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Portrait orientation on tripod - camera slip

Zevi

Ann Arbor, US
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Zevi Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Feb 2008
Tue 04-Nov-08 08:07 PM

Hello,

Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question, but how do you prevent the camera from twisting under its weight when positioning it in a portrait mode?

My old point-and-shoot (Canon G4) had a smooth hole next to the threaded mount at the bottom. The quick-release plate of the cheapo tripod had in addition to the mounting screw a pin to match that smooth hole, so that once screwed to the bottom of the camera -- you could not twist the camera relative to the quick release or tripod. My D-80 does not have that additional hole.

My Bogen 3126 head only has a single mounting screw. If I attach it to the camera, and then "flip" it so the camera is in a portrait-mode orientation, the lens (70-300 VR) will try to twist the camera down; the only thing that will hold the camera is the amount of tightening torque applied to the mounting screw.

Am I missing something? Is it really only friction and tightening that suppose to hold the camera? Am I not suppose to mount the camera in portrait mode?

Thanks,
Zevi

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