I use a rapidstrapsport which attaches to the same screw whole that the tripod attaches to. So the rapidstrap is not attached when I'm using the tripod. Is there some kind of short cord with a quick release that I can use to attach one end to the normal strap holder on the top of the camera and connect the other end to the tripod?
You seem to have got some good advice already for a “safety belt” for your camera. But what about the root problem you had in the first place, that the camera fell off the tripod? This would be interesting to know and learn from. Personally I have unfortunately dropped my camera a few times, but never had it fall off a tripod (yet).
Good question! I have an Induro AKB2 tripod. It seems to hold the camera fairly well if the camera is horizontal. The incident happened when the camera was vertical. I was using the D7000 and an Nikkor 18-300mm zoom. The tripod is rated for 18 pounds so the load should not be an issue.
I pressed the shutter release and the camera fell 6 feet to the ground. I don't think I touched the quick release but I guess it is possible. I don't trust it anymore. Is there a better quick release that I can somehow use with the same tripod/head or should I get a different ball head and or just a different tripod?
The damage was: Battery cover fell off but I was able to reattach. UV filter on lens broke. Ring on camera that lens attaches to needs to be replaced-it was warped.. Lens barrel needs to be replaced (symptom was rough zooming).
Total repair cost is $200 for camera and $400 for lens.
I was at a group photoshoot that night > I couldn't get the broken filter off-the threads on the filter were damaged-- but I was able to remove the broken glass. After that, amazingly enough, the camera and lens worked perfectly despite the damage and I was able to do the shoot and got some nice shots.
> Is there a>better quick release that I can somehow use with the same >tripod/head or should I get a different ball head and or just >a different tripod?
Well, I use Manfrotto tripods, heads, and the RC-4 QR system. The RC-4 is directional - there's only one way to properly attach the plate to the head, and it clicks into place authoritatively. Additionally, the QR requires much more than just the push of a button; it requires a coordinated push-pull of a button and lever to disengage.
Just throwing that out there as a potential option.
As RLDubbya says above, maybe it's time to upgrade your head. Manfrotto RC2 QRs and 357PLVs on my stuff - only one way you can fit them and both have a safety pin in combination with the release lever which means the camera can't fall off.
I think the time, effort and material needed to install such a safety mechanism would be much more than the time, effort and material needed to make sure the camera is secured to the tripod in the first place.
I hate when people ask me what I see myself doing in 5 years...... I don't have 2020 vision!
Sun 23-Dec-12 01:27 PM | edited Sun 23-Dec-12 01:27 PM by Steve6344
Below is an image of the quick release plate when attached to the camera. I was just seeing if I could figure out what went wrong. The plate from the top is square so it can be mounted in any direction. You can see that the bottom of the plate is not symmetrical. I discovered that when it is in the direction shown the strength of the attachment is good. If it is rotated 90 degrees the strength is poor. So it appears it must be attached in a particular orientation. There is no marking on it that indicates which way it should be mounted. It seems as if I mount it 'correctly' it will be ok.
I use the Slik brand tripod, best bang for the buck. It actually has two latches, and a round base, which enables it to seat effortlessly. Check them out, very secure, well built and my favorite option....affordable! J