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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which tripod size is the largest : #1 or #4 ?

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RichS



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The larger the number, the larger the tripod.

I found the #1 as useless. Kind of like a tiny travelling tripod for emergency use. The #4 is large enough to be useable. I've never seen a 2 or 3...


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Henry



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rich, I have a tripod marked "Crown Tripod no. 1" by Folmer Graflex. It's a beautifully-made wooden (mahogany?) job with brass fittings, but I wouldn't call it "tiny." I wonder if this is the same model as the one you mentioned? The main drawbacks to actually using this as a working tripod are (1) mounting a head on it with its 1/4"-20 hardware (you *could* mount a camera directly to it, with obvious shortcomings), and (2) adjusting/leveling the legs. It's on permanent loan to the wife for use as a plant stand, and it functions very attractively as such!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Henry,

I suppose "tiny" is a relative term. I wouldn't consider a #1 large enough for 4x5 work. No doubt it would hold up the camera but I just wouldn't trust it. Compared to me Berlebach, I'd call it 'tiny' Whereas the #4 I would consider very usable for 4x5 and even a light 8x10. It favors in size to the Berlebachs but certainly not as sturdy. I think it was Les who made mention that the #1 made a good travel tripod. Small & light and just barely up to the task.

Now to be honest, I've nevr actually used either... They may be better once set up with the weight of the camera on top? It's just the size of the #1 would worry me...


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed, Rich, 4x5 would be a stretch. I think it would work OK with a Century, though.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Henry, you're right. It would be a great tripod for the 2x3 cameras. Why I never though of putting in the case with my Mini-Speed I'll never know

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thing is, Rich, I'm so spoiled by my Bogen-Manfrotto 3001 'pod with medium geared head, that I just might end up tossing the #1 on the campfire. But as I said, it makes a really dandy plant stand!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can understand that. Though I like wood so I'll stick with my Berlebachs. The #1 fits the Mini as both are realy just collectibles for me. But who knows? I'm right now gathering what I need to use my Minox B after 35 years of it sitting in draws and boxes. That Mini may yet be used? The #1? Maybe not Still worth keeping!
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