Just to make sure, the standard for the surveyor tripod is global, right?
any one has photos for the mounting part?
We've had purchases of these adapter kits from the US, UK, France and South Africa thus far.
find this on the web.
I dont know why people pick the hard way to convert surveyor's tripod heads!?!?!
Just remove the big 5/8 off the beast and go to a hardware store and get a 3/8bolt and a couple of big washers for $2 and mount your tripod head on it... took me 2mins to convert.. have fun
sounds simpler than I think. :-)
Modern surveyors tripod heads have a ground flat top surface with a fairly large hole in the middle.
The tribarch can move over this surface for centering purposes. the fixing is fairly complex as it has to work with an optical plumb which these days is mostly a tube This is pulled down to lock the Tribarch into position by a hollow bolt this passes through a metal arm under the tripod head that can move following the tribarch as it is slid to adjust its position.
The way he mentions only works with old style legs.
The surveyor tripod/ tribrach combo is overkill for 99% of panorama photographers. I was obsessed with the tribrach idea for a while and built a plate to convert the 5/8 to 1/4 fitting. Tribrachs are fun, the leveling ensures great accuracy, but another converter needs to be fabricated to mate with the NN base. More trouble than it is worth. Leveling with a ball head takes a few seconds, and the ball head is great for non panoramic photography as well.
Do you like the surveyor tripod? Do you feel it heavy? Wondering how many people can accept the weight. Do you think a simple adapter (like yours) for it is helpful?
Here's an image that shows the Nodal Ninja 3 MKII on a Leica Geosystems Scan Station adapter (rod) which in mounted onto the tribrach adapter (black portion only).
This is the sort of progress wide angle stuff that would suit a Surveyors tripod.
taken with canon G6 on nn3 on Manfrotto 055prob. wind and mud on such sites is always a major problem.
Now use a 40D for this work.