Shooting upside down?


johnriley

Link Posted 18/02/2017 - 10:35
Getting a Benbo tripod back in its case (and presumably a Uni-Loc as well) is a feat worthy of due recognition. An octopus is probably a very good way to describe it.

However, they are also very fine tripods.
Best regards, John

Algernon

Link Posted 18/02/2017 - 10:56
Uni-Loc/Benbo Tripods are very unstable and tip over easily if the 3 legs aren't equidistant. This is quite hard to achieve.

It's also very difficult to make sure the centre column is plumb. This clip on bubble helps......

https://www.manfrotto.co.uk/autopole-spirit-level


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Algi

K30pete

Link Posted 18/02/2017 - 11:43
I went the DIY route with some sheet and flat bar aluminum, works great with ball head or gimball extension bar attached to the side. this gets it as low as it can get in landscape position.




RobL

Link Posted 18/02/2017 - 13:29
How about a Manfrotto gimbal head? They pivot 180 degrees in normal position with the camera upside down, so presumably that would be the right way up where you want to put it. Added bonus you then have a good head for long telephotos.

Algernon

Link Posted 18/02/2017 - 14:39
A gimbal would probably do or cobble one together with a couple of 90deg L brackets and a few pano bits...




The bottom L bracket can be turned upside down.

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Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Algi

JohnX

Link Posted 18/02/2017 - 17:43
Thanks all for the suggestions. Food for thought.
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