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Old September 10th, 2003, 08:04 AM   #1
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Who else has customized their tripods? I'm leaning towards a Vinten head, and Miller sticks w/ midspreader. I think Vinten's $700 mid spreader price is beyond rediculous, and you must buy it seperately (no kits with the mid). So to save a chunk of change, customizing it sounds like a good idea.

I'm assuming all 75mm bowls are made equal? That's my only concern, I mean it's just a ring the head sits/clamps on to, right?
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Old September 10th, 2003, 08:36 AM   #2
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You shouldn't have any problem combining different parts. The reason it's not done more often is that many models get a kit price. Buying parts separately may add slightly to the overall cost. However, you get a system that may better suit your needs and budget.
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Old September 10th, 2003, 10:56 AM   #3
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Yes Jeff, there's discounted pricing when buying the complete kit, but I can't believe Vinten would sell their mid spreaders for that price. I think I'm saving a lot of $ going the customized route in this case.
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Old September 10th, 2003, 11:02 AM   #4
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I would think so too, Andrew. $700 is an extreme amount in my opinion. Your better off doing what your doing.
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Old September 12th, 2003, 06:43 AM   #5
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Andrew, let us know when you get your tripod, that's a good idea I've given little thought to - I might follow in your steps now that you've brought it up...

Another small caveat to the custom route is that you have to also purchase a tripod bag/case seperately since most good packages include one.

Should still be cheaper than the full $2000 Vinten system's cost in the end though...
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Old September 15th, 2003, 08:31 PM   #6
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Bogen 503.....

head combined with manetti legs is the route I'm exploring at the moment. Like the manetti legs - a lot like Libec.
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