A Halle's Service, Inc.
Phoenix, Arizona
est. 1964

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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.

bulletWhen 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.
bulletCheck the leg extension locking mechanism. Pick models that have good locking screws, not snap-close clamps
bulletAvoid 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.
bulletMake 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.
bulletNever 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.
bulletPower and video cables connected to a camcorder on a tripod are a sure invitation for disaster.

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Last modified: March 31, 2007