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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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Tripods for bird photography

I've recently got my 7D II + Tamron150-600 and now I'm looking for a tripod. The type of photography I want to work on is birds in flight photography. What tripod would you recommend + what head? ...
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50mm arca-mount?

I have a cheap tripod that have a 50mm wide arca-style mount. Is this a standard or some random thing? From what i can tell all arca mounts' plate are 38mm wide (the distance between the dovetail/...
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What tripods and heads for shooting indoor panoramic images (360) with smartphone are there on the market?

I want to shoot indoor panorama with my smartphone, but parallax error makes it really difficult to get decent results (i.e. small or no artifacts). Something better than http://liliputing.com/2015/03/...
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Do super-super-lightweight tripods exist?

Are there are any "ultra-portable" tripods out there? I'd like to find one for backpacking that weighs 500 grams or less, but none seem to exist... there are tabletop tripods that weigh considerably ...
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What's this part under the ball head called?

I recently purchased a dolica tripod. I am looking at the user manual. Under the ball-head, there is a ring. I am not sure what to call it. The ring has come off and I am unable to attach the ball ...
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Inexpensive Peak Capture compatible tripod [duplicate]

I have the standard plate. Based on the information on this page can someone recommend me a decent but relatively inexpensive (under $100 if possible) compatible tripod?
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What's the difference between a double action vs triple action ball head?

I'm not sure why this is so hard to figure out from some manufacturers websites, but I'm wondering what the difference is between double action and triple action ball heads. My best guess is: Single ...
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The Purpose of the Length of a Tripod Plate

Context I'm debating on getting a tripod plate for a Nikon 400mm f3.5. Question For a teleprime such as mine, is there such as a thing as a right "length?" Kirk lists one that looks shorter than ...
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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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Can you shoot a long-term timelapse by just remembering your settings and going back to the same spot?

Time lapses are usually achieved by having a stationary camera and an intervalometer in a fixed position. However a friend of mine challenged me if it's possible to shoot on the same spot without a ...
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Is this a tripod head over capacity or just how they work?

Context I use my Sirui T-005X tripod with a Sirui C-10X head. When I place my Nikon 300mm f4 AF lens on it, I slide it on and tighten both the plate lock and the position on the ball head. After ...
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What can I use to shift a tripod mount to the side for easier access to the battery compartment?

Does something like this exist? I am looking for a piece that I can attach to the bottom of my Panasonic LX100, which has a tripod hole that is very close to the door of the battery compartment. I ...
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Is there anything I can buy to use downward tilt on Sony A7 on Tripod?

With Sony A7 line cameras, and from what I'm reading other Sony cameras as well there's a real design flaw where you can't use the screen at its downward tilt angle when on a tripod. I've found a ...
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Carrying a metal tripods during thunderstorms or related

Context I won't be doing it anytime soon but I might consider traveling to places during the rainy season to get pictures. What I'm afraid of is if it might develop into a thunderstorm or related. ...
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What should one consider when choosing a style of tripod head?

What should one consider when choosing a style of tripod head? There are ball heads, 3-way pan/tilt heads, geared heads, even gimbal heads. I'm not asking so much about brands, but styles... how ...
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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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Choosing Tripod Based on Load Capacity?

I'm looking to purchase a new tripod, but I wanted to make sure that it is reasonably future proof (assuming that the largest lens I ever buy would be the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II). Under the ...
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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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Nikon D7200: How to chose a tripod for this camera? [duplicate]

What tripod is best for Nikon D7200 with Kit lens 18-140 VR. By asking this question I mean what characteristic should the tripod have such as max load, carbon vs aluminum, without head vs with head. ...
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What are the pros and cons of flip lock vs. twist lock on tripods?

I am in search of a tripod. While doing a bit of research myself, I came to know that there are two broad variants of leg locks, viz. flip and twist lock. In many forums, I find people expressing ...
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How can I measure and duplicate camera orientation on a ball mount?

I have a Pentax K5 with its default lens, and a ball-mount tripod that can hold 17 lbs max. I need to take two shots in two different locations, and have the camera in the same spatial orientation (...
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Aluminium vs. Carbon tripods [duplicate]

Does the high cost incurred in purchasing a Carbon tripod weigh well compared to the saving in weight than an Aluminium tripod? My budget is $300 USD. I have a Nikon D5300, but started liking ...
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Tripod support for Canon 11-24mm

Canon´s 11-24mm lens is top-heavy, but does not provide for a tripod support. This is particularly worrisome when mounted on a small mirrorless camera. Some adapters, such as the Metabones, have a ...
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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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Which adapter do I need for a softbox and a speedlite?

I'm just starting with photography. Currently I'm getting my stuff together for a basic lighting equipment. I bought some pre-owned softboxes and tripods, also some Yongnuo 560 Mk III. Now I'm looking ...
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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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Which of these are essential for vacation: tripod, flash, extra batteries and memory cards, prime lens? [closed]

I have the Nikon D3200 with the kit lens (18mm - 55mm). I'm going on a road trip soon and I'd like to take pictures of Christmas lights, Christmas trees, architecture, detail shots and photos inside ...
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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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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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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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How much should Load Capacity influence my buying decision for Tripod Legs for a Large Telephoto Lens?

I have seen a few questions about Tripods and Large Format Lenses but nothing specifically addressing how weight capacity will affect stabilization. Similar Questions: What tripod heads are ideal to ...
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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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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 pull-...
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Best tripod features? [duplicate]

As far as I understand, heads can be swapped - but if I'm wrong, then I'm asking about ball head tripods. Which features are the best, for general photography? What height range have you found to ...
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How can I focus when my camera is on a tripod and none of the focus points line up?

Today I was shooting two persons with my camera (Canon 7D) on a tripod. One person, the one I wanted to be in focus, was composed so far out of the center that I don't have any focus point close to ...
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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 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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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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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 http://www.youtube.com/...
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What are the advantages of a carbon-fibre tripod with more leg sections?

I have to replace my old tripod with a new one. To better compare the different models in terms of quality, manufacturer, reliability, I selected two models from the same producer (Manfrotto): ...
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Different screw/screw hole size on tripod/tripod head

Sorry if this is a stupid question. I have a tripod (cheap, Chinese, bought on Amazon) and I wanted to change the ball-head it came with to a 3-way head, so I bought a Velbon PH-157Q head. When I ...
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Tripod and camera [duplicate]

Can any tripod be used for any camera?If no,can anyone suggest me a tripod for Canon SX 150 IS.(http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/digital_cameras/other_powershot/powershot_sx150_is)
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What is this plastic ring called on a tripod and can I get a replacement?

I have a Hama Compact Traveller Tripod in which the plastic ring that inserts where the tripod head and metal tube goes is broken. Is it possible to get a replacement for this as I do not wish 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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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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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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Light Inconspicuous Tripod [closed]

BSD Does anyone know of any tripod brands that make light think slender inconspicuous tripod. I am basically looking for one with easy mobility that is easy to whip out and shoot on the fly. Also one ...
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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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Will Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom work with mirrorless Olympus EM10?

I looked at the Joby Gorillapod Hybrid, which lists mirrorless support but would only hold 1kg. The SLR Zoom would hold 3kg which I prefer. However, it only lists DSLRs as supported. Will it work with ...
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Tripod need for general use with exchangable heads [closed]

I please need advice on choosing a tripod. I want to buy a decent tripod that I can use, but I also want to not just use it for outdoors, also indoors, but mainly outdoors. I have done some reading ...