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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher View Post
    Sh**, I'm an idiot... i meant paning on the bottom below the geared head. Here the market is failing us. There are many great options for paning at the top of one used a technical camera with rise and fall. However, if you have a normal camera a paning option at the top won't help at all. It the worst thing you can try. ( mind you, not true if you use a full panoramic head, but when I'm hiking with the XF for longer trips I really don't have the urge to carry around a heavy pano head. )

    Just using a nodal rail the pano base has to be below the head. For it to work.

    I love my cube, I just hate the two things. No pano scale at the bottom and the Arca Swiss clamp at the top isn't in the center...
    FYI. I assembled the Alpa GON with the panning clamp at the bottom, on top of the leveling base. I put the other bottom clamp on the top but this could also be an additional panning clamp if necessary.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    It does look nice. Just not sure if I'm ready to spent over 2k for an experiment. Especially as I exactly know how much of that price is only Alpa premium.

    Perhaps I'll get one module that would be all I really need.

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    A snapshot of mine.....excuse the poor image! shakeblur and oversharpened to see anything

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by danlindberg View Post
    A snapshot of mine.....excuse the poor image!
    I'm going to ask the mods to move this camera pornography image to the NSFW forum
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Here a quick snapshot of my minicube60 siblings .
    Left : aluminium goniometers . Total weight is 856 gramms . Blue ring for leight weight .
    Right : Brass goniometers . Total weight is 1585 gramms . Red ring for heavy weight .

    For both minicube60 , the bottom panning platform is part of the tripod .


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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Those look nice as well Jurgen!!

    Yesterday I used the TC and a L-bracket to easy go for vertical nodal stitches.



    Sundaytrip with the family, so not really any serious photography, but visiting Ronda (fantastic town with lots and lots of history) a spent 10 minutes at this scene. This particular shot is a single exposure with nd-filter, but I have a 9 exposure series for possible stitch and a more grand scene.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by danlindberg View Post
    Yesterday I used the TC and a L-bracket to easy go for vertical nodal stitches.

    If this were a contest, you'd win!!

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Isn't it ?

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by jotloob View Post
    Here a quick snapshot of my minicube60 siblings .
    Left : aluminium goniometers . Total weight is 856 gramms . Blue ring for leight weight .
    Right : Brass goniometers . Total weight is 1585 gramms . Red ring for heavy weight .

    For both minicube60 , the bottom panning platform is part of the tripod .


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    Where to buy those Jürgen? I am especially interested in the left one.
    Looks like a more modest priced alternative...

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by danlindberg View Post
    Those look nice as well Jurgen!!

    Yesterday I used the TC and a L-bracket to easy go for vertical nodal stitches.



    Sundaytrip with the family, so not really any serious photography, but visiting Ronda (fantastic town with lots and lots of history) a spent 10 minutes at this scene. This particular shot is a single exposure with nd-filter, but I have a 9 exposure series for possible stitch and a more grand scene.

    This looks cool, but I have always understood that I should NEVER use the center column of a tripod to extend the height of the platform, because it would compromise the stability of the platform for my camera to sit on, in terms of susceptibility to wind and vibration. In fact, way better not to have any center column at all. The sheer number of different devices that you have sitting one on top of the other above the base platform of the tripod would seem to violate that rule in spades. Just wondering.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    It certainly does, but partly is necessary. Gould need a leveling base, a pano base and the geared head to make the movements. It's true, however, that I would not use the second paning base and in that case the second GON module, as these just add weight and height without any benefit.

    Another question to Dan, are you adjusting the nodal point for tiring the camera upwards and downwards for each row you shot ?

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    @hcubell, agree about centre column and I never use one either (for the Alpa). When using all the components of the Gon it does become high, but this 'column' itself is rocksolid. Obviously I understand that you refer to physics that the cam is higher up from the base of the tripod, but so far it has worked very nicely. Besides, I do not use all components all the time....

    @christopher, the BTS shot shows the configuration for the singel exposure. When doing the nodalstitch (and sorry I wrote it wrong before, it was 6 shots not 9) I put the top panoplate inbetween the Gon modules, so that the pano plate was perfectly level. Then the first 3 shot row with the top Gon tilt up and second 3 shot row tilt down. No, I did not adjust nodal position of lens.
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Just to add concerning height/weight of all components. I have also simplified and using the pano plate directly on the levellingbase of tripod to minimize height increase (and bulk/weight ofcourse) for single row stitch. The only difference is that I need to level (and aim) the baseplate 'before' mounting the cam.
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Since I have moved away from large format and tech cams I think I will need to rationalise my tripod setup.

    I currently have a Gitzo GT3542LOS which is an absolute beast of a tripod with no compromises.

    How do the users of the Novoflex Triopod rate it's stability/weight versus the best the italians can offer?

    Thanks in advance,
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Dan,

    I have the same Gitzo and use it with a cube. The Novoflex setups are half the weight, and not as stiff. But I've not had a single frame ruined due to tripod movement. My use has not been that extensive, and didn't include long lenses, but a Leica S isn't a tiny camera and its lenses are heavy.

    I'm taking the 5 section travel legs and a P0 head on a walking trip. I'll let you know how it works out.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by MGrayson View Post
    Dan,

    I have the same Gitzo and use it with a cube. The Novoflex setups are half the weight, and not as stiff. But I've not had a single frame ruined due to tripod movement. My use has not been that extensive, and didn't include long lenses, but a Leica S isn't a tiny camera and its lenses are heavy.

    I'm taking the 5 section travel legs and a P0 head on a walking trip. I'll let you know how it works out.

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    Are you taking your Leica S on the walking trip?

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by hcubell View Post
    Are you taking your Leica S on the walking trip?
    Yes. I was going to take the SL, 24-90, and WATE. But every time I used them, I wished I'd had the S. So S, 24, and 70. We'll see...

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    Yes. I was going to take the SL, 24-90, and WATE. But every time I used them, I wished I'd had the S. So S, 24, and 70. We'll see...

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    A perfect occasion for an X1D with the 30mm and 90mm lenses!

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

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    A perfect occasion for an X1D with the 30mm and 90mm lenses!
    It would be if I liked using the X1D. Ditto A7RII. There are lots of smaller, lighter systems with great optics and lots of pixels. But if you don't like using a system, it's not worth bringing. I brought an A7II and Contax 24-85 to Iceland and was not happy at all.

    Note: I'm not saying these are bad systems, or worse, or anything comparative - just that *I* like shooting the S more. It's pure indulgence.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

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    Where to buy those Jürgen? I am especially interested in the left one.
    Looks like a more modest priced alternative...
    Hello Michiel

    These goniometers can not be bought anywhere . They are my own "production" .
    The idea is not my own idea , but our getdpi member GRZEGORZ PEDZICH influenced me very strong .
    So I got two brass gonimeters via :::bay and assembled a minicube .
    I was not really satisfied with the weight and looked for aluminium goniometers . No sucess .
    But about 3 month ago , I suddenly found them through a dealer here in Germany .
    It took quite some time till I got all the required parts , like bottom and top plate (GMT ASAP60) quick release plates (DPG-39) and the rotation heads . The blue and read ring are self made . I could have made the top and bottom plates myself , no problem , but getting a low number of parts anodized is very expensive . Therefore getting the GMT part was faster and cheaper .

    I like to do mechanical works and it was great fun making and assembling these GONIOMETERS .

    One big disadvantage of my two minicube60s is , that they are made for opto/electronic LABS and are precision driven . That means , you have to turn the adjustment knobs much more often to achieve a swing of say 10º in comparison to the ARCA CUBE (which I have) or the LINHOF , or the new ALPA GON .

    ARCA SWISS will obviously launch a kind of minicube 60 (60mm in diameter) soon . Have a look at the P0 hybrid and just imagine the LEVELER , the new top part , as a mini cube .
    This leveler , part number 860102 is cancelled . Waiting for the new model .

    Yes it is true , I am a geared head slut .
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by MGrayson View Post
    It would be if I liked using the X1D. Ditto A7RII. There are lots of smaller, lighter systems with great optics and lots of pixels. But if you don't like using a system, it's not worth bringing. I brought an A7II and Contax 24-85 to Iceland and was not happy at all.

    Note: I'm not saying these are bad systems, or worse, or anything comparative - just that *I* like shooting the S more. It's pure indulgence.

    --Matt (sorry for getting )
    I understand. We all have different thresholds for pain and suffering. I prefer shooting my H2/IQ180 within 100 ft. of my vehicle. If I am going to hike for 2+ miles, however, there are other systems that I prefer, even if there may be a small compromise in terms of ultimate IQ.
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

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    Dan,

    I have the same Gitzo and use it with a cube. The Novoflex setups are half the weight, and not as stiff. But I've not had a single frame ruined due to tripod movement. My use has not been that extensive, and didn't include long lenses, but a Leica S isn't a tiny camera and its lenses are heavy.

    I'm taking the 5 section travel legs and a P0 head on a walking trip. I'll let you know how it works out.

    Matt
    Probably really well. I have a very similar setup with a Pentax 645D and a carbon fiber tripod with a p0. I usually just walk with the camera mounted on the tripod and the tripod fully extending over my shoulder. (Although I still keep the camera strap around my neck because I do not trust the camera to not come off and I have gotten better at maneuvering without hanging myself with the strap.) I made two books walking around with that gear and covering several miles a day on not so flat terrain.
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    Arca-Swiss P0 Classic + Gitzo

    I love my Gitzo 4433LS and Arca-Swiss P0 Classic. None of that Hybrid for me: it's great, I saw Erik's i the flesh when he came to my Workshop on Skye in March, but to me with its size and weight the Hybrid defies the purpose of a small, light and extremely strong head for which the P0 is just perfect! Here it is, taking a bow:



    and here she is carrying the SL in style:



    A truly amazing head. You can read my write up on it here:

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    Re: Arca-Swiss P0 Classic + Gitzo

    Quote Originally Posted by vieri View Post
    I love my Gitzo 4433LS and Arca-Swiss P0 Classic.
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    Vieri, are you sure your tripod can handle the weight of that p0?
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    Re: Arca-Swiss P0 Classic + Gitzo

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    Vieri, are you sure your tripod can handle the weight of that p0?
    I had my doubts, but it all turned out well in the end!!
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    OK. I will give that "funny" P0 head a try . Its on order .
    In any case , Vieri , I will blame you . .
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    The P0 is excellent. I haven't used the Cube much lately and the RRS heads are gathering dust. With a long lens I'd use the Uniqball to stay level, but otherwise, P0!

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

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    OK. I will give that "funny" P0 head a try . Its on order .
    In any case , Vieri , I will blame you . .
    Good to hear! Hope you'll enjoy it then!

    Quote Originally Posted by MGrayson View Post
    The P0 is excellent. I haven't used the Cube much lately and the RRS heads are gathering dust. With a long lens I'd use the Uniqball to stay level, but otherwise, P0!

    Matt
    Same here Matt, everything else has been sold once I got the P0 - I do landscape, so for hiking every once matters and the P0 has been a lifesaver

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Vieri,

    I'm still uncertain on the legs. If I did more long exposure, I'd probably feel, as you do, that a 5 lb. Gitzo was mandatory. I'm going to see if the lightest (2 lbs.) or medium (3 lbs) alternatives are adequate for the occasional dawn/twilight capture.

    Best,

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by MGrayson View Post
    Vieri,

    I'm still uncertain on the legs. If I did more long exposure, I'd probably feel, as you do, that a 5 lb. Gitzo was mandatory. I'm going to see if the lightest (2 lbs.) or medium (3 lbs) alternatives are adequate for the occasional dawn/twilight capture.

    Best,

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    Matt,

    makes sense, though I would also factor in your environment and your camera - if you shoot a S (medium heavy camera), and i.e. if you use it in a high-wind area, then I would recommend a heavier tripod even for occasional use; you wouldn't want your captures, even if just occasional, to be ruined by the elements In my experience, for tripod work of any kind stability is a must, and the extra premium you pay in weight is, in fact, paying you back in image quality

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Vieri,

    I expect that I'll find that you are right and that the full size Novoflex is the minimum I can get away with. But I've also discovered that a tripod that stays at home is useless

    Best,

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by vieri View Post
    I love my Gitzo 4433LS and Arca-Swiss P0 Classic. None of that Hybrid for me: it's great, I saw Erik's i the flesh when he came to my Workshop on Skye in March, but to me with its size and weight the Hybrid defies the purpose of a small, light and extremely strong head for which the P0 is just perfect! Here it is, taking a bow:

    <snip>

    and here she is carrying the SL in style:

    <snip>

    A truly amazing head. You can read my write up on it here:

    https://vieribottazzini.com/2016/08/...ll-review.html

    Best regards,

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    OK. I will give that "funny" P0 head a try . Its on order .
    In any case , Vieri , I will blame you . .
    OK, I'm in too. It'll be here next Tuesday. Yes Vieri, you're to blame.

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    Yes, definately , it is Vieri . Mine will be here on Thusday as well .
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Colson View Post
    OK, I'm in too. It'll be here next Tuesday. Yes Vieri, you're to blame.

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    Yes, definately , it is Vieri . Mine will be here on Thusday as well .
    Damn, I did it all wrong - I should have talked to Arca beforehand and got commissions!

    Seriously, I hope you'll enjoy it - it's a great little head, and works great to keep your bag light while keeping your camera rock solid What I really like, on top of all that, is the one-hand operation - makes working in the field so much easier!

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    I've already commented very positively about this head as I use it almost exclusively with my 'new' Gitzo series 2 traveler. My only slight concern is the longevity of the tightening mechanism. My camera/lens/back combination weighs about 6 lbs and for short excursions I like to leave the camera on the tripod and rest it on my shoulder. I'm careful to keep the camera/tripod assembly fairly vertical but even so I have to keep the ball tightening mechanism fairly tight to keep the camera from inadvertently moving. Lots of camera/lens combinations weigh in at 6 lbs or more so this caution should be of interest to many. Time will tell.....

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    Hi Matt,

    Thank you very much for your insights!

    How does the fit & finish compare? Do you have any reason to believe the longevity of the Novoflex would be less than the ocean systematic?

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    Dan,

    I have the same Gitzo and use it with a cube. The Novoflex setups are half the weight, and not as stiff. But I've not had a single frame ruined due to tripod movement. My use has not been that extensive, and didn't include long lenses, but a Leica S isn't a tiny camera and its lenses are heavy.

    I'm taking the 5 section travel legs and a P0 head on a walking trip. I'll let you know how it works out.

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    I pick up my P0 Hybrid this afternoon. Thank you all for the info. It will be interesting to see how I bond with this thing.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by vjbelle View Post
    I've already commented very positively about this head as I use it almost exclusively with my 'new' Gitzo series 2 traveler. My only slight concern is the longevity of the tightening mechanism. My camera/lens/back combination weighs about 6 lbs and for short excursions I like to leave the camera on the tripod and rest it on my shoulder. I'm careful to keep the camera/tripod assembly fairly vertical but even so I have to keep the ball tightening mechanism fairly tight to keep the camera from inadvertently moving. Lots of camera/lens combinations weigh in at 6 lbs or more so this caution should be of interest to many. Time will tell.....

    Victor
    Have you had any reason to suspect that the p0 is not well designed? I have had my p0 for six years. I carry my camera on top of it and the head has taken a few spills. I am not sure a 6lb load is significant for a head rated at 44lb. I have found no reviews indicating this is anything but a well designed ball head. I do not understand your caution.
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    I recall reading somewhere that a few reported some minor issues using the p0 in portrait mode with certain camera/lens combinations in conjunction with interference near where the head attaches to the tripod and/or top of the legs. Unfortunately I don't recall the specifics, so if anyone has any feedbacks or concerns regarding this, would love to know more. Also looking forward to those newly purchasing the p0 and their experience with difference camera bodies & lenses. Vieri, very nice write-up, thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dchew View Post
    I pick up my P0 Hybrid this afternoon. Thank you all for the info. It will be interesting to see how I bond with this thing.

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    Yep - am interested to hear! Good luck!

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

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    Hi Matt,

    Thank you very much for your insights!

    How does the fit & finish compare? Do you have any reason to believe the longevity of the Novoflex would be less than the ocean systematic?

    Cheers,
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    Dan,

    The fit and finish of the Novoflex tripods, panning heads, and plates is first rate, with many clever ideas dedicated to ease of use. But then I've never had a Gitzo failure, either. If I'd seen the Gitzo Series 1 Traveler before yesterday, I probably would have done that instead. I liked the idea of Novoflex's modular system, and it was - I keep using this word - an indulgence. But I needed something lighter than my 5 lb. Gitzo, and, the Novoflex system lets me put together a 3 lb. tripod that feels comparable to similar weight Gitzo or RRS, and a 2.5 lb. tripod with head that isn't as tall (no center column, although Novoflex makes a weird 4 inch extension), but has about the same flex as the Gitzo Traveler above. The monopod conversion for a single leg and the 5 inch legs for low shots or up-against-the-wall positioning are actually useful.

    I'm not sure I answered your question, as I don't have enough hard usage with either system to make a judgement.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    My Cube has taken more damage from falls than the P0 has. The Cube has exposed knobs whose axles get bent and have to be hammered straight with a rock to keep turning.

    One great feature of the P0 is that when you loosen the ball, you are naturally supporting the camera, so it never flops dangerously.

    For portrait mode, I always use an L plate. I hate cameras hanging off the side of the head.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by D&A View Post
    I recall reading somewhere that a few reported some minor issues using the p0 in portrait mode with certain camera/lens combinations in conjunction with interference near where the head attaches to the tripod and/or top of the legs. Unfortunately I don't recall the specifics, so if anyone has any feedbacks or concerns regarding this, would love to know more. Also looking forward to those newly purchasing the p0 and their experience with difference camera bodies & lenses. Vieri, very nice write-up, thank you!

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    Dave, I shoot with a Pentax 645D. That second tripod socket for portrait orientation takes care of that.

    But it is a compact head. Yes, I can see moving a camera to a portrait orientation might have a problem depending on the tripod design and camera size. However, when I mount the 645D with the head tilted 90 degrees to take vertical panoramas, the camera rotates 180 degrees without interference. I also have no problem with a Fuji X Pro2 or a Nikon D800 with TS lenses. But as Matt points out, an L plate is an option, especially if you are going to take advantage of the panning head.

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    Dave, I shoot with a Pentax 645D. That second tripod socket for portrait orientation takes care of that.

    But it is a compact head. Yes, I can see moving a camera to a portrait orientation might have a problem depending on the tripod design and camera size. However, when I mount the 645D with the head tilted 90 degrees to take vertical panoramas, the camera rotates 180 degrees without interference. I also have no problem with a Fuji X Pro2 or a Nikon D800 with TS lenses. But as Matt points out, an L plate is an option, especially if you are going to take advantage of the panning head.
    Thanks for all the info Will, greatly appreciated. What? You shoot with a 645D? No kidding? LOL (as if I didn't know). In all seriousness, I use two seperate RRS dovetail plates for the 646Z as many do, so the p0 head shouldn't be an issue but with some lighter cameras like of the Leica M series or a Nikon DSLR, where I sometimes leave off their L bracket (for a variety of reasons), and just use a single Arca Swiss plate under the body, I wonder in those situations if I might run into some difficulty putting camera/lens into portrait mode by tilting head as a few other described. I guess it all depends on the camera body and lens being used.

    As an aside, they always run this commercial on the radio for adoption of shelter pets and in this one advertisement they have a cat talking in a human voice saying " humans have all these cool toys...adopt a shelter pet".
    Yep, this thread about this interesting head does reinforce the notion that we do indeed have cool toys .

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

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    My Cube has taken more damage from falls than the P0 has. The Cube has exposed knobs whose axles get bent and have to be hammered straight with a rock to keep turning.

    One great feature of the P0 is that when you loosen the ball, you are naturally supporting the camera, so it never flops dangerously.

    For portrait mode, I always use an L plate. I hate cameras hanging off the side of the head.

    -- Matt

    Matt,

    Using the PO, which L-Plate works best with the H5D? Thanks!
    Best regards,
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

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    Matt,

    Using the PO, which L-Plate works best with the H5D? Thanks!
    I'm sorry, I have no experience with the big Hasselblads. The three RRS L-plates I've used - Leica SL, Canon 1DsII, Leica S, have positioned the beasts securely in both orientations, so I would trust them first.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by dchew View Post
    I pick up my P0 Hybrid this afternoon. Thank you all for the info. It will be interesting to see how I bond with this thing.

    Dave
    Lucky you . My P0 will arrive mid next week .
    I will then mount my minicube 60 (the aluminium one) and call the result : "jotloob's hybrid mini 60" .
    Hahaha , can't wait .
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by MGrayson View Post
    I'm sorry, I have no experience with the big Hasselblads. The three RRS L-plates I've used - Leica SL, Canon 1DsII, Leica S, have positioned the beasts securely in both orientations, so I would trust them first.

    --Matt
    Thanks, Matt, apologies for phrasing the question incorrectly, actually that was the answer I was looking for... RRS L-Plates on the PO. I had one once before on my Nikon D bodies and I know they work fine with the H5D, I just didn't want to be stuck with only using the Arca one, although it may be as good or better.
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