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Tripod screw won't fit bottom of camera

I purchased a Rebel 3Ti and a Canon Deluxe Tripod 300. The screw on the tripod mount doesn't seem to fit the hole in the bottom of the camera. It goes in a little, but won't tighten, leaving the camera to swivel easily and rock when touched.

 

This isn't normal, right? How do I test if it's the screw or the hole in the camera?

 

Thanks.

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Re: Tripod screw won't fit bottom of camera

It should be a 1/4 inch course thread (20 threads per inch) so all you need is a bolt & nut that are that thread (very common in North America) The nut should fit the stud on the tripod & the bolt should fit into the bottom of the camera & turn in about 4 full rotations BY HAND before bottoming, but it may go in more than 4 turns.

 

https://www.boltdepot.com/fastener-information/Measuring/US-TPI.aspx

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Re: Tripod screw won't fit bottom of camera

You may be missing a washer or rubber spacer on the bolt. If you ever detached the bolt from the tripod or shoe it can happen. Pickup a rubber washer at a hardware store to take up slack in the shaft.

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Re: Tripod screw won't fit bottom of camera

The above may be correct but if it is the part you screw into the camera MUST turn in at least 3 full turns before starting too get tight. If it's only going in 1 to 2 turns before binding something's wrong & you need to check the threads.

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Re: Tripod screw won't fit bottom of camera

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The threads should both be the same 1/4" with 20/inch threads.

Are you detaching the quick release plate from the tripod whilst trying to attach it to the camera? It can be awkward trying to screw the camera onto the thread when the plate is on the tripod. You are in effect screwing a tripod onto a camera rather than just screwing the plate onto the camera. You can't see what you are doing, and it is hard to line the thing up right.

I don't see any rubber spacers or washers on that particular tripod; just a flat corked surface.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/763809-REG/Canon_6195A006_DELUXE_TRIPOD_300_w_CARRYING.html/c/...
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Re: Tripod screw won't fit bottom of camera

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Yes, I'm detaching the plate from the tripod. And, of course, after I posted this question, it dawned on me I have an older tripod from which I could detach the plate and see if that screw fits the camera. This way, I should know of the problem is with the screw's threads or the threads inside the camera's receiving hole (whatever that is called!).

 

That one, from a "Silk" brand tripod, works perfectly. I just need to have the plate from the Canon Tripod replaced.

 

Thanks everyone for the responses. I just wish I'd thought of this solution before posting my question. :-)

 

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Re: Tripod screw won't fit bottom of camera

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You might consider returning the whole 'pod and getting one that has a ballhead that uses a standard Arca Swiss form plate. That way you can keep multiple plates on multiple bodies and multiple lenses with tripod rings, so you can switch around quickly and easily.

The thing about tripods I heard but ignored was to spend up for a good one the first time, or you end up with a couple of unused poor quality "starter tripods" collecting dust first before you then go buy a good quality one anyway. Smiley Wink.

The one you have now has only a 4.4 pound load capacity. That is unlikely to be as steady as you want it to be in the long run, especially with any kind of heavier lens or in a windy situation. If you search a website like B&H you can filter the 100's of tripods by their max load capacity, which I would think should be more like 15 pounds at minimum to be sure you have a solid setup. You don't want it to just be strong enough not to fail under the weight of the camera; you want it overbuilt enough to hold it steady without vibration. Remember it is not just for taking regular pictures hands-free; a main purpose is slow shutter shooting where camera shake will make your images unsharp.
Scott

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