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Old March 19th, 2007, 02:08 PM   #1
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How to replace tripod heads?

This may seem like a stupid question, but I have very limited experience with tripods. I currently have a SLIK sprint tripod with a ball head on it. I would like to get the Bogen 501 head and place it on the SLIK legs. How exactly does the Bogen head attach to the legs? Do I specifically need bogen legs for it to work? Would I need to disassemble the ball head that is on now, and attach the new head to the pole that extends up from the legs? Any help would be appreciated.

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Old March 20th, 2007, 06:45 AM   #2
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The 501/503 heads (and most in this class) have a female 3/8" x 16 thread (coarse) on the bottom - if your Slik has a 3/8 MALE thread already, just unscrew the old ball head and the Bogen should thread right onto your legs.

Oops - just checked on the sprint at B&H, and it's apparently a 1/4-20 thread, doesn't say whether male or female. Sorry... Steve
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Old March 20th, 2007, 07:24 AM   #3
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Hi Ben,

I used to use a 501 head on a set of Gitzo photo legs not unlike your Sliks...
I used a Manfrotto universal leveller to get the thing level.. worked well for that...http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=203536&is=REG you will probably need to take the ball off as I'd imagine it would be hard to use and add the leveller I mentioned.

But I would say that the photo type extending legs are a real pain for shooting video.. getting it all level will probably be very fiddley... Also depending on what camera you put on it not very stable.

I soon got fed up with mine and got a set of 351MV legs that were a big improvement... You simply undo the three catches and all the legs drop down and can be locked off quickly... you then level the head and a way you go.. so much easier..

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Old March 20th, 2007, 09:04 AM   #4
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From what I found, it seems only cheaper "photo" heads have the 1/4 - 20 mount. Something like this:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation

So I would have to upgrade to better "video" legs to get a "video" head like the 501.
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Old March 20th, 2007, 09:35 AM   #5
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Hi Ben,
If you shop around you can get the 501 kit with a set of leg plus a carry bag...you'll probably get it for under $400.

Bear in mind that the 501 in not a true fluid head, it is not sprung loaded and won't balance... make sure you lock off the camera if you leave unattended....the 503 is a better head.

I've just updated to the Libec LS38... maybe some of their other pods might be worth a look if funds are not up to a $400 tripod... again depends which camera.
But whatever you won't regret getting a proper video tripod.

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Old March 20th, 2007, 03:37 PM   #6
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Lots of regular photo tripods also have a 3/8 threaded stub so no need to go for real video legs - but if I were buying a tripod all over again I might opt for the video version and use it with my still camera.

A lot of the Bogen/Manfrotto still camera accessories (like panoramic heads) use the same 3/8 attachment as the 501 head.
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