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How can I track planes at airshows?

Personal experience in air shows(*): forget the tripod, someone's head is going to be in the way. Two useful techniques: Learn to shoot with both eyes open, one in the viewfinder, one on the side of ...
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How can I track planes at airshows?

Practice. Practice won’t make it easy. Practice only makes it easier. The duck hunter shoots clays in the off season. The footballer trains all week for the game on Saturday. Tracking moving objects ...
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Photographing Older Documents

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 ...
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Tripod heads vs monopod heads: what's the difference?

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 ...
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Photographing Older Documents

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 ...
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What can I use to shift a tripod mount to the side for easier access to the battery compartment?

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 ...
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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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Name of cleat-style tripod mounting head

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 (...
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How do I eliminate the shake I'm getting using a supertelephoto lens and tripod to shoot the moon?

I don't think you need to spend more money. The moon is pretty easy to shoot, although a 600mm lens does require care in setting up. The tripod and head you have should work for lunar shots. Some tips:...
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What can I use to shift a tripod mount to the side for easier access to the battery compartment?

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 ...
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Is this a tripod head over capacity or just how they work?

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 ...
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A heavy tripod without a center column under $300?

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 ...
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Is this a tripod head over capacity or just how they work?

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, ...
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What is the purpose of the second bump on the plate of this tripod?

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. ...
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What is this part of a tripod head for?

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 ...
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Which kinds of tripod heads are suitable for panoramic photography?

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 ...
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Name of cleat-style tripod mounting head

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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Will the screw on the quick release plate attach to my camera?

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 ...
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Reason for slanting in an arc on the far left and right when panning on a tripod?

What is the cause of the slanting arc as I pan? Is it parallax ...? Or is it that I'm not doing a good enough job leveling the tripod? It isn't parallax. If you're consistently getting a similar ...
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How do I eliminate the shake I'm getting using a supertelephoto lens and tripod to shoot the moon?

On a 3D or ball head, the center of gravity of the lens is above the rotation axes so the whole thing is unstable and you have to tighten the brakes. With a heavy telephoto, you want a "gimbal ...
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How can I track planes at airshows?

Most airshows I've been to are too crowded to usefully use a tripod, if you're in the "photographer's box", press stand, etc. If you're anywhere near the front-and-center location, you need ...
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How can I track planes at airshows?

Get a Sight without Magnification I'm not sure if this is a problem for you, but many times the problem is that you have a very narrow field of view through your viewfinder, so as soon as the object ...
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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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Is this a tripod head over capacity or just how they work?

The Sirui C-10X ballhead has a capacity of 28.7 lb, about 13 kg (source : http://mob.sirui-photo.com/productseries.php?productclassid=28). Your Nikon 300mm f4 AF weights about 1.3 kg and a regular ...
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Do I need an L-bracket for panorama shooting?

Did I misunderstand the part about "rotating around the center point"? No, you didn't misunderstand, but as you rightly guessed, parallax is less critical in some cases than others. Is that rule ...
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What is the added value of a panorama head?

Panorama heads allow you to put the camera and lens in portrait orientation to be rotated in yaw, so that you get more vertical coverage with single-row panos. They also allow for adjusting the ...
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Do quantitative measures for tripods exist

Unfortunately, no, there isn't an industry standard test to objectively quantify / rate tripods or heads. Generally, tripod testing will usually boil down to measuring vibrational modes, i.e., ...
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What is a recommended head for sirui p-204s monopod?

There are three basic choices regarding heads used with true monopods. Which one works best for you will depend on what you want to place on the monopod and what you want to shoot with it as well as ...
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Which are the most common quick release plate systems?

Other than Arca-Swiss style plates, which are not standardized and can come in wide variety of sizes from various makers, the most common type of QD plate with standardized dimensions is probably the ...
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