Cannot mount arca swiss (Kirk) to my Markins Q-20 ball head
A few weeks ago I purchased the Markins Q-20 ball head with screw clamp (not lever), D700 L-Bracket by Kirk and an adaptor plate for my 70-200 and Sigma 150-500 lens adaptor plates... all arca swiss compatable. i BOUGHT THEM FROM THE PRO SHOP ON THIS WEBSITE. I am unable to get the L bracket or lens brackets to slide past the stop pin on the arca swiss mount on the ball head. I thought that the l bracket and adaptor plates and arca swiss mount on the ball head were supposed to work together... so I must be doing something wrong. How do I get the plates and bracket to slide past the spring loaded stop pin on the arca swiss mount. I do get the grooves lined up.
I "think" I remember how I hooked my mounts with the ball head. Do I have to loosen the knob to open up the grooves completely in order to get my l bracket securely mounted? It seems that's the ony way to get it to work right. It's been months since I used my tripod... my old ball head was from manfrotto and I could just slide the adaptor plate into the grooves on the ball head...
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#1. "RE: Cannot mount arca swiss (Kirk) to my Markins Q-20 ball head" | In response to Reply # 02pixels_short Nikonian since 16th Oct 2003Tue 04-Dec-12 08:14 PM
I find I have to push the stop pin down with my finger.
Or, you can as you state, loosen the clamp up so you can lower the plate from above.
But using my finger works well. To remove, I loosen the clamp far enough for the plate to be lifted from above.
I like the PhotoClam shoes that have a push button on the side that lowers the stop pin in the plate.
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#2. "RE: Cannot mount arca swiss (Kirk) to my Markins Q-20 ball head" | In response to Reply # 0jacsr Registered since 08th Apr 2006Tue 04-Dec-12 11:57 PM
I open the clamp enough to place my L in at an angle from the top, the same with the lenses. Once you get used to it it becomes second nature.
#3. "RE: Cannot mount arca swiss (Kirk) to my Markins Q-20 ball head" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberWed 05-Dec-12 01:09 AM | edited Thu 06-Dec-12 04:10 PM by jrp
Just don't try to slide the plate in.
Mount it from the top with the clamp wide open, as Joe has suggested.
If you want to slide it in, you need to use a finger nail to depress the pin a bit, as Mike said.
As soon as you fully close the clamp, nothing can make it more secure as long as the dove tail on both sides was in to start with.
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