Help with Tripods/Monopod - heads, quick release,etc
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?
#1. "RE: Help with Tripods/Monopod - heads, quick release,etc" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberWed 06-Sep-00 02:53 AM
A ball head is one that allows for pan, tilt and side inclination, in other words, movement within at least half a sphere or ball.
A two way could be one that allows for tilt and side inclination with two separate levers or screws; a three way, one that alows for movement of the camera in the three directions, with three separate controls.
Why a quick release? Simple because you may want or need to remove the camera from a tripod or a monopod in a blink for shots outside of the angles easily attainable when mounted on the tripod or monopod. Such quick release attaches to the tripod/monopod head.
Why some people are willing to spend a lot of money on quick release plates with a lip? Well, to prevent rotation of the camera while on the plate of the head of the tripod/monopod/unipod.
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#2. "RE: Help with Tripods/Monopod - heads, quick release,etc" | In response to Reply # 1kmeinerth Basic MemberWed 06-Sep-00 09:44 PM
I have the same head & love it.
Also have the new Manfrotto carbon 1 tripod (3 segments - think its the bogen 443) which is real light & great as long as you do not extend the center which sticks. Easily works w my 80-200/2.8 + teleconverter.
#3. "tripods. monopods, heads etc." | In response to Reply # 0
I have used both ballheads and tilt & pan heads while shooting "nature". I much prefer a ball head. It seems easier to use, for me, because I only need to adjust one thing. A quick release does help to get your camera on and off a lot faster and easier and it is more secure then screwing and unscrewing the camera. I sometimes use my tripod as a monopod. Obviously, I can't turn a mono into a tri.
Take a look at www.northstarusa.net. In my opinoun they have the best quick release system available. They just created a plate that has a lip on both sides so that my F4s sits in a "saddle" that makes it impossible to twist. Good luck
#4. "RE: Help with Tripods/Monopod - heads, quick release,etc" | In response to Reply # 0
I use the Bogen 3221 with a 3047 3-Way head. I have always preferred the 3-way head, but for most people the ball head is easier to use.
The tripod is extremely sturdy, but heavy.
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