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Mike Watson April 22nd, 2017 01:37 AM

3/8" question
Sometimes after 20 years in this business I come up with what feels like a rookie question, and this is one of them.

I have been using an ancient Manfrotto sticks/head combo that the guy threw in when I bought a camera around 2002. I don't know the model number, might be 501hdv.

Couple years back I bought a Edelkrone slider. It mounts on a 3/8" stud and has a 3/8" stud emerging from it on which to attach the head. I figured out that if you locked down the pan-lock and twisted the head off the Manfrotto, you'd leave the 75mm ball part with a 3/8" stud emerging from it, you could attach the slider to that stud, and then screw the head you'd just removed back on to the slider. It was super convenient.

A variety of things not germane to this story happened which led me to demote this head/sticks to the B-kit and buy a new tripod. I bought Manfrotto again, 504 head and 546 sticks. Side note in which to say when you buy a new set of sticks for the first time in 15 years, wow, that baby is smooth as butter!

Time comes to put the slider on this head, and I can't do the same trick with this one - it only seems to go on or off via the traditional "remove the ball" method. Closing the pan-lock and cranking it left only seems to attempt to damage my shiny new head.

Does this head do the same thing? If not, what do folks do to get a slider like this on sticks like this?

Anton Tokman April 22nd, 2017 02:07 PM

Re: 3/8" question

I'm afraid, it doesn't.

You need somethin' like this

65mm 75mm Half Ball Flat to Bowl Adapter Converter for Camera Tripod Fluid Head | eBay

75mm Bowl Ball to Flat Adapter Converter for Manfrotto Video Tripod Fluid Heads | eBay

Mike Watson April 22nd, 2017 05:28 PM

Re: 3/8" question
Fascinating blow-up of the parts. Is there a way to tell which heads have the 3/8" stud and which don't? I'm open to buying another tripod so I can get one that does. Buying the adapter just means more stuff to keep track of.

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