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A head sits atop the tripod legs. Common types of heads are ballheads, 3-way, and 2-way.

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What tripods and heads for shooting indoor panoramic images (360) with smartphone are there on the market?

I want to shoot indoor panorama with my smartphone, but parallax error makes it really difficult to get decent results (i.e. small or no artifacts). Something better than ...
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Is this a tripod head over capacity or just how they work?

Context I use my Sirui T-005X tripod with a Sirui C-10X head. When I place my Nikon 300mm f4 AF lens on it, I slide it on and tighten both the plate lock and the position on the ball head. After ...
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What can I use to shift a tripod mount to the side for easier access to the battery compartment?

Does something like this exist? I am looking for a piece that I can attach to the bottom of my Panasonic LX100, which has a tripod hole that is very close to the door of the battery compartment. I ...
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What should one consider when choosing a style of tripod head?

What should one consider when choosing a style of tripod head? There are ball heads, 3-way pan/tilt heads, geared heads, even gimbal heads. I'm not asking so much about brands, but styles... how ...
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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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Nikon D7200: How to chose a tripod for this camera? [duplicate]

What tripod is best for Nikon D7200 with Kit lens 18-140 VR. By asking this question I mean what characteristic should the tripod have such as max load, carbon vs aluminum, without head vs with head. ...
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Tilt on Albinar 7000 tripod head won't lock in place — how to fix?

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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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 ...
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What support system do I use to keep a telephoto lens stable?

At the moment I use Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod with Photo/Video Pan and Tilt Head 391RC2 to hold Canon EF 100-400mm lens. Even though in most cases this is stable, on the extreme end I do get blur. ...
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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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Different screw/screw hole size on tripod/tripod head

Sorry if this is a stupid question. I have a tripod (cheap, Chinese, bought on Amazon) and I wanted to change the ball-head it came with to a 3-way head, so I bought a Velbon PH-157Q head. When I ...
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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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Are there fluid tripod heads made for panning with a lightweight, compact camera?

Are there fluid tripod heads made for use with compact or at least lightweight cameras (such as my LX100)? Most seem built to support a tank (or full-blown DSLR/video camera). I would like to be ...
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Which tripod heads accept the Arca Swiss plate system?

Can you point me to some brand which build tripod's head which accept the Arca Swiss plates system? I know Arca have a ball head, but I want to know if some other companies provides such heads (I ...
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Tripod need for general use with exchangable heads [closed]

I please need advice on choosing a tripod. I want to buy a decent tripod that I can use, but I also want to not just use it for outdoors, also indoors, but mainly outdoors. I have done some reading ...
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What is this screw on top of my tripod?

I recently acquired this tripod and was wondering what this screw is and what I need to do to make this tripod usable with a DSLR. The screw seems to be a bit wider than half an inch. What kind of ...
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Plate Screw with load-bearing eye

I love the idea of BlackRapid's replacement screw for the Manfrotto QR plate. I tried to use the same screw to attach a Arca-Swiss plate, and it didn't work as the head is too wide to turn inside the ...
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Tripod options for product photography [closed]

I want to start off with product photography. I am new to product photography and don't want to pay too much as of yet for equipment. I want to start off with a tripod. Which tripod would you guys ...
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Do I need an L-bracket for panorama shooting?

Having recently bought a travel tripod, I am getting started into panorama night photography. The tripod has a ball-head with a notch for turning camera into a portrait orientation. My typical ...
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Photographing Older Documents

I'm doing a project with a historical group. They have a nice collection of diaries, and want to digitize them, but haven't found anyone interested in doing it, even if they pay them. Some of the ...
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What works with RC2 quick release?

A number of brands have quick-release systems that look like the RC2/200PL, but are they the same (intercompatible clones) or do they just look alike from a distance, down to the level with secondary ...
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Are L-plates and anti-twist plates only made for the Arca Swiss QR system?

From what I understand the L-plates and the camera specific anti-twist plates are only made for the Arca Swiss quick release system. Am I right? Are there no anti-twist plates or L-plates that are ...
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Grinding an RRS plate to fit new body

I have an L plate for the original 5D. I now have a 5DII. I see how it can fit with a bit of grinding, and read others have done it. Anyone know what is the best tools and such to use? Bench grinder ...
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Fotopro monopod tilt head — available in the USA?

When I was looking for a head for my new monopod, I came across the Fotopro RH-10, which besides be gorgeous is exactly what I want: ultra light weight with only tilt needed, arca-swiss plate. ...
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is Photron Stedy Pro 560 compatible with canon 600d [duplicate]

I want to know that is Photron Stedy Pro 560 compatible with canon 600D. It's head will be set with 600D?
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Why would someone want a plain screw rather than a release plate?

I see a number of ball heads for sale that have a long quarter-inch screw and plastic knob threaded on it. To attach it to the camera, you have to spin the camera or the tri (mono) pod a few ...
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What is an L plate?

While perusing the local Craigslist photo/video listings, I saw someone trying to sell something called an L-plate. What the heck is an L-plate?
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New head for Bogen tripod

I have a Manfrotto/Bogen tripod model 3221 with a model 3055 head. I don't like the head. It is difficult to finely adjust the position. Can I replace this with something else? Something that has ...
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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 part of the tripod head which attaches to the quick-release plate called, so I can find replacements/alternatives?

I want to replace this with something less prone to error, but I'm having trouble searching for it and not everything else related to tripods. This is the part that attaches the quick release plate ...
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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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Canon macro lens 100 mm 2.8 USM - How to properly mount on tripod

Simple question : I just got a Canon Macro Lens 100 mm 2.8 USM and in the manual, it's said that if I want to mount it on a Tripod, I have to buy a ring to fix properly the lens on my tripod. Is it ...
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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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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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Issue with unscrewing tripod head

I recently purchased a Manfrotto tripod with tripod head. I'm not sure if it's me or not, but I'm unable to unscrew the head from the top of the tripod. I keep unscrewing it and it never comes out. Am ...
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Which is a good lightweight tripod + ball head for my Canon 5D Mark 3 [duplicate]

I would like to buy a light weight tripod + ball head as I have never owned a tripod before. There are quite a few brands and multiples of offerings by each brand for tripods and ball heads hence it ...
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How do I select a tripod ball head? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What qualities should be looked for in a ball head before purchasing one? I recently purchased a tripod, however I didn't realize that it didn't come with a ball head. I ...
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What tripod heads are ideal to mount a large telephoto or supertelephoto lens on a tripod?

I am in the market to purchase a large, fast telephoto (up to 300mm) or supertelephoto (400mm or longer) lens. These lenses are long and heavy, do to their very wide apertures. The shorter ones, 300mm ...
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Manfrotto's QR2 system vs Arca-Swiss Release system

I'm used with Manfrotto's QR2 release system and I find it really quick when I need to detach the camera from the tripod and shot hand-held. I do this rather often when I alternate long-exposure shots ...
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Hydrostatic ballhead -really worth it?

I'm looking at Manfrotto 468MGRC2 Magnesium Hydrostatic Ballhead which justifies that "using a hydraulic system" is better because it locks better the camera+lens (according to the manufacturer). ...
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Tripod Head for GigaPan Epic Pro

I get massively confused when it comes to tripod heads screw sizes blah de blah, so excuse the possible simplicity of this question. I have a GigaPan Epic Pro and a Manfrotto 475B Pro Geared Tripod. I ...
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A budget tripod for astrophotography ball-head or 3-way pan-head?

I am currently looking for a tripod for astrophotography, I wonder is there any significant difference between a tripod with a ball-head or one with a 3-way pan-head? Like say in terms of the ...
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Arca Swiss compatibility questions

I'm looking to upgrade my ballhead to a full-size model. My current Manfrotto 496RC2 takes too much torque to lock down with any heavy lens at an angle, and too much droop that I have to compensate ...
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Why are some (higher end?) tripods sold without a head?

I assume that the available heads differ somehow, but don't understand what those differences might be and if they're functional, personal preference or a bit of both.
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How good is Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 tripod for a beginner

I have Nikon D-90 and i am learning bit by bit about the world of photography.I am planning to purchase a Tripod as i have some money as of now. After doing some R&D i am putting my eyes on ...
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How can I make my heavy lens tripod setup usable for my non-heavy lenses?

About a year ago I invested in a new setup, consisting of a Nikon D7000, kit lens, and a Sigma 150-500mm for my main interest: wildlife photography. Although I'm not a big fan of tripods, I also got ...
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How accurate are cheap hotshoe bubble levels?

It's been suggested to get a hot-shoe bubble level for use with a ballhead tripod, when the camera doesn't offer a digital level (and the tripod head doesn't have its own). Name brand levels, like ...
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What qualities should be looked for in a ball head before purchasing one?

So, I looked in the website of Vanguard company and saw many different types of ball heads. I would like to ask what features are must have in a ball head? On what factors does it depend?
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Is it safe to carry around a tripod with a DSLR attached to the head?

Let's assume I'm coordinated enough not to hit anyone or anything with the tripod. I'm concerned about the DSLR/plate/head interface. Assuming everything is properly attached and tightened, can I ...
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Should I get a tripod with a pan or a ball head? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should one consider when choosing a style of tripod head? My cheap $40 Slik with the HS-551 pan head needs to be replaced as my recent lens acquisitions push and ...