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Old May 30th, 2013, 08:25 PM   #1
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Published: Chris Soucy's Vinten Vision blue3 review

"The Vision blue3 is the third Camera Support System in the blue series, sitting somewhere between the original Vb, and the Vb5 I reviewed last year. The “blueBridge” Small Camera Adapter (SCA) is Vinten’s take, and an extremely well thought out one, on a Centre of Gravity (COG) lifter, a subject I talked about briefly last year in the Vb5 review. The only thing that has changed between the Vb and the Vb3 is a different spring rate. The sticks, case, spreader and head are in all respects identical down to the last detail, but for that spring change. So, if you want all the details, refer to my original Vb review. For this review of the Vision blue3, I’ll skip the usual format and concentrate on the Vb3’s place in the blue hierarchy, the measurable differences between their individual spring rates and, additionally, the effect of using the blueBridge SCA with them both."
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Old August 3rd, 2013, 06:34 PM   #2
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Re: Published: Chris Soucy's Vinten Vision blue3 review

blueBridge Small Camera Adapter Update.

For those of you who didn't rush out and buy** this device subsequent to my review, but have been mulling the purchase of same, a bit of incentive, perhaps.

The brand new, screw park enabled SCA dropped into my letter box Friday last and exceedingly cunning has their implementation been.

The photos pretty much tell the whole story, but just to make it crystal clear, there are 2 X 1/4" X 20 and 2 X 3/8" X 16 parks - the second 1/4" park obscured in one photo beneath the VHS pin slider plate.

What I can't tell you is whether all of the new versions will come "screw equipped" (though I can't see why they wouldn't).

What I can tell you is that the "new" part has exactly the same part no. as the "old" part, so there's no guarantee that if you order one you'll necessarily get the "new" one, so I'd make sure someone has seen the actual part before you plonk down your dollars.

** This could be harder than you'd think. I know that B&H have purchased supplies of this part but they're keeping that fact pretty close to their chest, as their web site "denies all knowledge" of it's existence.

If anyone can find this (V4106 - 1003) there (or anywhere else, for that matter), do let us know.

If you're of a Kiwi persuasion, due to an administrative screw up I happen to have a non park enabled SCA going spare, it's up for auction to the highest bidder, proceeds to the NZ SPCA. I gather the RRP is of the order of US$100.


PS. I'm somewhat puzzled by the "In The Box" parts list for the SCA on the Vinten web site, can anyone shed any light on what, exactly, a "1AR Oring (Q001 - 093)" is when it's at home?
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Chris...Great work!


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