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Old May 14th, 2010, 01:00 PM   #1
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Tripod Head or Mount

I know this may not belong here, but I posted it in the Tripod section, but no response. Thought I'd try here.

If this question sounds like its from a 5 year old, its because I'm literally clueless about the equipment stuff and just trying to learning. I got a tripod from a friend, its by Rocketfish, the model is RF-TRP65C. It seems like a very sturdy tripod and the Best Buy description says that it should have a quick-release mounting plate for easy attachment and a 3-way fluid pan head for smooth shooting. Problem is that there is no mounting plate on this thing. And seems like without that, there's no way to mount my camera on this tripod and making this tripod useless.

Except after reading some posts here about tripods, seems I should be able to replace the whole top piece. Is that called the head? I cannot find just a mounting plate for this specific tripod anywhere on the net. Is it possible to replace this part or do something so I can save this tripod? I have it and would love to make use of it. Any suggestions?
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Old May 14th, 2010, 02:00 PM   #2
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Well, first I would call your friend and see if the mounting plate is still screwed on to his camera!

Rocketfish support is 1-800-620-2790

You could try calling them and seeing if you order a replacement.

Yes, the top part is the head. Usually these are separate from the legs and can be replaced, but I know nothing about this company's products so I can't really tell you if it's possible or worth it for this tripod.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 03:26 PM   #3
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It came from Best Buy, and it has a 3-way head. That means that A) It's cheap, B) It's not designed for video, and C) The head most likely doesn't detach from the legs. The quick release plate is essential for mounting your camera. It's a good idea to have your friend check his camera for it.
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Old May 16th, 2010, 03:03 AM   #4
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May I add the advice that buying a great, not merely good, tripod is essential. It will last for a long time, certainly longer than many camera-lives. Even the greatest camera and perfect technique will look bad because of a cheap tripod. Buy the best you can't afford - you know what I mean!
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