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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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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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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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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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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What support system do I use to keep a telephoto lens stable?

At the moment I use Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod with Photo/Video Pan and Tilt Head 391RC2 to hold Canon EF 100-400mm lens. Even though in most cases this is stable, on the extreme end I do get blur. ...
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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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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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Pistol grip vs ball head

I'm thinking of buying a new head for a tripod. I have been using a ball head and I am happy with it, but I am curious about the pistol grip. When I bought my tripod this type of grip didn't exist, so ...
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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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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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What can tall photographers do about tripod height?

I'm in the market for my first tripod, and have noticed that they generally top out around 175cm(5'8") tall. I'm 200cm(6'6") tall, and while there aren't many people taller than me, there are some. ...
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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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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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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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Mini-Mobile And Mobile Tripods - How To Make Them Hold Smartphones For Taking Good Still Shots?

I am mostly taking shots with my HTC Desire S 5MP smartphone. But for a long time wanted to get mobile tripod which is compact and easy to carry. The problem is with their mostly used universal 1/4 ...
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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 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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How can I best take a tripod on a plane trip?

I'm traveling by air on Ryanair to UK, then off to Spain. I don't feel safe putting my tripod in the checked luggage, and I've had problems carrying it in hand luggage. How do I make sure that my ...
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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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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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Which tripod heads accept the Arca-Swiss plate system?

Can you point me to some brand which build tripod's head which accept the Arca Swiss plates system? I know Arca have a ball heads, but I want to know if some other companies provides such heads (I ...
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What are the benefits/drawbacks to various tripod materials?

I see tripods that are metal, carbon fiber, basalt, and even wood. What are the features and/or drawbacks of each of these? What factors should be considered when choosing what material they want in ...
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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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Which tripod should I get for macro photography?

I'm currently looking for a good tripod for (mostly) macro photography and other kind of photography as well. I own a Canon EOS DSLR. Which tripod should I consider? There are many on sale, but I'm ...
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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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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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Where can I get the tripod-to-camera adapter for my Nikon D90?

I just purchased a used D90. I had a tripod but I just found that the D90 didn't have the tripod mount (the adapter to mount the D90 to the tripod). Is there anywhere online I can buy that?
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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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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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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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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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What kind of tripod is best for flower macro photography?

What kind of tripod would you recommend for macro photography? The subjects being flowers low on the ground. I have a fairly good tripod but the center column gets in the the way meaning that I can'...
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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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What properties should I look for to judge tripod quality?

I'm fairly new to photography and I've been considering buying a tripod. My problem is that I don't know what makes for good quality in them - what properties should I judge against? This question ...
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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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Do GoPro mounts use standard tripod points?

I've been looking at some wearable camera mounts, and I get the impression that GoPro mounts are different from the standard tripod mount point. Can I use my video camera with its standard screw-in ...
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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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Long Exposure shot - subject too bright

While I was on holiday, I tried to make use of my tripod to take a long exposure shot of Lago di Ledro. I put my Nikon d3300 on shutter priority with ISO of 100/200 and ss of a few seconds, however ...
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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 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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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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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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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. ...
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What should one consider when choosing a style of tripod head?

What should one consider when choosing a style of tripod head? There are ball heads, 3-way pan/tilt heads, geared heads, even gimbal heads. I'm not asking so much about brands, but styles... how ...
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What is the added value of a panorama head?

As an amateur I've done several panoramas of landscapes and city views. I've mostly done it hand-held with a DSLR, with exposure lock and at the wide end of my zoom-lens. I do the stitching in ...