October 24, 2014, 05:29:33 AM

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Which tripod legs locking mechanism do you prefer, twist, or flip?

Twist
17 (53.1%)
Flip
15 (46.9%)

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Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2014, 10:45:04 PM »
Many of the flip latch mechanisms make a snapping noise when they latch down, this is a consideration for wildlife photography.
The heaviest and most rigid tripod you can tolerate carrying is the best to have...so if you want a tripod for macro with a gimballed center column, best if you can afford a second, specialty tripod.
Foam pads slide around in my experience, annoying. Carbon fiber is better to handle in cold environments.
Removable legs? Sounds like a cheapo do-all model, not a good investment.

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Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
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Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2014, 12:29:20 AM »
I think that the main points have been already made, but I will add some points.  On a well built vegan flip, this is what I prefer.  A twist type on a tripod must be well build or it will not function that well imho.  I prefer no center column for stability, however the Manifrotto CXPro3 Carbon Fiber has one and it works very well for macro.

Interestingly, I have about a half dozen tripods for some reason, and actually, I like each one for various reasons.  And even more interesting to me, I find that they are somewhat personal possessions too.  So I would take in the sage advice of these learned people, then go to local stores, and even borrow some if possible to see what fits your needs best.

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Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2014, 12:32:21 AM »
I've used both, and I find twist locks faster and easier.   A whole set of twist locks can be easily loosened or tightened with one hand.  A set of flips can be closed with one hand, it's harder to open the whole set.  With most flip locks, you need a tool to disassemble the legs, not needed with twist locks (important if you use the tripod in water/silt/sand).  Twist locks allow you to loosen a leg with some tension, making height adjustments easier.

I suspect there's a reason the top brands – RRS and Gitzo – use twist locks.

I prefer no center column (or optional) and availability of a leveling base for using a gimbal or shooting panos.

I totally agree.  I took Neuro's advice on the leveling head and it makes all the difference- amazing.

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Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2014, 05:33:02 PM »
uuuh, so far its very close  :)

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Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2014, 06:03:09 PM »
@ wtlloyd,

I'm curious about your experience with sliding foam pads.  Did that happen on a certain brand of tripod, or maybe on all brands you've used that have the pads?

I have an old tripod that I use as a spare (Induro Alloy 6M AT313), which has about a 7-inch (8cm) foam pad on the upper portion of one of the legs.  This thing has been in sub-zero temperatures (-10F/-23C), as well as in the sun for times long enough such that the metal legs have been too hot to touch.  The foam pad has been a huge convenience in those conditions.  On this old tripod, as well as on my newer one, I have not noticed any pad movement, which is why I am curious about your experiences with tripods on which the pads have moved or shifted.

Your idea of going carbon for temperature extremes is interesting, and I think I'll be adding a carbon tripod to my wish list soon.

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Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2014, 06:59:22 PM »
There are good flip locks and bad ones, there are good twist locks and bad ones.

Basically, cheap tripods have poor locks be they flip or twist, and the high end ones have nicer actions.  I have two Benro CF leg sets with twist, they are fine, no complaints, but they are not as nice to use as the twist locks on my Redged monopod.  I have a older Bogen battleship Aluminum Tripod and similar monopod with flip locks, they have a allen wrench to adjust them, but are clunky and catch on things.  I also have a newer Manfrotto lower end Aluminum Tripod with flip locks, and I like them.  I also have a really old Red Head tripod (whatever that is) that I bought in the 1980's with flip locks.  They work fine, but are not impressive.

So, my put is that it is a variable, there are excellent examples of each, and a lot more poorly done implementations.


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Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2014, 08:07:33 PM »
Hi folks.
I prefer flip locks over what I inherited from dad, that had adjustment like you find on a crutch, you know the pin that pops out the hole, then you push it in and slide the leg until it pops out the next hole. No adjusting that one in a hurry!

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Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« Reply #22 on: July 23, 2014, 09:39:52 AM »
Hi folks.
I prefer flip locks over what I inherited from dad, that had adjustment like you find on a crutch, you know the pin that pops out the hole, then you push it in and slide the leg until it pops out the next hole. No adjusting that one in a hurry!

Cheers Graham.

But I bet that once set, it does not slip. 
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Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« Reply #23 on: July 23, 2014, 12:30:04 PM »
Twist. Doesn't get caught on brush.
No center column.
I use Feisol tripods.

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Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« Reply #24 on: July 23, 2014, 03:16:44 PM »
Hi folks.
I prefer flip locks over what I inherited from dad, that had adjustment like you find on a crutch, you know the pin that pops out the hole, then you push it in and slide the leg until it pops out the next hole. No adjusting that one in a hurry!

Cheers Graham.

But I bet that once set, it does not slip.

Yes it had that in its favour, but no stops on leg angle so on a shiny floor it could slide a leg out with a bit of a rush!

Cheers Graham.
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Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« Reply #25 on: July 23, 2014, 03:29:03 PM »
twist locks - loosen or tighten the whole stack at once, silent, wildlife HATES flip locks.

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Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2014, 05:43:10 PM »
Twist for travel Pods and Clip for heavier Tripods. Then again it has a lot todo with the crap twists and crap clips that are out there.
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Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2014, 06:20:36 PM »
The easiest and fastest tripod is no tripod at all.Closest to that is a flip lock ,with a one knob ballhead.

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Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2014, 06:20:36 PM »