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Old Jan 12, 2003, 10:28 PM   #1
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Bought a tripod today and will have to return it tomorrow. The quick release on it partly covers my battery compartment.
So what do you all suggest for a tripod that has a smaller quick-release pad?
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Old Jan 13, 2003, 12:06 AM   #2
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Which tripod is it?
( is it a tripod for video camera?)
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Old Jan 13, 2003, 8:16 AM   #3
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I don't know the brand. (It's out in my car and it's cold outside) But the box said it would work for camcorders, digital cameras, etc.
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Old Feb 12, 2003, 9:52 AM   #4
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if the tripod socket on the camera is positioned by the battery compartment your going to have a tough time around that issue with any QR system. most QR plates are at least an inch in both dimensions for stability. i have seen 1 model of QR that was a peg type. but then you couldn't put the camera down on any surface without it toppling over.

i just looked at the 4000z (tiny little thing). there is a QR system that will work but i'm afraid the cost return benefit would not be to you liking. you need a plate tha can be positioned to the left of ctr of the tripod socket.
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Old Feb 12, 2003, 10:39 AM   #5
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I had just as much problem finding a tripod with the plate hinging the best way to reach the cam controls - so this tripod stuff is not all simple!

I'm not a pro, but a suggestion is you can buy an adaptor (don't know its name) but it's cylindrical about 2" high, has just a stud and lock ring on top with a ball in a housing and a slot to shift the stud through 90 deg.

It might negate the reason for buying the detachable plate sort, but it gives you 2" above the tripod and only has a 3/4" dia locking ring and slim profile under the camera.
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Old Feb 12, 2003, 4:23 PM   #6
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I ended up finding a Kodak tripod at Circuit City for $20 US that turned out to be just perfect. I can leave the quick connect on the camera and still get into the batteries. The only problem is that it (and any quick connect foot) makes the camera thicker than I would like for fitting into my camera bag. Oh well. Take the good with the bad.
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Old Feb 28, 2003, 5:58 PM   #7
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I went out to my welding shop and built a metal insert about 1.5 inches high and welded a stud on top and a threaded nut on botom works great. now clears the quick release. used a piece of square tubbing for the insert.
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Old Feb 28, 2003, 6:59 PM   #8
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Cowboy 43...

Patent it

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Old Apr 7, 2003, 11:08 AM   #9
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when buying a tripod, it's always best to bring the camera(s) with you so you can stick it on top of it to test it to see if it meets your needs and operating ciriteria.
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