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E-PL3 Tripod Socket - Screw Size & Thread?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by savvy, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    I asked this on another forum but haven't got an answer yet, so :-

    Is the tripod socket on the e-pl3 a standard 1/4" - 20?

    I've RTFM (full PDF version) and it's not in there, searched here, and also Googled without luck.

    The reason I ask, is that in my Google searches various products, e.g. Joby Gorillapod, that say they are compatible with e-pl3, come with a "standard" 1/4"-20, but also a 3/8" adapter, and I was not sure if the adapter is needed for the e-pl3, hence the socket is 3/8"?

    Real reason for asking is that I'm considering tapping one of my hiking poles to act as a sort of monopod for when we are out walking - I'll have it with me anyway, so why not get it to multi-task, and should be better than purely handheld - so, need to know which bolt size to buy.
  2. elle s'ennuie

    elle s'ennuie Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 8, 2012
    I have an E-PL3 and a Joby Gorillapod, and they fit together without an adapter.
  3. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    Thanks for confirming :smile:
  4. Mikefellh

    Mikefellh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 7, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    All tripod sockets on regular cameras (i.e. not large format) and smaller lights are all 1/4-20 thread.

    A few have had issue with the E-M5 with the socket not being very deep, or maybe the thread wasn't cut all the way through.
  5. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    Thanks, I'll see if I can find a stud bolt of that size to epoxy on to one of my hiking poles, and see how it goes.
  6. crsnydertx

    crsnydertx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 31, 2010
    Houston, TX
    I believe you could also get a small quick-release ball head for a monopod and screw mount that on a hiking pole. Advantage there would be to get flexibility to level the camera independently from the pole and ability to quickly release camera from pole if you want to grab a shot where the pole would be an encumbrance.
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