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Re: [Rollei] Sachtler tripods

Yes, I do, their strength and overall quality is excellent and I like the
fluid head for panning action (I shoot a lot of racing photos). I also
like using them for smooth, critical adjustment when doing macro work. I
recently read that someone has a theory about the fluid head also
providing dampening against mirror-slap (by leaving the hood loose), but
I'm skeptical of that claim -- I would have to see empirical proof to be
convinced of that. Overall, I am just very pleased with the tripods The
mounting plates are also a big plus -- I'll put a plate on every lens and
body that I take with me, then switching gear is quick and easy. However,
the cost of the Sachtler plates is outrageous -- something like $150.00
per. I had a local machine shop make 12 of them for me for $60.00 total
($5.00 per plate). Sachtlers work well for me -- I can't see ever
switching to anything else.



> Sachtler makes tripods for still cameras?  I've used their tripods with
> motion cameras but never knew they made any other kind.  You don't use
> the ones designed for motion cameras, do you?
> Tim
> on 5/14/03 8:53 AM, dshea   wrote:
>> I agree with Ellis; I have two Sachtlers, a Tiltall and a Linhof (same
>> size as the Sachtlers and with lever locks). The tripod I use most
>> often is the Linhof -- everything about it is very precise. The
>> Tiltall is a nice light tripod, but I have no illusion to it being
>> anything more than it is: very simple and basic.
>> Cheers,
>> Doug
>>> I prefer the Linhof's more so than the gitzo's.
>>> The Linhof's have a lever on each leg extension. When you throw the
>>> lever over you have a positive lock.My other Linhof uses knobs which
>>> can tend to lock in freezing weather. I also use a gitzo and it is
>>> very nice.
>>> Over the years I have tried Tiltall, Bogen as well. They are nice
>>> tripods but their usability and quality seem to be in direct
>>> proportion to the monetary investment.
>>> Now I know the Linhof's are expensive but worth every penny. Even
>>> their tripod heads are superior. They have a silkiness and a grip
>>> unlike I have ever seen.
>>> regards,
>>> ellis