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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 kind of tripod is best for flower macro photography?

What kind of tripod would you recommend for macro photography? The subjects being flowers low on the ground. I have a fairly good tripod but the center column gets in the the way meaning that I ...
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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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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 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 ...
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Will the GorillaPod SLR-Zoom keep my DSLR camera from falling over/off?

I have a DSLR and a lens and am considering buying a GorillaPod for when I'm out and about and can find surfaces to place it on/attach it to. My main concern is whether I can rely on it to keep my ...
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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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How do I judge tripod sturdiness when buying online?

I’m looking to buy a tripod online. (My one local camera shop doesn’t stock many options, and those it does have are much more expensive there than are online.) Price, size, weight — all these are ...
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How to align camera perpendicular to the object?

When shooting 2D objects (e.g., artwork), what is the easiest way to make sure that the optical axis of the camera is aligned perpendicular to the object? That is, how do I avoid any perspective ...
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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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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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Will a third-party tripod mount collar hold my lens securely?

I have lost the tripod mounting ring for my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM. It is very expensive to replace it with an original one [about £140.00 as of May 2012]. I have noticed that there exist ...
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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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Travel / Hiking tripod recommendation

This is yet another equipment recommendation question, but because I didn't find exactly what I'm searching, I try to post it here. Also, in order to minimize the subjective part of the answer I'll ...
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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 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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Does anyone have experience with Vanguard tripods?

I'm looking at buying my first tripod for my D7000 and don't have a lot of cash. What I do have is some REI gift cards and they carry Vanguard tripods. I haven't been able to find an abundance of ...
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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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What's the difference between “rapid” and non-rapid Feisol tripods?

Currently, I've set my eyes on the Feisol 3442 tripod. But can someone tell me what the difference between the rapid and non-rapid is? The price difference of the two where I live is $100, and I want ...
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How good is the Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod?

Planning to buy a tripod for my Nikon D90 and after some analysis i came up with Manfrotto 055XPROB, though everything seems quite good but one thing which is a worrying me is its weight. I saw one ...
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Could you recommend an under-$30 tripod for a DSLR?

I have look at Tripod that is mobile yet sturdy and light but that discusses expensive tripods. I want something cheaper (under $30). I checked some on Amazon. Which one would you recommend, ...
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What are the types of camera supports, and when to use which?

What are the types of pods and which pod is suitable for which situation? Is there a camera holder which can be curled around the shoulders and neck? What are the pros and cons of them all?
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Can a tripod head be left always on, or should it be taken off when not in use?

Do tripod owners break down the tripod between uses? I'm imagining going on a flight or something and breaking it down into legs + head, rather than assembled 100% of the time. Can't recall ever ...
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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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What are pros and cons of different quick release systems?

Some overlooked detail in photography are quick release systems. I found it tough to get good information about them, and since they tend to be rather expensive I'd like to hear pros and cons of ...
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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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Where could I get a tripod for panoramas on iPhone?

I'm interested in taking great panoramic views. Photosynth on the iPhone looks pretty cool, but I'd like great looking images so I'm in need of a tripod. I've seen this one ...
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Is it possible to get a larger screen for live view, for precise manual focus?

I've been doing some test macro shots lately and it's been a pain to focus sharp. The macro lens already minimizes DoF and makes things hard but I've been thinking of an external screen that I can ...
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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 do I need in order to mount my zoom lens onto a tripod?

I just purchased a cheap Opteka zoom lens and it is super long -- over two feet when fully elongated. It has built-in a tripod mount and I have no idea how to use it. I currently own a Vanguard ...
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Does the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2/TS2 have a tripod mount?

I'm looking at buying this camera, but can't find any specs or pictures that indicate whether there is a tripod mount. Does anyone know?
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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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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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Finding (and choosing) A Tripod

Here is my dilemma and question: I have a Nikon D5100 and I am looking to buy a tripod. However I commute by bus and walk a lot so I need a tripod that is sturdy yet can be portable and light enough ...
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What is the “round” tripod plate used for?

I have recently purchased a new tripod (Oben AC-1400 AL with BA-00 HEAD) and there is a round plate between the tripod and the head itself. It seems like it is meant to remain where it is but I think ...
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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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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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Is the Arca Swiss Z1 compatible with Kirk brackets

Does anyone know if that Arca Swiss Z1 ball head top plate is compatible with the Kirk angle-bracket?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What tripod is this? Can you recommend something similar or better?

I was reading the recently released review of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II over at The Digital Picture, and really liked the neat little tripod used for the example shots. The head is the ...
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Is the Manfrotto 190XPROB a good first tripod for a student with an entry-level DSLR?

I have a Canon Digital EOS 400D (XTi) and am looking into purchasing my first tripod. I was wondering whether the Manfrotto 190XPROB would be a good choice as a first tripod and what head I should get ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...