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A tripod is a piece of photographic equipment designed to prevent camera movement and support the weight of a camera. A tripod consists of 3 legs(compared to a bipod or monopod) which stand on the ground and have a camera mount on top.

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Weird sticky liquid on old tripod (+10 years)

I found my Dad's old tripod in the garage. It is more than 10 years old and it's still in perfect condition. The problem is that there is a weird sticky liquid all over the top of the tripod near the ...
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Will moldable play foam work in a camera bean bag?

I'm making my own bean bag and was going to experiment with moldable play foam something like this, as it's very lightweight and holds a shape nicely. I'm wondering if anyone can alert me to any ...
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Is saving money buying a tripod with only 1.5kg payload false economy?

I've been looking at buying my first tripod and my critera has been compact, lightweight and not shockingly expensive - especially as I'll have to lug it around. To that end I managed to narrow it ...
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How to measure angle of tilt of a camera on a tripod?

I am dabbling with some product photography and since camera angles are so important the natural question I've is how does one precisely measure the angle of tilt of the camera on a tripod. Right now ...
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How to Bond Leg that I Broke of my Mini-Tripod?

I have mini-tripod and today while opening, broke one of it's 3 legs forgetting about it's maximum 45-degree deployment corner: I wanted to know if it's possible to bond broken part back and just ...
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Long Exposure shot - subject too bright

While I was on holiday, I tried to make use of my tripod to take a long exposure shot of Lago di Ledro. I put my Nikon d3300 on shutter priority with ISO of 100/200 and ss of a few seconds, however ...
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Why use higher ISO when using a tripod and the object is static?

Sometimes when I see a photo such as this one, I wonder why the photographer chose such a high ISO (640), despite using a tripod with a static subject. As far as I know, a lower ISO means less noise, ...
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How to place my camera on uneven surface to take time-lapse photos

How do I place my camera on uneven surface without spending too much money on equipments. Rocks is one example of uneven surface.
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Does tripod's load capacity include the use of stone bag/weight bag too?

Does tripod's load capacity include the use of stone bag/weight bag too? should I consider the weight that I may hang from the tripod as part of tripod's load capacity?
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Will any of these actions damage a tripod?

Which of the following may damage a tripod, or reduce its life? Leaving it in its extended position for a few days, with up to a 4kg binoculars mounted, and the center column extended. If this is ...
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Tripod With Horizontal Attachment

I want to take photos with a tripod that allows the camera to be angled at 90 degrees to the horizontal. I was looking to purchase this ...
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Sturdy tripod on a budget [duplicate]

One of my favourite types of photography is long exposure photography. I use a nikon D3100 with the kit lens. Unfortunately being the beginner I was, I decided to buy a cheap tripod from Ebay...I am ...
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Tripod head for video panning and long exposure with EOS7D with Canon 70-200 f2.8 lens?

I have a Canon EOS 7D (no grip) with 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8 lens, and I shoot long exposure night shots of stars and also panning videos of panorama landscapes. From experience, which tripod head ...
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What is the best way to secure tripod overnight?

I'm interested in doing some time lapse photography. Instead of having me waking up at 5am, I would like to just set my camera on a tripod and go to sleep. Is there a way to secure the tripod out on a ...
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If raising the center column makes tripods unstable, why can they be raised so high?

My question is about the center column height on tripods. If it is so unstable, as it is described in many websites/forums, then why do manufacturers add it to tripods? My question may sound naive, ...
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Recommended quick release plate and adapter for Kalimar PE-8 tripod and DSLR?

We are looking for a tripod quick release plate and adapter for an old stainless steel Kalimar PE-8 tripod. Do you have any recommendations?
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3 meter high stand + 3 meters long arm

I need to place a camera above the floor, for shooting a scene. I'd like to have a setup that allows me to go 3m tall + 3m toward the center of the scene. What sort of equipment should I get ...
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Sony Alpha 7 - Tripod and IS Damage?

I recently purchased a Sony A7 and I am currently learning photography! I am using the Zeiss 24-75mm lens with in-lens image stabilization(IS). I read on B&H that you may damage the IS if you use ...
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What company makes video tripods with an oval logo containing a (not exactly Nike-like) “swoosh” curve?

I am hoping somebody can help me out with this tripod, I know its a video tripod but I don't know any of the specs or maker. I would love to know what kind it is. When the tripod is collapsed it ...
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How do I keep my tripod mounted camera steady in strong winds?

How do I keep my tripod mounted camera steady in strong winds? My tripod is very stable and held in place by weights hooked to the center pole. There is some twisting movement in the tripod head (ball ...
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Is it normal to have to take multiple photos to end with up one good one?

When I was using a point-and-shoot, I often ended up with blurry photos, so I got into the habit of taking two or three photos so that at least one will come out good. A few months back, I upgraded ...
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Removing movement between quick release plate and camera

There seems to be some play between the quick release plate and my camera. What can I do to limit this? Essentially, once focused I'll lock the camera in place and I can see the focus point drop and ...
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Which adapter should I buy to adapt this Heiwa tripod, to attach my camera?

I cannot find the right adapter to plug on the tripod with the following form factor : Measurements are expressed in Centimeters.
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How can I attach a tripod to my backpack (Lowepro fastpack 350)?

I bought a Ravelli 65" tripod The tripod comes with a carry bag but it doesn't feel too comfortable So I have been doing some research in regards to the alternatives to attach the tripod to my ...
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What is this plastic clip on that came on the leg of my tripod?

I recently acquired a Manfrotto tripod and it came with this plastic clip on one of the legs, what is its purpose?
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How do I attach the Gorillapod to provide the best stabilization in different stituations?

Is there a site or document where I can find or learn -- or simply a technique/method -- how to best attach Gorillapod on some element? It is relatively easy to have a stable pod on ground, even with ...
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What am I losing by going with a Gorillapod rather than a traditional tripod?

I own a Sony NEX-5R, and use it heavily for low-light photography, with a Gorillapod. I used to use a Gorillapod with a point-and-shoot, so when I upgraded to the NEX, I stuck to the Gorillapod ...
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Would a bigger Gorillapod help?

I own a Sony NEX-5R, which I use heavily for low-light shooting, with a Gorillapod. The Gorillapod is rated for 1kg, and the camera is 466gm. When I press the shutter button, I get camera shake, which ...
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Tripod - for travel [duplicate]

Would someone please recommend a good travel tripod that will fit in overhead luggage, be sturdy, handle my Nikon D90 and not cost an arm and a leg? Thank you
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How can I mount a camera and a fieldscope to one tripod?

Is it existing a kind of tripod head that can carry two apparels in the same time in parallel (or one over the other)? The idea (I do not know if it is recommended or not) is to have for example a ...
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Lumia 1020 with a camera grip mounted on a tripod - will it shake when I press the shutter?

I'm planning to buy a camera grip for my Lumia 1020. However, I'm little worried that when I press the shutter key manually by hand, while my lumia is mounted on a tripod, this can cause the phone to ...
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Are certain type of tripod heads safer than others? Does the price makes a difference?

I was shooting stars the other night. Mounted my DSLR on the tripod, which I have used many times. This time I particularly looked under the camera to make sure the camera is properly mounted. ...
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Neither a Tripod or monopod

I am looking for neither a tripod nor monopod. I actually think the term is "Telescopic rod" which is used for only digital cameras which is almost like a monopod except it cannot be extended (just ...
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Will lack of image stabilization be a problem if I'm using a tripod?

I have been looking in to the Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro for both its macro and telephoto capability, and noticed it does not have an optical image stabilizer. I'm still new to photography ...
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Portable tripod recommendations for those on a budget [duplicate]

I'm looking for a portable tripod with a budget of < $100. I would appreciate some recommendations in this price range, especially from people who have used a product personally. These are the ...
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How much benefit can one get from monopod for night photography?

So I am confused on choosing a monopod or tripod for night photography, considering the fact the camera may need delayed shutter speed tripod is better. I know everyone would prefer a tripod over ...
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When it's wise to use tripod [duplicate]

If I'm using kit lens on a DX body will I get sharper image if using tripod for exposure time of 1/90sec or less ?
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How to fix Albinar 7000 Tilt on Tripod Head?

The tripod head's tilt will not lock in place - can anyone that knows tripods tell me if I'm missing a piece like a rubber washer? Even when tightened down all the way the tripod still tilts to ...
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What adapter can I use to mount my flash on a tripod?

I had a Nikon D90 with and SB910 Speed light. To trigger my flash remotely, I had a Yongnuo remote trigger. I used to have a Ravelli tripod for my camera, but I recently upgraded it to a Vanguard ...
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What is the name of a tripod feature that adjusts level automatically?

I am looking for my first tripod and just learning terminology. I hear there are such that level automatically, but I am not sure how to google them. What is this feature called with different brands? ...
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How effective is HAMA STAR 61 tripod for shooting with Nikon DSLR?

I am just a beginner to photography and I have a simple question. I was shooting in night when I realized that through manual settings when you increase your shutter speed the images becomes blurred ...
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Which tripod? Manfrotto MK394-H vs. SLIK Pro 340 DX [duplicate]

I'm undecided between the two tripods. Which one would you buy?
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What is the added value of a panorama head?

As an amateur I've done several panoramas of landscapes and city views. I've mostly done it hand-held with a DSLR, with exposure lock and at the wide end of my zoom-lens. I do the stitching in ...
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Are Manfrotto tripod bases for video compatible with the photo line of heads?

I'm looking to purchase a tripod setup. I'm looking at the Manfrotto line of products. Does anyone know if the video line of bases is compatible with photo line of heads? Specifically, the 546B base ...
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How do you replace a tripod leveling ball's tension bar?

I've got a Bogen Manfrotto tripod (745B legs paired with a 701RC2 fluid head), with a broken part. I found the page for the tripod on the Manfrotto site, and the parts diagram makes it look like I ...
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At what focal range does it make sense to have Image Stabilization turned on when using a Tripod?

I was always under the impression that one should turn off the Image stabilization when using a tripod but when I see lenses with long focal length (300mm, 600mm etc...) comes with IS on them. ...
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At what shutter speed threshold does a tripod start to matter?

I use a Nikon D7000 with a prime 35mm/f1.8 lens. I usually shoot at the highest aperture with 200-1000 ISO, holding the camera steady and taking 6 or more shots in the hope of at least one coming out ...
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What equipment do I need to film downwards over a table?

I would like to be able to film what I'm writing and drawing on a table, inside a light cube. I just want to be able to sit at my table and have the camera above it pointing downwards. I would have ...
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What is the basic gear for astrophotography?

I have a Canon 60D and would like to start doing some astrophotography and/or time-lapses of the Milky Way. I know I need to buy a special tripod, one with either ecuatorial mount or a computer ...
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Pistol grip vs ball head

I'm thinking of buying a new head for a tripod. I have been using a ball head and I am happy with it, but I am curious about the pistol grip. When I bought my tripod this type of grip didn't exist, so ...