Lunch atop a (Springfield) skyscraper

Lunch atop a (Springfield) skyscraper
by andy-m                

Submit your Photo
Hall of Fame

Please participate in Meta
and help us grow.

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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

4
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
99 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
484 views

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?
8
votes
2answers
507 views

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 ...
-2
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
419 views

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, ...
2
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
437 views

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 ...
-1
votes
3answers
198 views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
674 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
388 views

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 ...
12
votes
8answers
2k views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
924 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
510 views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
3k views

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?
5
votes
3answers
379 views

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 ...
14
votes
5answers
2k views

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 ...
10
votes
8answers
2k views

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 ...
18
votes
7answers
5k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
317 views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
3
votes
8answers
755 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
130 views

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 ...
12
votes
6answers
7k views

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. ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
372 views

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 ...
3
votes
7answers
2k views

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?
3
votes
3answers
4k views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
704 views

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 ...
14
votes
1answer
10k views

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?
4
votes
4answers
279 views

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.
4
votes
2answers
583 views

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 ...
7
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
288 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
650 views

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 ...
7
votes
5answers
7k views

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 ...
3
votes
8answers
3k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
435 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
496 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
12k views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
5
votes
5answers
4k views

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 ...
5
votes
4answers
4k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
174 views

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?
7
votes
6answers
2k views

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 ...
7
votes
6answers
12k views

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?
9
votes
5answers
630 views

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?