How to DIY repair a damaged tripod thread in your camera

Oct 18, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

How to DIY repair a damaged tripod thread in your camera

Oct 18, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Tripod threads in the bottom of cameras and other devices are usually pretty solid. I’ve got cameras that are decades old that still have perfectly functional ones. But, I’ve also had a couple of adapters and gadgets where they haven’t survived so well. Quality control isn’t what it once was, and the number of devices containing 1/4-20″ sockets has soared compared to only a few years ago. So, failures are far more likely these days.

Repairs like this can be a pain. If you can’t connect your camera to your tripod, slider, gimbal or other support system, you’re screwed. Sending to a service centre for repair can be costly and take a few weeks to get your gear back. Fortunately, filmmaker Tom Antos has put up a video to show us how we can repair our own using a readily available DIY tripod screw repair kit.

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Of course, you still always have the option of sending your kit to a repair centre, but this is a much faster and less expensive option. If you’re not technically inclined, and you have backup equipment in the meantime, it may still make sense for some of you to send your gear off for an official fix.

For me, though, I think I’ll order one of those repair kits to keep in a drawer. Then it’s always handy, just in case I ever need it. Again, though, it’s still something I’ve yet to experience personally, but it’s probably only a matter of time.

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It could also be handy if you’re building your own camera. Building your own medium and large format cameras can be fun, and this could be a great way to add a tripod mount to the bottom.

The repair kit itself can be had for around $20-25 online and you can buy it here.

Have you had tripod threads strip from the bottom of cameras? What caused it? Did you repair it yourself or send it away to be fixed? Have you used this kit to add a tripod thread to something that didn’t already have one? Let us know in the comments.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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9 responses to “How to DIY repair a damaged tripod thread in your camera”

  1. James Cooper Avatar
    James Cooper

    Hello John I had a very big mistake my tripods has broken. I will try to join this but I will fail. Do you have any idea how can I repaired my tripods.

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    Jennifer Jeny

    Hey John Aldred ,
    You have shared a great post . So you have plenty thanks for such informative here . Hoppe that , The photographers will more benefit here .

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    Allie Bennett

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