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    Linhof 3 way levelling head question?

    Would it not be a hassle mounting the camera to the head If it doesn't have a QR plate?
    I'm imagining it would be as problematic as trying to spin a camera onto a tripod thread without the head in place, if you see what I mean? I'm sure I'm missing something here?

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    Re: Linhof 3 way levelling head question?

    Greetings Kev -
    The screws (3/8" or 1/4") are free, not fixed as on a tripod. It's very quick and easy to secure a camera on the head (no more trouble than screwing the clamp shut on an Arca style quick-release).
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    Re: Linhof 3 way levelling head question?

    I have a Linhof 3D head and I have to say it is no problem to mount a camera (Tachihara 4x5 on it). The circular top plate is rubberized and once the camera is mounted there is no chace for it to rorate. You screw the mounting screw, not the camera.

    I do not plan to get a QR for it. The mounting screw has a star-like shape and is large enough. I usually tillt the mounting plate first to have better access.

    Just a little warning - make sure which mounting screw size you need there are both 3/8 and 1/4 available. I bought the head with a "wrong" one and had to order another screw separately (was about $30 or so)

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    Re: Linhof 3 way levelling head question?

    Thanks David. Now could I really part with that sort of cash?
    My thinking is it will be the first and last head I'll ever purchase!
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    Re: Linhof 3 way levelling head question?

    Ahh... bad luck! Will make sure that I avoid that problem. Thanks for the incite Matus!
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    Re: Linhof 3 way levelling head question?

    Quote Originally Posted by kev curry View Post
    ........My thinking is it will be the first and last head I'll ever purchase!
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    Kev,
    Ha, you must be young! It doesn’t work that way. Once afflicted with the “Photography Disease” you will be unable to own just one of anything photographic.
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    Re: Linhof 3 way levelling head question?

    Jerome just a bairn at the tender age of 40!
    I fear your probably right. This time last year I entered the world of LF holding a lovely little wooden Tachi and thought, this is the 'only' one for me, but just the other day almost a year later to the day, I picked up a lovely Tech V and I'm thinking.....Now... this is the 'one' for me! If I go ahead with the 3way head I'm 'sure' that will be it. It better had be at that blinking price!
    I'm expecting it to last till I retire and I don't plan retiring till I'm at least 85!!
    'Bairn' - old Scots word meaning child

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    Re: Linhof 3 way levelling head question?

    Oh you can find a used Linhof head at a reasonable price. But yes, it is the best head I've ever owned, a good match for a 4x5 Technika.

    (Scary thing is that with the Carbon Gitzo it is worth more than my cameras.)

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    Re: Linhof 3 way levelling head question?

    I happened to stumble on that very same bit of CRAZY arithmetic earlier! If someone told me 12 months ago I'd be spending that amount of bucks for camera support I would'av had a good gas..........

    Still in recovery from the shock!
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    Re: Linhof 3 way levelling head question?

    "I bought the head with a "wrong" one and had to order another screw separately (was about $30 or so)"

    Ah, $30 for a screw. Welcome to the wonderful world of Linhof. It must have been a Linhof Aufschweiden Spritzelbaden screw, that's the one with the Linhof crest of arms embedded in the cross hairs and the special geared threads. Did you have Marflex install it?
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