This is an attachment for tripod heads designed to make it quicker to remove the camera for handheld photography and re-attach it. You attach the quick release plate to the camera with a slotted screw or butterfly nut, then clip the quick release plate on to the tripod head with a sprung catch or a […]
A mounting system first developed by GoPro but now used widely by other action camera and accessory makers. In theory, any GoPro mount compatible item should be compatible with any other.
Many tripod heads come with quick release camera plates, and while some are specific to that tripod maker and tripod, which can be annoying, Arca Swiss plates use a standard design that means they should be interchangeable across tripod brands. It’s a good selling point in a tripod head.
Tripods usually come with rubber feet on their legs, but these may not give much grip or purchase if you’re using them outdoors on soft or uneven surfaces – this is where it’s often better to have a metal spike instead. On some tripods, the rubber feet will screw back to expose a spike. On […]
Cheaper tripods use aluminium legs which keeps costs down but does add to the weight. This isn’t usually a problem if you’re travelling short distances or working from the back of your car, but if you’re taking a travel tripod on a vacation or hiking any great distance, a more expensive carbon fibre tripod will […]
Carbon fibre is very light and very strong, so it’s popular in the tripod market, where balancing weight and rigidity is especially important. Carbon fibre is expensive, however, so many tripod makers offer both aluminium (cheaper but heavier) and carbon fibre versions of their tripods. Usually the carbon fibre is used only in the legs. […]
A three way tripod head has separate adjustments for horizontal movement (pan), fore and aft movement (tilt) and camera orientation (vertical or horizontal). This makes a three way head heavier and more bulky than a ball head, but it’s easier to make precise, fine adjustments in one direction only.
Usually, when you slacken off a tripod head, the camera will move freely and easily – often too freely and easily for precise positioning. So some tripod heads have a friction control to offer some resistance, even when the head is slackened off.
A geared head is a special type of tripod head designed for very fine adjustments applied with handles or knobs that move the head via fine gears.
A geared column is a tripod centre column where the height can be adjusted by a flip-out handle – you turn the handle to wind the column up and down.
A ball head is a tripod head where the camera movement is locked with a single lever. The camera is mounted on a post fixed to the ball and when the head is slackened off the ball can move freely in any direction.
The main part of a tripod is the three legs, but most also have a centre column that extends upwards still further for extra height.
Travel tripods are designed for compactness and light weight so that they can more easily be strapped to bags or even carried inside them. They have a specific design feature, whereby the legs fold upwards around the centre column and the tripod head to minimise their size when folded.
This is the part on the top of the tripod that allows you to move the camera and then lock it in position. You can get ball heads, which allow free movement in all direction but not much precision, or three-way heads which are slower to use but enable you to move the camera in […]
Three-legged camera support that doesn’t really need much more explanation, except to say that they vary considerably in cost, size and rigidity, and that some come with tripod heads while others require you to buy them separately.
One-legged camera support that lacks the stability of a tripod (obviously) but offers invaluable support when using long, heavy telephoto lenses, and very popular amongst sports photographers for that reason.