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Bill Howe

Tripods and Salt Water

Does anyone have any experience using a tripod in salt water? And suggestions as to which brand can stand up to occasional use at the beach while exposed to salt water?

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5/2/2004 9:25:56 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  I don't know of any particular one that resists salt water more than others, but I would recommend general care for any tripod. After getting home, rinse it off thoroughly and dry it. Check for any water up in the shafts by sliding the legs in, and extending back out and dry them again. Then leave it overnight with the legs fully extended. Whenever I use a monopod on a cold night, I leave it fully extended after I get home so I don't get moisture from condensation sitting up inside it.

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5/2/2004 1:26:44 PM

Phil Penne   I live in Florida, home of Clyde Butcher, famed landscape photographer. Mr. Butcher can often be seen literally chest deep in swamps, salt water, or muck - often with his trusty Benbo tripod. He mentioned in a lecture I once attended that the Benbo has always served him well, regardless of what sort of environment it was in, or what sort of demands were made of it. If anyone knows about tripods in unforgiving conditions, it would definitely be Clyde Butcher!

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5/4/2004 4:12:47 AM

Dan Strimel   Most tripod today are made from aluminum and will not rust! But salt water can cause corrosion... Rinse well with fresh water and make sure you
clean all the fine sand particles from the slides...

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5/5/2004 9:12:22 AM

john clayworth
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  dom't laugh but I have found a hair dryer and olive oil to do the best job of keeping tripods running smooth

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5/8/2004 11:13:23 AM

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