what is this called ?

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  1. jnanian

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    hi



    anyone know what this ladder / tripod contraption lina is using is called ...
    and if they sell them in the states ? i've never seen anything like that ...

    thanks !

    john
     
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    Orchard ladder with a tripod head platform added?
     
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    hi david

    that is what i originally thought but
    the whole ladder seems to
    be in a dozen pieces and telescopes ..

    that has to be one of the coolest things i have ever seen ..
    ( in the questns after the vid, she says there is no name but that it is "vintage" )
     
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    That is quite cool. And I seem to be attracted to Russian born artists with blue hair.
     
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    I would call it a ladder tripod. Whoever sells them would know what I am talking about. I too have seen pictures of them but never actually seen one. Most pictures that I have seen them in use, had LF cameras mounted on them. Bogan made/makes a clamp which in combination with a tripod head can be mounted on regular ladders for use with smaller cameras.....Regards!
     
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    At B&H under the general category of "Studio Ladders" this little tidbit shows up -- missing the back of the one in the video, but lottsa pieces in the right direction -- maybe you could put two back to back!
    (Thanks John, she's fun to watch! :D )
     
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    Gitzo used to make a ladder pod that scissored down to a carryable size. Expensive at the time. Balthazar Korab had one.

    This one looks homemade to me.
     
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    Such is called tripod ladder . For photographic use I prefer the term ladder tripod.

    I'm quite sure I saw similar already in decades old Gitzo catalogs.
     
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    In general use a classic ladder with 4 feet in spite of its slightly more weight yields benefits, which are often not necessary in photography. But the photographic market is a niche market for ladders, and I never came across a ladder tripod.
    I considered building one myself, but its benefits only would be a bit lesser weight and a smaller footprint.
    I got a range of mounting accessories to use a regular ladder instead.
     
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    I'd be leery of that support bracket that has just one point of contact with the ground (0:56 on the video shows what I'm talking about).
     
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    The poor little 5x4 negative in the ultra-large format enlarger was amusing.
     
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    That makes it a "tripod", which is self-leveling. A ladder - with 4 points of contact - can present problems on uneven surfaces.

    Having said that: Lisa* mentions in the comments to the video that the device is "vintage" and she does not know the brand or manufacturer.

    I have often thought of making a device to mount a tripod head on top of a ladder, but since I do next to no landscape anymore, I've never invested the time. My original plan was to use one of the "Little Giant" type ladders (already own two) or the generic equivalents available at the the bog box home centers.

    Example: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Werner-17-...bs-Telescoping-Multi-Position-Ladder/50398354

    * obviously makes entertaining videos and is pleasing to look at.
     
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    True, a tripod is self-leveling. But the tripod gets it lateral stability from the 3 legs equally spaced. This device doesn't accomplish that since 2 legs are linked by the rungs and those 2 legs are closely spaced. With a person at the top, I think that it would be relatively easy to tip over. I'd have more confidence with a folding ladder like your Little Giant which, if it's like mine, flares out on one set of legs to provide stability. Think how stable your ladder would be if you replaced the flared side with a single post.
     
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    A self supporting adjustable height ladder with a tripod leg.
     
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    deleted... this post was not intended to be disrespectful
     
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    :D and they were nicely stretched.
     
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    Your comment is disrespectful. The moderator should strike it.
     
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    This comment is just creepy.
     
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    THAT comment...
     
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    I just setup my tripod in the back of my 4x4 pick up truck. I gain an extra 4 feet. I got the idea from Ansel Adams and how he had built that platform on the roof of his wagon/suv. I use to watch a photography show on PBS here in the US. Wild Photo Adventures. I know he was using 35mm, but on several shows, he used a regular aluminium step ladder to gain height.
     
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    I had a platform on the roof of my last Trooper (same inspiration, also Dorothea Lange). Great perspective, but it was not actually stable enough for even slightly long shutter times, as any movement would rock the suspension with so much weight so high.
     
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    Four small jacks under your car and it would have been stable again.
     
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    A better suspension system would have stabilized the Trooper roof and made it a much better off-road vehicle.
     
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