Using Manfrotto Super Clamp Tripod for Blue Hour Photography

Using Manfrotto Super Clamp Tripod for Blue Hour Photography

Places like observation decks sometimes don’t allow tripods to be brought in. There are also places that have no suitable space to set up a regular tripod. In such cases, I’ve often used Gorillapod (mini tripod), but to be honest, I’m not fully convinced with this option. Although its load capacity says 5kg (I’m using “Focus”, their top end model), the setup is a bit shaky and can’t seem to sustain the camera weight too well, especially when shutter speed is extended to minutes, ending up with somewhat “soft” (i.e. not sharp enough) photos.

Super Clamp Tripod Helps You Take Very Sharp Photos

This is where a clamp tripod comes in handy. I own Manfrotto 035 Super Clamp without Stud which supports up to 15kg and plug separately-sold Manfrotto 208HEX 3/8-Inch Camera Mounting Platform Adapter into a Super Clamp socket in order to firmly mount a tripod head and DSLR on it, then clamp the whole setup on handrails, road railings, etc.

How to Mount a DSLR on Manfrotto Super Clamp

This explains how to mount a DSLR on Manfrotto Super Clamp by using a camera mounting platform adapter.

1. Plug a camera mounting platform adapter into a Super Clamp socket and secure it with a double lock system.

2. Mount a tripod head with DSLR on the mounting platform adapter, just like you do with your regular tripod.

FYI, Manfrotto also has the same Super Clamp that comes with so-called Standard Stud (Manfrotto 035RL Super Clamp with 2908 Standard Stud ), but we photographers would better avoid it cos Standard Stud is a bit too long and a tripod head will sit about an inch out of the clamp, making the setup vulnerable for heavier camera/lens combo.

Instead, we should get the aforementioned Manfrotto 208HEX 3/8-Inch Camera Mounting Platform Adapter or Manfrotto 037 Reversible Short Stud (cheaper alternative) separately. Both allow a tripod head to sit flush with Super Clamp surface and yield a very stable platform to mount a tripod head and DSLR.

Manfrotto Super Clamp in Use

1. Clamping onto thick tempered glass (clamping from the top). Be extra careful when using clamp tripod high up.

2. Clamping onto road railing. This setup is rock solid.

Hope this info helps. This clamp tripod is indeed rock solid and like a game changer for us cityscape photographers aiming to take very sharp blue hour photos even at a place where a regular tripod can’t be used. Although last, not least, be extra vigilant and tighten wherever must be tightened when using clamp tripod somewhere high up. If the camera or any part is dropped, it could seriously injure people.

Feel free to Contact Me if you have any questions. ;)


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