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    Re: 4x5 Tripod Question!

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    If you do end up getting another head or head and tripod then look at eBay and this forum. Tripods are a lot cheaper used over new.

    By the way, I like your name. My wife and I named our daughter Samantha.
    This pod is great!!! Just used the same model yesterday... (And I have quite a few tripods...) ;-)

    Steve K

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    Re: 4x5 Tripod Question!

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Pitman View Post
    That Majestic head is overkill for a 4x5 and will be a lot to carry around. You should be able to remove the head and attach the camera to the top of the tripodóno head. Give it a try.
    not with a majestic tripod... the head slips over the post...it doesn't screw on to it

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    Re: 4x5 Tripod Question!

    Quote Originally Posted by LabRat View Post
    This pod is great!!! Just used the same model yesterday... (And I have quite a few tripods...) ;-)

    Steve K
    I don't doubt you one bit, Steve. It's just that tripods/heads are like cameras. Everyone has their own opinion of what they like.

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    Re: 4x5 Tripod Question!

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    I don't doubt you one bit, Steve. It's just that tripods/heads are like cameras. Everyone has their own opinion of what they like.
    The one thing that takes getting used to on the Majestic head and pod is a lot of locking knobs... You get the hang of them, but maybe usually shoot downwards by using the gear drive crank... Then one day out in the field you are shooting everything 45 deg upward, meaning the crank is now facing forward... Most of the rest of the head locks are reversed, so you have to think about it a little...

    The center column extension goes really high, but shakey... But can be at full extension using strobe...

    But I like this tripod, fairly strong but not very heavy...

    Steve K

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    Re: 4x5 Tripod Question!

    I bought my Majestic in '82 when I started school and it's still going strong today. My Majestic gear head finally crapped out when they were still around I asked them about a conversion from the old 1.5" post to a 3/8th thread and they had some really convoluted unnecesarrily complicated conversion piece so I went out to Industrial Metal Supply, bought a piece of 1.5" ID steel tubing, got out my acetylene torch and brazed up my own custom converter that now lets me put modern tripod head on with no problem. Still prefer the 5662 Gitzo whenever possible but the Majestic is good gear. The other thing I did a long time ago was replace the aluminum upper leg section with stainless steel as the aluminum always dented in when tightening down the lock knobs for the leg spread. That fixed that issue and added a whole 'nother level of rigidity (and weight) to the beast. Who knows - you may be able to find smaller Majestic plates for the top of your gear head. They did make them in a few different sizes.

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