How to Level a Tripod That Has a Center Column

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FrancoD Forum Pro • Posts: 15,009
Re: How to Level a Tripod That Has a Center Column

mamallama wrote:

FrancoD wrote:

How did we managed without that for so long ?

OK, if shooting panoramas it could be handy but in my experience most can figure out how to level the head if the legs are slightly out.

That is why they come with the 3 way locks

or

Using these devices, if you level the camera platform when the column (that rotates during a pan) is not vertical the camera platform will not remain level during rotation.

I think that is what I had in mind when I wrote " if shooting panoramas it could be handy', what do you think ?

BTW, those "devices" , called tripod heads, are of standard use on every tripod. Ever used one ?

Most do not have those spirit levels built in but historically many photographers were able to tell if their camera on a tripod was on level or not.

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