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Zorac Registered since 27th Oct 2007
Wed 12-Mar-08 01:58 AM

i have a cheap tripod that works fine for normal use, but when i start doing long exposures (1 to 8 seconds) on it at night, im getting alot of motion blur. i was using the mirror lock up and 10second delay on my d80. the blur was happening regardless of lens.

so obviously i need something more stable, i happen to have a vintage wild (leica) survey tripod in my basement from my surveying days that i painstaking restored. the problem is the threads are to large for a normal head. i measured the mounting bolt with a diameter of approximately 9/16ths (including the threads, 1/2" not including the threads). the threads on the bolt are quite course.

the bolt issue seems solvable as the bolt is removable, (ideally i would use it though), so a new bolt that is sufficiently long, and some washers and i should be good to go, provided the bolt thread/pitch/size on the standard head is readily available.

the second issue is the hole on the tripod base plate is quite large with a diameter of 2.5" so any head i get would have to cover this so it didnt fall in the hole.

assuming the i find a head that will work, will the legs be sturdy enough to take the shake out? they are heavy and constructed with wood legs and metal fittings/ends.

anyone ever try this? suggestions? recommendations a good used head for a budget?