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  1. New Fanotec Tripod Adapter with Manfrotto tripods

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    Hi,

    as I received my adapter yesterday, I was trying to find some parts to attach it to the manfrotto center column with leveling top.

    http://www.manfrotto.com/product/837...umn_for_055Pro. The handle at the bottom fixes the top leveling plate by locking-unlocking. So we have to keep this mechanism going and be able to attach the lower adapter part to an 3/8" male screw.

    I managed to find some parts which can be used to make it work:

    http://www.manfrotto.com/product/837...27_to_38%27%27

    The normal manfrotto handle has a 6mm thread. So you have to change the 1/4" thread inside of the Adapter to a 6mm thread. I just "screwed" it inside softly and everything worked nice with the new 6mm thread. The plate has to rest against the Bottom of the Tripod with a tube between Adapter Plate and tripod.

    I found a small tube normally used as curtain accessory which fits nicely. H: 15mm , outer diameter 18mm, inner diameter 12mm = 3mm thick "wall". There is a flat screw inside on top, I opened up the hole with 6mm. This screw centers the tube on the 6mm Tripod Screw. Fixing the tube to the tripod with the Adapter Plate on top, you can easily fix the leveling top.

    Workflow to fix the Tripod Adapter: First fix Top Plate with loose level plate of tripod. Then center the lower NN adapter to 3/8" screw of adapter plate, fix the tripod head by using the adapter plate. Move the pole upwards to fix it to the center column.

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    For the other type of center column without leveling top, you have to get this sort of adapter:

    http://www.manfrotto.com/product/837...lumn_Accessory
    http://www.manfrotto.com/product/837...ter_for_055DCL

    After taking off the rubber cap of the end of the center column, it can be fixed by clicking into one of the two holes in the columns end.

    Cheers,
    Heinz
    Last edited by hindenhaag; 09-13-2011 at 09:59 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hindenhaag View Post
    as I received my adapter yesterday, I was trying to find some parts to attach it to the manfrotto center column with levelling top.
    I managed to find some parts which can be used to make it work:
    hum confused by your message there you need to attach the adapter both at top and bottom of the column ! The most difficult part is bottom of the column

    Vincèn



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    I have to post step by step Vincen, otherwise I loose the first part of the post. So I always have to save in between. I hate this!!

    Do the pics explain it?

    Heinz
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    Quote Originally Posted by hindenhaag View Post
    I have to post step by step Vincen, otherwise I loose the first part of the post. So I always have to save in between. I hate this!!
    i can imagine that :)

    Quote Originally Posted by hindenhaag View Post
    Do the pics explain it?
    Reading text and looking at pictures I got it :D the only difficulty is to find the curtain accessory



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    You can use any tube of that size and cut it to length.

    How many adapters do you like for your clients? I can send them ready to go....

    Heinz

    BTW: received your parcel today. I'll meet Karel tomorrow and we are going to test the 8mm panasonic lens ring for the Samyang 7.5 and take the rest of the measurements Nick needs. We let you know about it tomorrow evening.
    Last edited by hindenhaag; 09-13-2011 at 10:07 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hindenhaag View Post
    You can use any tube of that size and cut it to length.
    How many adapters do you like for your clients? I can send them ready to go....
    I send you by email a subcontractor contract to sign Would you mind I share on my support website your explanations ? so my french users know how to do it with that tripod :)

    Quote Originally Posted by hindenhaag View Post
    BTW: received your parcel today. I'll meet Karel tomorrow and we are going to test the 8mm panasonic lens ring for the Samyang 7.5 and take the rest of the measurements Nick needs. We let you know about it tomorrow evening.
    hum looks like a Nodal Ninja user group meeting in Netherlands tomorrow I'll wait for your news about that ring ;)

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    Of course you can share it on your support website. You and other official NN Resellers do not have to ask for it. I believe this is important info for resellers to avoid customers frustration and let TNT earn a lot of money sending the parcel as "return parcels".

    May be Nick some day can make some special adapters. But he is very busy at the moment. That's why I tried it on my own. And this is the tricky point of the Tripod Adapter. But over all, very nice new NN Equipment. Thx Nick!

    Heinz
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    We will introduce another version for center column without 3/8" thread. Price is higher at $59.95 because of more complicated machining. It will support center column up to 32mm in diameter.

    nick



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    Hi...

    Nick, why do you absolutely need to attach the pole to the bottom part of the column ?

    What would you think of only attaching it to the upper part of the column and leaving the pole to remain on the floor ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zenalien View Post
    Nick, why do you absolutely need to attach the pole to the bottom part of the column ?
    to limit torque effect on upper attachment ! leaving pole on floor is not reliable and with torque it would probably twist and break the upper part too easily !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincèn View Post
    to limit torque effect on upper attachment ! leaving pole on floor is not reliable and with torque it would probably twist and break the upper part too easily !

    Vincèn
    As Vincen pointed out. To protect the top disk of tripod which is usually glued to the tube in case of carbon fiber tripod. Besides the tripod need to be pressed by the weight of pole in order to support the pole. Otherwise the tripod can move easily.

    nick



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    Quote Originally Posted by nick fan View Post
    We will introduce another version for center column without 3/8" thread. Price is higher at $59.95 because of more complicated machining. It will support center column up to 32mm in diameter.

    nick
    Yes, please!
    I received an adapter today - love it's elegant and simple design, but...can't use it with my trusty 055 carbon tripod.
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    Hi,

    what is the exact manfrotto model?

    What sort of center column do you have?

    Heinz
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1drey View Post
    Yes, please!
    I received an adapter today - love it's elegant and simple design, but...can't use it with my trusty 055 carbon tripod.
    coming in Nov.

    Nick



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    Hi there...

    I also got a manfrotto 0544mf4 carbon fiber...

    I was wondering if the new tripod adapter would be ok with this tripod ? and when it would be available....

    I am going to make a trip in Indonesia in december and, if available, I'd like to order and receive it before I go there... :)

    @hindenhaag, the column of this tripod is not cylindrical, it looks like a triangle with rounded/chamfer edges; like this http://goo.gl/MckjF but longer.
    And finaly there is no screw at the bottom of the column...
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