Attaching camera body instead of lens collar to tripod?

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Sailor Blue
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Re: Attaching camera body instead of lens collar to tripod?

When you mount the camera with a heavy lens directly on the the ball head the weight of the lens produces a lever arm that pulls the lens down. The tripod mounting system can then creep so your image is no longer properly composed or it can even fail, resulting in the camera rotating downward until it is pointing at the ground.  I have had both things happen.

The idea of using a lens collar is that the camera and lens are mounted with the center of gravity over the tripod.   This eliminates the lever arm so that the tripod mounting is stable.

Unfortunately mounting at the center of gravity makes that point a pivot point around which the camera can move so that camera shake is magnified.

The best answer is to mount with the lens collar and use a 2-second or longer shutter delay to allow any shake from the shutter to decay away.

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