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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Is it safe to use a telephoto lens when the camera is on a tripod?

The camera is mounted on the tripod. The telephoto lens is mounted on the camera, with no additional support. Is this safe or stupid? It seems like this would put a lot of stress on the tripod mount ...
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Are there any tripods specially designed for sub-zero temperatures?

I enjoy taking winter photos and lately the colder it's been the more I liked the results. The last 3 times I've been out shooting it was between -20C to -30C and windy, so probably colder with the ...
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Why are tripod legs and heads sold separately? Why no 1-piece tripods? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are some (higher end?) tripods sold without a head? I've been trying to find a nice (size, weight, weight-capacity) for my new 7D. The last tripod I bought in 1994 ...
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Which tripod should I get for macro photography?

I'm currently looking for a good tripod for (mostly) macro photography and other kind of photography as well. I own a Canon EOS DSLR. Which tripod should I consider? There are many on sale, but I'm ...
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What are the reasons for using a tripod during broad daylight?

I like to shoot city and landscapes. I saw that photographers often use tripod even during a day. Why would I need a tripod during a day, if I can get shutter speed like 1/125s even with low ISO? And ...
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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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Is it possible to mount a Flash on a Tripod?

Are there any tricks / methods / accessories that can be used to mount an off camera flash unit on a tripod?
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Why do we have to disable stabilization when we use a tripod?

Why do we have to disable IS or VR when we use a tripod?
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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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Is there a tripod calculator program or website?

Is there any program or online website that can recommend tripods based on a given lens and camera body?
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Lens and tripod for deep space photography

I'm interested in deep space astro-photography, especially galaxies and nebulae. I wonder what is the best way to obtain a very good quality, at a decent price : A small telescope with a very good ...
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Where can I get the tripod-to-camera adapter for my Nikon D90?

I just purchased a used D90, I had a tripod but I just found that the D90 didn't have the tripod mount (the adapter to mount the D90 to the tripod). Anywhere online I can buy that? Thanks.
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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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How can I tell what kind of JOBY tripod I own?

When I first bought my Canon EOS 7D at a local electronics dealer, I also bought a JOBY Gorillapod for it. I've hardly used it though, as my camera weighs a ton and the tripod nearly buckles under its ...
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What are these hooks for, on the Manfrotto 055XB?

I have the Manfrotto 055XB legs, and there are 2 hooks on the base. This one looks like it's mainly to hang weight from to help increase stability. But this one I'm unsure of. It's not rigid, and ...
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What are the logistical pros and cons of traveling with a full size tripod?

When I say "full size" I mean what I think most people consider a standard tripod: not something like a gorillapod or super-specialized for portability. I want to purchase a serious tripod and I'm ...
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Any good yet reasonably priced tripods

I understand this is probably one of the phrases people hate most 'good but reasonably priced' because I realised that most often you get what you pay for. Nonetheless I am looking for my first tripod ...
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Co-linear dual tripod mount for huge lenses

I am about to buy a fun super-zoom mirror lens which is so long it has its own tripod mount. To protect the camera, I am wondering if there is a mount accessory which will allow for two items to be ...
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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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When and where do you need to use a tripod?

I am looking into use cases where the use of a tripod is very effective or necessary. Though in theory every possible shot can be taken with the help of tripod, in real life I do not think that is ...
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What tripod leg extensions systems are there?

I'm currently using a Manfrotto tripod that has the typical "screw" system to extend legs, 3 sections in this case. Maybe it is me being clumsy but I find this system to be very impractical. It takes ...