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Questions tagged [tripod]

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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Why are my long exposures with a certain lens not crisp even though I'm using a tripod? [on hold]

I am new to DSLR photography, and using using a Canon 1300D and Tamron 18-200. While using 200mm and trying to take a picture at 5 second or longer shutter speeds, I am developing camera shake and ...
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Is there a specific term for a tripod on wheels with handbrake in handle?

A while back, I used a tripod which was on wheels, but had a handbrake built into the handle which made it quick and painless to unlock, move, relock the tripod into place. Additionally, for video ...
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Antique tripods with no leg spread stops - what is the reason and way to use?

I quite frequently encounter very old (1920s-1960s) tripods at yard sales, fleamarkets, estate sales... that have no leg spread limiting mechanism at all. These commonly have sharp-tipped feet also. ...
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How to extend the camera horizontally when shooting from a balcony on a tripod?

I would like to shoot a timelapse from a balcony, with the camera facing at a 90-degree angle towards the ground. Given that the balcony has railings, I need to find a way to extend the camera ...
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How to balance Canon 750D with 70-300mm lens on a small tripod?

I have ordered a Neewer 50 cm (20 inch) mini tripod for my Canon 750D and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens. The tripod is suitable for up to 5 kg. However, I am not sure that the weight is the ...
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Portable and sturdy tripod [closed]

I do mostly long exposure architectural photography. I've always used the Manfrotto Befree tripod, which is great because it can fit a messenger bag and I can carry it everywhere. I am ...
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What brand is this vintage tripod?

I have a tripod that is probably at least 30 years old and I would like to know the brand at least. It has a logo on it I have not been able to find nor interpret. Does it say GON? GOON? GOND? ...
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A heavy tripod without a center column under $300?

I want a heavy tripod without a center column for indoor macro photography. I can only seem to find such tripods starting at ~$700. I want to spend around $300 including the head, so I was hoping to ...
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Portable astrophotography mount/tripod suggestion

I have a while doing astrophoto with a DSLR and a IOptron Skytracker, and I'm looking to advance in astrophotography. The problem is that I live in Canada, Montreal to be exact. The weather here is ...
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Travel tripod for rough weather conditions

I travel a lot, and I have used both regular tripods and travel tripods. Travel tripods would be my go to travel, as I need to carry my gear all day long. The Manfrotto BeFree is great, except that ...
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How to take 2 photos of the same scene and keep them registered

I am attempting to take 2 photos of the same scene with different settings and would like for them to be as aligned as reasonably possible. I'm doing the following to help in that goal: I'm keeping ...
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Flexible Tripod for DSLR but NO Gorillapod

I recently bought a small, cheap flexible/bendable tripod for my action cam an I am fascinated by the possibilities that I have because I am able to securely mount it to nearly any object I could ...
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What kind of “stand” for photo taken from above? E.g., food photography

I want to take photography of things laid on a table (fabric, drawing and painting mainly). So, basically, the lens just above it. Are there "special stands" for this kind of photo? So far, I saw 2 ...
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Shim between tripod plate and camera body for lanyard

I'd like to mount both a Spider designs holster place and a Peak Design Clutch. I've managed to connect the clutch to the Spider base plate but it stops the baseplate functioning as a tripod plate. ...
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Have Tripod Screw Depths/Lengths changed over time?

I've got an older tripod - a Britek CM101 with a fairly simple'style' of head - mostly taken out for special occations in the film and early digital camera era. After fixing an unrelated issue - I ...
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Can I make this tripod I found in the trash work for my camera?

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 ...
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How to stabilize a tripod?

Inspired by this question, I would like to know what can be done to help stabilize a tripod? I am especially interested in knowing what can be done when utilizing a lightweight tripod (one you might ...
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Cheap DSLR Travel Tripod Recommendation [closed]

So unlike other SE sites I realised you can ask for equipment recommendations here so here it goes: I need a tripod for one-month backpacking in Southern Africa in summer - both mountains and ...
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How can a tripod be unstable?

This sounds like a fairly stupid question, but it is one that has arisen whilst I was looking for cheap (<£50) and lightweight (<1kg) DSLR tripods. I understand there's a price difference ...
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What is the point of the depressible peg on a quick release plate?

Many tripod quick release plates have a plastic or metal peg near the screw. You can press down on the peg, and then when you release it, it pops back up. I've looked at photos of many camera ...
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What tripod should I prefer? [duplicate]

I'm an amateur photographer and I plan to buy a tripod for my DSLR NIKON D3400 Kit 18-55 AF-P VR. I'm thinking one of VELBON TRIPOD EX-640 and VELBON TRIPOD EX-888. The advantage of EX-640 is the max ...
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Light streaks from tripod photo

I was shooting a pano this morning and many of the images had the lights with streaks to the right. Always the right. I was panning to the right, manually rotating the camera, releasing it and ...
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How can I mount an action camera to a tripod when both have “out” tripod screws?

I recently bought an action camera made in south Africa by a company named VOLKANO, the accessory pack has a tripod mount with an "out screw" (sorry i have no clue whats its called) and my tripod (...
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What is the purpose of the second bump on the plate of this tripod?

I am planning to buy an used one for outdoor shooting with my Pentax k-x.Is this a good budget choice for first tripod? http://www.digidirect.com.au/accessories/tripods_and_monopods_/velbon_/...
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Compact tripod on airplane (Europe) [duplicate]

I'll be traveling to east Europe and for that reason I had to switch to a small compact tripod so that I could carry it easily. The new tripod, when closed, will not exceed 43 cm and it weighs below 1....
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Long exposures blurred images due to mirror movement - film photography

I currently own a Contax 139 which, unlike many other models, doesn't feature a switch you can lift the mirror with. I'm planning to do some night stars bw photography with very long exposures (i.e. ...
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If buying new Gitzo Tripod legs, is there a need for an additional extended warranty? [closed]

I am considering a purchase of a Gitzo series 5 6x carbon fiber tripod. B&H offers a supplemental warranty for 3 years which is 20% of the purchase price - not insignificant. Any opinions or ...
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Do quantitative measures for tripods exist

In looking at tripods I have noticed that there seem to be no objective quantitative measures on their performance. I do understand that heads are a personal preference, but I would expect there to be ...
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Quick release adapter with handle bar

I'm planning to buy a MeFoto Roadtrip Air. But its head cannot be replaced and it has an arca-swiss quick release plate. I prefer a spring loaded quick release plate and searched for an adapter and ...
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What's the advantage of having a ball head on a gimbal head?

This video about bird photography, the photographer has put a ball head on a gimabal head. Is there any benefits of doing that?; any benefit other than adding more height as he says at here.
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Tripod heads vs monopod heads: what's the difference?

How do the heads of tripods and monopods differ from each other? Are some able to be used on both types of support systems? Or is it just tripod heads and monopod heads? I'm trying to categorise ...
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How to Take Care of 3-Way Pan/Tilt Tripod Head

I have a Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release However, I'm not sure how to take care of it to prolong its life. Does anybody know how I would do so? For example, do I add ...
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A fine-tuneable tripod head for my Gitzo tripod

I have a Gitzo tripod with an extendable arm that I use to photograph flat artworks from overhead. My whole setup (see image) works perfectly except for one thing: Because I set it up and take it down ...
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Arca-Swiss Z1 SP quick set options

I'm considering Arca-Swiss Z1 SP but I don't fully understand different options for quick release mechanism. There are three different options: MonoballFix FlipLock Classic So far my understanding ...
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Will a 1/4 20 nut fit a tripod plate with a 1/4 20 bolt?

I ordered from China off the net a 1/4 20 butterfly nut, but it does not fit the 1/4 20 bolt on the tripod plate. Do I need a bigger nut size? I was under the impression the same size nut should fit. ...
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Tripod Vibration; Magnesium Vs Aluminum?

One or the other material, is used in the top part of photography carbon fiber tripods. But, which is better for damping vibration? a magnesium cast ? Or an aluminum alloy ? If possible, please ...
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How much does weight affect the stability of a tripod?

I have a pretty light and flimsy tripod that's rubbish for anything that requires any sort of stability, for example long exposure shots. I'd like to upgrade but I'm unsure of how much weight directly ...
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Are tripods same for all cameras. I am buying my first good camera Nikon D3300 with Nikkor 55-200 VR II, AF-S [duplicate]

I am beginning to learn photography and am buying my first hardware. I have boiled down to Nikon D3300 with Nikkor 55-200mm lens. I am also looking for a tripod because I guess one needs a stable hand ...
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How can I remove the ballhead from my Manfrotto tripod?

I cannot remove my 498RC2 Ballhead from my Manfrotto 055 tripod. I have removed the screw on the underside but cannot remove the ballhead. It just spins merrily around.
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How can I stiffen a droopy Gorilla Pod?

I have a Gorilla pod (SLR-zoom) which is now a few years old and the legs are now loose enough that it can't support the weight of my camera+lens any more. The legs will often have an 'unexpected ...
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Benro Tripod: Sticky Middle Column

I've recently purchased a Traveler Angel II (Aluminum) and have noticed that when I remove the middle column in order to reverse it or attach to the monopod leg, it sticks (in the beginning) when ...
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Tripods for bird photography

I've recently got my 7D II and Tamron 150-600 and now I'm looking for a tripod. The type of photography I want to work on is birds in flight photography. What tripod specs should I be looking at, and ...
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Is a 50mm-wide arca-mount a standard?

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'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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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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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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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. ...