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I have a run-of-the-mill digital camera with a 1/4-20 UNC tripod connector.

I found a tripod in the trash and would like to connect my camera to it.

However, it's either missing a bit, or a completely different system.

Is there an adapter I could purchase, or some other way to make this tripod fit?

top part of the found device showing a extension arm with some kind of thumbscrew

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That is not a camera tripod. It looks more like a light stand, music stand, or microphone stand with a part missing.

It may be stable enough for a small camera but you would have to jury-rig something to make it work for you.

I would start by removing the upper part to see if it has a 1/4" or 3/8" stud that could be used to mount a camera tripod head.

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  • In any case, unless your space is limited, keep it, it is useful to mount flashes, microphones, backgrounds, reflectors.... – rackandboneman Nov 2 '18 at 23:42

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