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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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How to smoothen a tripod's head movement?

Few months back I purchased a second hand tripod. Later on I noticed that the head (which holds the camera) of the tripod doesn't move freely. I mean I have to apply some pressure to make it move left ...
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Is there a very small but robust tripod?

During my trips when I do landscape photography, I often can't take my tripod. It's too big and too heavy. If the weight can be managed by buying a more expensive one, the size remains a problem. ...
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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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How do I select a good mid-range tripod for my Nikon D90?

Planning to buy a tripod for my Nikon D90, but not sure which one to go with. Currently I am working only with my kit lens, but am planning to buy some more lenses in the near future, so while going ...
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Do vibration-resistant lenses need tripods for ultra-sharp landscapes?

Does it make sense to use vibration-resistant lenses for ultra-sharp landscapes? I mean when the F is 16, we'll have to lower the shutter speed to a great deal. So, if I use a VR lens, will I still ...
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Is there a standard tripod mount?

Is there a standard tripod mount? Is it reasonable to assume that a given tripod will attach successfully to a given camera, or will I have to research my options?
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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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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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How do I carry a tripod around?

I just ordered a Dolica tripod which came with a bag. I'm wondering how photographers typically carry their tripods around. If I am going specifically on a photography trip, then there's no problem ...
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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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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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Why are my night photographs always blurry?

I was shooting the lighting of the city that is visible at the top of the trees if you shoot landscape. No matter what I do, the image is blurry. What have i done: ISO 100 Manual focus towards ...
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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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How do I fasten a Nikon D90 to a tripod head with camera alignment pin?

A few years ago I got my first DSLR (a Canon EOS 350D), as well as my first tripod. Now I changed my camera to Nikon D90, but kept the tripod. When I first tried to mount my new camera on the old ...
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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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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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Do they make a single-leg stabilizer, similar to a tripod but with only one leg?

I'm looking for something that I can attach to my Nikon D5000 that will allow me to hold the camera steady, similar to a tripod, but MUCH lighter and easier to setup. I'm thinking it could also dub ...
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Do GoPro mounts use standard tripod points?

I've been looking at some wearable camera mounts, and I get the impression that GoPro mounts are different from the standard tripod mount point. Can I use my video camera with its standard screw-in ...
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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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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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How can I attach a lens without a collar to a tripod?

I have a Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 push-pull and I wonder how to use it on a tripod. There is no collar. What is the best solution to attach it to a tripod? ("Best" is rather vague, it should take into ...
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Is 61cm (24 inch) folded length too much for a tripod?

Do you consider this length to be too much when plied(closed) for a tripod? The weight is 1.95kg (4.3 pounds). Do you consider this would be inconvenient to use in the city?
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Does high shutter speed make up for no tripod?

I take a lot of macro pictures, so using a tripod can be very inconvenient at times. And when I'm so close to an insect I find my hands shaking a lot even though I try to be as stable as possible. So ...
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How can I take horizontal photos where the object is lying flat on the floor?

How can I take horizontal photos where the object is lying flat on the floor? Do you know any stands/tripods which allow to point the camera straight downwards?
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Is the mounting screw for tripods always directly on the optical axis?

Is the mounting screw on tripods always directly on the optical axis? I have a D5000 here and in this particular case it is. But can I trust that it's always there?
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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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How does a tripod attach to the (front of the) Lowepro Pro Roller x200?

I just bought a Lowepro Pro Roller x200. (Love it so far!) This one: Lowepro Pro Roller x200 It has a strap that attaches to the top left side, and a little holster like thingy that attaches to ...
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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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Why would I get a Monopod over a Tripod?

I've been using a cheap basic tripod for several difference scenarios recently, specifically panoramas, night time shots, and HDRs. I'm thinking of upgrading to a better tripod (this one is rather ...
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Why are tripods forbidden in some public spaces and how to deal with it?

Yesterday, I've been to the Britomart train station in Auckland, New Zealand, to take some pictures of that place. To do so, I carried my tripod with me. Aware of the fact, that some places don't ...
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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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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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Is the bag in the Manfrotto 7320YB M-Y Compact Tripod Kit with Ball Head/Backpack/Gear Bag bundle weather proof?

I want to buy the Manfrotto 7320YB M-Y Compact Tripod Kit with Ball Head/Backpack/Gear Bag bundle for my Canon 60D I want a weather proof or resistant bag since my camera is not weather sealed. I ...
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Can I put a compact camera on a video tripod?

As a total newbie I made a mistake when I ordered a Samsung WB 600 with a Velbon CX-586 tripod that is designed for video cameras. Can I use them together at all? Do I have to return the tripod?
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I need a good camera stabilizer/pod in church, indoors etc. What should I choose?

I have a Canon 1Ds Mark II with various lenses but none of them are very heavy. I usually shoot in indoors where tripods / monopods (church, weddings etc.) are not allowed. There are enough chairs, ...
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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 are the benefits/drawbacks to various tripod materials?

I see tripods that are metal, carbon fiber, basalt, and even wood. What are the features and/or drawbacks of each of these? What factors should be considered when choosing what material they want in ...
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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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Which Canon lenses use a B size tripod mount?

Which Canon lenses use a B size tripod mount?
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What should I look for in a camera/tripod for photographing microfilm machines and books/documents?

I am a graduate student studying history, and I am in the market for a new digital camera for the purpose of photographic images off of microfilm machines, and also old books and documents that I find ...
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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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Can I get a cheap Tripod (<$75) for basic HDR / panorama photos?

I'm a very amateur photographer who enjoys taking HDR and Panorama photos. My biggest problem right now is that I don't have a tripod. Many will tell me $75 is too cheap for a tripod, but I really ...
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Which tripod can handle a lens that weighs more than 2 pounds?

My current tripod (Slik) doesn't do heavy lenses very well. I am looking for a heavy duty tripod. One that can handle lens that weighs more than 2 pounds (907.18 grams) Any recommendations? My ...
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What are my best options for a tripod for up to $100?

I'm looking to buy a tripod + head (for my Canon 40D), but am not sure if I want to spend more than $100 on it. So can you suggest options for best tripods for $100 or less? Or, is it important to ...
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What are the different Canon tripod mount ring types for?

What are the types of Canon's tripod mount rings? I've heard about A, B, C and D types, but have no idea what it means or what the difference between them is.
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Situations you might use USB remote mode?

I hooked up the 50D to my MacBook Pro the other day at home and found it great to see exactly how a photo is going to turn out on the big screen before taking it and was wondering when such a setup ...
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What should I pay attention to when choosing a tripod?

I am a novice in photography and my current camera (Sony alpha 230 kit) which I recently have bought is the first DSLR of mine. Soon I'd like to buy a tripod for it. Please advise me what should I ...
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Can you service a tripod?

I have 'inherited' a Bilora tripod that's about 30-40 years old, at a guess. It's in decent nick but some of the head motion feels a bit 'sticky'. Is it possible to 'service' tripods, or should I ...
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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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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?