Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 38

Thread: Review of Linhof Heavy Duty Tripod, comments welcome.

  1. #11

    Join Date
    Dec 1999
    Location
    Forest Grove, Ore.
    Posts
    3,736

    Re: Review of Linhof Heavy Duty Tripod, comments welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by neil poulsen View Post
    . . . It's also worth being mindful that, if being used on a slick floor, one needs to connect the three legs with chains that meet in the middle. Else with any kind of heavy camera, they'll slide out from under the camera. (The legs connecting to the center hardware rely on friction to hold their position.) A tripod dolly would be another way to prevent this from occurring. Or, carry a carpet to put under the legs on slick floors. . .
    This is obviously not the case with the tripod shown in the photos.

  2. #12

    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Collinsville, CT USA
    Posts
    1,600

    Re: Review of Linhof Heavy Duty Tripod, comments welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    I think that the knob problem probably has something to do with the age of the knobs. Some plastics deteriorate over time and/or storage. And the plastics made all those years ago are a likely candidate.

    We fortunately did not have that problem with our CombiPlan system even though the tools were made for a specific plastic which was common in the 50s in Germany when the tools were first made. Today those pellets are only still made, in small quantities from BASF. And we did not have an aging problem with that plastic.
    Also had the knob problem. A non photographer friend of mine (actually an auto restorer) looked at them and attributed it to aging plastic. Told me it was a common problem that he had to deal with on restoring '50s and '60 cars, even on some of the high end models he had worked on. To be original he would epoxy the parts back together. Also told me not a solution for the knobs on my Linhofs since the knobs were constantly used and intern constantly stressed. Not a problem with the automotive plastic parts that he had epoxied together since they weren't constantly stressed. Still think I have some Linhof knobs salvaged from Linhofs that were to far gone to be restored. Actually this was one of the reasons I switched to Sinar Normas.

  3. #13
    Tin Can's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    14,734

    Re: Review of Linhof Heavy Duty Tripod, comments welcome.

    99% of my old Linhof knobs have aged very well. No Bakelite disease. Old Bakelite tube radios age worse from the internal heat.

    The knob problem is people let the very heavy cameras fall over when they dismount the camera and put it on the floor. The knobs crack and shafts bend. When I find better parts, I upgrade. However my newest 5X7 Kardan Color is NOS in a Linhof case. A very heavy and nice fitted case. A wonderful example nobody wanted on eBay. It was a bargain and the seller was happy I got it. Me too!


    I now dismantle the old 8X10 Linhof piece by piece and pack it very carefully for storage.

    They are strong yet delicate flowers.
    sin eater

  4. #14

    Join Date
    Sep 1998
    Location
    Buford, GA
    Posts
    13,395

    Re: Review of Linhof Heavy Duty Tripod, comments welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    Without an apology, I do not believe any tripod can better a surveyor's tripod for being steady.
    .
    You obviously have not used the Linhof Heavy Duty Pro tripod. Military uses for it include satellite dish support! Museums use it for fidulously heavy IR video cameras for mapping what is under the visible surface of old paintings. For them it is essential that while elevating the camera their is no horizontal movement and while panning there is no vertical movement.
    Quest at use to test the tripod by putting their 8" scope on it while the tripod was on a concrete pad and then dropping weighs up to 300 lbs. next to it and see if there was any movement of the image. There wasn't.

  5. #15

    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Jacksonville Florida
    Posts
    105

    Re: Review of Linhof Heavy Duty Tripod, comments welcome.

    I just obtained a Linhof Heavy duty pro, the grey version. It was stored for a long time and has that awful smell. I took some degreasant used for my car project and sprayed it all over the tripod and then hosed it down. Some grease-like substance washed out along with all trace of the awful smell. The rack for the column looks like brass, does it need grease? The legs expand only when I brace my legs between two tripod legs. It does hold the Kardan TL like a rock when attached to the drop-in 90mm attachment piece. What is recommended for lubricating the legs, or should I leave them as-is. I am also building a refractor telescope, so this tripod will be great for this too!

  6. #16

    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    SooooCal/LA USA
    Posts
    2,045

    Re: Review of Linhof Heavy Duty Tripod, comments welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by linhofbiker View Post
    I just obtained a Linhof Heavy duty pro, the grey version. It was stored for a long time and has that awful smell. I took some degreasant used for my car project and sprayed it all over the tripod and then hosed it down. Some grease-like substance washed out along with all trace of the awful smell. The rack for the column looks like brass, does it need grease? The legs expand only when I brace my legs between two tripod legs. It does hold the Kardan TL like a rock when attached to the drop-in 90mm attachment piece. What is recommended for lubricating the legs, or should I leave them as-is. I am also building a refractor telescope, so this tripod will be great for this too!
    A good light lube for the metal parts/tubes is silicone spray... Penetrates well and is dry to the touch when dry...

    Note that most of the aerosols contain acetone, so stay well away from plastic parts & painted surfaces... But works well on sliding metal surfaces, and locks will still lock well after light use... Spray on a rag, and wipe it on...

    Steve K

  7. #17

    Join Date
    Sep 1998
    Location
    Buford, GA
    Posts
    13,395

    Re: Review of Linhof Heavy Duty Tripod, comments welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by linhofbiker View Post
    I just obtained a Linhof Heavy duty pro, the grey version. It was stored for a long time and has that awful smell. I took some degreasant used for my car project and sprayed it all over the tripod and then hosed it down. Some grease-like substance washed out along with all trace of the awful smell. The rack for the column looks like brass, does it need grease? The legs expand only when I brace my legs between two tripod legs. It does hold the Kardan TL like a rock when attached to the drop-in 90mm attachment piece. What is recommended for lubricating the legs, or should I leave them as-is. I am also building a refractor telescope, so this tripod will be great for this too!
    Call Bob Watkins at Precision in Niles, IL. He is the authorized factory service center and can tell you how to properly care for the tripod and the accessory Large Geared Center Column.

  8. #18
    Tin Can's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    14,734

    Re: Review of Linhof Heavy Duty Tripod, comments welcome.

    Yes, call Bob Watkins.

    I have several of these excellent tripods but have not washed or cleaned them.

    Mine work fine as it.

  9. #19

    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin USA
    Posts
    226

    Re: Review of Linhof Heavy Duty Tripod, comments welcome.

    I recently scored a Linhof HD Pro tripod with geared center column, and then a Majestic 1200 geared head, BOTH in really nice condition thru eBay - and am really impressed by how sturdy and useable this combination will be with my 4x5 Master Technika and Technikarden 45S cameras. This set-up will be perfect for my planned table-top or still life photography (in my basement), but is probably too heavy for most to consider taking any distance from the car when doing field work. 'Impressive combination...
    Last edited by JMO; 2-Mar-2017 at 19:02.
    ... JMOwens (Mt. Pleasant, Wisc. USA)

    "If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all." ...Michelangelo

  10. #20

    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Collinsville, CT USA
    Posts
    1,600

    Re: Review of Linhof Heavy Duty Tripod, comments welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by JMO View Post
    I recently scored a Linhof HD Pro tripod, and then a Majestic 1200 geared head, BOTH in really nice condition thru eBay - and am really impressed by how sturdy and useable this combination will be with my 4x5 Master Technika and Technikarden 45S cameras. This set-up will be perfect for my planned table-top or still life photography (in my basement), but is probably too heavy for most to consider taking any distance from the car when doing field work. 'Impressive combination...
    I'd advise getting a soft tripod carrying case that has a wide strap. With tripod cases's strap over my shoulder and camera equipment in a backpack, I have easily (well not exactly easily but very doable) walked a distance of several football fields away from my car. Also have corresponded with another photographer who carries his Linhof HD tripod in a modified and very stripped down wheeled golf bag carrying cart, with a "U" shaped top for the tripod to ride inside of, bottom "shelf" to support the tripod and three bungee cords to hold the whole thing together. While back bought another Linhof HD tripod with no center column but just a top plate to mount my Quester telescope on. Quester recommended using sed HD tripod to mount their telescope on, and they really knew what they were talking about. Was out one very windy night on a hill in northern NH (minimal, I mean very minimal light pollution if at all) observing the Universe with the combo, and honestly the images I viewed through the eyepiece were dead solid.

Similar Threads

  1. Heavy duty copy stand WTB comments
    By Tin Can in forum Gear
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 20-Feb-2016, 10:38
  2. Best Head for a Heavy-Duty Linhof Tripod ?
    By Ron Bose in forum Gear
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-Mar-2007, 16:25

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •