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02-22-2016, 01:16 PM   #1
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Quick release solution for tripod legs + head?

NOT a quick release for the camera, but a quick release for the tripod head itself.

Tripod legs have a standard 3/8" male thread on top. When using a gimbal head, I have to keep it separate from the pod for transport.
It's kinda of a pain to keep screwing it (pun intended) on and off.

Is there a quick release type solution for easy mounting and removal of said gimbal head from tripod?

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I haven't seen any. It would be less stable and less safe than screwing it in. How often do you need to unscrew it to transport? If going a short distance can't you leave them attached?
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QuoteOriginally posted by digital029art Quote
Is there a quick release type solution for easy mounting and removal of said gimbal head from tripod?
I use the same set of legs with two different heads and settled on buying a second center column. The heads are mated to a column and the combination swapped when I need to have a different head. The swap takes less than 20 seconds. I suggest simply pulling the center column for transport. If that is too bulky, use a short column.


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
I use the same set of legs with two different heads and settled on buying a second center column. The heads are mated to a column and the combination swapped when I need to have a different head. The swap takes less than 20 seconds. I suggest simply pulling the center column for transport. If that is too bulky, use a short column.
That's a great idea. I've kicked around the idea of getting a gimbal and put it off for a similar reason.

Only problem I see with that is it wouldn't work to switch to a monopod.

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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
I use the same set of legs with two different heads and settled on buying a second center column. The heads are mated to a column and the combination swapped when I need to have a different head. The swap takes less than 20 seconds. I suggest simply pulling the center column for transport. If that is too bulky, use a short column.
^^^^^ This. I have Manfrotto 055 sticks and bought a second, short, center column to mount my Gimbal head. Swapping columns is must faster then unscrewing the head itself.
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Thanks guys. I need to take the gimbal head off pretty much every time I use it. Otherwise the combo is too long and won't fit inside drybag nor kayak!
Center column idea is good except now I'd have another long item to carry. Space inside kayak is limited.
It needs to be solid to support about 15lbs (gimbal with 1000/8 K lens attached) !
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The short center column for my sirui 1205x is... 4 inches, maybe? I don't know that that qualifies as another long item. I'd think the tripod itself, plus the center column and gimbal, would take up less space than that bazooka of a lens.

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I'm sure if you try, you can get a set of Arca-Swiss clamp & plate and make it to work between the tripod & head.
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Thanks, I'm looking at the AS compatible options. Here's what I'm dealing with:

The tripod is an older but excellent Manfrotto 3068. It is 37" long and also weighs about 15lbs by itself and the center column doesn't come out without tools.

It ride in an extra long drybag lashed to the back deck of the kayak like this:


"Hubble Jr" is the gentle giant SMC 1000/8 K lens that's a little smaller and lighter. It just fits inside the front kayak hatch that can be seen here:
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Here's the setup in the wild:
Hubble Jr all dressed up! (click for more)


It's rock solid setup for me, I'm, pretty happy with it.
Just need to figure out a solid way to connect the legs with the gimbal!

Just for fun here's Hubble Jr with the Pentax Q (5600mm) at 225 meters:

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