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    1.5" Post to 3/8"-16 Tripod Head adapter

    I recently picked up a nice Majestic tripod in a lot of other items, and I was originally planning to sell it, since I have another relatively heavy Bogen tripod, but I think I like the Majestic better, so maybe I'll sell my Bogen legset and keep the Majestic, BUT the Majestic has a 1.5" post connection, and I'd like to have the option of using it with my Gitzo head that has a 3/8" connection. I know Majestic makes adapters that go the other way (head with a 1.5" post connection to a tripod with a 3/8" screw), but does anyone know if there is a stock adapter out there that will solve my problem?
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    Yep... contact me for details if you like.
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    Have you called Bencher? They have been very responsive to my questions.

    847 838 3195

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    Thanks. There doesn't seem to be such a thing on the Bencher website, but I'll call them, unless Bradley has a more detailed answer.
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    Make sure you use it a bit before you sell the other. I have one here and while it is a handsome old thing the legs have more flex than I like.
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    Thanks for the advice, Jim. One or the other has to go.

    The Majestic must have at least 11 feet of extension with the extension legs and extension column inside the geared column, but I don't have a ladder tall enough to use it or the means to transport one conveniently. Bradley didn't turn up the adapter he had thought he had seen. I just bought a Majestic head with a 3/8" screw base that I can use on the Bogen. Maybe I should go back to the original plan and sell the Majestic.
    Last edited by David A. Goldfarb; 06-23-2005 at 09:10 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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    David, I encountered the same situation on my Majestic head. I had a machine shop make my adaptor. I would imagine that SK Grimes could very easily make what you needed. My cost on mine was about $25.00

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    I've been thinking of that, but I think I'm looking for the opposite of your adapter. I have two Majestic heads--one for 3/8" screw and one for 1.5" post--and I have other heads for 3/8" screw. If I keep the Majestic tripod with the post, I want to be able to use the 3/8" screw heads on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
    I've been thinking of that, but I think I'm looking for the opposite of your adapter. I have two Majestic heads--one for 3/8" screw and one for 1.5" post--and I have other heads for 3/8" screw. If I keep the Majestic tripod with the post, I want to be able to use the 3/8" screw heads on it.
    David, If you had SK Grimes make the following adapter for you it should serve your purposes...have them make a 1 1/2 inch ID X 2 inch OD cap with the top (blind end) tapped for the 3/8 inch 16 thread and a stud inserted into these threads. Have the sides of the cap tapped for two 1/4 inch thumbscrews (to tighten it to the post when you use it) This should do what you need. I would probably make this cap about 4 1/2 long OA with 4 inches bored out to the 1 1/2 inch inside diameter. This would allow you to use the Majestic tripod with post without the adapter for your post head and with the adapter for your screw heads.

    PS Aluminum should serve the purposes here.

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    Thanks, Donald! That would do it. I'll try it for a while before I sell either one or have an adapter made, and see what works best.

    Another model would be to put a plug in the post tapped for a 3/8" screw and use a double-sided Linhof platform (3/8" one side, 1/4" the other side but with a recessed 3/8" screw under the 1/4" screw so both sides screw into the 3/8" hole) to support the head, like my Linhof studio stand has. I didn't realize when I bought the Majestic head with the 3/8" screw for the studio stand that the studio stand could also take a head that mounts on a 1.5" post. At the end of this shuffle, I plan to have only one Majestic head.
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