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Old Nov 24, 2004, 11:01 AM   #1
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i use a finepix S5100 with a cheap tripod that i got for free w/ the camera. I place it on the tripod a lot and noticed that the female screw on my camera is becoming loose. there are actually bits of the metal part falling out. i think eventually, i'll have to get the part replaced with fuji. how can i prevent this problem?
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Old Nov 24, 2004, 12:46 PM   #2
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It sounds like you have been tightening the mounting screw too tight and stripping out the threads on the camera. I would recommend getting a different tripod with a quick disconnect mounting. With the quick mount, a mounting plate attaches permanently to the camera and then the camera and mounting plate lock into a coupling on the tripod head.

If you decide to go this route, make sure the quick mount attaches securely to the tripod. I have a Slik U8000 with quick mount. There is a spring loaded release lever on the tripod which locks the camera in place. The release lever is held in place by a Phillips head screw which loosens up from time to time. This causes the camera to be loose on the tripod head. Although is hasn't happened, it could lead to the camera falling off the tripod. In looking for a replacement tripod, I note that the Manfrotto quick release heads have a locking pin that prevents accidently releasing the camera.

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Old Jan 8, 2005, 9:30 AM   #3
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You could try using a nylon screw. That will not strip your threads, even if they are plastic.
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Old Jan 8, 2005, 4:32 PM   #4
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the nylon /delrin/polymer screws that i have come across unfortunately they tend to flex and elongate not making for a stable setup they can also break easier.
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Old Jan 9, 2005, 3:43 PM   #5
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It probably depends on how heavy your equipment is. I'm using a nylon screw with my Canon A95, and it works fine. I don't know if it would work with a SLR + a telephoto lens. Then again, an SLR probably has metal threads on the camera's screw receptacle (not sure if that is the right term), and you wouldn't need a nylon screw. A brass screw would work fine for a metal receptacle, if you were concerned about stripping steel to steel. It's much cheaper to replace the brass or nylonscrew than figure out how to replace the receptacle.

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Old Jan 21, 2005, 12:10 PM   #6
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Where do I buy a release plate with a nylon fitting for my a95?

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Old Jan 26, 2005, 5:17 PM   #7
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I use a nylon thumb screw with my a95.
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