Flip locks or Twist locks for 3001 Legset?
I am wondering what the majority opinion is around here about choosing either the "butterfly" type twist lock levers or the new flip lock levers on the Bogen 3001 legset.
The flip locks look quicker and easier to deal with. I can see some disadvantages to the twist type locks, as you may not tighten them all the way unknowingly. I have tried both, and both are just as easy to set up or take down in my opinion, however the twistlocks (3001BN) make the tripod $15-20 cheaper than the filp levers (3001BD).
What do you all prefer? Are there any specific advantages to either?
#1. "RE: Flip locks or Twist locks for 3001 Legset?" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberSun 30-Jun-02 03:03 PM
I had the opposite problem, quite frequently I overtighten the twistlocks. The newer flip type work much better for me, both for setting it up and closing it down, using gravity by just turning it upside down. I use the ball in the palm of the hand to close those fliplocks.
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#2. "RE: Flip locks or Twist locks for 3001 Legset?" | In response to Reply # 1vchong Basic MemberSun 30-Jun-02 04:20 PM
>just turning it upside down. I use the ball in the palm of
>the hand to close those fliplocks.
Follow jrp's advice on closing the fliplocks. Many Nikonians have had their skin pinched by the closing (or in my case, opening) fliplocks. Also, note that the "pressure" of the fliplocks can be adjusted using the included allen wrench... adjusting these can help ensure that the legs are locked firmly in place, everytime.
#3. "RE: Flip locks or Twist locks for 3001 Legset?" | In response to Reply # 2judy_t Basic MemberSun 30-Jun-02 11:57 PM
i bought the bogen 3001 B Pro about a month ago. it has the clip locks. one pinched bit of flesh later, i now use the heel of my thumb to lock & thtip of my thumb to release. as jrp says, put the tripod right side up when you begin to use it unclipping the bottom section first, then the top using gravity. turn the tripod upside down when through unclipping the bottom section then the top.they slide right down. really slick.
my clips are a bit stiff even after using it a number of times so i'll follow the suggestion to loosen them a bit with allen wrenches.
it's a sturdy but lightweight & compact unit. i use it with F100 & 105 macro with no probs. very well made, also & the black finish is nice. have fun, judy from cloudy northwest
#4. "RE: Flip locks or Twist locks for 3001 Legset?" | In response to Reply # 0
Although I like flip locks for faster set up and take down speed, I finally succumbed to the pinching problem that others have described. It is quite annoying and painful when the pinch gets you. I have to agree that the design should be fixed by Manfrotto and there are a few ways the gap could be filled using a better design.
I can open and close all three flip locks at once with my 3001 - impossible to do with the wingnut style locks. But you need to be careful when closing the flip locks to avoid a painful pinch.