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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by dave.gt View Post
    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.
    Just make sure you have the old-style Arca clamp and not the new mini one. Or replace it with a Novoflex or RRS clamp. Then you'll be fine with RRS L-plates.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by MGrayson View Post
    Just make sure you have the old-style Arca clamp and not the new mini one. Or replace it with a Novoflex or RRS clamp. Then you'll be fine with RRS L-plates.

    --Matt
    Great tip, thank you so much!
    Best regards,
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by D&A View Post
    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.
    Dave, I think it is more to do with the tripod design. The p0 is a very compact head. If you look at Veiri's image, you can see how a very broad tripod platform could interfere with a camera if the head is tilted 90 degrees. My Manfrotto, which you can see page 2 of this thread, has a much more compact platform (it also has that legendary 645D you have heard so much about ). I have used a D800 with a 45mm T/S lens on that in portrait with no problems. My X Pro2 is about the size of a Leica M, and I have not problems mounting that in portrait. If you are thinking about the hybrid version with the two goniometers on top, it would be even less of a problem, as the camera would be further from the ball.

    But if you want one, I would hurry. I think we have sold half a dozen p0's on this thread in about a week already...and I ain't sellin' mine!

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Hi Will,

    I think as you mentioned, there will be a run on p0 heads. May be a good time to invest in the company . I am not familar with the hybrid version with the two goniom, haven't head of it but will look into it. Appreciate though all the explanations and feedback and its looking more and more like I should be investing in this head. Then again I said the same thing about Beenie babies and Beta Max tape when first introduced..

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Initial thoughts on the P0 Hybrid

    Some background on my situation: I currently use two tripod systems, a 3-series RRS TVC-34L w/ A-S Cube and a 2-series RRS TVC-24L w/ BH-40. The 34L is the default for everything, while the 24L is used for backpacking or mixed travel.

    Weights of my options:
    BH-40: 445g
    P0: 365g
    P0h: 590g*
    D4g: 800g
    Cube: 1040g

    Here is the best site I found for A-S head comparison and weight info:
    https://www.arca-shop.de/en/tripod-heads-compared


    I had the geared D4 for a while, but never bonded with it. Although it is a great, full-featured head (geared and free-moving, dual panning above and below, etc.) there were a few things that kept me from using it much:
    1. The weight difference between the D4 and the Cube wasn’t as much as I liked
    2. The D4 is still fairly large in a pack. I like to remove the head from the tripod while strapped to a backpack on long hikes or multi-day trips.
    3. The free-moving feature is nice, but because you have to release each direction separately, I didn’t find it to be much quicker than simply cranking the geared knobs. I use L-Brackets, so someone flipping the D4 over for portrait orientation may find the free-moving knobs more useful.

    If I only had one tripod system the D4 might be The Goldilocks. But, because of all the above I found myself using the BH-40 on the 24L instead. The BH-40 checks the size & weight boxes, but it is still a ballhead, with all the non-geared ballhead issues.

    I’ve been intrigued by the original P0, but it too is still a ballhead. Enter the P0 Hybrid (P0h). My first impression came at the fedex pickup location. They handed me the box and I thought it might be empty! The P0h fixes two of the three D4 issues I had above. It’s half the weight of the Cube, and releasing it for free movement is as fast or faster than any ballhead. Grab and twist with your eyes closed. It really is the best of both worlds: Fast as a ballhead but without the frustrations, and as accurate as a geared head.

    Because the ball release is orientation-agnostic, you can position this head different ways to fit your style, hand positions and equipment. For example, I position the drop notch forward. With L-brackets (or the H/V mounting points on the STC), there is no need for me to drop the head 90 degrees left or right. I can position the drop notch forward and still have all the release and geared controls in a convenient orientation. This is how I currently have it oriented:



    There are some things that may or may not be a bother. There are heavy detents designed into the panning head every 90 degrees. I like this because I prefer to orient pitch and roll so I can adjust one without affecting the other. People who use the panning feature a lot may find these detents annoying. There are also detents on the zero angle positions for pitch and roll. This does bug me a bit. I don’t understand the need and it makes it more difficult to fine tune close to zero because it wants to drop into the detent. A minor nit-pick for sure.

    There are a few other things I am not thrilled with:
    • I have been using the RRS quick release system to easily remove or swap heads. The base of the P0h is slightly too large for the RRS DVTL-40. I either have to turn down the lip on the DVTL-40 in a lathe, or come up with another way to remove the head other than screwing and unscrewing every time. I’m curious if anyone else has tried this: “ARCA-SWISS Quiklink tripod head mount”. Could be an elegant answer to this problem.
    • Although there are no reports of stability problems, I do wish the center post was shorter and/or had a larger diameter. It doesn’t appear to be a problem, but having a 1” long stem 1/2” in diameter is a little unnerving. By comparison, the BH-40 stem is thicker (9/16) and only 3/8” long. And the BH-40 is by no means a beefy ballhead. As Howard pointed out several posts above, we always say center columns are a no-no and this is no different than having a 1/2” center column permanently extended 1” off the base. Again, no one has complained about stability, and if it is good enough for Victor I am sure it will be good enough for me.

    All in all, my first impressions are very positive. In fact, at ~500 grams lighter than the cube I better be careful: This might replace the cube as my standard on either tripod…

    Dave
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Dave , I envy you . Looks great with the SONY A7R . I have the same in mind for my A7II .

    Looking at www.arca-swiss-magasin.com I find a bit different weight figures for the P0 and P0 hybrid , which make more sense . P0 (no clamp) 320gr. P0 hybrid classic 590gr .
    The weight figures from the ARCA-SHOP would indicate a weight of just 135gr. for the goniometer module .
    I can not believe that .
    Impatiently waiting for my P0 . My own "classic clamp" is waiting .
    Regards . Jürgen .
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Dave

    I use the RRS QUICK RELEASE SYSTEM on top of all my tripods (5) and subsequent all my heads have a QR-PLATE .
    The P0 base plate has a diameter of a lttle less than 60mm and I have already prepared a 60mm disc (10mm thick , 3/8 thread ) with a QR-Plate mounted . Then I can mount the P0 on all my tripods just in a second .
    I will show an image when the P0 has arrived .
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    My beloved Gitzo GT3542LOS Ocean Systematic is for sale here.

    I'm keen to try the Novoflex Triopods now that I'm not shooting large or medium format anymore.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by thrice View Post
    My beloved Gitzo GT3542LOS Ocean Systematic is for sale here.

    I'm keen to try the Novoflex Triopods now that I'm not shooting large or medium format anymore.
    In the spirit of Dante: https://www.getdpi.com/forum/gear-fs...-3-series.html
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by kdphotography View Post
    Ah, this is so nice... you are killing me with that tripod. Thanks!
    Best regards,
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by dchew View Post


    . . . . . . . . . . .
    There are a few other things I am not thrilled with:
    • I have been using the RRS quick release system to easily remove or swap heads. The base of the P0h is slightly too large for the RRS DVTL-40. I either have to turn down the lip on the DVTL-40 in a lathe, or come up with another way to remove the head other than screwing and unscrewing every time. I’m curious if anyone else has tried this: “ARCA-SWISS Quiklink tripod head mount”. Could be an elegant answer to this problem.
    • Although there are no reports of stability problems, I do wish the center post was shorter and/or had a larger diameter. It doesn’t appear to be a problem, but having a 1” long stem 1/2” in diameter is a little unnerving. By comparison, the BH-40 stem is thicker (9/16) and only 3/8” long. And the BH-40 is by no means a beefy ballhead. As Howard pointed out several posts above, we always say center columns are a no-no and this is no different than having a 1/2” center column permanently extended 1” off the base. Again, no one has complained about stability, and if it is good enough for Victor I am sure it will be good enough for me.

    All in all, my first impressions are very positive. In fact, at ~500 grams lighter than the cube I better be careful: This might replace the cube as my standard on either tripod…

    Dave
    Dave

    My P0 has arrived and my classic clamp on top fits very well and looks just great .
    Image will follow .

    As for the bottom (QR SYSTEM) , I have two own solutions . They are stable but they don't look nice .
    So i have been searching for something nicer . The ARCA Quick Link Set would mean a new QR system .
    So I decided against it . But what I think , a good solution is the ARCA slim plate . 802208 .
    It is a square plate and the diagonal is exactly the same as the diameter of the P0 foot .
    IMO , this will be the smallest QR solution . That little thing is on order .
    Regards . Jürgen .
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Here my ARCA-SWISS P0 .
    The bottom plate is made out of an old NOVOFLEX profile bar . It can be used with all classic clamps but also with the RRS quick release system clamp , which I use on all my tripods .

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    The top clamp can take all ARCA and NOVOFLEX plates as well as some of my RRS plates .
    Total weight is 485 gramms .
    Regards . Jürgen .
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by MGrayson View Post
    Just make sure you have the old-style Arca clamp and not the new mini one. Or replace it with a Novoflex or RRS clamp. Then you'll be fine with RRS L-plates.

    --Matt
    I've come to love the Monoball P0 ... my favorite head for all around use. I've been using the 801211 model (just the 1/4" and 3/8" stud) with a Really Right Stuff QR clamp but I found it somewhat awkward. Since I bought it, the 801214 "Monoball p0 with quickset classic" model was introduced. I just bought one of those so I now have the ability to use all my standard Arca-Swiss type plates from RRS, Kirk, FOBA, and Acratech. If you want a quick release lever and the same compatibility, you need the 801215 "Monoball p0 quickset FlipLock" model.

    The 801214 QR clamp is much better in use than fitting a clamp onto the stud.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    I've come to love the Monoball P0 ... my favorite head for all around use. I've been using the 801211 model (just the 1/4" and 3/8" stud) with a Really Right Stuff QR clamp but I found it somewhat awkward. Since I bought it, the 801214 "Monoball p0 with quickset classic" model was introduced. I just bought one of those so I now have the ability to use all my standard Arca-Swiss type plates from RRS, Kirk, FOBA, and Acratech. If you want a quick release lever and the same compatibility, you need the 801215 "Monoball p0 quickset FlipLock" model.

    The 801214 QR clamp is much better in use than fitting a clamp onto the stud.

    G
    Godfrey, I'm curious about why using the p0 fitted with an RRS QR clamp was "somewhat awkward". I've got the 801214 model and have been debating whether to have the classic clamp swapped with an RRS lever clamp (by Precision Camera). Is there a fit issue or does some part of the RRS clamp interfere with the operation of the p0? Thanks in advance.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Colson View Post
    Godfrey, I'm curious about why using the p0 fitted with an RRS QR clamp was "somewhat awkward". I've got the 801214 model and have been debating whether to have the classic clamp swapped with an RRS lever clamp (by Precision Camera). Is there a fit issue or does some part of the RRS clamp interfere with the operation of the p0? Thanks in advance.
    There are some minor issues with getting it secured properly on the stud without using one of the harder to remove thread locking compounds. I'm not sure why, but with the usual Loctite Blue, it comes loose fairly often. It otherwise fits fairly well, although it is a somewhere more rectangular shape and with one of my sets of legs that has the reverse-fold mechanism it makes it a bit fussy to fold up the legs to use the tripod's bag.

    Also, the rotation lock becomes a little difficult to use in certain orientations of the clamp and base. This is true of the classic clamp too.

    I bought the classic clamp rather than the FlipLoc to ensure compatibility with all plates .. I have had problems in the past with Novoflex plates, in particular, using lever action clamps. Sometimes they fit and other times not.

    Nothing's perfect, of course. I like the compactness and simplicity of using the new head with its integrated classic clamp. I wish the knob were a little larger diameter and had a rubberized surface... such it is.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by jotloob View Post
    Here my ARCA-SWISS P0 .
    The bottom plate is made out of an old NOVOFLEX profile bar . It can be used with all classic clamps but also with the RRS quick release system clamp , which I use on all my tripods .

    <snip>

    The top clamp can take all ARCA and NOVOFLEX plates as well as some of my RRS plates .
    Total weight is 485 gramms .
    Jürgen, I don't recognize the top clamp. Is that an Arca-Swiss or RRS clamp?

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Colson View Post
    Jürgen, I don't recognize the top clamp. Is that an Arca-Swiss or RRS clamp?

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    The clamp is neither ARCA nor RRS . It is a MENG's or LEOFOTO clamp . Very stable , and the only one with 60mm
    diameter . There are many clamps with just 58mm or 62mm , 65mm . And I wanted a 60mm clamp , because it looks much nicer when the diameters fit .
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Colson View Post
    Jürgen, I don't recognize the top clamp. Is that an Arca-Swiss or RRS clamp?
    Quote Originally Posted by jotloob View Post
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    The clamp is neither ARCA nor RRS . It is a MENG's or LEOFOTO clamp . Very stable , and the only one with 60mm
    diameter . There are many clamps with just 58mm or 62mm , 65mm . And I wanted a 60mm clamp , because it looks much nicer when the diameters fit .
    It seems to be the same as this one I found on Ebay, offered by seller Austin.Leit:
    Quick Release Clamp Adapter

    The only MENG's I found that looks similar is the DR-55a, which lists a 55mm diameter.

    I'm beginning to think that a couple of short securing bolts on the RRS lever-action clamp will solve the loosening and rotation problem. Its got two beveled, threaded bosses on the sides of the main threaded mounting that would allow a short bolt to wedge against the P0's rotating part. I'm going to call RRS and see if they have a pair of suitable bolts to use in stock.

    (I was going to sell the plain head and RRS clamp, but if I can stop the rotation I have no problem keeping it for my other tripod legs and I'll sell the my other heads instead ... I'll have an Acratech GP and an Ultimate Ball Head, and a Markins Q3 Emilié, that I'm not using. Although the GP is a very nice head all in its own right. Decisions, decisions...)

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Have a look for MENGs DM-60 . 3/8" . That's what is printed on the clamp .
    You might find other clamps by just using DM-60 as a search argument .
    Have a look , what the bottom looks like , to see that it can be mounted .

    I have the impression , that there is only one company in CHINA producing accessories like these and they are sold under different names . I might be wrong here . Sometimes , they look slightly different only , but seem to be in fact the same or similar part .
    You can mount that DM-60 directly , without the blue ring , I made . You then only need a 8-10mm 3/8" threaded bolt . Stainless , if you want .
    My solution required a longer bolt . 14mm , which I made of brass .

    I can't disassemble the top of my P0 anymore , to show you how its done , since I already have secured all screws with LOCTITE .
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    Thanks! I found the "MENG's DM-60 Arca-Swiss clamp" with a google search and compared it against the one I found on Ebay with the address posted above. They are the same clamp based on the photos presented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jotloob View Post
    Have a look for MENGs DM-60 . 3/8" . That's what is printed on the clamp .
    You might find other clamps by just using DM-60 as a search argument .
    Have a look , what the bottom looks like , to see that it can be mounted .

    I have the impression , that there is only one company in CHINA producing accessories like these and they are sold under different names . I might be wrong here . Sometimes , they look slightly different only , but seem to be in fact the same or similar part .
    You can mount that DM-60 directly , without the blue ring , I made . You then only need a 8-10mm 3/8" threaded bolt . Stainless , if you want .
    My solution required a longer bolt . 14mm , which I made of brass .

    I can't disassemble the top of my P0 anymore , to show you how its done , since I already have secured all screws with LOCTITE .

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    Thanks! I found the "MENG's DM-60 Arca-Swiss clamp" with a google search and compared it against the one I found on Ebay with the address posted above. They are the same clamp based on the photos presented.

    G
    I found it here and placed an order. It's damned cheap compared to any RRS clamp and looks a perfect mate for the p0. The classic clamp on the p0 doesn't come off easily so I may return it and buy the one without a clamp. Or not.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Joe

    If you want to use any ARCA or NOVOFLEX plates on the MENGs DM-60 , you need to do a minor modification .
    I have sent Godfrey a PM about the modification . Will try to pass it on to you .

    Jürgen .
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    I've come to love the Monoball P0 ... my favorite head for all around use. I've been using the 801211 model (just the 1/4" and 3/8" stud) with a Really Right Stuff QR clamp but I found it somewhat awkward. Since I bought it, the 801214 "Monoball p0 with quickset classic" model was introduced. I just bought one of those so I now have the ability to use all my standard Arca-Swiss type plates from RRS, Kirk, FOBA, and Acratech. If you want a quick release lever and the same compatibility, you need the 801215 "Monoball p0 quickset FlipLock" model.

    The 801214 QR clamp is much better in use than fitting a clamp onto the stud.

    G
    Godfrey, I also have the P0 with the classic fliplock which I really do like. This fliplock gets a lot of bad press which is unfounded. I have found it to be bullet proof and I trust anything attached to it ( $50,000.00 + ) safe. I have used the classic screw type quick release but found the knob to be less than desirable especially compared to the knob used by Acratech which is a dream to use. If I could replace the knob on the Arca with the one on the Acra then I would use the classic screw quick release. All in all the P0 is really nice to use and I have used it with me on my current trip to the Tetons with excellent resuts.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by jotloob View Post
    Joe

    If you want to use any ARCA or NOVOFLEX plates on the MENGs DM-60 , you need to do a minor modification .
    I have sent Godfrey a PM about the modification . Will try to pass it on to you .

    Jürgen .
    Jürgen sent me this:

    Quote Originally Posted by jotloob
    If you buy the MENGs DM-60 and you want to use ARCA or NOVOFLEX QR plates , then
    you must do a minor modification to the clamp . Not to the plates ! ! ! .

    On the left and right side of the clamp bottom you can see a kind of small "platform"
    10mm wide all along the clamp . (please excuse my bad english) you must raise this by 0,4mm . Have a close look to my image and you will see a black stripe on each side .

    They are glued on by using a two component glue from HENKEL . Called STABILIT EXPRESS . If you need these stripes , I can send them to you .

    A two side adhesive tape is of no use , when it is warm .
    Best . Jürgen .
    I achieved the same result using a Novoflex ASTAT-NEX with the RRS clamp by rubber-cementing a fitted piece of 300gsm printing paper to the bottom of the 'plate' ... The goal is to simply raise the height of the taper by a small fraction of a mm to allow enough pressure to bear upon it. The paper and rubber cement solution was quickly removable with a razor blade when I sold the ASTAT-NEX, and left it clean "as new."

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by vjbelle View Post
    Godfrey, I also have the P0 with the classic fliplock which I really do like. This fliplock gets a lot of bad press which is unfounded. I have found it to be bullet proof and I trust anything attached to it ( $50,000.00 + ) safe. I have used the classic screw type quick release but found the knob to be less than desirable especially compared to the knob used by Acratech which is a dream to use. If I could replace the knob on the Arca with the one on the Acra then I would use the classic screw quick release. All in all the P0 is really nice to use and I have used it with me on my current trip to the Tetons with excellent resuts.
    Good to know, thank you.
    Yes, the Acratech knob is much nicer than the Arca-Swiss knob...

    I found a solution to the RRS lever-action clamp's tendency to loosen yesterday. The RRS clamp has two auxiliary threaded holes next to the securing center hole. These inscribe a circle smaller than the rotating center portion of the P0 head. A pair of 1/4-20 x 5/16" grub screws with an 1/8" hex head will thread into the clamp and lock it securely in place. Problem solved ...! Why I didn't think of it before I don't know.

    Now to decide whether to keep the classic clamp version as well for my other legs, or to keep the Acratech GP head... Decisions, decisions!

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    The Novoflex screw clamp is very pleasant to use due to a double thread - it tightens with fewer turns. I worry that this design would facilitate accidental loosening of the clamp, but I've never heard of this happening. I have no problems with the Arca flip lock, except the modern one has too many sharp corners to accommodate the smaller locking system. The RRS lever clamp is easy and comfortable, so I use that on the P0.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Really looking forward to a new mini cube 60 from AS too.
    I love gear head too.

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    This leveler , part number 860102 is cancelled . Waiting for the new model .

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    It would be nice to have some input/confirmation from Rod Klukas on the potential for a new mini AS Cube 60....

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    I’m having Precision Camera swap the Arca-Swiss classic screw clamp on my p0 for an RRS lever clamp (B2-LR-II). I should have it back tomorrow. I highly recommend Bob Watkins and the folks at Precision Camera for clamp swaps on Arca-Swiss heads.

    Just found this SunwayFoto clamp:

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...clamp_for.html

    It appears to be similar (nearly identical) to the Meng’s clamp mentioned earlier.

    And someone who’s selling the p0 with SunwayFoto clamp attached on eBay at a decent price:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Arca-Swiss-M...wAAOSwi7RZNiZu

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Colson View Post
    I’m having Precision Camera swap the Arca-Swiss classic screw clamp on my p0 for an RRS lever clamp (B2-LR-II). I should have it back tomorrow. I highly recommend Bob Watkins and the folks at Precision Camera for clamp swaps on Arca-Swiss heads.

    Just found this SunwayFoto clamp:

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...clamp_for.html

    It appears to be similar (nearly identical) to the Meng’s clamp mentioned earlier.

    And someone who’s selling the p0 with SunwayFoto clamp attached on eBay at a decent price:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Arca-Swiss-M...wAAOSwi7RZNiZu

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    Wow, thanks, Joe!
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Wondering if it is much smaller than D4 & the Linhoff cube.
    Would be great if u have a photo put them side by side compare.


    Quote Originally Posted by dchew View Post
    Initial thoughts on the P0 Hybrid

    Some background on my situation: I currently use two tripod systems, a 3-series RRS TVC-34L w/ A-S Cube and a 2-series RRS TVC-24L w/ BH-40. The 34L is the default for everything, while the 24L is used for backpacking or mixed travel.

    Weights of my options:
    BH-40: 445g
    P0: 365g
    P0h: 590g*
    D4g: 800g
    Cube: 1040g

    Here is the best site I found for A-S head comparison and weight info:
    https://www.arca-shop.de/en/tripod-heads-compared


    I had the geared D4 for a while, but never bonded with it. Although it is a great, full-featured head (geared and free-moving, dual panning above and below, etc.) there were a few things that kept me from using it much:
    1. The weight difference between the D4 and the Cube wasn’t as much as I liked
    2. The D4 is still fairly large in a pack. I like to remove the head from the tripod while strapped to a backpack on long hikes or multi-day trips.
    3. The free-moving feature is nice, but because you have to release each direction separately, I didn’t find it to be much quicker than simply cranking the geared knobs. I use L-Brackets, so someone flipping the D4 over for portrait orientation may find the free-moving knobs more useful.

    If I only had one tripod system the D4 might be The Goldilocks. But, because of all the above I found myself using the BH-40 on the 24L instead. The BH-40 checks the size & weight boxes, but it is still a ballhead, with all the non-geared ballhead issues.

    I’ve been intrigued by the original P0, but it too is still a ballhead. Enter the P0 Hybrid (P0h). My first impression came at the fedex pickup location. They handed me the box and I thought it might be empty! The P0h fixes two of the three D4 issues I had above. It’s half the weight of the Cube, and releasing it for free movement is as fast or faster than any ballhead. Grab and twist with your eyes closed. It really is the best of both worlds: Fast as a ballhead but without the frustrations, and as accurate as a geared head.

    Because the ball release is orientation-agnostic, you can position this head different ways to fit your style, hand positions and equipment. For example, I position the drop notch forward. With L-brackets (or the H/V mounting points on the STC), there is no need for me to drop the head 90 degrees left or right. I can position the drop notch forward and still have all the release and geared controls in a convenient orientation. This is how I currently have it oriented:



    There are some things that may or may not be a bother. There are heavy detents designed into the panning head every 90 degrees. I like this because I prefer to orient pitch and roll so I can adjust one without affecting the other. People who use the panning feature a lot may find these detents annoying. There are also detents on the zero angle positions for pitch and roll. This does bug me a bit. I don’t understand the need and it makes it more difficult to fine tune close to zero because it wants to drop into the detent. A minor nit-pick for sure.

    There are a few other things I am not thrilled with:
    • I have been using the RRS quick release system to easily remove or swap heads. The base of the P0h is slightly too large for the RRS DVTL-40. I either have to turn down the lip on the DVTL-40 in a lathe, or come up with another way to remove the head other than screwing and unscrewing every time. I’m curious if anyone else has tried this: “ARCA-SWISS Quiklink tripod head mount”. Could be an elegant answer to this problem.
    • Although there are no reports of stability problems, I do wish the center post was shorter and/or had a larger diameter. It doesn’t appear to be a problem, but having a 1” long stem 1/2” in diameter is a little unnerving. By comparison, the BH-40 stem is thicker (9/16) and only 3/8” long. And the BH-40 is by no means a beefy ballhead. As Howard pointed out several posts above, we always say center columns are a no-no and this is no different than having a 1/2” center column permanently extended 1” off the base. Again, no one has complained about stability, and if it is good enough for Victor I am sure it will be good enough for me.

    All in all, my first impressions are very positive. In fact, at ~500 grams lighter than the cube I better be careful: This might replace the cube as my standard on either tripod…

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayyen View Post
    Wondering if it is much smaller than D4 & the Linhoff cube.
    Would be great if u have a photo put them side by side compare.
    Mine should have arrive at my office by now, I'll go pick it up by Friday and try to shoot a side by side image in the weekend with the Linhof 3D micro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beano_z View Post
    Mine should have arrive at my office by now, I'll go pick it up by Friday and try to shoot a side by side image in the weekend with the Linhof 3D micro.
    Is the Arca-Swiss P0 Hybrid actually shipping now? I just saw a write up and picture of it from the A-S announcement. Looks fantastic... I couldn't find it on the B&H website...

    thx,
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    Hah, an email answered my question. Rod Klukas says the p0 is shipping, and he has it in stock. I think I need to shuffle some equipment around.... ;-)

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    The p0 Hybrid might be an ideal melding of geared head and ball head. I guess I'll find out. I have a bunch of tabletop to do and that should give it a workout.

    I'm going to keep my original p0, working great now with the set screws on the RRS clamp, and sell my Markins and Acratech heads. The second p0 is on its way back to B&H now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayyen View Post
    Wondering if it is much smaller than D4 & the Linhoff cube.
    Would be great if u have a photo put them side by side compare.
    So the answer is sadly "no", it feels just a little bit smaller, or I should say, a little less substantial than de Linhof 3D micro. The P0 is taller than de 3D micro, and also taller than de ARCA D4. You might notice that I have a QR plate on both the heads in the image, so it remains a fair comparison I guess.

    Also, surprisingly, even though the P0 is a few hundred grams lighter on paper, it certainly did't feel that much of a difference. But having said that, it's not all bad, you'll have to consider that the P0 hybrid achieves two functions all by itself, levelling and fine-tuning, whereas I would need to add a levelling base to the Linhof to get the same functionality, which would then make it much heavier overall (I'm using the RRS TA-3 levelling base, which is almost 350g even without the clamp).

    At the moment, I have a makeshift quick release system on the P0 and the new RRS TFC-14, made with parts I had laying around the house. It's not as good looking as some of you have here, but it certainly works and uses up some old parts which were just sitting there gathering dust.

    So conclusion for me is, this setup (P0 hybrid with QR clamp and plate) would be about 700g ~ 800g lighter over my other setup which is the Linhof 3D micro plus RRS levelling bas, QR clamp and plate. And add to that the weigh savings of about 1kg between the RRS TFC-14 over the Gitzo 4552TS, I'm looking at almost 2kg less to carry and just sacrificing a little bit in height.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Just a regular P0. The hybrid, while a really neat design, seems to be the antithesis of the P0, which is a compact, light ball head. The goniometers seem to double its height.

    Oddly enough, I took some P0 porn this weekend. This thread really needs pictures.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Im still saying if the p0 hybrid would have a level and pano phase between the ball and geared pared it would be perfect. Or even better two mini cubes stacked or even better a mini cube and a geared part if only one direction.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Okay, I've now added a p0 Hybrid and a pair of QuickLinks to my tripod kit. This is now a very versatile and quick operating kit!

    The legs are a set of lightweight Manfrottos and a taller, higher load rating set of Feisols. They weigh about the same. The Manfrottos has flip-lock style leg locks with a fast mechanism to flip the column horizontal: a quick field tripod and good general purpose workhorse. The Feisols has twist lock style legs, provide about a foot more elevation, and double the rated capacity. They fold down smaller for travel too, can fit in my rollaway bag. A bit slower in operation..

    The p0 Hybrid has a different set of strengths compared to the p0. I especially like how precisely and easily I can adjust the framing with my larger, longer, heavier lenses (like the Leica SL90-280mm). It's much faster when you're trying to be precise for endeavors like table top with these kinds of lenses, or with high magnifications on a macro setup. The regular p0 is great for fast field work with shorter and wider lenses, and also for doing full-circle panoramas given that it has no detents on the panning platform. From a use and workflow point of view, I really like having two heads with the same main controls rather than having to remember how to work with two heads that have radically different control designs.

    The QuickLink mount is essentially a pair of breech-lock mount and mounting plate units that allow me to quickly swap the heads from one set of legs to the other, and/or carry the heads separately in a padded pouch for protection in travel. They add about four ounces or so to the total tripod weight and a little bulk to the top of the column or triple clamp. They're very convenient and make it much easier to switch from one head to the other for different shooting needs.

    All in all, a bit of expense but a big win in terms of overall system convenience and usability. Now to gather up the other heads (Markins Q3, Acratech Ultimate Ball Head, and Acratech GP) and put them up for sale to recoup a portion of this expense.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    dchew said:
    There are heavy detents designed into the panning head every 90 degrees. I like this because I prefer to orient pitch and roll so I can adjust one without affecting the other. People who use the panning feature a lot may find these detents annoying. There are also detents on the zero angle positions for pitch and roll. This does bug me a bit. I don’t understand the need and it makes it more difficult to fine tune close to zero because it wants to drop into the detent.
    The detents on the pitch and roll adjustments, at least on mine, are very light and don't get in the way of precise adjustment.

    The heavy detents on the panning platform are a bother—they actually do get in the way occasionally. I've asked A-S whether there is a way to disable them. So far, the quick word back is positive but I'm waiting for more information. Will report back when I hear more.

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    I've now had an opportunity to use my P0 with numerous tripod/lens combinations and have given up on any of the lighter tripods and..... am cautious with the P0 with my longest lens. What I have found is that when using my 180mm lens even the slightest hint of a movement - as when pressing the loupe againse the LCD screen - can cause the image to jump/shake when in live view and it becomes very, very difficult to focus properly and accurately. This is 90% due to tripod stability and because of this I have gone back to my GT3541. I had the newer Gitzo Traveler 2 which was very light and seemed strong but was impossible to use with my 180mm lens. I had really wanted to shed as much weight as possible but the trade off is just too great. I have also found that there is a difference between using the Cube vs the P0 when using my 180mm lens. I have to be a little more careful with the P0 as it seems to slightly transmit movement more than the cube. The Cube is really rock solid but weighs 1.4 lbs more then the P0 and when adding that to the additional weight of the tripod itself the entire assembly gets fairly heavy. On my next trip I will take both heads and am hoping I can use the P0 most of the time. I'll be in Tuscany the Dolomites and Venice so everything will have a good workout.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    I have been using my P0 extensive in the last three days . I like the weight and the handling is reasonable .
    I had to get used to fix the camera position by just turning the adjustment ring and that I have to level the camera
    by moving the camera in the two level axis at the same time . The P0 hybrid will help here but makes the whole
    tripod head too high . IMO .
    My conclusion , I really prefer my MINICUBE , which you can see in post #155 .
    Is the AS P0 an other technical item for my glas cabinet ? ? ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vjbelle View Post
    I've now had an opportunity to use my P0 with numerous tripod/lens combinations and have given up on any of the lighter tripods and..... am cautious with the P0 with my longest lens. What I have found is that when using my 180mm lens even the slightest hint of a movement - as when pressing the loupe againse the LCD screen - can cause the image to jump/shake when in live view and it becomes very, very difficult to focus properly and accurately. This is 90% due to tripod stability and because of this I have gone back to my GT3541. I had the newer Gitzo Traveler 2 which was very light and seemed strong but was impossible to use with my 180mm lens. I had really wanted to shed as much weight as possible but the trade off is just too great. I have also found that there is a difference between using the Cube vs the P0 when using my 180mm lens. I have to be a little more careful with the P0 as it seems to slightly transmit movement more than the cube. The Cube is really rock solid but weighs 1.4 lbs more then the P0 and when adding that to the additional weight of the tripod itself the entire assembly gets fairly heavy. On my next trip I will take both heads and am hoping I can use the P0 most of the time. I'll be in Tuscany the Dolomites and Venice so everything will have a good workout.

    Victor
    It's perhaps not too surprising that with the camera perched on top of a somewhat skinny and tall post, the P0 might not be suitable for shooting with a long lens except in the calmest of conditions. At the CI Bluff 2017 workshop we saw that the D4 mounted on a 2-series RRS tripod w/leveling base had trouble holding the XF w/240mm steady enough to get a clean shot out in the field. By contrast the Cube proved to be as solid as the brick that it is, albeit at a significant weight penalty. I guess there really is no such thing as a free lunch...

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    I don't spend an awful lot of time out in a field in windy conditions, but I've had no problems with 180mm, 250mm, and 500mm lenses mounted on the p0 and a set of Feisol CT3442 legs, same with an old set of Bogen 3021 legs. The Manfrotto 090 series legs I have are a bit light for those lenses and show evidence of some motion unless I'm very careful.

    Same goes for the SL90-280 that I'm just testing now on the p0 Hybrid head.

    So ... I think it's the legs more than the head, up to some point, that cause instability. I've long ago given up on the manufacturers' ratings for their legs...

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    No problem with the 240ls with the d4 and a gitzo 2 series or 1 series tripod. I for one think legs are overrated. If there is real wind there is wind and even my gitzo 5 isn't solid enough with the d4. In normal conditions, even the small Gitzos work very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jng View Post
    It's perhaps not too surprising that with the camera perched on top of a somewhat skinny and tall post, the P0 might not be suitable for shooting with a long lens except in the calmest of conditions. At the CI Bluff 2017 workshop we saw that the D4 mounted on a 2-series RRS tripod w/leveling base had trouble holding the XF w/240mm steady enough to get a clean shot out in the field. By contrast the Cube proved to be as solid as the brick that it is, albeit at a significant weight penalty. I guess there really is no such thing as a free lunch...

    John
    It wasn't the weather conditions that I was concerned about but rather the stability of the head/tripod so that I could focus properly in live view at 100% pixels. ANY connection with the camera caused the image to move causing an extremely difficult environment for focusing properly. This was with the P0 on a Gitzo Series 2 traveler with the newest legs. In contrast with the Cube on a 3541 everything became stabilized and focus was easy. The 180mm Schneider Digitar in Copal 0 adds minimal weight to my system which stays fairly constant regardless of lens at about 6 lbs.

    Anyway..... If three extra pounds means the difference between sharp and unfocused then I'll carry an extra 3 pounds.

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by bensonga View Post
    This is not an artistic photo worthy of these two beauties....but I finally bought a Cube. A friend of mine bought it new last Fall, replaced the AS clamp with a RRS clamp and then bought a new Ries J-100 tripod with the Jatoba wood and brass knobs to put it on. He decided to sell the Cube and Ries recently. He bought the Cube/Ries for use with a 4x5 camera but decided he doesn't have time for it. I just couldn't resist this combination and saved about $800 vs buying the whole kit new. Still expensive of course, but what the heck, it's worth a try.

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    Gary, I gotta tell you I love this setup!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vjbelle View Post
    It wasn't the weather conditions that I was concerned about but rather the stability of the head/tripod so that I could focus properly in live view at 100% pixels. ANY connection with the camera caused the image to move causing an extremely difficult environment for focusing properly. This was with the P0 on a Gitzo Series 2 traveler with the newest legs. In contrast with the Cube on a 3541 everything became stabilized and focus was easy. The 180mm Schneider Digitar in Copal 0 adds minimal weight to my system which stays fairly constant regardless of lens at about 6 lbs.

    Anyway..... If three extra pounds means the difference between sharp and unfocused then I'll carry an extra 3 pounds.

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    And now you can also try the cube on serie 2 and the p0 on serie 3 just to see where the vibration come from ... interested by your finding

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

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    And now you can also try the cube on serie 2 and the p0 on serie 3 just to see where the vibration come from ... interested by your finding
    The tripod is the major contributor of instability. The P0 on my series 3 tripod is much more stable albeit not as stable as the Cube. I no longer have the series 2 Traveler as it has been returned. My 3 section series 1 tripod is very similar stability wise to the series 2 Traveler and does not benefit from the additional mass of the Cube. I use the 180mm a lot for landscapes and this is where stability issues really show up. I'm usually trying to focus on something that may be 1000 or more feet away and at that distance nothing can move.

    Victor

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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    This weekend, I spent some time and re-read this entire informative thread and I have learned a lot! Yet, I have this nagging feeling that the elephant has been ignored... what are the best choices for an affordable tripod to match with the Cube?

    The Cube is very expensive, so in order to keep the hemorrhaging under control, surely there is a good match for the Cube and H5D that is less than $1k.
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    Re: The great tripod & head thread!

    Dave,

    I suspect that the tripod/head chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Cutting corners on the tripod won't be cured by putting a Cube on top. I think the legs are more important than the head.

    Steve

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