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A head sits atop the tripod legs. Common types of heads are ballheads, 3-way, and 2-way.

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What kind of tripod do I need with this tripod camera holder?

I received to this as a gift but don't know how to connect it to a tripod which usually have their own camera mount.
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Unidentified knob on Bogen 3066 head

I recently acquired a well-used Bogen 3066 head. I am unable to identify the purpose of one of the knobs. It's a rather small, silver-colored knurled metal knob. It doesn't thread in very far, (not ...
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How can I track planes at airshows?

I was at an airshow today shooting with a 600mm full frame equivalent lens and it was quite difficult to track the planes smoothly. I do have a Manfrotto motion head, but unfortunately I didn't bring ...
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How do I eliminate the shake I'm getting using a supertelephoto lens and tripod to shoot the moon?

I have a Sony 200-600 (~5lb/2.1kg) that I'm looking to use for moon photography with a Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ tripod. I'm also using a 2X teleconverter and an APS-C camera (α6600). However I think my ...
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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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Quick-release _below_ the head

What would you recommend for quickly changing and moving heads from tripod to monopod, slider, etc. Would a cheap Arca Swiss copy or a 200PL be a good option? To be used with Mirrorless and DSLR with ...
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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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How to unlock frozen ball head?

My tripod ballhead ball is frozen (locked) is position, I cannot adjust the camera position, although the main knob in the head can rotate, the ball is frozen and very stiff. Any idea how to unlock ...
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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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Seeking for gimbal head-like vertically sliding clamp

for my project of wireless motorized gimbal head for DSLR, I am seeking for gimbal head-like vertically sliding clamp with quick release (ideally arca-swiss). The rail which it slides on is not a ...
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Does a separate geared panning base exists?

Looking at geared tripod heads it seems that the Arca Swiss Cube is the yardstick. There is a version of the Cube with gears for the panning motion as well as tilt/yaw link to article called the Cube ...
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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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Can motorized "panorama/timelapse" tripod heads be used as astro trackers?

Motorized tripod heads, like the Mantona Turnaround or Movo Photo MTP-11, seem to be popular and inexpensive currently. Can these be used as an alternative to expensive sky tracking mounts for ...
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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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Name of cleat-style tripod mounting head

What is this particular mounting head type called? All I know is it seems fairly common (I don't know much about photography equipment -- but I need to order some more compatible heads): The tripod ...
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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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What size of head is right for this monopod? [duplicate]

I want to get a replacement head (possible a tilt head) for this monopod. It seems like on most online stores, the size of head is exclusively quoted in inch. Since I live outside US and I am also ...
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What are the threaded holes in Manfrotto camera brackets?

The following is the underside of a ball headed Manfrotto camera mounting bracket:- In addition to the expected threaded screw in the middle, there are two threaded holes either side. I don't ...
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Which are the most common quick release plate systems?

I have come to understand that there are systems for tripod quick release plates. Which are the most common systems out there? I ask as I am considering buying a tripod and wondering about ...
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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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What is this part of a tripod head for?

I got a tripod from thrift store but I have no idea what this tripod head is for. Does anyone know?
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What is the purpose of the second bump on the plate of this tripod?

I am planning to buy a used Velbon CX-660 tripod for outdoor shooting with my Pentax K-x. What is the purpose of the bump on this tripod plate?
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What is a recommended head for sirui p-204s monopod? [closed]

I would love to get a recommendation for a head for sirui p-204s monopod. Thanks
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are there fluid tripod heads made for panning with a lightweight, compact camera?

Are there fluid tripod heads made for use with compact or at least lightweight cameras (such as my LX100)? Most seem built to support a tank (or full-blown DSLR/video camera). I would like to be ...
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What is this screw on top of my tripod?

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 ...
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Do I need an L-bracket for panorama shooting?

Having recently bought a travel tripod, I am getting started into panorama night photography. The tripod has a ball-head with a notch for turning camera into a portrait orientation. My typical ...
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Photographing Older Documents

I'm doing a project with a historical group. They have a nice collection of diaries, and want to digitize them, but haven't found anyone interested in doing it, even if they pay them. Some of the ...
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Plate Screw with load-bearing eye

I love the idea of BlackRapid's replacement screw for the Manfrotto QR plate. I tried to use the same screw to attach a Arca-Swiss plate, and it didn't work as the head is too wide to turn inside the ...
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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 am ...
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Fotopro monopod tilt head — available in the USA?

When I was looking for a head for my new monopod, I came across the Fotopro RH-10, which besides be gorgeous is exactly what I want: ultra light weight with only tilt needed, arca-swiss plate. (...
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is Photron Stedy Pro 560 compatible with canon 600d [duplicate]

I want to know that is Photron Stedy Pro 560 compatible with canon 600D. It's head will be set with 600D?
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What works with RC2 quick release?

A number of brands have quick-release systems that look like the RC2/200PL, but are they the same (intercompatible clones) or do they just look alike from a distance, down to the level with secondary ...
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Why would someone want a plain screw rather than a release plate?

I see a number of ball heads for sale that have a long quarter-inch screw and plastic knob threaded on it. To attach it to the camera, you have to spin the camera or the tri (mono) pod a few ...
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New head for Bogen tripod

I have a Manfrotto/Bogen tripod model 3221 with a model 3055 head. I don't like the head. It is difficult to finely adjust the position. Can I replace this with something else? Something that has ...
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Tripod head for video panning and long exposure with EOS7D with Canon 70-200 f2.8 lens?

I have a Canon EOS 7D (no grip) with 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8 lens, and I shoot long exposure night shots of stars and also panning videos of panorama landscapes. From experience, which tripod head ...
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What is the part of the tripod head which attaches to the quick-release plate called, so I can find replacements/alternatives?

I want to replace this with something less prone to error, but I'm having trouble searching for it and not everything else related to tripods. This is the part that attaches the quick release plate (...
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Removing movement between quick release plate and camera

There seems to be some play between the quick release plate and my camera. What can I do to limit this? Essentially, once focused I'll lock the camera in place and I can see the focus point drop and ...
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Canon macro lens 100 mm 2.8 USM - How to properly mount on tripod

Simple question : I just got a Canon Macro Lens 100 mm 2.8 USM and in the manual, it's said that if I want to mount it on a Tripod, I have to buy a ring to fix properly the lens on my tripod. Is it ...
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How can I mount a camera and a fieldscope to one tripod?

Is it existing a kind of tripod head that can carry two apparels in the same time in parallel (or one over the other)? The idea (I do not know if it is recommended or not) is to have for example a ...
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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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