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Knight Palm
02-23-2008, 10:40 AM
Manfrotto has two sliding plate adaptors, 357 & 577, mainly for use with heavy video equipments.

The main difference between these two is the specific locking mechanism, which is a bit larger for the 577 adaptor. In fact, the 577 also has an extra insex security screw for the rail guide (not shown on this photo).

Therefore, by just altering between the two locking mechanisms, one can use both the small and the large sliding plates, with the same adapter mounted on the tripod.

I'm only using the larger sliding plate (357PLV) with the super telephoto lens, secured with two 1/4" screws to the tripod mount.

When using the somewhat smaller telephoto zoom lens, the smaller sliding plate (501PL) makes here a better balance.

The Manfrotto 393 works very well as a gimbal mount, rotates easily and smooth, and can aim at very step elevations. There are three height adjustment settings. The horisontal friction for panning can also be adjusted.

There is a choice of either mount the camera standing on the inner "fork" like the attached photos, or to mount the camera hanging from the inner "fork".

The E-3 balances excellent, and it's no problem to attach the power grip (HLD-4) with two batteries (BLM-1), and even add a flash (FL-36R/FL-50R). Thanks to the long sliding plate (357PLV), enough adjustment is provided to make the gimbal system in perfect balance.

The shape of the 393 looks like two tuning forks, so each has it's own resonance frequency. Neither have I calculated, nor have I measured it's resonance frequencies. Probably the 393 isn't as robust and resistant against vibrations as a heavy duty ballhead. It's fairly stable though, and the heavier lens and camera it supports, the better it performs in that aspect.

By mounting the 393 to a separate and a short center column (055CCSB), I can quickly change the use of the tripod (055PROB) between the 393 and to the standard column (055TSB) equipped with the 488RC2 ballhead.

I have the Manfrotto standard rectangular quick release plates (200PL-14), when using my camera on the tripod, as well as on the carbon fibre monopod (234RC).

The 234RC attached to a monopod is too weak to hold a super telephoto lens, so the recommendation I've got, is to mount the lens directly onto the monopod.

The 393 gimbal system is a cost effective and a far more convenient setup than a traditional ballhead for tracking birds or using with sports photography.

Ref:
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• 055PROB TRIPOD
• 055CCSB CENTER COLUMN SHORT BLACK
• 393 (Bogen 3421) LONG LENS MONOPOD BRACKET
• 357 SLIDING PLATE ADAPTOR (large)
• 357PLV sliding plate (140x56x7mm)
• 577 SLIDING PLATE ADAPTOR (small)
• 501PL sliding plate (90x50x7mm)
• 488RC2 MIDI BALL HEAD WITH RC2 RAPID CONNECT SYSTEM
• 200PL-14 QUICK RELEASE RECTANGULAR PLATE
• 234RC (Bogen 3229) MONOPOD QUICK RELEASE TILT TOP

jebir
03-01-2008, 08:57 AM
Thanks for the nice summary of this gimbal head.

Why you don't you use it on the monopod as it originally seems to be designed for? Contrary to the advice you have recieved, I would not use the long telephoto lens directly on the monopod unless you shoot very static subjects always at the same level as yourself.

Cheers, Jens.

PS. I'm not sure how well understood "insex" is outside Sweden, the English term is "Allen-key". Also, did you get this in Sweden? (Where and how much?)

Knight Palm
03-01-2008, 11:37 PM
Jens,
I haven't yet tried the "393" on my monopod, which is a tall and quite sturdy one made of carbon fibre. I did put that away, when I found the quick release tilt top head was too weak for the weight. And like you say, the lens collar directly mounted to the monopod, tightened with only one 1/4" UNC, I didn't got too convinced with either. It isn't flexible, for what you also say anything but static shooting.

I'll revisit the monopod, this time with the "393", since it'll provide some agility over a tripod. Thanks for the encouragement.

P.S: Thanks for the better translation of my swenglish for the "Allen-key"

jebir
03-01-2008, 11:41 PM
Hi Knight Palm,

may I ask where you bought this gimbal head?

Cheers, Jens.

Knight Palm
03-01-2008, 11:54 PM
Cyberphoto in Umeε, Sweden