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Old July 27th, 2006, 01:15 PM   #1
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I'm looking to be able to quickly switch my cam from the Glidecam 4000 to my tripod. What are some options in quick release heads that I would be able to use with a Slik 700DX tripod? I've searched B&H's site and I want to make sure I get the right gear for this. Thanks.
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Old July 27th, 2006, 09:22 PM   #2
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The 501/503 Bogen heads and the Bogen QR577 all use the same quick release plates and mounts. I have 2 tripods with 503s and a monopod with a QR577 for my 150s and switching is fast smooth and easy. I wish the plate from my 516 head would work with the QR577 but alas ;-(

Anyway search B&H for the QR577-I think it'll be the answer for you.

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Old July 28th, 2006, 06:02 AM   #3
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So would I be able to adapt the head on my Slik 700 to the QR577, or would I have to pick up a Bogen 3433 head for it as well...would the Bogen head even fit on my cheapo Slik tripod?
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Old July 28th, 2006, 06:43 AM   #4
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The QR577 will fit on the head of any tripod or monopod or brace or whatever as long as it has either a 1/4-20 OR 3/8s screw. I believe the SLIK has only a 1/4X20 which is fine. The QR577 is a flat mounting mechanisim so there should be no problem at all. BTW, cost is about $50.00

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Old July 28th, 2006, 06:55 AM   #5
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So wouldn't I need 2 of the lower portions of the QR577, one for the GCam and one for the tripod? Sorry if I'm belaboring this thing, I just want to be clear before I place my order...
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Old July 28th, 2006, 09:06 AM   #6
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No problem. Yes you would need a unit for every support device so you do need t oorder 2 of the QR577s. They both have the device that mounts to the tripod or whatever and a camera mounting plate so you'd have an extra one. I think I have a few laying around myself. Take a look at B&H and see the unit to make sure it's what you are looking for but I think it is and will do the job for you.
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Old July 28th, 2006, 09:18 AM   #7
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Thanks again, Don. Just the info I needed. I'm ordering 2 of those puppies right now (just a smidge over 50). Seems like a perfect solution to me--I've been using my Glidecam to get the b&g coming down the aisle but I've had to leave it on the Glidecam through the ceremony due to the time it takes to swap it to the tripod. Cam 2 would probably fill in just fine while I swapped, but I like this method much more.
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Old July 28th, 2006, 11:01 AM   #8
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Good, it sounds like a plan.
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Old August 1st, 2006, 06:26 AM   #9
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Got them in the mail yesterday-just what the video doctor ordered! The quality appears excellent and I can't wait for my next wedding to try them out. You mentioned you have Bogen 503 heads on a couple of your tripods-what's your opinion of them? I'll eventually be moving up in that department, too.
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