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Old November 18th, 2011, 10:13 AM   #1
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Diffculty attaching plate to Sachtler FSB-4

Okay I just got this Tripod this morning so User Error is big possibility here, but I am really having a hard time getting the plate to slide on to the Sachtler FSB-4 that just arrived from B&H.

I have the red side lock screw loosened and the red release button pushed in, but the plate has a lot of problems sliding to place, I really have to wiggle and force it to make it happen and that does not seem right. I have the arrow on the plate in the right direction and all that...

Is there a defect or a learning curve I am looking at here?
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Old November 18th, 2011, 10:36 AM   #2
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Re: Diffculty attaching plate to Sachtler FSB-4

Jeff,

Is this this the small touch & go plate, or the larger full size plate?

I think it's a side-load plate rather than something you slide in from the end of the tripod - i.e. you line up the long edge of the plate at the right hand side of your camera into the right hand edge fo the tripod slot, and then bring the left hand slide down into the tripod.

This is only a guess though, from my past Sachtler experiences. You may need to post pictures!
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Old November 18th, 2011, 12:07 PM   #3
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Re: Diffculty attaching plate to Sachtler FSB-4

I have the fsb4. It's a side mount not a slide. That's an advantage in my book. Basiclly you arm the latch mechanism then drop the right edge on he head first then come down as mike described. Once it's on you can release it and slide it to balance it without concern it will slide out.
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Old November 18th, 2011, 01:43 PM   #4
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Re: Diffculty attaching plate to Sachtler FSB-4

This is a slide mount (from the back I guess). Here are some pictures. I purchased an extra plate, so trying that now.
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Old November 18th, 2011, 01:46 PM   #5
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Re: Diffculty attaching plate to Sachtler FSB-4

Jeff, it looks like you are trying to mount the plate from the rear of the head. You need to be mounting it from the side.

Standing behind your tripod, you align the plate on top of the tripod, and click it in, right hand side first, then left hand side. It looks like you are trying to slide it in from the rear of the head, which isn't how these are meant to work.

(Still an off-chance I am missing something here!).
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Old November 18th, 2011, 01:50 PM   #6
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Re: Diffculty attaching plate to Sachtler FSB-4

Your right, I am trying to slide it in from the back. Ugh, how embarrassing.

Works great, love it now. Thanks!
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Old November 18th, 2011, 02:22 PM   #7
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You're not the first, Jeff, and you won't be the last. It happens more often than you'd think.


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Old November 18th, 2011, 02:32 PM   #8
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Re: Diffculty attaching plate to Sachtler FSB-4

Jeff,

No worries - it's one of those things, it seems odd at first. But it is a truly excellent mechanism, once you get used to it. I'm just happy for you that it wasn't a problem with the tripod.

I had it on my Vinten Pro-6HDV a few years back, and it was great. My Vision Blue is rear-load, which is just about the only think I don't like about it.

Now, enjoy your new toy!
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