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06-24-2013, 09:30 AM   #16
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This is not exactly what the OP was asking but here is my solution for storing and transporting the Promedia Katana gimbal attached to the Manfrotto 055.
Rifle cases aren't good to show in public around here so I leave the case in the car and just sling the setup over my shoulder when I need to walk with it.




I got it on sale at Turners for around $35 I think.
Here is the Amazon link Amazon.com: 45" RIFLE CASE with PISTOL POUCH: Sports & Outdoors

(Check out that moire from the Q )


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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
This is not exactly what the OP was asking but here is my solution for storing and transporting the Promedia Katana gimbal attached to the Manfrotto 055.
Rifle cases aren't good to show in public around here so I leave the case in the car and just sling the setup over my shoulder when I need to walk with it.





I got it on sale at Turners for around $35 I think.
Here is the Amazon link Amazon.com: 45" RIFLE CASE with PISTOL POUCH: Sports & Outdoors

(Check out that moire from the Q )
Very very nice. That ProMediaGear Gimbal sure is a sexy beast!!!

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Very very nice. That ProMediaGear Gimbal sure is a sexy beast!!!

Yes she is !
06-24-2013, 11:07 AM   #19
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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
Yes she is !
I LOVE mine. Probably one of the best things photographically I have ever bought.
It's sooooooooo nice to use.
I should be buying a second one soon for the husband.

You do realize you are missing the icing on the cake with your Manfrotto 055?

Manfrotto 555B Leveling Center Column - for 055 Pro and 3021



06-24-2013, 11:28 AM   #20
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The Katana is a joy to use, thanks for pointing me her way.

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You do realize you are missing the icing on the cake with your Manfrotto 055?
You are a very bad person trying to tempt me like that Looks like a good option.
I was considering getting a short column also, would the leveling head fit on a short column?
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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
The Katana is a joy to use, thanks for pointing me her way.


You are a very bad person trying to tempt me like that Looks like a good option.
I was considering getting a short column also, would the leveling head fit on a short column?
The leveling column is one complete unit. You can still use the column sideways in the tripod, but you can't make it shorter.

That being said, and knowing that I also have a machine shop, I *did* think about making a short version of the post, but I haven't gone that route yet.

That leveling post is awesome in that you don't have to fiddle with the tripod legs, and you can get perfect leveling as you move about.

To make matters worse, I also recommend the right angle adapter for the leveling post.

Manfrotto 553 Right Angle Bracket for Leveling Center Column 553

Yes, I know. I am a BAD person, and an enabler.
I just like to share what works.

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Here are some close-ups of some mods I did to use the leveling post.

Manfrotto 555B Modifications



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Thanks for the info Lauren. The mods you did look awesome, wish I had your talent, tools and patience.
I know there are times I would like the leveling capability so I will probably go with the post option or alternatively look for a short post and add the 438 bowl.
The head only provides 10 degrees vs 15 of the post version.
Manfrotto 438 Compact Leveling Head - Ball Camera Leveler - 438
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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
Thanks for the info Lauren. The mods you did look awesome, wish I had your talent, tools and patience.
I know there are times I would like the leveling capability so I will probably go with the post option or alternatively look for a short post and add the 438 bowl.
The head only provides 10 degrees vs 15 of the post version.
Manfrotto 438 Compact Leveling Head - Ball Camera Leveler - 438
I have the 438 too, and I hate it.
It does nothing sitting on a tripod I never use.
It's not very smooth and sticks when you try and position it.
I don't recommend the 438.

If you don't like the leveling post, send me a PM and I'll take it off your hands!

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Thanks for the 438 review, good feedback. I'll probably go with the column, now a matter of when.
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thanks for the great Idea crew1 I just ordered a shorter one for my tripod and gimble, 30"
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This is the gun case I ordered for my Tripod & Gimble head to hall in. It has a sleeve to slide the tripod into but I just have it sitting on top for the photo.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Fl_Gulfer Quote
This is the gun case I ordered for my Tripod & Gimble head to hall in. It has a sleeve to slide the tripod into but I just have it sitting on top for the photo.
Looks like it's gonna work great, Jack!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fl_Gulfer Quote
This is the gun case I ordered for my Tripod & Gimble head to hall in. It has a sleeve to slide the tripod into but I just have it sitting on top for the photo.
jack what tripod and gimbal do you use?
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My Tripod is the FEISOL CT-3441T CF , and it's just the inexpensive Gimble Head from ebay for $86.50. Gimbal Tripod Head BK 45 Specialized 1 4" Screw F Telephoto Lens Camera US SHIP | eBay The Tripod runs $319.00 here is the link for it.
New Feisol Tall Traveler at ReallyBigCameras.com With the RAL Anti-Rotation Legs it cost $414.00 but it wasn't out when I got mine 5 years ago.
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