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Old October 2nd, 2012, 10:10 AM   #1
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Mid-Level Spreader For Old Vinten Pro-Touch PT520 Tripod

Recently acquired a PT520. Cannot get any information apart from Vinten advising that its at least 10 years old.


I'm after a mid-level spreader, and Vinten say none of their current models will fit. There appears to be an unusual spreader mount on the tripod, rather like the spring end of a safety pin made of strong wire. Presumably something once clipped onto this.

Has anybody any experience of this tripod and any experience of a suitable spreader. Seems to me it might be possible to find a way of fitting say a Manfrotto spreader.


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Old October 3rd, 2012, 01:37 AM   #2
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Re: Mid-Level Spreader For Old Vinten Pro-Touch PT520 Tripod

Hey, Ronald............

I can't find any info on the PT520, certainly what the MLS attachment points look like.

You might get lucky with someone who has what you're after, but if not, care to send us some (very detailed closeup) piccies of said attachment points?

I can't picture them from what you have described, and as the saying goes "a picture is worth a thousand words" or sommat similar.

Hint: get 'em in focus and up close and personal.

I might be able to suggest a suitable alternative if I but knew what I was dealing with.


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Old October 3rd, 2012, 06:50 AM   #3
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Re: Mid-Level Spreader For Old Vinten Pro-Touch PT520 Tripod

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Thanks for replying, I thought you might! How do I attach a JPG? I have one on my desk-top ready to go,


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Old October 3rd, 2012, 06:58 AM   #4
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Re: Mid-Level Spreader For Old Vinten Pro-Touch PT520 Tripod

Ron,

Click the Manage Attachments button (scroll down below the typing area when you reply). A popup window will appear and you can upload all sorts of files there. Then they should just appear in your reply once you submit it.

I found some sources online which show the PT520 as the tripod for the older Protouch 5 tripods. It looks pretty much like a standard Poziloc tripod, but obviously this would need to be checked in case there's some detail I can't see in the general photos.
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 08:51 AM   #5
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Here goes,hope the attachments show up




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Old October 3rd, 2012, 09:00 AM   #6
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Another go at uploading,



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Old October 3rd, 2012, 03:13 PM   #7
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Ah, the dreaded "why doesn't the upload work" problem rears its head.

Small detail Mike left out, when you click on the "Manage Attachments" button, it opens (well, it does on my machine) as a thumbnail.

All very well for listing the files you want to upload, EXCEPT, unless you make the thumbnail full screen, you can't see the "Upload" button waaaaay over on the RHS.

Don't click on that, the files won't upload, simple as that. It will tell when it's done the business, after which you simply kill the page.

If it still won't work for some reason, fire 'em to me in a mail and I'll put 'em up for you (simply click on my name in any post and go to er, what's it called, heck, it's in there somewhere, just have a good look around?).


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Old October 4th, 2012, 11:30 PM   #8
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Re: Mid-Level Spreader For Old Vinten Pro-Touch PT520 Tripod

Have sent a "help" e-mail to Chris. A bit, a little bit, amused to be told by two Vinten men that my PT520 was made over ten years ago and is "obsolete". Doesn't look that much different to a current tripod of similar spec and its got a Vision 6 head on it. My Landrover Defender is 10 years old but old, not obsolete and it bloody well works as it always has!

Obsolete might perhaps more apply to cameras and computers and electronics etc etc rather than purely mechanical hardware.


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Old October 5th, 2012, 11:25 AM   #9
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Re: Mid-Level Spreader For Old Vinten Pro-Touch PT520 Tripod

Ron,

If it helps, here's two pictures of the spreader and the attachment on the tripod leg on my Vision Blue. I believe it's a standard Poziloc tripod, and I've seen the spreader available as a spare somewhere.
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Old October 5th, 2012, 03:42 PM   #10
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Re: Mid-Level Spreader For Old Vinten Pro-Touch PT520 Tripod

Gentlemen.............

The Eagle Has Landed.

[OK, I have the photo's, anyway]

The PT520 is a standard Manfrotto 520 (precursor of the 525's) set of sticks, rebranded with a Vinten monicker.

I just happen to have a set cowering in a cupboard somewhere, complete with clip on mid level spreader.

Yep, they'd have to be well over 10 years old, I'm pretty sure I've had mine for over 12.

I simply don't know whether Manfrotto still make/ sell the appropriate MLS, I'll let you figure that one out, but those leg lock clips and MLS attachment "things" stick out like a sore thumb.

Even the GLS is a standard Manfrotto.

I had a sneaky suspicion with the "520" thing, but thought, nah, can't be that simple. But it was.


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PS: Here's what the spreader looks like in person: Whoops, Top and Underside are the wrong way round, sorry about that.


PPS: They worked OK for SD when I was shooting my XL 1s, but my leap to HD 7 years ago did for them in very short order, which is how I ended up with Vinten. Kinda spooky to see "Vinten" written on them. No wonder no one at Vinten wanted to own up to them, can't blame them.

PPPS: If my eyes don't deceive me, the spreader would appear to be a 531 SPRB and is still listed on the Manfrotto (USA) web site.
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Old October 6th, 2012, 12:02 AM   #11
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Re: Mid-Level Spreader For Old Vinten Pro-Touch PT520 Tripod

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Have sent a "help" e-mail to Chris. A bit, a little bit, amused to be told by two Vinten men that my PT520 was made over ten years ago and is "obsolete". Doesn't look that much different to a current tripod of similar spec and its got a Vision 6 head on it. My Landrover Defender is 10 years old but old, not obsolete and it bloody well works as it always has!

Obsolete might perhaps more apply to cameras and computers and electronics etc etc rather than purely mechanical hardware.


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Ron, you might find this interesting - written only 2 weeks ago! - Foxvideo Productions: Vinten tripod?....sorry, it's obsolete!
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Old October 6th, 2012, 02:46 AM   #12
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Re: Mid-Level Spreader For Old Vinten Pro-Touch PT520 Tripod

Thanks to everyone and particularly to Chris for identifying the pod. Pity Vinten couldn't be bothered to do so, they must have records of "their" kit, even if badged Manfrotto. I also found the spreader on sale here in the UK so "voila"!

Talking of the Vitec group, I once had a run in with the Gitzo UK servicing people about a tripod head that needed servicing, G1380 I think. They were slow to the point of apathy so I found out the contact details for the Vitec plc Company Secretary and e-mailed her with a winge. She stirred the Gitzo people up no end and I got my head back pronto and no charge.

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Old October 6th, 2012, 04:20 AM   #13
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Re: Mid-Level Spreader For Old Vinten Pro-Touch PT520 Tripod

It looks like the photos I found online (UK-based equipment hire people) don't know their Protouch from their elbow then... thanks to Chris for clearing it up! And glad that it worked out for you in the end, Ron.
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Re: Mid-Level Spreader For Old Vinten Pro-Touch PT520 Tripod

Hey, guys........

A bit of a word to the wise, so to speak.

The only two companies servicing the top end of the camera support market, without going into "you must be joking" territory, are Vinten and Sachtler.

Neither Gitzo or Manfrotto are part of the same arm of the "Group".

I'm on first name terms with both Peter at Vinten, and Barbara at Sachtler (respective Product Managers).

If you have a problem with any Vinten or Sachtler product, you do the following:

1. You fire a mail to either Peter, Vinten ( Peter.Harman@VitecGroup.com ) or Barbara, Sachtler ( Barbara.Jaumann@VitecGroup.com)

2. You post here and get me on the case. There's stuff I can do that they simply can't, and vice versa.

In case anyones wondering, nope, no paycheck coming this way from either, mores the pity, I could bloody well use one.

Anybody?

Ronald, glad it's all worked out with your PT520.

Dave, you might want to contact me or Peter, sounds like a bit of TLC might be in order, though whether that's for you or the afflicted head is an unknown.


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Old October 18th, 2012, 11:42 PM   #15
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Re: Mid-Level Spreader For Old Vinten Pro-Touch PT520 Tripod

Chris, thanks for the contact. Peter indeed tried for me but it seems spare parts are non-existent. After a few emails back and forth, Vinten offered me an ex-demo 5 AS at a reasonable price, so I went for it.
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