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Old March 18th, 2004, 03:13 AM   #1
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PD170, Bogen501-- Good Combo?

Is anyone using a PD170/Bogen510head combo? I've just purchased both of these items, so I guess it's really too late to ask opinions. However, do you have any tricks/tips?

What else do I need to buy for have quick-release for this combo... if that's possible... PLEASE tell me it's possible!
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Old March 18th, 2004, 03:42 AM   #2
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Darin,
The subject line says 501 and the post says 510. In either case they're both good tripod heads, the 510 is a truely professional fludi head while the 501, of which I have 3, aren't TRUE fluid heads but IMO work well. The head should have a plate that slides into the head release mechanisim, attach the plate to the camera, slide it into the head, you'll hear and feel a click then lock it down with the thumb screw (actually a half of a thumb screw) on the right side of the head and you're set to go.
Have fun and enjoy your new camera and tripod.
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BTW, which tripod legs did you get?

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Old March 18th, 2004, 03:48 AM   #3
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Yes, a 501

My tripod (the 525MV-Black) came with the Bogen 501 head, and a Manfrotto 522-LANC remote. However, there's no plate with the head.

Do I have any choices when purchasing a plate? It sounds like your "slides" off the head. Is it possible to have a "lift" off? i.e. one where the camera clicks into place instead of sliding into place?
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Old March 18th, 2004, 06:47 AM   #4
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No I don't think so. The 501 slides in. The head comes with the 3433PL plate which should be inserted into the head. It has the 1/4-20 screww to screw into the camera sticking out of it and I've never gotten one where the plate wasn't in the head, BUT, it could be Bogen screwed up. Check for the plate and if it's not there you might be able to get one from where you got the tripod OR order one as it's only $19.95 +

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Old March 21st, 2004, 10:45 AM   #5
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i have a 525mv with the 503 head and i wish i had gotten it sooner.

setup is a breeze, i wasted way too much time with my old tripod trying to get it level.

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Old March 22nd, 2004, 04:22 AM   #6
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501 quick-release update

I went to a Manfrotto dealer in Halifax, Canada. I asked him about rapid-release for my 501 head, and he had the answer lickety-split. He showed me a quick-release adapter ($53CAN), which attaches on top of the Manfrotto 3433PL plate. This adapter holds the hexoganal plate ($35). With this set-up, there is a much better quick-release system... The camera LIFTS off the tripod instead of SLIDING out of the head. MUCH BETTER.
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Old March 22nd, 2004, 06:16 AM   #7
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It sounds like you're talking about the 3063 head which is a step down from the 501. I have 1 of those heads also and actually the only thing I use it for now is 3rd cam that doesn't neeed to be removed or replaced on the tripod in a quick hurry. The is a definate movement and noise from R&Ring the camera from the head BUT if it will work for you go for it. After using the head in about 15 weddings about 2 or 3 years ago I switched. Maybe it'll work better for you.
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