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    I want to list the specification of tripod adapters clearly, following the incompatibility issue.


    http://www.nodalninja.com/forum/show...tripod+adapter

    how should I call the tripod parts that join the 3 legs?



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    Hello Nick,

    I suggest: tripod joint disk, or shorter tripod joint.
    This name fits all models with or without a center column.

    Wim
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    Hi Wim,

    Sound good and clear to most people.

    thx a lot.

    Nick



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    Nick, The words that first came to mind were shoulder and yoke. Looking around, I found somebody else had similar thoughts: http://woodgears.ca/tripod/head.html . I think shoulder piece/plate/unit would fit the bill.
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    John
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    Hi John,

    Thx a lot. It does look like a shoulder. :-)


    Nick



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    Nick and John,

    Yesterday my first thought was "tripod shoulder" but to be sure that these words are valid I googled a bit.
    To my surprise all I got was a bunch of references to shoulder straps and shoulder supports for cameras but none of them where about the tripod itself.
    We all know about tripod; legs, center column, spikes, but obviously there is no "registrated" name for "the part that joins the legs of the the tripod" and that is a bit strange.

    I support John suggestion to name it "shoulder", the word "yoke" is not familiar to me and I think that persons who are not native english spoken wil confuse it with "joke".

    Wim
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    Often branches refer to this parts as disk: http://www.gitzo.de/stativ-serie-3-c...alr-power-disk

    So I would tend to name it "tripod top disk".

    Heinz
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    Quote Originally Posted by hindenhaag View Post
    Often branches refer to this parts as disk: http://www.gitzo.de/stativ-serie-3-c...alr-power-disk

    So I would tend to name it "tripod top disk".
    Heinz
    for me top disk is the disk on top of center column. That is what the power disk refers to.


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    Nick,

    not so easy to find a good description. Camera mounting plate, -disk. Disk for me refers to a "round plate", used on top of center columns as well as on tripods without center column.

    Anyway, the camera body part the tripod connects to is always named "tripod socket". May be " camera- or tripod socket connection"?

    Heinz
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    Quote Originally Posted by hindenhaag View Post
    Nick,

    not so easy to find a good description. Camera mounting plate, -disk. Disk for me refers to a "round plate", used on top of center columns as well as on tripods without center column.

    Anyway, the camera body part the tripod connects to is always named "tripod socket". May be " camera- or tripod socket connection"?

    Heinz
    Hi Heinz,

    I am trying to name the part that cause incompatibility issue, ie the bulky part that joins the 3 legs.

    Nick



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    Ah ok,

    Feisol names the part where the legs are connected "mainframe".

    Heinz
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    One thing may complicate - that is the leveling center column - Manfroto offers one as does Feisol. I have Manfrotto's which is a full length column, seriously debating getting Feisol's which is an abbreviated length. I use the center column rather than the legs for rough leveling, then the EZ-leveler to fine-tune.
    Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonDuck View Post
    Hub?

    the "Legs Hub" sound right and could not be confused with any other part.
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    Hello Nick,

    In the world of Surveying (or Geomatics as it is now called) the part of the survey tripod that connects the 3 legs is called the head,
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tripod_(surveying)
    but in the world of photography the head appears to refer to the bit that goes on top for attaching the camera (or Nodal Ninja) to so the camera can be aimed, so I go along with John's suggestion, supported by Wim, of calling this the "shoulder".

    Best regards, Hugh.
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