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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Finding (and choosing) A Tripod

Here is my dilemma and question: I have a Nikon D5100 and I am looking to buy a tripod. However I commute by bus and walk a lot so I need a tripod that is sturdy yet can be portable and light enough ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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How to smoothen a tripod's head movement?

Few months back I purchased a second hand tripod. Later on I noticed that the head (which holds the camera) of the tripod doesn't move freely. I mean I have to apply some pressure to make it move left ...
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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 can I measure and duplicate camera orientation on a ball mount?

I have a Pentax K5 with its default lens, and a ball-mount tripod that can hold 17 lbs max. I need to take two shots in two different locations, and have the camera in the same spatial orientation (...
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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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Why are tripods forbidden in some public spaces and how to deal with it?

Yesterday, I've been to the Britomart train station in Auckland, New Zealand, to take some pictures of that place. To do so, I carried my tripod with me. Aware of the fact, that some places don't ...
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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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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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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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