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Many camcorder repairs can be traced indirectly to the use of
a tripod. More specifically, damage occurs when the camera and the tripod part
company unexpectedly, or the tripod tips or collapses. Here are a few guidelines
that may lessen the risk to your equipment.
|When selecting a tripod, pick one that is heavy enough.
Lightweight tripods are tempting, but often just aren't up to the job of
supporting a camcorder, and indeed will not be as stable as heavier models.
Spending only $50 to support a $600 camcorder is poor economy.|
|Check the leg extension locking mechanism. Pick models that
have good locking screws, not snap-close clamps|
|Avoid those "handy" quick release heads. Many of
the damaged camcorders came about when the quick release head, releases when
it shouldn't, or maybe didn't catch initially. Use the attaching screw on
the head to mount the camcorder. Make sure that screw that screw is easy to
tighten and release.|
|Make sure that securing screw doesn't extend more than 3/8
of an inch above the tripod head. If it does, it may project inside the
camcorder and damage something.|
|Never leave a camera on a tripod unattended! Kids, careless
adults, and pets seem to have an affinity for such devices. If you have to
leave your tripod, post someone to make sure it doesn't get knocked over.|
|Power and video cables connected to a camcorder on a tripod
are a sure invitation for disaster.|
Courtesy, Halle's Service, Inc.