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    Posted: 01 February 2021 at 07:48
One of the main challenges of switching from photographing streams and waterfalls, to seascapes, is sand. Beaches have lots of sand, and sometimes when you want those wilder seascape scenes, there'll be strong winds and gust hitting your gear with sand. (Protective filters, you need them, really).

I'm now at a point that to get sand out of the tripod, I'm disassembling the legs. Not just removing the legs sections and cleaning out each section, but removing whole leg to get at the moving part at the top of the leg. (For Induro users, the hex bolts holding the legs on, require a 6mm Allen wrench. A good one).

The minor challenge is there is no manual to go by to break tripods down and reassemble them. Minor because they're not really that complicated. But it does leave me wondering how many others are prepared to completely break a tripod down into its parts to clean it properly. Before this, I was just doing the leg segments on occasion.

I can see why some seascape photographers just get decent second-hand tripod each year and throw it away when it's ruined by sea and sand.


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Perhaps the seashores in this part of the world are tad more tame that I haven't had much need to disassemble my tripods. Another explanation might be that I don't use tripods that often...

But talking about instructions, for my latest tripod, Peak Design Travel Tripod, there is video help for maintenance.
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Given the huge variety of tripods now - I wonder if there is a specific make or model that is designed from a 'you can dismantle this' perspective. For example, we have carbon fibre now for super lightweight. We have 'benbo' type (free angle). I wonder is one type is more suited to the beach.

My two main (biggest) tripods have tubed/twisting legs. And I doubt there is a simple way to dismantle them. None of my tripods have seen the beach yet - I've shot in streams many years ago and the environment is just completely different.

Some are 'open frame' 'square leg' type (I am making up all these terms). Perhaps they are more suited to being broken down?

If there isn't a series designed to be taken apart ... perhaps there should be?

One alternative might be to use tiny table top tripods and just rest them on rocks/walls/trees. With less moving parts, lower price, and more disposable (although I'm more keen for longer life gear). But that also limits your position.
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You may wish to look into something like this
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@Hezu - I'm on an Oceanic island a few thousand km from the nearest landmass, exposed to strong prevailing winds and subject to the occasional Cyclone. It can get wild. But yes, I've now stopped taking a tripod as a matter of routine now, and try to use it less.

@dCap This twisting clamp design are quite easy to disassemble. You just start at the bottom and unscrew each leg segment. There will be a plastic collar inside the clamp that acts to add friction. That's all there is to them. The trick is not to mix the collars up for each leg segment as they are specific to the diameter of each segment.

I prefer carbon fibre also, as it doesn't corrode. I'm also regreasing threads and bolts with red lithium grease. Which is good for marine environments.

But this time, removing the legs completely to get to the sand in the top mechanism was a new experience. A good manual on how to take a tripod apart and what tools you need could be handy...

I'm not keen on getting disposable tripods as it does seem a waste. A good tripod should not be hard to clean.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote momech Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 February 2021 at 18:59
I've taken several tripods apart after taking beach shots. I was hesitant the first time but they really are pretty simple to reassemble. My dedicated beach tripod is an old aluminum Manfrotto. The main problem I have is when the finish chips off leaving bare metal exposed - I cover these areas with Rustoleum paint.
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@Basil thanks- they look good. They don't protect the leg join to the top but they'll be good for the twist clamps. They also ship to NZ which helps, just not very cheaply...

@momech - thanks, good to know I'm not the only one taking tripods apart.

I went through the same experience I think. There's a bit of a learning curve and some initial trepidation. You also have to work out the right tools to use. It gets easier with practice. (Also, old car-clay is pretty good at removing sand grits from threads they like to cling to).

Edited by Wētāpunga - 01 February 2021 at 22:09
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I'm lucky to have access to a few places close to the sand but not on it, and did buy one bike inner tube to try out (as suggested in here when I was looking for a 'condom' for my tripod legs). I think I'll restrict any tripod use to very calm days. Will aim to sleeve the legs to about 1m height. One of my tripods is probably almost as old as me and I'd hate to think about taking it apart.

@Wētāpunga - did you just commit to writing an instruction book or will it be a new YouTube channel .......
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Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:



@Wētāpunga - did you just commit to writing an instruction book or will it be a new YouTube channel .......


I could probably do a very good video on it now .
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