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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Where can I find an Arca Swiss compatible quick release plate with a lever?

I am looking for a quick release plate to add to my existing tripod head, which is Arca Swiss compatible and has a lever. It's important to me that the camera locks the once inserted. Tightening ...
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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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Which type of tripod collar can be used best as a generic 63mm collar?

Tripod collars are always advertised as designed for a certain lens. Searching for them by diameter usually gets you confusing and mismatched results. Is there any widespread type (as in, there is a ...
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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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How can I prevent blurred images when using a tripod?

I'm doing panoramic HDR photography for work using one of those stupid cheap mirror balls mounted on a tripod (not my decision!) and I am noticing on my longer exposures that sometimes I'm getting ...
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Which tripod apex material reduces vibrations better, magnesium or 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 provide ...
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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 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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Can you service a tripod?

I have 'inherited' a Bilora tripod that's about 30-40 years old, at a guess. It's in decent nick but some of the head motion feels a bit 'sticky'. Is it possible to 'service' tripods, or should I ...
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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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What are pros and cons of different quick release systems?

Some overlooked detail in photography are quick release systems. I found it tough to get good information about them, and since they tend to be rather expensive I'd like to hear pros and cons of ...
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Is there a flexible tripod for DSLRs that is is more robust than the 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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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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Why would I get a Monopod over a Tripod?

I've been using a cheap basic tripod for several difference scenarios recently, specifically panoramas, night time shots, and HDRs. I'm thinking of upgrading to a better tripod (this one is rather ...
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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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Macro Photography - Monopod or Tripod?

I recently got a new macro lens and after a couple of outings I noticed it would be very beneficial to use monopod or a tripod (or some kind of support). I would prefer a monopod because it seems ...
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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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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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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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Why use higher ISO when using a tripod and the object is static?

Sometimes when I see a photo such as this one, I wonder why the photographer chose such a high ISO (640), despite using a tripod with a static subject. As far as I know, a lower ISO means less noise, ...
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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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How good is Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 tripod for a beginner?

I have Nikon DSLR and I am learning bit by bit about the world of photography. I am planning to purchase a tripod. After doing some research, I am putting my eyes on Manfrotto 190CXPRO3. Please ...
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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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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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What are my best options for a tripod for up to $100?

I'm looking to buy a tripod + head (for my Canon 40D), but am not sure if I want to spend more than $100 on it. So can you suggest options for best tripods for $100 or less? Or, is it important to ...
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How do I carry a tripod around?

I just ordered a Dolica tripod which came with a bag. I'm wondering how photographers typically carry their tripods around. If I am going specifically on a photography trip, then there's no problem ...
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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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Any good yet reasonably priced tripods [closed]

I understand this is probably one of the phrases people hate most 'good but reasonably priced' because I realised that most often you get what you pay for. Nonetheless I am looking for my first tripod ...
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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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Why are some (higher end?) tripods sold without a head?

I assume that the available heads differ somehow, but don't understand what those differences might be and if they're functional, personal preference or a bit of both.
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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 use a tripod on the beach without damaging it?

The site already has a good example of what to consider in regards to camera and lenses around sand, but I specifically am wondering what considerations to make when using a tripod near sand. Many ...
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How to stabilize a tripod?

Inspired by the question, How can a tripod be unstable?, 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 ...
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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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Is there a standard tripod mount?

Is there a standard tripod mount? Is it reasonable to assume that a given tripod will attach successfully to a given camera, or will I have to research my options?
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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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Co-linear dual tripod mount for huge lenses

I am about to buy a fun super-zoom mirror lens which is so long it has its own tripod mount. To protect the camera, I am wondering if there is a mount accessory which will allow for two items to be ...
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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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At what shutter speed threshold does a tripod start to matter?

I use a Nikon D7000 with a prime 35mm/f1.8 lens. I usually shoot at the highest aperture with 200-1000 ISO, holding the camera steady and taking 6 or more shots in the hope of at least one coming out ...
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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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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 ...