Spread tripod legs

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Poch, Jul 10, 2003.

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    Poch Guest

    Are there any carbon fibre tripods where you can spread the legs wide open
    so that it can be used lying down for nature/macro photography?

    Poch, Jul 10, 2003
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: "Poch"
    Gitzo 1325 and 1348 for sure, the two I use (you want one of the Gitzos with
    the pie plate on top instead of the center column). Probably many of the
    others as well. The legs splay out so you can lay it flat.

    Bill Hilton, Jul 10, 2003
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    Mxsmanic Guest

    I believe a lot of Gitzo tripods can do this.
    Mxsmanic, Jul 10, 2003
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    Poch Guest


    How do these work when not splayed all the way out? Is there some sort of
    friction lock to keep the legs in place or are there several predetermined
    locking positions, is so how many? Thanks.

    Regards, Poch
    Poch, Jul 10, 2003
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    EDGY01 Guest

    << Are there any carbon fibre tripods where you can spread the legs wide open
    so that it can be used lying down for nature/macro photography? >><BR><BR>

    My Gitzo 1228 does that quite well. I use it with a shorter central column

    EDGY01, Jul 12, 2003
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    Bandicoot Guest

    [re-arranged into logical order]
    Bill is right abou these two 3 series tripods. Any Gitzo with "performance"
    in its full name (see the Gitzo website) has multiple leg angles. This
    includes both aluminium and CF models. The Explorer ones have infinitely
    adjustable leg angles.

    The 'standard' Gitzo performance tripod (ie. other than the explorers) has
    three leg angles preset. The 'normal' angle, an intermediate one, and one
    that is nearly out flat. (two legs at the flatest setting and the third at
    the intermediate one is very good for low level close-up work.)

    They work with a very simple mechanism that will take a lot of hard use.
    Normally the legs will open to the first position and stop, you then move a
    catch out a little and can move the leg to the next stop, or move the catch
    right out and the leg opens to the third stop position. When you fold the
    legs you can just push all the catches back to their 'rest' position and the
    tripod will again 'default' to the normal leg spread angle. Takes a great
    deal longer to explain badly than to grasp as soon as you see it.

    A centre column obviously gets in the way. With the "systematic" models -
    all series 4 and 5 and half of series 3 - you can swap out any column and
    use the 'pie-plate' Bill mentions. With other models you want to get a
    'rapid' column rather than a geared one - rapid means it works in the same
    way as the leg locks. This is because you can't remove a geared column
    easily, whereas the rapid one can be taken out very easily - you can then
    bolt a platform or head direct to the top, or else use one of the special
    short columns that are available.

    The bigger Gitzos are very stable at low levels.

    Manfrotto/Bogen also makes CF tripods with multiple angles - again there are
    three operated by a push button mechanism that is more complex and less
    robust than Gitzo's. The columns on these can be slid out and replaced by a
    flat plate; on two of the models you can also re-insert the column
    horizontally and slide it in and out. These are very nice too, though the
    Gitzos seem to have the edge in durability and ultimate stability.

    Bandicoot, Jul 12, 2003
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    Are there any carbon fibre tripods where you can spread the legs wide
    Dan, my wife uses a 1228 but it has a built-in center column so it won't splay
    out fully (ie, 90 degrees). Can you replace your center column on the 1228 or
    do you just not go totally flat?

    Bill Hilton, Jul 12, 2003
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