Spring loaded Pin on the mount plate of Tripod, Why?
Hi, What is the function of the small spring loaded pin on the mounting plate of the head of my Tanner TR 404 tripod? I have seen them on many other brands also. Which is the proper way of mounting the camera on the plate, with the pin anterior, posterior or to the side? I dislike that pin as it has caused scratches on the base plate of my Nikon N70 which is 2 1/2 years old and looks brand new. Thanks in advance
#1. "RE: Spring loaded Pin on the mount plate of Tripod, Why?" | In response to Reply # 0vfnewman Basic MemberMon 09-Jul-01 08:54 AM
Some devices, camcorders for example, have a corresponding hole in the bottom. Your spring-loaded pin fits in the hole and prevents the device from rotating on the mounting plate. By being spring-loaded, it will retract when it doesn't have a hole to fit into.
In your case, the location of the pin doesn't matter. There might be a way to remove it so you don't continue to scratch your camera.