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Why Photographers Should Consider a Fluid Head for Their Tripod

Most still shooters use a ball head mount on their tripod, but photographer Hudson Henry wants you to reconsider. As he explains in the video above, using a fluid head built primarily for videographers will give you a lot more versatility.

Henry’s first experience with a fluid head came during a documentary film shoot on Denali. In order to save weight, they travelled with only a single tripod head, which happened to be a fluid head, not a ball head. When he got back home to his ball head, he found himself missing the versatility and features that are only available on a fluid head mount.

In this video, Henry explains the differences between fluid and ball heads, debunks some myths about how big or pricey or complicated fluid heads are, and shows you how versatile his own relatively affordable setup with a $135 Manfrotto MVH500AH is compared to a ball head mount.

Check out the full video up top or read about Henry’s experience on his blog. If you’ve never considered a fluid head for your tripod, get ready to have your mind changed.

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The Cokin Riviera Classic is a Retro Tripod that Matches Your Retro Camera

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Cokin’s new Riviera Classic tripod is a long time coming. It was only a matter of time before the “retro” craze hit the tripod market, leading to the Riviera Classic’s tagline: “A modern tripod for retro cameras… and visa versa.”

Inspired by old camera design, the Riviera Classic combines leather, wood, and aluminum into a beautiful final product Cokin has dubbed both “timeless” and “sturdy.”

“Riviera Classic is the tripod that was missing to affirm the neo retro look of current cameras,” says the company. “Every details have been carefully thought, right down to the tightening dials of the Riviera Classic, inspired by the ones found on retro cameras.”

Those dials are made of knurled aluminum, and they complement the leather-clad brushed aluminum legs, and an Iroko wood handle hand-crafted by Atelier Farol at La Rochelle, France. This tripod is part stabilizing mechanism… part hipster collectors item. Take a look:

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The tripod extends to a max operating height of 63 inches from a folded height of just 23.6 inches. It weighs 3.4 lbs but can carry up to 11 lbs and, of course, it comes in a retro-inspired soft pouch carrying case made of leather and hessian fabric.

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Created in collaboration with tripod maker Slik, neither company has revealed a price tag for the Riviera Classic just yet. But if you want to learn more about the tripod and keep an eye out for an official ship date/price, you can do that at this link.

How I Made a DIY Universal Tripod L-Bracket for Under $5

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So what is a “Universal Tripod L-Bracket”? Well, I’m not sure, because I couldn’t find another on the market quite like it. Some tripod manufacturers make L-brackets specific to their own tripod, but I found nothing universal.

Well, since that did me no good and I’m an inventive fellow, I set out to make my own. Results: way simpler and cheaper than I thought.

The goal of having an L-bracket is to be able to mount your camera in portrait orientation on your tripod.

I have a ball head tripod and, when mounted standardly, I can tilt it all the way into portrait orientation, but it gives me less control and the camera is too heavy for the ball head to hold perfectly level most of the time. Plus, it’s just more cumbersome and difficult to get your perfect composition.

By being able to mount the tripod head on the side of the camera, I can still have the full rotation possibilities of the ball head and it balances much more naturally. I can easily compose my shot the way I want without the frustration of limited movement.

How I Made My Own

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Step 1 – Run to your local Home Depot or Lowes and pick up 3 items.

  1. Some 1/4″ nuts and bolts
  2. Some washers for the 1/4″ bolts
  3. An L-Bracket of the appropriate size for your camera and needs (these also were in the Hardware isle)

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Step 2 – Assemble.

Put a washer, nut bolt through the L-bracket where it will screw into the tripod mount on the bottom of your camera.

The reason for the nut being on ‘the wrong side’ is because the bolt was too long to screw into the camera tightly. Since I wanted the L-bracket flush with the camera bottom, I used the nut as a spacer to ‘shorten’ the length of the bolt. A simple fix compared to cutting it shorter.

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Step 3 – Attach tripod mount.

On the opposite side of the L-bracket, screw in your tripod mount and place a nut on the opposite side to hold it in place.

Step 4 – Attach to camera and enjoy!

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About the author: David Wahlman is a full-time outdoor and active lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. You can find more of his work and words on his website and blog, or by following him on Facebook and Instagram. This article was also published here.

MeFOTO Air Tripods Come with a Built-In Selfie Stick and a Bluetooth Remote

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MeFOTO just announced a new line of ultra-portable tripods that come with a few very interesting features. In addition to working like any other versatile travel tripod, the MeFOTO Air tripods come with a bluetooth remote and selfie stick built right in.

The key feature here is obviously the included bluetooth remote, spring-loaded smartphone adapter, and removable center column that, together, convert into a selfie stick. It’s a feature that will probably drive away some more serious purists, but definitely convenient if you’re into that kind of thing—no need to carry a tripod AND a selfie stick.

Here’s a quick intro that shows you how the new MeFOTO Air tripods work:

The MeFOTO Air line is trying to be the ultimate tripod for the creative (and we assume) millennial traveler. Light, compact, and colorful, MeFOTO claims these tripods “boast a unique combination of durability, functionality, speed, size and style, offering users endless new creative possibilities.”

In addition to the “creative” possibilities offered by the selfie stick integration, MeFOTO Air tripods also feature a new “HyperLock” leg locking system that makes set up a lot faster. Instead of a lock on every leg section, there’s just one nob to turn.

The MeFOTO Air line comes in three sizes: the 37.4-inch BackPacker Air (holds up to 8.8lbs), 38.4-inch RoadTrip Air (holds up to 13.2lbs), and 45.1-inch GlobeTrotter Air (holds up to 17.6lbs). All three will be available starting November 1st for $125, $175, and $225, respectively.

SLIK’s New Tripods Come with an LED Flashlight Built Right In

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Tripod maker SLIK is doing something not a lot of tripod makers do these days… they’re making news. That’s because their latest line of LITE tripods feature a neat little trick: a detachable LED flashlight built right into the center column.

The flashlight promises to make setting up your gear in the dark a bit less challenging—simply remove it from the center column and fire away. No more digging through your gear bag in the dark looking for that pesky flashlight.

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The LITE series features 5 tripods—3 aluminum and 2 carbon fiber—ranging in price from $100 all the way up to $330. Specs below:

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To learn more about these tripods, head over to SLIK’s website by clicking here.