XZ1 flat surface

Started Jul 31, 2013 | Discussions
mojorising Regular Member • Posts: 125
XZ1 flat surface

I usually use a flat surface when I want to hold a camera steady for a long exposure or leave it sitting for a timer self portrait.

The XZ-1's tripod socket protrudes from the base by about 1mm which means it does not rest easy on a flat surface. The weight of the extended barrel and glass causes it to lean forwards and point down towards the ground.

Any tricks for getting the XZ-1 to sit flat on a flat surface?

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skeys Veteran Member • Posts: 3,191
Try this...

If you have the XZ-1's strap mounted to the XZ-1, place the wide part of the strap underneath the lens ring, just in front of the XZ-1. It may now point just ever so slightly up but it should not be the problem that pointing down is for you.


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joe6pack Senior Member • Posts: 1,580
Re: XZ1 flat surface

You must have some objects with you that can fix it?

A piece of cloth, napkin, cash, coins, key chains, wallet, even the lens cap comes to mind.


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Aaron Sur Senior Member • Posts: 1,159
Re: XZ1 flat surface

A quick release plate from a tripod works a treat, I use a plastic/glassfibre? unit from my Cullman magic tripod. It is very light and one hardly notices it there.You can buy these from many different tripod manufacturers.

For other shots where I want the camera a bit more secure I have this C clamp /mini tripod which fits into a pocket

Sudo Nimh Regular Member • Posts: 281
Re: XZ1 flat surface

I've seen small bean bags used for the purpose. They're filled with something much finer-grained than beans, more like sand, to hold the angle you set the camera on.

IcanHazPics Junior Member • Posts: 38
Re: XZ1 flat surface

this is what I use : http://joby.com/gorillapod/micro800/

small enough to leave it on the camera most of the time!

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Ken Gosden Senior Member • Posts: 2,381
Re: XZ1 flat surface

Manfrotto has their flat folding pocket series as well.


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emilio74 Junior Member • Posts: 43
Re: XZ1 flat surface

Ken Gosden wrote:

Manfrotto has their flat folding pocket series as well.


I purchase the xz-1 and got the pocket tripod from link above for free, but

I prefer other ideas rather than carry this in my shirt pocket.

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calterg Regular Member • Posts: 499
Re: XZ1 flat surface

I carry coins for the sole purpose of doing adjustments of this kind.

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