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    Default What is this part for?

    Very curious, but what is the part circled used for on the quick release head of the tripod?

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    Default Re: What is this part for?

    I hate that thing. That exact part on my cheapo tripod ended up causing a circular scratch mark on my battery grip
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    Default Re: What is this part for?

    for video cams..

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    Quote Originally Posted by eosdigital View Post
    I hate that thing. That exact part on my cheapo tripod ended up causing a circular scratch mark on my battery grip
    Quote Originally Posted by J-Chan View Post
    for video cams..
    So that means no use one lah for dslr, right?
    BTW is it suppose to fit into some hole on the video cam?
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    Default Re: What is this part for?

    Just looked at my video cam and it appears useless for it also. I'm gonna guess it's used to give some tension to add extra tightness without over-tightening the screw when mounting the cam. Hope this makes sense.
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    Default Re: What is this part for?

    Quote Originally Posted by sherchoo View Post
    Just looked at my video cam and it appears useless for it also. I'm gonna guess it's used to give some tension to add extra tightness without over-tightening the screw when mounting the cam. Hope this makes sense.
    I asked because that thing had came loose, that's why you see the scotch tape in the pic. If it is of no use, then I won't bother to change one; may just discard it

    Had tried attaching to the camera with/out that thing - no difference leh
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    Default Re: What is this part for?

    Remember not to screw in too tightly. The pressure from that highlighted thing can cause a circular mark which i've already encountered
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    Default Re: What is this part for?

    my past video cams have the hole for it. Its meant to make the video cam locked on the base even when panning.
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    My old SLR camera has a hole for that too. And I've seen many old betamax and VHS-era videocams that had a hole for that too. As chanxj mentioned, it's for panning.
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    Default Re: What is this part for?

    it is a locking pin for video cam, so it will not pan by itself, unless to still camera, you can remove it.
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