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Help with Tripods/Monopod - heads, quick release,etc


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jwankel Basic Member
Wed 06-Sep-00 02:41 AM

I'm just getting into photography and after having my N80 for a week, I'm quick realizing why tripods/monopods are used so often. I'm in the process of trading in my 28-105 f3.8-5.6 Sigma lens for the f2.8-4 model, to gain a little extra speed.

Anyway, my questions relate to some of the basics of tripods and monopods.

* What are the differences in the heads - ball-head vs 2-way vs 3-way?
* What is a quick-release plate? Don't the cameras screw onto the head? Is it necessary to have a quick-release?

Any additional thoughts?

Jeff Wankel