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Fast Start Guide
Sony “Cukor” Tripod
”Cukor” Tripod-- Fast Start Guide
Bogen 3160 Tripod “Cukor”
The Bogen Tripod, code named “Cukor” can be checked out from the MMLC lab desk, in Kresge 48.
Let’s go over the tripod in these steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Adjusting leg height
Adding Tripod Plate to camera
Attaching camera to tripod
Adjusting drag controls (friction)
Minor height adjustments with hand crank
Releasing camera from tripod
Adjusting leg height
Each leg has a set of knobs to increase
the height of each leg.
The correct height of
the tripod will place
the camera lens in a
straight line with the
eyes of your subject,
a line that is parallel
to the ground.
GENTLY turn the leg knob
counter clockwise to loosen it.
Loosen the knobs on all the legs
before you raise the tripod,
allowing the legs to increase
length by force of gravity. Don’t
over-tighten: gently to snug up
the knob to tighten, do not force
any knobs.
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Adding the tripod plate to the camera
Attach the tripod plate carefully, or you may damage the
camera.
The tripod plate
is used to attach
the camera
securely to the
tripod. Insert
the plate screw
into the small
silver screw
hole in the
bottom of the
camera. Turn
the screw by
hand, don’t
over-tighten
TIP: The tripod plate
should be attached so
that the word “lens”
faces the front of the
camera.
Attaching the camera to the tripod
The tripod plate is hexagonal in shape, so fit one
side of the plate into the tripod holder, and seat
the camera. The grey auto-lock lever will snap in place.
Set the camera in place
on the tripod. Make
sure to keep your grip
on the camera handle
so it doesn’t slip off the
tripod. The gray tripod
auto-lock lever (near
arrow) should snap into
place once the camera
is set on the tripod
firmly.
Never leave the camera unattended
on the tripod, ever. It can fall over easily.
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Adjusting drag (friction) for panning and tilting
The drag knobs keep the tripod head easy to move,
yet they keep the camera in place when you
stop moving the tripod head. Batteries last about 3 hours,
though they last half that time (or less)
outside in cold weather.
Pan Drag (friction)
knob is at the rear
bottom of the tripod
head. Gently loosen the
knob and pan the
camera right and left as
you adjust the knob.
The head should pan
easily, but should not
wobble. DON’T overtighten the drag knobs.
It will ruin the tripod.
Tilt Drag (friction)
knob is at the side of
the tripod head. Gently
loosen the knob and tilt
the camera head up and
down as you adjust the
knob. The head should
tilt easily, but should
not sag if left alone.
DON’T over-tighten the
drag knobs. It will ruin
the tripod.
Minor tripod height adjustments
The tripod crank will help you make minor
up and down adjustments to the tripod.
Don’t raise the camera more than six to
nine inches, more will make the tripod
unstable.
To close the crank
handle when you
are finished, press
both thumbs on
the black ring that
surrounds the
crank shaft. The
crank will fall
down into its
resting place.
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Releasing the camera from the tripod
Take care when you remove the camera
from the tripod. Many accidents happen
at this point.
Keep one
one hand
hand on
on
Keep
the camera
camera
the
handle, and
and with
with
handle,
your other
other hand
hand
your
push both
both levers
black
push
levers counter
counter
clockwise
clockwise
to
release to
the
release
the round
gray
locking
gray locking
lever.
Textual description
of tripod setup
1.
Set the tripod legs to the desired height.
This height—for an interview—is usually
one which will set the camera at an equal
height to the subject’s eyes. Before you
attach the camera, set the legs to the
correct height by turning the knobs at the
bottom of each leg. Keep the tripod level
by adjusting the leg heights. Generally
only one leg needs to be adjusted to get
the camera roughly level. A yellow
leveling bubble at the base of the head will
help you determine level. (The bubble
should be roughly in the middle of the
black circle.)
2.
Attach the tripod plate to the bottom of the camera with the screw in the tripod plate. Make sure
the word “lens” points toward the front of the camera.
Hold the camera as you attach it to the tripod. Lean the camera away from you as you place one
edge of the tripod plate into the grooves on the top of the tripod. Seat the camera on the tripod
and you will hear a click and see the gray “S” shaped lever snap into place.
To remove the camera, place one hand on the camera handle, and with the other hand, push two
levers, a small black “safety” locking lever just at the rear of the tripod plate area, and the “S”
curved lever at the side of the tripod. The camera will tilt off into your hand. Be careful not to
drop the camera.
3.
4.
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