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#1 dcbaros


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 08:07 AM

Anyone have any tips or tricks to stabilize a tripod? I have a N11 with the old style tripod and I recently bought the old HD wedge because it was cheap, but I have heard nothing but horror stories as far as stability. I have not gotten to take it out yet due to the monsoon in central Texas we are currently under. I have heard anything from filling the legs with foam to anchoring it to the ground. What would be the best methods? I bought some vibration suppression pads so we will see how those work.

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 09:02 AM

Hey there, not sure of old style stuff, but when I had my 9.25 on a CPC and got the wedge it worked great, but then again it is the HD wedge,

#3 Phil Sherman

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 10:12 AM

Two "tricks" I've used:
1. Hang a heavy weight from the top of the tripod.

2. Add another spreader midway between the top of the tripod and the ground.


#4 dcbaros


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 09:04 PM


#5 RandyO


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Posted 01 December 2013 - 06:25 PM

For outreach, I use a screw in dog leash anchor, available at Walmart or pet stores. i found the right size eye nut to screw onto the spreader threaded rod. using a small web strap down with a ratchet, you can ensure that the mount doesn't move. This is great to prevent accidental movement by guest observers.

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 08:24 PM

I really like that idea, Randy.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 09:09 AM

I set up tripods for stop-motion photography that often extends for months to a year. I use a tripod rock bag for stability, and it survives some pretty wild storms. Google it.

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