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Tripod screw length for NEX-5T too long?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by tommyrot, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. tommyrot

    tommyrot TalkEmount Rookie

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    Feb 4, 2014
    Chicago
    Hello everyone--this is my first post here.

    I purchased an NEX-5T last December and I love it. I've decided to buy a tripod, and in my camera's manual it says "use a tripod with a screw length of less than 5.5mm (7/32 inch)" and that longer screws can damage the camera. (This manual also applies to the NEX-6.)

    I've looked at some tripods online and they all seem to have a screw length of 1/4 inch, which is 1/32 inch longer than the maximum 7/32 inch that Sony recommends. I've searched here and could not find any mention of this issue.

    Will a 1/4 inch screw length work? If not, what do people do? My boss suggested putting a washer under the bottom of the screw to shorten the screw length on the top--would that work?
     
  2. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    José
    1/4 is the screw width of the tripod - not many state the length... Many tripods have a collar on the screw so you can adjust it to any length you want though.
     
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  3. tommyrot

    tommyrot TalkEmount Rookie

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    Feb 4, 2014
    Chicago
    Suddenly this all makes sense! Thanks.
     
  4. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    You want the tripod screw to turn about 4-5 turns (that is slightly less than 1/4" inch) to keep the camera in the tripod securely. If the screw bottoms and you can't adjust the screw you can add a washer but it won't prevent camera turning. It is better to make a spacer out of leather or rubber. Or file the screw down. Bicycle inner tires are very handy for this. Sometimes two pieces glued together are needed.
     
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