How do you deal with the head coming loose from the tripod? I have used the leverage hole and tighten the bezoars out of the head, but when I lock it down and shoulder it up with the 600 attached , especially if I run, sometimes the head comes loose. I do't want to lock tight it directly to the tripod. Tripod is Gitso GT3530LS.
#1. "RE: Wimberley WH200" | In response to Reply # 0nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Sun 28-Apr-13 05:23 PM
Odd... I've used one for many years and never had a problem as long as I tightened it down correctly. The only problem I've had is the opposite- it can be very tough to get off if it has been on there for a while.
I also don't recall reading complaints here from anyone else about that.
I shoot a 500/4. I don't run with that on my shoulder, and would less so with a 600/4. That puts a lot of stress on "everything". I'm not preaching here; just suggesting most people probably don't do that very often, if at all.
4th Generation Designs makes a product called "Gum Drops". It's like "Loctite-Blue-Very-Lite". I think it was intended to keep Gitzo spikes from unwinding. I actually own some that I never applied (and I should have- and don't ask me why I should have!).
The idea is that it creates more friction without being as difficult to remove as even Loctite Blue in the case where you can't get a good grip on something, or you are worried about the metal insert breaking loose from the CF (as I would be with the spikes).
You might contact them and see if that might help. If you don't want to use Loctite Blue (and I understand why), this might be a lower level solution that threads the needle. My idea is that it would keep it on during the first few critical hours. Thereafter it will probably tighten up naturally, as mine does.
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#2. "RE: Wimberley WH200" | In response to Reply # 0Sun 28-Apr-13 05:28 PM
I don't have the 600, but use a 400/2.8 with mine and i tightened the tripod locking screw against the WH200 on mine along with the screw hole on the WH200, and it stays tight. If you do not want to do this because you want to swap heads, not sure how else to solve this. I bought a second plate for my GT5542LS to put a ball head on it, and then swap top plates with the two different heads. ALso I assume you have the heavy end of the 600 pointed down when you shoulder it. When I had the WH-200 on my Bogen 3021 I just used the hole in the Gimbal head to tighten it, and it stayed tight. Also make sure the collar on the plate is tight.
I would almost think you are pushing it using the 600 on a 3 series Gitzo, and that may have something to do with it. Just a guess. Also not sure I would be running with this big of a lens on a tripod, unless being chased by a bear or other huge animal.
#3. "RE: Wimberley WH200" | In response to Reply # 2Sun 28-Apr-13 07:35 PM
Tripod locking screw? You mean the screw that attaches the head to the tripod. I've hand tightened that and used the tensioning hole to tighten it more. It still sometimes comes loose. I have another tripod for other purposes and RRS quick change places for my heads, and a leveling base on the tripod. Works well. I'm considering the leveling base and plate solution to the WH200. I don't mind locktite on the bad or on the plate and that would add flexibility to the tripod. I would avoid the expense if here was a clever way I am missing. Maybe I'm just afraid to torque the head enough.
#4. "RE: Wimberley WH200" | In response to Reply # 3Sun 28-Apr-13 08:34 PM
There should be another small set screw located on the top plate of your Gitzo that screws up to the head you have mounted on it. It just tightens to the bottom surface of the gimbal or other head bottom. Most tripods have these, unfortunately most people do not use them, or even know they are there. You received a small allen or spline wrench when you bought the Gitzo that fits this, or you can buy one if you do not have one at any hardware store. It helps lock the head to the tripod and keep it from rotating.