Avoiding down-drift of tripod-mounted camera in portrait orientation

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mibadt Senior Member • Posts: 1,133
Avoiding down-drift of tripod-mounted camera in portrait orientation

Hi,

Whenever I mount my camera on a tripod, and selec ta vertical/portrait frame orientation, the camera+lens slowly drift downward , which disturbs taking a bracketed series (e.g. HDR capture). Needless to say, the heavier the lens, the worse the drift.

My understanding is that it's a design problem as the plate (part of the tripod head) connects to the camera with a single screw. No matter how strong one secures that screw, without risking mechanical break, in the above orientation, the gravity creates a torque which causes that drift.

I'd appreciate any tips how to cope with above problem.

Thanks

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Regards,

Michael Badt

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