FotoPro EGL-65 Eagle Series Carbon Fiber Tripod and E-6H Gimbal Review – A Lightweight Option for Wildlife and Landscape Travelers

Fotopro EGL-65 with E-6H Gimbal (Olympus E-M1X mounted)


Tripods are one of those pieces of photography equipment I tried to avoid buying for a long time. In part, it’s because I’ve benefited from the excellent built-in image stabilization provided by the micro-four thirds cameras that I have used over the years, but I also never liked carrying extra weight when I didn’t have to. Still, there are times when I have found that a tripod is an indispensable tool. This includes situations where I must be patient and wait for a wildlife subject to appear, or when shooting macro subjects where maximum stability is required. Holding a camera with a telephoto lens at your eye for long periods of time can be extremely fatiguing, and not having a tripod near the correct position at the right moment could lead to missed or blurry shots. Tripods are also exceptionally useful for stabilizing video.

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Crater lake landscapes

Earlier this year we made it up to Crater Lake in Oregon – and I just got around to processing this photo from the trip. It was a clear day with nice reflections. This photo was shot with the Sony A9 and the 24-105 G OSS lens. I’ve been renting and testing out different mirrorless camera setups, and the Sony offers impressive autofocus performance and good image quality – even though it’s not particularly known to be a “landscape camera”. The truth is, most mid-level to professional cameras are capable of excellent results, and it mainly comes down to personal preference.

Panorama stitching: the Sierra Nevada Landscape

Panorama stitching is one of my favorite ways to capture landscape photos, especially when I don’t have a wide angle lens with me. It sounds like a really involved process, but it’s actually quite easy to accomplish. Pretty much any lens under 100mm (35mm equivalent) can be used and still capture a wide scene without much effort.  All you need to do is snap a series of panoramic shots, upload them into Lightroom, and perform a photo merge, like this sequence from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Lightroom performs the joining and merging automatically. There are many other technical aspects and techniques of panorama stitching for the more intrepid photographer, but that discussion is for another day…

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Import the photos into Lightroom, select all of the photos comprising the stitch, and then Right Click -> Photo Merge -> Panorama
The end result of a seven image stitched panorama.