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Old May 26th, 2010, 05:34 PM   #1
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manfrotto head -> slik tripod...incorrect adapter?

I've looked at other similar posts and they haven't helped out....sorry if this question has been answered!
I have a Slik Pro 400Dx tripod. The head came off to reveal my tripod has a 1/4 female connection. The head I got is a
Manfrotto 701HDV Pro Fluid Video Mini Head, and it has a 3/8 female connection.

Before I received either of these things, I thought that the connection I needed was a 1/4 to 3/8 connection with flange so I bought this --> http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-088LBP-Adapter-4-Inch-8-Inch/dp/B001CZUSUE/ref=pd_cp_p_1
But now it seems obvious I did not get the right connection and am wondering what I am needing...any help would be GREAT! I was hoping to use this head tomorrow! Thanks
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Old May 26th, 2010, 09:41 PM   #2
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Er, Ben...............

Can you just confirm something for me?

You said "the tripod" has a 1/4" FEMALE connection, was that a typo? If correct it implies the original head had a 1/4" MALE bolt, surely not?

Assuming it was a typo and the tripod actually has a 1/4" MALE threaded mounting bolt, then the item you highlighted, the 088LBP SHOULD be what you're after.

If it wasn't a typo, then I'm stumped, as I've never heard of a 1/4" male to 3/8" male adapter stud (not saying there isn't one somewhere, just that I've never heard of it).


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Old May 27th, 2010, 11:00 AM   #3
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If it's true that the tripod is female 1/4" 20. Then you can get a 1/4" 20 stud at Home Depot (they're in the plastic drawers specialty hardware section). Scew your 3/8' adapter into the bottom of the tripod head. Then screw it all together.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 11:01 AM   #4
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Oh I see. You need a bushing, not the adapter you have. Something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Gitzo-GS5000-4-20-Inch-Reducer-Adapter/dp/B002FGTIVO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1274976064&sr=1-2
Camera shops often sell them.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 09:33 PM   #5
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Yeah - it's female! The original tripod head was on a pole that fit through a hole in the tripod legs - and then a clamp was used to tighten it. Kind of odd! Thank you for finding that bushing - I think that is what I need!

Although, I'm thinking about returning all of it. I spent 99 on the slik tripod, then realized I didn't like the head so I spent 150 on the head, and 10 on the adapter...now I'm gonna buy a new piece for it....so I'm seriously considering just returning all of it and getting
Manfrotto | 190XDB with 701HDV Video Tripod System (Black) | B&H
since its cheaper and comes with a rebate....

but I may get the bushing and see how it all works together first.
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