I recently acquired this tripod and was wondering what this screw is and what I need to do to make this tripod usable with a DSLR.

The screw seems to be a bit wider than half an inch.

What kind of adapter might I need to fit a common tripod head?

Said Tripod

  • possible duplicate of Is there a standard tripod mount? – mattdm May 26 '15 at 17:01
  • Covered by the earlier question — this isn't the standard thread for attaching a camera to a tripod, but is typical for attaching tripod legs to heads. – mattdm May 26 '15 at 17:02
  • Stating the make and model of the tripod will make your question more specific and may shed some more light as to what type of heads are available. – A.K. May 26 '15 at 17:13
  • Unfortunately I don't know the make of the tripod , it doesn't seem to be anywhere on the body. – y4ku May 26 '15 at 18:02
  • I might also be misunderstanding how to measure the bolt. The width of the bolt is 1/2" but does that translate in some way to a 3/8" "thread"? – y4ku May 26 '15 at 18:07

Basically they sell you either a incomplete tripod or you just need to buy a tripod head:


There are several options to choose from and some brands sell the tripods and heads as separate parts.

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    Yes. That threaded piece is where the head assembly attaches. The head assembly holds the camera. – A.K. May 26 '15 at 17:09
  • I have a tripod head but this screw is too large for it. I believe that in general tripod heads require a 1/4" screw and this one is much bigger than that. Slightly over 1/2" wide. – y4ku May 26 '15 at 18:03
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    Have you tried unscrewing it? There is a slim chance it is an adapter and there is a smaller screw underneath. – Jason Sweeters May 26 '15 at 18:15
  • @y4ku Are you sure it isn't 3/8"-16? Again, see this earlier answer. – mattdm May 26 '15 at 18:46
  • I've tried unscrewing it and can't seem to get it off. The earlier answer doesn't quite answer my question with any certainty, it is a description of two standards that exist. I'm going to pick up a 3/8" to 1/4" converter to see if this is the case. Until then, this is still a mystery. – y4ku May 26 '15 at 19:34

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