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  • Question on Tripods/Heads.

  • Eric McCarthy

    September 23, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Hoping someone can point me in the right direction. This is a cross post that was originally posted in “Indie Film & Doc.”, but I thought I might have luck in this forum. I recently was lucky enough to get a Sachtler Pedestal C I (tripod/dolly) at auction, but without any head. I have a number of Manfrotto and Gitzo heads which attach to tripods via a 3/8″ Female thread. My ultimate goal is to mount one of these to the Sachtler pedestal.

    The Sachtler pedestal has a plate that is circular, flat, and has three evenly spaced holes near the outside. The wholes are not threaded, and run through the wheel assembly, about 2 inches. In the image below, the center whole is not threaded.

    The wholes are not threaded, and run through the wheel assembly, about 2 inches.
    In the C I Manual, it lists the head fitting as “Flat Base”, but I am having a hard time finding anything online that would adapt the hardware. I would like to avoid having to spend the type of money a Sachtler head would cost (even a used one).

    Any advice would be great. Thanks in advance.
    -Eric

    HVX200A, HPX170, Canon 7d – Speedy Mac Pro – Final Cut, Motion, AE6, and Maya. Studio, Lights, Mics, and the will to use it all!
    So whatcha’ want?

  • Mike Jeffs

    September 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I have some heavy duty Vinten vector 750 heads that have this type of mount. According to vinten they call it a 4 bold flat mount

    Hopefully this helps. Not sure its a industry standard name or not.

    Mike Jeffs
    Video Coordinator
    BYU-Idaho

  • Eric McCarthy

    September 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Hi Mike,

    I really appreciate the input, especially since I have had very little response to this posting. Unfortunately, you will see that this has actually only THREE bolt holes… I looked up Vinten 4-Bolt Flat Base Adapters on B&H and Adorama, and this IS the industry standard name. Just the wrong one for my needs.
    🙁

    Thanks anyway!

    HVX200A, HPX170, Canon 7d – Speedy Mac Pro – Final Cut, Motion, AE6, and Maya. Studio, Lights, Mics, and the will to use it all!
    So whatcha’ want?

  • Mike Jeffs

    September 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Well I’m a idiot. I should have looked closer. Sorry. On the website you attached I looks like they have a whole heck of a lot of adaptor mounts. I’m guessing non of those will fit your current heads?

    Mike Jeffs
    Video Coordinator
    BYU-Idaho

  • Eric McCarthy

    September 28, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    You are not an idiot. I honestly appreciate that you were trying to help. As you can see, no one else has posted to this thread, and I still don’t have an answer to my question. Thanks again for trying, if I do find a solution I will be sure to share it here.
    It is kind of a bummer, since I currently have this AWESOME tripod, and no way to mount a camera on it (without spending $4K on a Sachtler head).
    -Eric

    HVX200A, HPX170, Canon 7d – Speedy Mac Pro – Final Cut, Motion, AE6, and Maya. Studio, Lights, Mics, and the will to use it all!
    So whatcha’ want?

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