Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Video: DIY Tripods


Post-Script: It was a nice day to be out and about, before the storm hits later this week; often there's a bit of warm air pushed ahead of a cold front. I wanted to find a few scenic locations around town to shoot these scenes, but I didn't want the proximity of people, or their noise, to distract me, and so these two locations were the best I could find. At the first location, where I shot the scenes about the small tripod, there was a work crew across the street (behind the camera) working on re-roofing a house, so there were the usual noises of construction, talking and radios playing. For the second location featuring the larger tripod, it was much quieter, but enough of a breeze kicked up that the last few scenes have excess wind noise. As I indicated in the typecast, I'm going to have to experiment with using my portable audio field recorder as a solution to the audio. But I hope these are not too distracting that you can't benefit from the content therein.

I finally put the Olivetti Lettera 22 back in the closet, and brought out the Smith-Corona Silent. In comparison to the last three machines put into use, which have all been portables, this mid-sized machine has spectacular feel and touch, smooth and tight. The only downside is the imprint is a bit less than perfect; either the type slugs are a bit worn, or I'm just not finding the type style as easy to read as on other machines. But I really think this Silent is one of those "desert island" or "doomsday" machines, if you could only have one to carry you through the remainder of your life. Of course, it isn't as spectacularly colorful in appearance as compared to the Webster/Brother XL-747's bright blue or the Olivetti's style. But dang is it a nicely engineered typewriter. I know this sound overly emotional, but I had just finished typing a letter on the Lettera 22 (!) before switching to the Smith-Corona, and so the differences were readily apparent. Perhaps this is the dilemma that Jay Leno suffers with his automobile collection; they all have their own peculiar pluses and minuses, and none are absolutely perfect, so how can you pick one above the others? What a problem to have! The easy solution is to keep and use them all.


Blogger Bill M said...

Great work Joe! It's always more satisfying making and using one's own gear instead of buying and using what someone else mass produced.

Good location too. I do not recall ever seeing that much grass on any of my visits there back in the 80s.

Full Compass and a few other pro-audio and broadcast equipment suppliers sell acoustical foam and other materials for making windscreens.

4:27 AM  
Blogger Rob Bowker said...

Another inspirational video, well done Joe! Top marks for the stunning mountain backdrop too. I'm with you on the Silent every time.

5:13 AM  
Blogger Ted said...

Excellent set of sticks! I use an old Japanese-made steel and aluminum tripod with screw tensioners for the leg collapse, which is much more reliable than the "flip-lever" ones on most of my other tripods, which often come undone at inopportune times. Still, non-collapsible legs have got to be way more reliable even than that (:

7:47 AM  
Blogger Joe V said...

I made a more detailed article about these two tripods in my pinhole photography blog, here.

2:34 PM  

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