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    Need a head for Majestic tripod

    I received a Majestic tripod a few days ago for free, but it doesn't have a head on it. The guy said that the center column is a pretty standard size and should be easy to find a head for it, but I'm not sure where to start. Do the Majestic Tripods all us the same size center column, or should I go figure out the model number to know what it is? I didn't see a model number anywhere, but I can look again. It's an old tripod, made of aluminum (I think) legs and the main piece is cast metal of some sort.

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    There are three types and you can order the heads from a dealer like B&H or Adorama--

    http://www.bencher.com/photo/gearheads.php

    If you have a tripod with a normal 3/8" screw, you can use any head, but if you have one of the tubes, Bencher also sells adapters, so you can use them with heads that have a 3/8" screw mount.
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    Go for a Majestic gear head . It has difference size of platform for difference weight of camera. I use it for my 8X10 camera. Under the condition your away from your car within 50 feet, its heavy and sturdy.

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    David, thanks for that link. If looks like mine is one with the 1-1/2" post. I see that the gear head is at least a few hundred dollars. I guess that I should add that I'm a student, and on a tight budget. I guess I'll start keeping an eye on auctions, and figure out whether it's cheaper to go the adapter route and get a cheap head.

    I don't shoot and large format yet, and my heaviest camera would either be my Mamiya M645 or my Minolta 7 with a long lens on it.

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    Posted wirelessly..

    These heads are cheap on eBay, particularly for the post mount, and they're pretty indestructable, so there's little downside to buying used.
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    I have an old Majestic tripod that I got for $20 at a garage sale. It has aluminum legs and a massive cast iron geared head. Weighs about 12 pounds. I see them come up on ebay or craigslist from time to time fairly cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wade D View Post
    I have an old Majestic tripod that I got for $20 at a garage sale. It has aluminum legs and a massive cast iron geared head. Weighs about 12 pounds. I see them come up on ebay or craigslist from time to time fairly cheap.
    interested in parting with the head? I'll be moving back to SD in a couple weeks from up near SLO.

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    Sorry but the answer is no. I still use it regularly for my 4x5 cameras. Even in a stiff breeze I have no problem with camera shake. If I see another one listed somewhere I'll let you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wade D View Post
    Sorry but the answer is no. I still use it regularly for my 4x5 cameras. Even in a stiff breeze I have no problem with camera shake. If I see another one listed somewhere I'll let you know.
    Completely understandable. Please do let me know if you see another one for sale. Thanks, Wade.



 

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