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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 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 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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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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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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Advice on cleaning/oiling ball-head?

I've had a Markins M-20 ball-head for a number of years now, it's been a great head but this winter it's started to become harder to adjust so I figure it's time to clean it (probably long past). ...
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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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Tripod that is mobile yet sturdy and light

What tripod would be recommended that is sturdy enough not to wobble in the wind, yet is light enough and easily and quickly movable so that I can use it to trek up hills, through awkward places and ...
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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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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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Device to allow camera to rotate on an axis that runs down the center of the lens?

Recently I've been playing around with some longer exposures during which I rotate the camera in a way that, if structured, would have the axis running down the center of the lens. Here is one such ...
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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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Choosing a Gitzo Tripod head - deciphering series, model #, etc

I recently purchased a Gitzo Mountaineer tripod, the GT0541. It is a Series 0 (not really sure what that means), 4 section with ground-lock capability. The G-Lock capability has been really nice for ...
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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 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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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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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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What should I look for in a tripod for medium format landscape photography?

I've recently bought my first medium format camera (Bronica ETRs), but before I go out taking landscape pictures I'm in desperate need of a tripod that can support it. My requirements: Weight is ...
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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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What kind of tripod/head/rail system can I use for precise vertical-only movement?

There is a rather common scenario where I'm shooting a horizontal subject from above with the image plane being parallel to the subject. I need to be able to adjust the camera-subject distance without ...
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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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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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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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How does the Induro PHQ panhead Compare to the Manfrotto, Gitzo etc. Ballheads and Gimbals?

If you watch the videos by Induro on their PHQ panheads here, they sound pretty awesome. They really seem a lot more flexible than the standard ball heads that many people really push. However, I ...
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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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Can I make a panorama mount for occasional panorama shooting?

I sometimes (about 5 times per year) decide to shoot a panorama, just for me, with no intentions to sell or use the photo outside my family and close relatives. Currently I use my Pentax DAL 18-55 ...
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Tightening Manfrotto Ball Head

I have Manfotto Compact Ball Head that I love but it is getting to the point to where I can't tighten it enough to keep my camera steady. When I tighten it, the joints of the tripod interfere with ...
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What construction is the Velbon PH-159Q Head?

Metal or Plastic?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Am I correctly mounting my camera on a MH055M8-Q5 Manfrotto Photo-Video Head?

MH055M8-Q5 just arrived. Once I mount the camera on the quick release plate, I can't seem to rotate the knob to completely tighten it, there is no room because the camera obstructs the knob. Can ...
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Why doesn't my tripod ball head fit properly on the legs any more?

I've a tripod ball head (Manfroto 496RC2) which used to fit perfectly with a tripod legs (Trax travelpod 480A) that I had. I removed the head a couple of days back and now I'm trying to reattach them ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...