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A big reason is that it just makes getting the shot sequence consistent and accurate. In general, you're looking to keep the vertical plane level through the whole sequence and move along the horizontal plane in smooth, even, steps. A panoramic head is simply going to make that easier to do with less effort and risk of a muffed shot at all kinds of focal ...


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I've taken pictures of documents recently. While in my case there was no requirement to have high quality pictures, I decided to try to aim for the most detailed and noise free pictures possible. To get the most detail, you should use the largest focal length available and take pictures from as close as possible, but such that you can still focus on the ...


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There's a lot of overlap in terms of what can be used with each type of support. In general both tripods and monopods use a standard 3/8" bolt to connect to the heads attached to them. So pretty much any head that can be attached to a tripod can also be attached to a monopod and vice versa. But monopods and tripods tend to be used differently and thus the ...


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This question actually inspired me to create an account, because I just recently went to the trouble to fabricate the exact thing you describe for my old Olympus XZ-1, which has a very similar situation on its underside. I made mine out of 0.25" ABS, which is available on eBay in sheets as small as 5x7", and is very easy to work with if you don't have a ...


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Ball Heads Ball heads are probably the most popular type of tripod head. They are small, light weight, simple to use, and often come with a panning option. Most ball heads support a quick release mechanism, making it easy to mount and dismount the camera for changing out lenses and the like. For the majority of lenses, ball heads are quite ideal, and offer ...


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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 assists in preventing the camera from twisting on the plate. The holes in your Manfrotto 200PL quick release plate are for an alignment pin that fits into the ...


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The quick release plate that was originally supplied with your tripod is the Manfrotto 200LT-PL plate. It's a variation of several slightly different plates made by Manfrotto that fit the RC2 (formerly called Q2) quick release system. The standard 200PL plate includes a removable "vhs" anti-twist pin for use with cameras, mostly video cameras but also some ...


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First, there are quick release Arca Swiss clamps, I highly suggest Really Right Stuff products at reallyrightstuff.com, but there are others that use a lever to set and release very quickly. I have used the RC2 system for decades until recently when: I started using larger DSLR with battery grip and heavier, pro-grade, lenses Trying to shoot landscape, or ...


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I've used a couple of older pistol grip heads (Slik 2100 and Manfrotto 3265), and I really like the idea behind them. Squeezing a handle to free the head for positioning seems like a great idea. The problem I kept running into, however, is that I needed three hands: right hand on the shutter, left hand on the lens zoom ring, and third hand on the pistol grip....


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Most tripod heads have ratings for how much weight they are able to support. If you place 10 pounds of camera/lens on a head designed for four pounds, it doesn't matter how well made it is, it will eventually fail. The same is true of the tripod 'legs' themselves. They all have a maximum weight rating. From your question it is unclear if your camera fell ...


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My 2 cents. 1) Use the longest focal range you can, the longest lens and/or the furthest distance you can setup. This is to reduce perspective distortion and chromatic aberrations. 2) You can construct a "table" made of MDF or something similar. You can set it at an angle so you can be far away with your camera but at the same time the document stays in ...


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add me as another person who was intrigued by the concept of the pistol grip, found them awkward and unwieldy in practice, and am now happily and probably permanently a ballhead user again. I talked to one of the guys at the local camera store about them as I was shopping for a replacement ballhead, and his comment was that he sold them to people when they ...


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What you're probably looking for is a Gimbal head. There are a few different manufacturers of these including Induro and the basic concept is quite popular with photographers using long lenses.


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Yes, they should not come with a ballhead. That lets you choose the ideal one for your needs. You need to calculate the weight of your camera and lens and multiply by two for good measure. Then lookup one that supports at least that weight. You will usually have a choice of direct attachment or quick-release plates. Your camera is small, so I would go with ...


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The 100-400 really isn't that big, heavy, or long. In my opinion you don't need special long-lens support, you need better all-around support. I think the 055 is a great tripod, and simply looking at the price of the 391RC2 head makes me say that's the weak point. Looking at the rated load capacity (11 lbs/ 5 kg), I would expect the 100-400 & body to be ...


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Manfrotto has L-plates: http://www.manfrotto.com/l-bracket-q2 (a few varieties).


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Between the 468MGRC4 and 488RC4, the difference is notable. The tightening of the Hydrostatic head is very smooth and applies even pressure which makes the camera stay in the same exact position. With the standard head, there is a slight drift in the order of one or two degrees as you tighten. When I purchased my ballhead I got the standard and eventually ...


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The gadget you're looking for is called an offset plate, but there's the legendary bad news and good news. The bad news is that I've never seen one small enough that it wouldn't interfere with the battery door on your camera. Most of them are designed for SLRs and other cameras with lots of room on the bottom. The good news is that the cost of material ...


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It depends how the head is made. Most ball-heads move a little which is called drift. A millimeter or two is common but should not be more for anything reasonable. Otherwise it makes framing rather hard. Certain ball-heads are designed specifically to prevent this and are called non-drift heads. Manfrotto for example has a Hydrostatic series like that. The ...


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A tripod for indoor, macro photography... So, first up, let's dispel the myth of the center column adding instability. A center column, lifted to it's maximum height, creates a precarious platform for the camera to rest on. At that point, you're essentially balancing the camera on a stick and there's not a ton of inherent rigidity to counteract vibrations. ...


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Incidently, I spend time trying different plates last week at a camera store and still find my Manfrotto RC4 most efficient. The RC2 is probably in the same category. It takes longer to untighten an Arca-swiss plate than to release an RC4. It takes even longer if you want to lift the camera upwards. Otherwise you with Arca-Swiss (and several Gitzo plates I ...


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Essentially the only long-exposure astro-photograph you can do on a normal tripod/head is star trails. This is usually done with a fairly wide angle lens, so it isn't very demanding about the tripod or head you use. For essentially any other astrophotography, you need something like a Newtonian mount with a clock drive. This is adjusted to your latitude, ...


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Here's a picture of the underside of that plate on my 055XPROB connected to an 804RC2 3-way head - You can see a slot headed screw thread here and there are 2 more that need to be slackened to release the head (in this case an 804RC2). Also when you unscrew it you may need to turn the silver plates, not the top of the head.


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A panorama head is the most useful when your panorama includes both near and far objects. The reason for this is that the effect of rotating accurately around the nodal point becomes more important if your objects are near. The second reason for panorama heads as I see it, is that older software (10 Years ago-ish) did not include the possibility of ...


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In my opinion, that ballhead is too lightweight for uses beyond holding smaller DSLRs with shorter/lighter lenses. Many tripod and ballhead manufacturers overstate their "rated" weight. For instance, the Sirui C-10X says it has a capacity of 28.7 lbs. But what is that, in photographic equipment terms? A Nikon D810 weighs 1.98 lb (990 g). With a 600 mm ƒ/4G ...


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This is an alignment pin. This pin dovetails into a receiving hollow built into the base of most video cameras. The idea is to prevent unwanted camera movement that otherwise might occur when panning. Additionally, when the camera is dismounted and remounted, this pin affords accurate repositioning. Additionally, many video and still cameras are mounted to ...


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That is not a tripod head, per se. It is a type of quick release clamp or receiver that is mounted on top of, or as a part of, the tripod head. The point of quick release (QR) systems is obvious in the name: to provide a way to quickly remove the camera or lens from the mount. QR systems consist of two parts: the clamp or receiver, which is left attached or,...


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The answer partly depends on two factors: How much you care about correcting for parallax while you are setting up the shot. Whether you are going to only shoot single-row panos, or if you also are going to shoot multi-row panos; If you don't care about parallax, then all you need is a level panning base, on top of which you mount whatever head fits your ...


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The head is a 3D Compact, it takes a Manfrotto 200LT-PL plate. You can also use the 200PL plate, the newer 200LT-PL is a bit lighter and sturdier. There are aftermarket equivalents.


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Yes it will. There are only two screw sizes: small (1/4") and big (3/8"). Light camera (and this includes DSLRs...) use the small screw thread, and all the quick-release plates I have encountered also use the small thread. I have only seen the big thread used to join tripod parts (tripod to ball head, for instance).


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