Can I use the same tripod I use with my 35mm camera on my camcorder? Bill via e-mail
The tripod for your 35mm camera was designed to help you take the steadiest picture possible given your camera's size and to hold cameras that weigh up to about a pound. If you use it with your camcorder, you will run into a big problem, not necessarily a result of a heavier camcorder--the problem being the panning, or tilting, feature or, rather a lack thereof.
Panning and tilting allow the camera to be moved in a horizontal or vertical motion, respectively. Unfortunately, tripods for still cameras lack what …