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What is the point of the depressible peg on a quick release plate?

It’s called an anti-rotation pin. This pin interfaces with most cine (motion picture) cameras. Cinematographic camera applications often involve panning the camera. Such activities can result in the ...
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How can a tripod be unstable?

A tripod can be unstable by: Having cheap leg fasteners / too heavy a load for the legs My first tripod ever was a hand-me-down Velbon that had seen some abuse. Even sporting just a 20D and 70-200 ...
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Why use higher ISO when using a tripod and the object is static?

The mountain and the valley obviously are static -- even more from that distance. The clouds, however, move. If you chose a low ISO value, e.g., in the range of 50 to 100, the exposure time might be ...
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What is the point of the depressible peg on a quick release plate?

I haven't seen any camera that has a hole that the peg would fit into. Let me fix that for you. Here is the base of an old video camera of mine: The little hole is where the peg goes. If you don't ...
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Long exposures blurred images due to mirror movement - film photography

Along with weighing down the tripod, using a cable to release the shutter will help reduce camera movement. Also, if you want to guarantee no mirror shake happens during the exposure, hold a black ...
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If raising the center column makes tripods unstable, why can they be raised so high?

There are a number of good reasons for a center column. The first, and most obvious is that even if you've chosen a tripod that's sized for comfortable eye-level use without the center column ...
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How to place my camera on uneven surface to take time-lapse photos

The traditional cheap solution is a bag of beans.
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Why is there ghosting when using flash on tripod with image stabilization?

Looks like it's related to image stabilization as Tetsujin suggested. Managed to replicate the issue. Switched off the IS and the Ghosting went away. It is a new IS lens (Latest Sigma 105mm macro IS)....
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Long exposures blurred images due to mirror movement - film photography

Mirror slap is an issue in "medium" long exposures - from 1/30 or so til about a second or two. Tripod shake is issue in "long" long exposures - from about a second upwards. For shooting stars you ...
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How can a tripod be unstable?

I have a nice heavy tripod and a cheap, light aluminum tripod. I hear a lot of people talking about wind and vibration, etc, and I think you're right - the environment makes a big difference. ...
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Why is there ghosting when using flash on tripod with image stabilization?

Sigma's product manual says: Please do not use Optical Stabilization in the following situations. When the lens is mounted on a tripod Bulb (long time exposure) As I understand it, ...
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How important is quick release for a tripod?

The importance of a quick release is inversely proportional to the patience of your family.
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What is the advantage of carrying a tripod and ND-filters when you could use image stacking instead?

I'd like preface my answer with a note that a tripod is not only useful in conjunction with ND filters — it also improves the results from image stacking as well. By fixing the position of the camera, ...
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Is saving money buying a tripod with only 1.5kg payload false economy?

Both of your tripod selections look good to me. If you can live within their limitations, they should work fine for you. However, both of them are large and heavy enough that they cannot be called "...
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Long exposures blurred images due to mirror movement - film photography

Mirror slap will last some fraction of a second. This is completely irrelevant in a multi hour exposure. Weighing down your tripod is a good idea nonetheless, since movement from wind will be a ...
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How can a tripod be unstable?

May I ask how a tripod can be unstable? Unstable might be the wrong word to describe the major problem with tripods; unsteady might be a better choice. Tripods are quite stable in the sense that, ...
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Why use higher ISO when using a tripod and the object is static?

I can't think of any technical reason for this to be the case. Even assuming that he used the lens at 105mm, if he was more than 387 ft from the closest object in the frame, he could have focused at ...
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What are the pros and cons of flip lock vs. twist lock on tripods?

For most people it is just a personal preference. Some say the flip locks are more bulky and can get snagged on objects. Some will tell you that one or the other is faster to set up and take down. I ...
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What is the advantage of carrying a tripod and ND-filters when you could use image stacking instead?

Well, with regards to your (1)... You could carry a light tripod (or beanbag or any other way of stabilizing a camera) and use only a single ND filter instead of several stacked filters. With regard ...
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If raising the center column makes tripods unstable, why can they be raised so high?

Others have addressed your question well, but I wanted to address one other thing: If it is so unstable, as it is described in many websites/forums, then why do manufacturers add it to tripods? ...
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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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Long exposures blurred images due to mirror movement - film photography

There's always the old Hat Trick: Take your hat (or anything blocking light, a piece of cardboard, the dew cap of your lens etc.). Hold it in front of the lens to prevent light to reach your film. ...
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How can I stiffen a droopy Gorilla Pod?

The following method worked for me to stiffen up a generic fakey-pod (i.e., meaningless name / brand gorillapod clone). This may or may not work for your version. I only had problems with a few ...
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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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Can I make this tripod I found in the trash work for my camera?

That is not a camera tripod. It looks more like a light stand, music stand, or microphone stand with a part missing. It may be stable enough for a small camera but you would have to jury-rig ...
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Can a tripod be used on the grounds of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich?

It can't be a by-law, as it's private property; it can only be a 'management decision' & frankly they can be as capricious as they like. I've been there with a full film crew & 100 movie ...
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Will any of these actions damage a tripod?

1: this is what tripods are designed to do 2: you're worried about standing a tripod on its legs? 3: the legs will naturally loosen a little with use, so this isn't unexpected 4: is risky because, ...
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How to place my camera on uneven surface to take time-lapse photos

Other options for uneven surfaces which I like a lot are these ones: Ballpod THE pod RiceQ (their online shop is pretty bad, if you need international shipping I'd suggest to use amazon.de)
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How can I best take a tripod on a plane trip?

I only have a fairly small aluminum tripod (53 cm / 21" folded, sans head), which fits inside my suitcase and is more than sturdy enough to take any abuse the luggage handlers might dish out, so I've ...
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Which tripod apex material reduces vibrations better, magnesium or aluminum?

TL;DR: You can't really optimize the tripod apex for vibration reduction, just the legs. Note: I've also heard the apex referred to as a spider. It's the (usually) single piece where the legs come ...
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