Those were two different tripods (I told you I had OCD!) The tiny one was AMAZING - how small it could get vs how stout it was... but indeed, it simply didn't go high enough for my purposes when extended, so I sold it (after swapping some parts off of it with the one I kept :-) )
Originally Posted by holmburgers
Neither of those had heads on them, thus the missing axes of gearing. I'll have to see if I can find a picture of the one I kept...
OK, a picture of my keeper tripod next to a standard Bogen (what a cute little thing the Bogen seems!)
Ok, here she is...
Yep, definitely bigger
Here it is, in all it's herculean glory. This tripod could put any camera in any position at a height of around 7 feet or more, safely and securely. This thing is truly gargantuan.
As you can see, it's dusty & rusty. Everything is a little on the stiff side, but no grinding, no forcing... just in need of a cleaning & lubrication; some general TLC.
The geared head works smoothly with plenty of resistance from the spring, and tightens down securely; the swivel/pan works very well as evidenced by the long exposure picture. The geared elevator works well, except that I can't get the screw that is responsible for locking it at a given height to thread smoothly and thus secure it. This is the only thing that is not functioning correctly.
The spirit level is still full of liquid, the head/platform can tilt 90 degrees or more and a sophisticated gearing system makes the tripod-thread easy to attach to a camera.
This tripod is seriously capable, but a bit of a fixer-upper. If I had the time, I'd take it apart and clean everything, maybe replace some of the rustier bits and do some scrubbing with a brass brush; this could go a long way. As it is however, I don't need any new projects! I'd love to sell this to someone here that can spruce it up and bring it back to full glory.
I'd be happy to get $200 for it, plus shipping (which will no doubt be signficant).
Please let me know your honest opinion and don't hesitate to make me an offer if you're interested.
Ah! JUST the thing I need for my Pentax Auto 110. I'll take it!!!
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Yep, that looks like a slightly newer variation on my head, with cooler spinny handles instead of my ugly crank levers. My platform actually has two slots and clamps for holding down cameras (which works well because my Photec has two tripod mount holes that line up with them!) - it looks like yours easily could also, under that cork covering. Does it?
My earliest Photec runs were done on my Bogen tripod, which actually bobbed a bit from the motor torque and that big heavy camera on top of the little head. No such problems with the mighty Hercules tripod!
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I haven't peeled back the cork to check, so I can't say.
2F/2F, I was thinking the same thing about my Rollei 35, but I don't know, that 2.8 is a lot of glass...
You don't have to peel back the cork; all holes and slots it has should be visible from the bottom of the main plate.
Ok, is anyone interested in $150 plus shipping?
If there are no takers at 150 then you'll be forcing me to take it apart, clean & lube it myself and upon relisting it, you'll be so helpless to resist this beautifully refurbished work-horse that you'll all mortgate your homes at once just to a get a chance to beat out your fellow APUGer
I've yet to find a home for this tripod and would still like to do so. How about $150 with shipping included as well as the APUG contribution taken care of by me. Free shipping on this monstrosity is no 'garnish', that's a steak dinner ladies & gentleman.
For those just tuning into this thread, go back to post #13 and that's the tripod I am offering.
Now, I didn't get as ambitious as stated in my previous post (dismantle, clean = beautiful) but I did take things apart, peer inside, squirt some 3-in-1 oil hither & thither, check that everything was accounted for and basically eased my mind about selling this tripod... everything is 100% functional.
The worst thing is that the elevator locking screw (or whatever you wanna call it) is *tight*. With a rag on your hand it can be tightened down fairly easily. It is not ideal, but workable. I took out the bolt and examined the threads but still cannot determine where this tightness is coming from.
You'll notice that all the surface rust is confined to the steel bits, like the nuts/bolts, screws, and spring. The parts that count, like the gears, sliding tubes, etc. are all aluminum and completely rust free. The gears look great and operate very smoothly; the pan-head bearings are as smoooooth as Tennessee whiskey (excuse the song reference)
So please, if you're interested let me know.
Ok, if I was asking out a girl for this long with no response, it'd be a matter of "I GET THE HINT!"
But I've always been pretty stubborn, so one more shot...
$50 PLUS shipping. And no, frankly I don't know what the shipping will be. I've yet to pack it, and I don't have a weigh to way it (wait... strike that, reverse it).