I'm just getting into this quality tripod idea, and have decided on the Bogen 3001BD and a 3413QR head. Now I just need to place the darn order...
Anyway, I am wondering how easy it is to take the head on and off of the tripod? I wonder because I was thinking about getting a monopod as well for the occasional usage in tight spaces, and was thinking about just switching the head over to the monopod when I need to use it.
Is that an insane idea? I could just spend the $26 on a 3229QR head for the monopod, but then I can only swivel one way. I would like to use the 3413 on the monopod as well, but don't really want to spend $50 on another head I already have...
#1. "RE: Sharing Heads?" | In response to Reply # 0Obregon Charter MemberWed 03-Jul-02 02:41 PM
The head screws onto a 3/8 screw on the tripods and once it is on tightly, you turns three set screws on the head. Removing it is not exceptionally difficult, but I would guess that one might want a different head on a tripod than on a monopod. However, head switching is fairly easy. I occasionally make a switch between heads on the tripod and it only takes about a minute.
#2. "RE: Sharing Heads?" | In response to Reply # 0Philip Basic MemberWed 03-Jul-02 05:46 PM
>Is that an insane idea? I could just spend the $26 on a
>3229QR head for the monopod, but then I can only swivel one
Tony, the 3229QR is a simple tilt head to allow a camera to be turned 90° to provide either vertical or horizontal format. And that's the only movement you need on a tripod. All other movements can be made with the tripod. If you want to turn 90° to the left, you turn the whole thing, not only the head.
I have several heads for my Gitzo Studex, but they all are mounted on a short center post. When I want to change the head, I change the whole center post, not only the head. This is a lot faster, and as all heads are blocked on the center post, they don't come loose while I use them.