Let's talk tripods

Funky Face

A
Funky Face

  • 0
  • 0
  • 25
faded glory

A
faded glory

  • Tel
  • Oct 7, 2022
  • 0
  • 0
  • 25
Parkbench images

A
Parkbench images

  • 0
  • 0
  • 62

Recent Classifieds

Forum statistics

Threads
179,582
Messages
2,472,827
Members
94,843
Latest member
ocieb
Recent bookmarks
0

CraigK

Member
Joined
Aug 20, 2003
Messages
262
Location
Canada
Hi All,

What are "the" period tripods that would go best with restored LF and ULF cameras? I've seen some interesting looking ones on ebay from time to time and figure that they too would make a good restoration project.

You see, it seems as though I am developing quite an addiction to restoring old cameras. Last winter I restored a Kodak 2D. Currently I am working on an old FS 8x20 and I have a Deardorf 8x10 waiting in the wings. My preference for these projects is an old fashioned look and to use vintage materials as much as I can (vintage lenses, holders, shellac or old fashioned varnishes to refinish etc.). Currently the cameras are perched upon a variety of modern tripods such as Berlebach (nice, but a bit "modern"), Manfrotto (not pretty) and Slick (yikes!) but I can't help feeling that my precious pieces are suffering from a lack of "proper" support.

Any advice as to what tripods I should be looking for? Is there a tripod equivalent of the Kodak 2D? Deardorf 8x10 or FS 8x20?
 

Aggie

Member
Joined
Jan 1, 2003
Messages
4,914
Location
So. Utah
Shooter
Multi Format
Star camera company makes period tripods. For one that would hold a full plate up to a 8x10 they are $150 USD.
 

Jeremy

Member
Joined
Oct 26, 2002
Messages
2,761
Location
Denton, TX
Shooter
Multi Format
Aggie said:
Star camera company makes period tripods. For one that would hold a full plate up to a 8x10 they are $150 USD.

Aggie, do you have any contact info for this company (telephone/website)? I tried googling it, but came up with a bunch of crap. I'm looking for a more "period" tripod to use with my 5x7" after this summer if I can get enough time to refinish it.
 

isaacc7

Member
Joined
Nov 10, 2004
Messages
250
Location
Yemen Baby!
Shooter
Multi Format
Gandolfi

There is currently a Gandolfi tripod on ebay. No idea what those things go for, but they have the look and could seemingly hold up an elephant. There is also one listed on the Gandolfi homepage under the second hand tab. I own a Ries and I love it, but I don't think they look all that vintage. The head and locking stuff looks too modern. You could look for an old O'Conner tripod as well.

Isaac
 

Ole

Moderator
Moderator
Joined
Sep 9, 2002
Messages
9,250
Location
Bergen, Norway
Shooter
Large Format
Stabil? That's what I use - for everything from 35mm up to an 18x24cm plate camera. See www.stabil.nu
 

David A. Goldfarb

Moderator
Moderator
Joined
Sep 7, 2002
Messages
19,851
Location
Honolulu, Ha
Shooter
Large Format
Ries tripods aren't cheap, but he did ask for "the" period tripod.
 

Jeremy

Member
Joined
Oct 26, 2002
Messages
2,761
Location
Denton, TX
Shooter
Multi Format
David A. Goldfarb said:
Ries tripods aren't cheap, but he did ask for "the" period tripod.

David, I was just tweaking your nose a little as I have been tripod searching also and anytime I found a Ries it was just way out of my price range--found another dollar at work so I'll buy a lottery ticket and if I win I'll buy each of us in this thread a Ries :smile:
 

raucousimages

Member
Joined
May 12, 2003
Messages
825
Location
Salt Lake
Shooter
Large Format
I saw a guy with a broken ground glass in death valley. I now carry a spare in case I ever need it along with a small too kit in the jeep. A day can be ruined by a loose screw if you cant fix it.
 

raucousimages

Member
Joined
May 12, 2003
Messages
825
Location
Salt Lake
Shooter
Large Format
that was suposed to post in another thread. dont know what happened?????
 

Mongo

Member
Joined
Jan 17, 2004
Messages
960
Location
Pittsburgh,
Shooter
Multi Format
David A. Goldfarb said:

I'll have to respectfully disagree, but only because of the question that was asked. There is no doubt that Reis manufactures world class tripods, but the "vintage look" of a new Ries is not much better than that of a Berlebach. Vintage tripods tended to be very simple devices; basically nothing more than three legs with a platform for holding the camera, without niceities like angle-limiters for the legs.

Check eBay for items like this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=30094&item=3855052688&rd=1

You'll eventually find enough vintage tripods to hold up as many cameras as you can restore.
 

John Koehrer

Subscriber
Joined
Apr 3, 2004
Messages
8,225
Location
Aurora, Il
Shooter
Multi Format
I found an old surveyors tripod at a resale shop for $5. Brass hardware, bronze leveling ball, & what appear to be ash legs. Needed refinishing & changing of the head attachment screw, but definitely has that antique appearance.
 

lee

Member
Joined
Nov 23, 2002
Messages
2,912
Location
Fort Worth T
Shooter
8x10 Format
the problem with those older wooden (read simple) tripods, IMO, is they look neat but are terribly shaky. I would prefer function over image for me and my work. I use a smaller Zone VI that I would trade for a Ries in a heart beat.

lee\c
 

wfwhitaker

Member
Joined
Feb 6, 2004
Messages
565
Location
Lobsta
Shooter
Multi Format
If you buy a new Ries, it will look new. If you buy a vintage Ries, it will look vintage. Production began for them in the '30's.

Many camera manufacturers marketed tripods under their own name. Look for names like Agfa, Korona, Burke & James, Graflex, etc... I agree that they're usually better for display, however.

For practicality, look at some of the old photographs of earlier photographers at work: Ansel atop his car platform with a Ries; Morley with his Agfa and Strand under the darkcloth, both with adapted cine tripods.
 

Loose Gravel

Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2003
Messages
928
Location
Santa Barbar
You didn't say what period, but if you are using a Deardorff, then you might look for a Miller tripod. There are made for movie cameras and are very strong and nice to use. [I've always found the Reis to be uncomfortable to when on my shoulder.] They were made in Hollywood, but I can't find the company there any more. All I find is the Australian Miller. Anyway, they are made of wood and you see them in the movies when they are doing period for the 30s through 50s. They have movie cameras on them in the movies, but I use mine for 8x10 and it is great. It is a good looking combo, but I just don't know if it is the right period.
 
Photrio.com contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.
To read our full affiliate disclosure statement please click Here.

PHOTRIO PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Ilford ADOX Freestyle Photographic Stearman Press Weldon Color Lab
Top Bottom