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    Sinar Pan Tilt head from China - Impressed

    Not being able to find a decent Sinar PT head, I decided to order one of the copies from ebay. Obviously I can't comment on long term durability, but from my initial trials on my P2 it really seems to be well made. Loaded up the camera with my largest lens, put on the reflex magnifier and tilted the camera on the head and it locks down tight and solid. Can't ask for much more than that. I also bought a new bellows and a replacement for one of the dried out levels and they are all well made and fit like an OEM part.

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    Re: Sinar Pan Tilt head from China - Impressed

    seller name? does it really say Sinar on the head?? just curious?/

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    Re: Sinar Pan Tilt head from China - Impressed

    luland66 The listing picture doesn't say Sinar, but the one I got did. Catlabs also lists these on their web site for a few dollars more.

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    Re: Sinar Pan Tilt head from China - Impressed

    Curious, possible to get a picture of the bottom of this pan-tilt head clone? The design and construction of the base is different than the Sinar. Sinar base is made of steel and has adjustments for part tolerances and gap. This clone appears to be made of brass with no adjustments.

    Is the tilt locking handle made of plastic or some kind of metal and could the locked angle of the handle be adjusted?


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    Re: Sinar Pan Tilt head from China - Impressed

    Not sure what adjustment you're talking about, but here's a couple more pictures. There are alignment screws on top. The tilt locking handle is metal and you can adjust the angle by pulling the handle and turning it.

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    Kevin Kolosky
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    Re: Sinar Pan Tilt head from China - Impressed

    How difficult is it to change those dried out levels?

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    Re: Sinar Pan Tilt head from China - Impressed

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin J. Kolosky View Post
    How difficult is it to change those dried out levels?
    Took about a minute, at least for the one I replaced.

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    Re: Sinar Pan Tilt head from China - Impressed

    what is involved?

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    Remove the two small screws. Slide the old level out. Slide the new one in. Replace screws. Calibrate level using another level. Tighten screws.
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    Re: Sinar Pan Tilt head from China - Impressed

    The level I replaced sits behind a metal plate that you remove via two small screws. The level is held in place with two small screws also. The level comes pre-mounted on a white plastic bracket.

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