When I don't need the footplate with pole rotator f.i. when shooting panos with a motor drive on top of the pole then it can be difficult to raise the pole because the bottom end of the pole can easy slip sideways due to the large weight (approx. 3 kg) on top of the pole.
The solution is simple and easy, just cut aprrox. 14 cm of a wide nylon strap (f.i. from an old sportbag), seal the ends with a match or other small flame, heat the tip of an old screw driver with the flame and melt 1 or 2 (*) holes at the end(s) of the strap.
Remove the plastic bottom cap of the pole, put the strap on the screw and mount the bottom cap back on the pole.
Job is done, money costs is zero, time costs is less then 5 minutes and raising the pole is a lot more secure by just stepping on the strap.
When rotating the pole you don't have any issue with the strap so you can leave it mounted on the pole.
(*) the second hole is to attach a carrying hook for transporting the pole on my shoulder.
Last edited by Wim.Koornneef; 09-07-2011 at 05:12 AM.
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