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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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How can I ensure that a lens is pointing absolutley vertically downwards?

My uncle makes models of all sorts of things. To help him, he uses his camera(s) as scanners by photographing his various bits, and then performing further CAD on the resultant images. These models ...
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How can I make it so my tripod's camera holder isn't loose and floppy?

I obtained a tripod awhile ago, but have only recently begun to use it. My problem with it is that the camera top is, as the title says, loose and floppy. The base legs, and such adjustments, work ...
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Pitch Adjustment Loose on Tripod

I have two separate tripods from different manufacturers. For whatever reason, the pitch adjustment is loose on both of them. This often causes the mounted camera or cellphone to fall way out of ...
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How to maximize depth-of-field with a tripod

I'm shooting with a Sony A7C and a 35mm f/2.11 ZA Lens. Suppose it's the middle of a Summer day at high altitude. I'm using the Intelligent Auto setting, the camera identifies the scene as landscape, ...
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How to improve t2i video crop mode 640x480 with a zoom?

This mode is an 8x multiplier. So a 500mm lens looks like 4000mm. The only problem is the wind. How do you keep the camera completely still on a heavy tripod and light winds?
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I Need a help to find missed pan locking knob to Rollei tripod

last year I lost the pan locking knob during my trip to the mountains and now I'm trying to find some spare parts. Please can someone give me advice on where I can find it? many thanks for any advice
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Tripod size for an iPhone to take self photos, if I'm about 6 ft?

I noticed almost every iPhone tripod which sells on Amazon is about 50". I need to shoot photos or videos of myself when I'm standing. I imagine the position of the camera should be about 62"...
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Bolt size for Velbon tilt head?

i recently purchased a used Velbon CX 470 tripod when i got it home i found that it is missing the bolt/screw that holds the top piece to the main body (and allows the camera to be rotated, rolled, ...
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Replacement parts for a Sunset GD-3000 tripod

I was cleaning out my parent's home when I came across a Sunset GD-3000 tripod which seems strong enough to support my 90mm telescope. Unfortunately, two parts are missing, the screw that holds the ...
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Tripod center column locker screw lost

I have the following issue: I have a Vanguard Veo 235AB travel tripod and during a hike, I somehow lost the screw, which locks the center column. I love this tripod and it is perfectly usable, except ...
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Separate tripod head mount type

While cleaning up I found an old tripod that I nog longer use because at some point the head broke off. However, it seems very nuch like a new head can be attached to it. I'm no photography hardware ...
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Are a carbon fibre tripod heavy enough to carry a gimbal?

I want to buy a tripod and a gimbal head to shoot birds in flight. I want to buy the TMA37AL Mach3 Serie 3 aluminium Benro tripod or the TMA38CL Mach3 Serie 3 carbon fibre Benro tripod. And for gimbal ...
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What is that springy thing on the head of the tripod? [duplicate]

There are two thing on the head of the tripod, one is the screw and the other is this springy thing. I always wondered, what does it do?
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Pentax 67 on a Berlebach tripod Model 8043?

I think about buying a tripod for my Pentax 67. My longest lens is 165 mm. I am considering the Berlebach Model 8043 as it is within my budget. (My budget is limited). I have read good feedback about ...
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alternative to Gitzo baseplate

I have a Gitzo systematic 3 series tripod. Im looking forward to get a second baseplate (they name it GS3321SP). I would like to know if other manufactures produce similar baseplates that are ...
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How to reduce shake at high focal lengths {2600mm-3900mm with adapters} when on a tripod?

I have a Nikon DIGITAL DSLR 650 1300mm zoom lens. In honour of this, I bought a Zomei tripod which is of good quality but even so, the slightest breath of wind makes the lens shake, and at such high ...
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What kind of head or adaptor do I need to mount a camera on a Celestron tripod?

I recently bought a Celestron telescope that came with a pretty sturdy tripod. The picture here shows what the top of the tripod looks like, before I attach the telescope to it. Question is, what ...
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Why do a majority of still cameras only have one tripod hole?

All the still cameras I own only have one hole for a tripod. What is the reason for that? Unless you mount the camera very tight it wiggles around and even then it doesn't seem as secure as the video ...
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Should I turn off image stabilization when I am taking a landscape shot?

Should I turn off image stabilization when I am taking a landscape shot with a tripod? I would like to mention that I’m shootings with a Canon crop sensor, and one of the lenses listed at bottom might ...
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Tripod for Oil Painting Photography

I work for a company that produces oil painting reproductions and am quite new to the discipline. The Art Director here is very cheap and it shows through the equipment I'm using here (think 10+ old ...
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Zomei z669 compatability to Acra-swiss connection

I have Sony a6500 camera and I had like to buy the following: 1) L bracket 2) Zomei z669 tripod The L bracket is Acra-swiss connection however I cant find if the Zomei z669 supports it. If someone ...
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Zomei z669 for panoramic stitching

I would like to take wide pictures however I have only a 18mm lens. I thought instead of spending lots of money on a wide-angle lens, just to stitch into panorama with Lr/Ps afterwards. I thought to ...
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Manfrotto broken leg lever

Bought a Manfrotto Befree Advanced tripod yesterday. The lever lock version. After opening/closing like 3 times one of the leg lock levers is broken. I found on manfrotto parts website a spare for 8 ...
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How to get a replacement mounting plate?

I came across a free tripod with no mounting plate and no identifying logos. Yes, it is probably a cheap tripod which will only serve temporarily until getting a real one. Is there a way to find a ...
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Tripod accessory needed to allow for multiple mounts (stacked vertically/behind)

I have a little tripod that has a mountable phone holder and light orb. Since the light orb is small, it's very convenient and I think it might also make a decent supplementary light source when I'm ...
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Reason for slanting in an arc on the far left and right when panning on a tripod?

I use a full-frame camera with a ball head (with panning base) on a tripod, to take multiple shots (e.g. 6 positions from left to right) to stitch into a panoramic photo. Typically, I'm shooting at ...
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How important is quick release for a tripod?

I'm about to go on holiday with my first ever camera (Fuji X-T2 with 18-55, 35f2, and 55-200), will be bringing a tripod for family shots. How important is quick release for this scenario? We will be ...
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For landscape photography in potentially harsh climates, are traditional twist-action tripod legs preferable to quick-release? [duplicate]

I'm a relatively new landscape photographer and long-time user of a tripod with quick-release plastic clasps on the legs (I've owned this specific tripod base for around 10 years). On a recent trip, ...
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What affects tripod stability?

I have a Vanguard Veo 2 265 CB tripod. I really like it and it has been performing, but lately I am trying to get my pictures as sharp as I can get and I noticed something. It must be trivial to ask,...
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Will the screw on the quick release plate attach to my camera? [duplicate]

Recently I ordered the tripod Digitek DTR-550 LW on Amazon for my Nikon B700 camera. But I'm not sure that my camera will attach with the screw on quick release mount of the tripod. Please throw some ...
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What type of quick release do I need for this Sunpak tripod?

I've inherited a Sunpak tripod without the quick release pad/plate thing (please correct my terminology). I'm looking to find the quick release plate for this. What is this style/size called? I ...
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Are Manfrotto 200L and 501PL quick release plates interchangeable?

Are Manfrotto 200L and 501PL quick release plates interchangeable ? I want to buy a tripod with video head 501PL but want to use it only with small 200L quick release plate. Hope it's possible. ...
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Which kinds of tripod heads are suitable for panoramic photography?

I'm looking to buy a tripod, but unsure which heads fit my usecase and my budget of about €250. Specifically, the usecase split between panoramic, 'regular travel' and macro photography, with ...
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Why aren't tripod mounts metric?

Almost everything about cameras, lenses, sensor and film sizes are specified in metric units. So why are common tripod mounts (e.g., 1/4"-20) not metric? I'm just curious if there's an interesting ...
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What is the advantage of carrying a tripod and ND-filters when you could use image stacking instead?

From my understanding, if you want to take a long exposure of a landscape shot like the picture below, you have two options: Carry a heavy tripod everywhere you hike and then use a series of ...
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Pixel-size translations between subsequent mobile phone pictures taken on tripod?

I am trying to take two identical pictures that are exactly the same in every way except for noise. However, I am finding it incredibly difficult due to the tiny angular movements that seem to always ...
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What is the maximum stabilizer weight for Manfrotto Element Traveller tripod?

What is the maximum stabilizer weight you can attach to the hook on the central column of the Manfrotto Element Traveller stand? In the specs it says "Safety Payload Weight: 8 kg" but I assume that ...
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Is there any benefit in tripods that are braced around a center post?

The Wikipedia tripod page mentions that most tripods are braced around a center post. However, in in this slightly amusing cheapo tripod test video, I noticed the Gitzo tripod isn't braced around a ...
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Why is there ghosting when using flash on tripod with image stabilization?

I am puzzled by the ghosting in this shot. It is definitely caused by the flash (shot of the exact same scene without flash removed the ghost image). The camera was on a tripod, and I was using a ...
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Is the screw for attaching tripod heads to tripods standardized?

I was gifted a tripod creatively named: PT-TPM665-C I am quite happy with it but the head can be frustrating to work with. It feels more geared towards videography rather than photography and needs ...
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Are there any travel tripods with spring loaded opening?

Is there any style of light tripod (or monopod even), past or present, that can be opened/closed one handed, switchblade knife/automatic umbrella style (eg via a compressible spring in the legs and a ...
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Selecting a tripod for use with very long focal lengths

I have been playing around with very long focal lengths using a Kenko 3x teleconverter. I have had problems getting sharp pictures and I think camera shake is a big part of that. Given that I am ...
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How to dampen tripod vibration on bouncy surface? [duplicate]

I was recording my daughter's band performance, with a Vivitar HF-TR59 59" Tripod set on wooden bleachers, Sony a7iii with 24-240 lens, OIS on. Camera shake warning was on most of the time, and one ...
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Panning Head vs Panning Clamp

What is the practical difference between a panning tripod head and a panning clamp? The tripod head seems to rotate from the bottom of the head (where it attaches to the legs) while the clamp rotates ...
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Can a tripod be used on the grounds of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich?

It was raining, so I set my tripod up under a covered part [outside] at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, by the main vista only to told that tripods are not allowed on Observatory grounds; you have ...
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Is the "Amazon Basics" tripod worthwhile for night landscapes and astrophotography? [duplicate]

I am learning photography. I am really interested in night landscapes, moon, star trails. I need a cheap tripod, but not a useless one. Is the Amazon Basics tripod worth getting? It's 60 inches. I'm ...
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Why are my long exposures with a certain lens not crisp even though I'm using a tripod? [closed]

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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