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Old Tuesday 10th June 2008, 17:33   #26
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can this head be use for digiscoping ?
Yes, it would be very well suited for that purpose. Easy to track your subject while holding it's final resting position as well.

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Looks very interesting and certainly more compact than my 393
Well, I happen to have the 393 as well and can verify your comment. The Acratech is a LOT smaller and does the same work.

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I followed the entering of my review post (#23, above) with a tad bit more research and found a better solution for movement in the lateral plane (left/right tilt) for purposes of leveling. Acratech actually makes an optional leveling base, upon which the tension head can be attached, providing up to 10 degrees of motion in any direction - very useful to ensure level panning. Here's the link to that accessory:

http://acratech.net/miva/merchant.mv...tegory_Code=LB

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Old Monday 23rd June 2008, 20:42   #27
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167 - bargain!

It won't be that cheap in the UK, that's for certain. The GV2 - which is $349 on Acratech's site - is 264 here...
Ahhh, yer a cynic Mr R, not everything is cheaper abroad, Their double axil spirit level is $24.50 mine was 1.99
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Well, I couldn't resist buying myself a birthday present. So I've got one of these, with a couple of plates winging there way over the Atlantic as I type. Probably arrive too late for this weekend, but I'll post my findings after I've had a play.
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Finally got round to writing some words about the LLH. They can be found in the Reviews section.

Overall I'm very happy with it. Even at 300 (including two plates, shipping and taxes) it's a lot cheaper and lighter than a ballhead/gimbal combination.
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Old Sunday 17th August 2008, 14:31   #30
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Works as advertised, then - that's good to know.

Thanks, Robert and Frank.
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Old Tuesday 19th August 2008, 03:55   #31
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Sounds worth investigating. Which qr plate from Acratech would you use to connect the LLH head to the tripod collar of - 1. A Kowa 774 scope, and 2. A Tamron 200-500 attached to a Nikon D300? Also, when carrying the camera/ lens/ LLH/ tripod in the field, does it feel solid, and does the lens (or scope) twist on the head, or does the qr plate prevent that?

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Sounds worth investigating. Which qr plate from Acratech would you use to connect the LLH head to the tripod collar of - 1. A Kowa 774 scope, and 2. A Tamron 200-500 attached to a Nikon D300? Also, when carrying the camera/ lens/ LLH/ tripod in the field, does it feel solid, and does the lens (or scope) twist on the head, or does the qr plate prevent that?
Not sure what plates. Best thing is to measure the foot of the lens/scope and buy a slightly larger plate.

When everything is locked down there's no movement at all of the lens/scope when carrying it.
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Hi again,

I have never used Arca-Swiss style QR plates. What stops the camera + lens (or scope) from twisting on the tripod head when there is one screw attaching the QR plate to the tripod collar - is it the flange at the end of the QR plate?

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I have never used Arca-Swiss style QR plates. What stops the camera + lens (or scope) from twisting on the tripod head when there is one screw attaching the QR plate to the tripod collar - is it the flange at the end of the QR plate?

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Ideally you'd use two screws (or one screw and a locating pin). If you only use one screw then the flange does help stop rotation. Also, I tend to put a plate on and leave it on - so it gets tightened with an Allen key. That makes for a pretty firm connection.

I also use something called Parafilm between the lens and the plate. It's something used in laboratories for sealing glassware (sort of clingfilm on steroids). That greatly increases the friction between lens and plate.
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