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What are the threaded holes in Manfrotto camera brackets?

The tripod mount receivers on many video cameras have an additional slot next to the 1/4-20 threaded hole. This hole is for an alignment pin that orients the camera in the right direction and also ...
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Tripod ball head: friction and main locking knob

TL;DR: Use the main locking knob to lock the head when taking a picture; the friction control knob is set once (and then left alone) to prevent the camera from flopping over when you unlock the main ...
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What is a good ball head for heavy equipment?

TL;DR: Don't trust the published weight ratings, and be prepared to spend quite a bit more than $80. What is a good ball head for heavy equipment? The price range should be less than $80 or so....
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What's the difference between a double action vs triple action ball head?

While there is no universal terminology, your intuition is following the right direction. With a single knob, obviously it adjusts everything. You loosen it to place the head and tighten it when done. ...
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Arca-Swiss Z1 SP quick set options

The three QR's are Classic knob, Fliplock and monobalfix type. The Fliplock is a quick and sturdy QR. But it is designed for our plates or a single manufacturer's plates only. many of the other ...
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What's the advantage of having a ball head on a gimbal head?

His words beginning at about 8:07 : In the interest of adding a little bit more elevation to this particular head, I took this Manfrotto ball head, put it on top here and then what I'm able to do ...
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What is a good ball head for heavy equipment?

You'll get much better results from a mid-price heavy duty ball head in the $200-300 range and adding a wired cable release for $10-20 than you will from spending thousands on the tripod and ball head ...
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What size of head is right for this monopod?

Tripod threads are measured in diameter-threads/inch. The two most common sizes are 3/8”-16 and 1/4”-20. Many tripods and tripod heads sport 3/8” while many cameras use 1/4”. If looking to attach ...
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What are the threaded holes in Manfrotto camera brackets?

Those holes are for a vhs pin — apparently a thing used to keep big heavy tape-recorder cameras in alignment. I don't think there's any use for still cameras.
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How can I measure and duplicate camera orientation on a ball mount?

Have you considered renting/using a surveyor's transit level? The tripod has a 5/8 inch scree and, if this is critical, you could jury rig something so that the postion of the transit and camera stay ...
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How can I measure and duplicate camera orientation on a ball mount?

From the comments, a spirit level is a good idea. Even better is a laser level, which can more accurately help you level the tripod. Once the tripod is level, you can move the head to the prescribed ...
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Are Manfrotto Q6 Plates Compatible with Acratech GP-ss Ball-Heads?

The clamp does make a difference; not all Arca-Swiss compatible clamps will work with all Arca-Swiss compatible plates. Really Right Stuff notes this especially with their lever-style clamps. My ...
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