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Shooting with Camera Tripods in Paris

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Shooting with Camera Tripods in Paris

Hi,

I hope this does not sound like a silly question, but is it safe to leave your DLSR alone on a tripod and take group shots at say, tourist spots like the Eiffel Tower?

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1. Re: Shooting with Camera Tripods in Paris

It might be safe, but I certainly would not advise to do so. But you are sure to get a helping hand from trustworthy fellow tourists. D

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2. Re: Shooting with Camera Tripods in Paris

We didn't have a problem.... I was just nervous someone would trip over a tripod leg and dump the whole thing....

And never take your shoes off and get in a fountain while a local takes your picture..... lol

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3. Re: Shooting with Camera Tripods in Paris

The photograph police may descend on you if you use the tripod to much at the major tourist attractions like the ET. Commercial artists pay a fee to take pictures of the major sites. But, if you set it up quickly and are taking pictures of family and friends they shouldn't stop you or hassle you.

Across the river at Place du Tracadero, actually the plaza for Palais de Chaillot, is a nice place to take that picture with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

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4. Re: Shooting with Camera Tripods in Paris

Prior to my trip I read its not legal to set up a tripod without getting a permit but I dont remember where I read that. I did happen upon a guy hidden in the trees on the Seine getting the lit up Eiffel Tower shot with the river in foreground (that I was able to get handheld!).

If i was going to hand my camera to someone to ask them to take my picture, I would pick the person with the highest end digital SLR I could find. They're more likely to know how to use it - and less likely to run off with yours

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5. Re: Shooting with Camera Tripods in Paris

You're more likely to have someone trip over your tripod at the busy spots -- breaking your camera or their anatomy -- than you are to have it stolen, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't worry about theft!

At the actual Eiffel tower, you're too close to the tower to be able to get anything framed well -- you'll WANT to be a little ways away....and a little ways away (like at the Palais de Chaillot) -- it's a little easier to find a place that isn't overrun with people.

We've never had a problem finding someone to "trade" photos with in Paris -- you take their photo, they take yours. (now that digital cameras have taken over, it's easy to check the photo and see -- if they are a lousy shot, get someone else to help.)

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6. Re: Shooting with Camera Tripods in Paris

We have purchased a small tripod that has velcro on it.

We have been able to attach it to posts etc. and take our own photos even at night when no one was around.

We love it because it is so compact to travel with!

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7. Re: Shooting with Camera Tripods in Paris

Here is the item :

www.rei.com/search…

It is called Pedco Ultrapod II Tripod so you can also google their web site.

It is around $15.00.

We found a leather zippered case in France to carry it in. It is very light weight and does a great job!

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8. Re: Shooting with Camera Tripods in Paris

thanks for the advice! i will probably ask fellow tourists to help me take then!

and yes, i agree with asking the one with the most pro looking dslr who probably have better sense in composing the shot too!

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9. Re: Shooting with Camera Tripods in Paris

Hubby brought his full size tripod.

We used it in the morning in the park by Eiffel to get some shots and at Eiffel before it was open. He also used it for night time shots when you can't hold still for the long shutter times.

We didn't use it at all places, but find we get much better shots than trying to ask someone who puts us in the center of the photo with now background :-(

NOTE: that on the flight home we were unable to have the tripod in our carry on luggage, even though we did on our flight to France. We had to throw it out as our other bags had already been checked.

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10. Re: Shooting with Camera Tripods in Paris

edit: "no" background

We didn't stray too far from the tripod for theft reasons, we're probably paranoid though.

The wind was an issue when we were in Southern France had to make sure tripod was secure or it would get blown over