May 25, 2018, 10:52:03 PM

Poll

Do you prefer flip locks or twist locks on tripod legs?

Flip Locks
18 (45%)
Twist Locks
22 (55%)

Total Members Voted: 40

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MusoD

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Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« on: January 05, 2018, 04:01:04 PM »
Hi Folks, this seems like a question that comes up regularly in any discussion about tripods, so once and for all, let's see if there is a preference amongst the forum members one way or another. Tripod flip locks or twist locks?

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Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« on: January 05, 2018, 04:01:04 PM »

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Re: Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2018, 04:08:46 PM »
Who cares what others prefer?

MusoD

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Re: Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2018, 04:23:01 PM »
Is the purpose of a forum not to share thoughts and discuss things? It's a common question, and most people have a preference, it's a fun poll to see if there is a bias one way or the other, that's all. Everyone has a preference or thoughts on the kit that they choose.

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Re: Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2018, 04:23:45 PM »
I prefer Twist Locks.

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Re: Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2018, 04:56:40 PM »
I started with flip locks on a Benbo and had to frequently adjust them so they would stay tight. One day a leg section slipped and my rig bit the dust. That convinced me to switch to the twist locks on Gitzo, and in 15 years of use, never had a leg slip. Other may have different results.  🤠

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Re: Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2018, 04:58:54 PM »
I'm in the minority, but I find flip locks much easier to handle, especially in the cold.

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Re: Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2018, 05:04:19 PM »
I actually suspect that most people start with flip locks on their first tripods.

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Re: Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2018, 05:10:24 PM »
I have tripods with both types of locks.  I have no preference, they both work.  I'd never buy a tripod based on the style of locks for the legs.

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Re: Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2018, 05:50:28 PM »
Twists, well...good twists. Feisol makes great twists. Redged not so great.
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Re: Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2018, 07:33:57 PM »
Got both. Like both.
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Re: Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2018, 07:55:14 PM »
Got both. Like both. my main tripod has flip.  :)

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Re: Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2018, 08:08:23 PM »
Started with flips on a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 tripod and 694CX monopod.  Switched to twists when I moved to RRS.  I far prefer twists – faster to open, can be loosened only slightly to gently lower a load (very useful with a big white on a monopod), easier to disassemble and clean after using in sand/salt/mud/etc.


I'm in the minority, but I find flip locks much easier to handle, especially in the cold.

I find twist locks much easier to handle in the cold, too.   However, extreme cold does have a benefit when using flip locks...well, not the cold per se, but the fact that cold usually means wearing gloves, and gloves mean less damage to your finger when you pinch it in a flip lock.   :P
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Re: Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2018, 09:32:47 PM »
Seems to me that lower end tripods tend to use more flip (Velbon), while high end (Gitzo, RRS) use twist. May be there's a message here.
And there are also screw locks on woodies like Ries. They have a following in LF community, though I never went for it.
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Re: Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2018, 09:49:59 PM »
I'm in the minority, but I find flip locks much easier to handle, especially in the cold.

Interestingly enough, we found that the flip locks broke and the tripod fell over when it got cold..... but then again, the chamber was at -180C.....
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Re: Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2018, 11:01:21 PM »
Flip.  I'm in the TV/Production world, not stills.  I shoot on Sachtler Speedlock and Speedlock HD CF legs.  Twist-locks are the work of the devil.  There's not a set of twist-lock sticks in the world that can be adjusted faster than my Speedlocks.  Gitzo-type legs may be more versatile, height-wise, since they get down to hi-hat level, but where it counts for me, being able to adjust the height QUICKLY, they suck.  And every pair of Gitzo's I've ever seen that really get used in the field have F'd up leg locks, so it usually takes at least two to three times longer than it would have anyway with them to adjust them.

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Re: Once and for all, a poll on tripod FLIP or TWIST locks!
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2018, 11:01:21 PM »