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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 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 ...
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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 should I look for in a tabletop tripod /support?

I am looking for a tabletop support for my canon 550D. What features should I look for to give adequate support for macro and other photography? My price rang is under $150. I have looked at the joby ...
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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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How does tripod sensing image stabilization work on a lens?

Does the camera body have any sensor in the tripod mount to sense when a tripod head is attached? Or does the lens sense the stability to determine whether it is mounted on a tripod? The main reason ...
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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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Does an auto-aligning tripod exist?

Say you want to photograph yourself. The hassle is always framing yourself inside the picture while wanting to walk all around the camera to take snapshots with different backgrounds. Does this exist, ...
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Macro Photography - Monopod or Tripod?

I recently got a new macro lens and after a couple of outings I noticed it would be very beneficial to use monopod or a tripod (or some kind of support). I would prefer a monopod because it seems ...
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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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looking for advice on new tripod ideas

I do own a tripod. it was $20 with one of those online bargains. I would like to upgrade it because its klunky, and still large even when its minimized. from my limited research, this one looks ...
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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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Mini-Mobile And Mobile Tripods - How To Make Them Hold Smartphones For Taking Good Still Shots?

I am mostly taking shots with my HTC Desire S 5MP smartphone. But for a long time wanted to get mobile tripod which is compact and easy to carry. The problem is with their mostly used universal 1/4 ...
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How can I prevent blurred images when using a tripod?

I'm doing panoramic HDR photography for work using one of those stupid cheap mirror balls mounted on a tripod (not my decision!) and I am noticing on my longer exposures that sometimes I'm getting ...
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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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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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Do I really need a ball head for a SLR zoom Gorillapod?

GorillaPod doesn't come with a ball head, but since its legs are extremely flexible will I actually "need" a ball head? Can't I simply bend the legs to get the view? Am I missing a point?
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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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Using carbon-fiber tripods in cold weather: safe temperatures, precautions, and effects of failure

I'm considering buying Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 carbon-fiber tripod legs with a Manfrotto 498RC2 ball head, but I've read that carbon fiber can break at low temperatures. (Note that the 055CXPRO3 uses ...
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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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How to use a tripod on the beach without damaging it?

The site already has a good example of what to consider in regards to camera and lenses around sand, but I specifically am wondering what considerations to make when using a tripod near sand. Many ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What can tall photographers do about tripod height?

I'm in the market for my first tripod, and have noticed that they generally top out around 175cm(5'8") tall. I'm 200cm(6'6") tall, and while there aren't many people taller than me, there are some. ...
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Which tripod plates are compatible with the Nikon D7000?

I'm searching for D7000 compatible tripod in local online market. D7000 body doesn't have small whole near the screw as shown below (well it has but pretty far). However, in the local market ...
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What properties should I look for to judge tripod quality?

I'm fairly new to photography and I've been considering buying a tripod. My problem is that I don't know what makes for good quality in them - what properties should I judge against? This question ...
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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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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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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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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 ...