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    3/8" tripod thread

    hope this is the right section for this question, I'm making up an L bracket to mount my shen hao 617 vertically on a tripod. The base of the camera has 2 threaded holes one is the standard 1/4" whitworth thread but the other is larger probably 3/8" is this likely to be whitworth thread as well, or is it 3/8" UNC?

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    Re: 3/8" tripod thread

    3/8" 12tpi UNC is the larger one... I think the whitworth is the same, as the origin of this common size is from the old carriage making trade and one of the most common sizes...

    The smaller is 1/4" -20 NC...

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    Re: 3/8" tripod thread

    Quote Originally Posted by LabRat View Post
    3/8" 12tpi UNC is the larger one... I think the whitworth is the same, as the origin of this common size is from the old carriage making trade and one of the most common sizes...

    The smaller is 1/4" -20 NC...

    Steve K
    3/8" X 16 tpi

    https://www.boltdepot.com/fastener-i...ng/us-tpi.aspx

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    Re: 3/8" tripod thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    Thanks for the (correct) correction, Randy... Me brain bad!!! (Go figure, I knew that...) :-&

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    Re: 3/8" tripod thread

    Just to add a note, stay away from the 3/8x24 fine threaded variety and also stainless steel as it is more prone to gall. I would choose a Grade 8 3/8 x 16.

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    Re: 3/8" tripod thread

    thanks for that everyone, I should have thought to check the T.P.I. on each one both unc & whitworth are both 16 tpi. I have ordered a couple of bolts so thats sorted that part of the job

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    Re: 3/8" tripod thread

    Quote Originally Posted by el pescador View Post
    ...both unc & whitworth are both 16 tpi.
    Apples and oranges.

    UNC (and UNF and similar) define the size of a thread, both its diameter and its pitch.
    There's a whole long list of threads in those standards.

    Whitworth refers only to the shape of the thread, not its diameter or pitch.
    Specifically, the included angle is 55 degrees, as compared with 60 degrees for American (UN*) threads.

    Threads of the two standards will inter-mate unless the tolerance is quite tight.

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