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Re: My Versatile Extension Pole - With Pics
« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2010, 04:09:24 PM »
I am now curious whether one could use that base with the somewhat longer Manfrotto extension pole that I have - which maxes at 7'.  That would make a pretty nice little lowpro stand...
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Re: My Versatile Extension Pole - With Pics
« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2010, 08:29:07 PM »
I am now curious whether one could use that base with the somewhat longer Manfrotto extension pole that I have - which maxes at 7'.  That would make a pretty nice little lowpro stand...

Funny you mention this as I thought the same thing when I pulled the trigger on this base (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/253077-REG/Impact_LS_3S_3_Back_Light_Stand.html) and Manfrotto extension (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/546540-REG/Bogen_Manfrotto_099B_3_Section_Extension_Pole_35_.html) about a month ago.  Finally got a chance to use this setup the other night and it was a mixed bag.  Had it extended to about 6-1/2' with a set of sdc's on top and a pair of 414's hanging coincident off the front.  While I didn't have any issues with it tipping over, I found it a bit wobbly and was concerned that if it built up sufficient momentum rocking back and forth it would tip.  If you can isolate it from people brushing against it, it will stay put but it's FAR from Wookie-resistant; best to keep a close eye on it.  That said, I will definitely use it again under certain conditions.  If you'd like to try it sometime, let me know.

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Re: My Versatile Extension Pole - With Pics
« Reply #32 on: April 12, 2010, 08:47:27 PM »
What would be a good clamp to use with a setup like the OPs to clamp onto a table or an armrest?
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Re: My Versatile Extension Pole - With Pics
« Reply #33 on: April 12, 2010, 09:00:43 PM »
What would be a good clamp to use with a setup like the OPs to clamp onto a table or an armrest?

The one in the picture is a quick release clamp http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/252212-REG/Manfrotto_649_649_Quick_Action_Release.html

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Re: My Versatile Extension Pole - With Pics
« Reply #34 on: April 12, 2010, 09:04:19 PM »
The clamp pictured by the OP and the Super Clamp will both work (and others, I'm sure):

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/252212-REG/Manfrotto_649_649_Quick_Action_Release.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5160-REG/Manfrotto_2909_2909_Super_Clamp_with.html

I've used both for this situation, but prefer the Super Clamp for most situations.  And it's half the price.  I imagine there are situations where the smaller "bite" of the Quick Action Release Clamp would be a benefit, but if you are a light packer this clamp is a beast and you'll definitely feel the weight of it.  Regardless, make sure to pick up something soft to put between the jaws of the clamp so you don't damage whatever you're clamping to.
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Re: My Versatile Extension Pole - With Pics
« Reply #35 on: April 12, 2010, 09:16:00 PM »
And I'm just the opposite - I prefer the Quick Release to the Super clamp. About the same weight (if anything the QRC is lighter) but the QRC opens wider and I find to be more versatile in what and how I can clamp to. One detriment is size - it is considerable but it also doesn't need too_easy_to_lose wedges to clamp well to a flat surface. If you can find one, the Rowi 103, which is also marketed as a Schoeps clamp, is a little smaller than the QRC and has a few other built-in options. Of those three, I use the QRC about 75-80% of the time I use a clamp. Even the Windtech "C" clamp gets more use by me than my Super Clamps.
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Re: My Versatile Extension Pole - With Pics
« Reply #36 on: April 12, 2010, 09:22:34 PM »
Ouch, the quick action release is pricey! I'll probably end up with the superclamp. It's not  a problem that the superclamp is meant for a pole? It will work on a flat surface?
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Re: My Versatile Extension Pole - With Pics
« Reply #37 on: April 12, 2010, 09:29:40 PM »
Ouch, the quick action release is pricey! I'll probably end up with the superclamp. It's not  a problem that the superclamp is meant for a pole? It will work on a flat surface?

There's a wedge included with the SuperClamp for just this purpose.  When not in use, it clicks into a storage location, as seen in the lower left of this photo.  And when in use, it drops into the wedge in the lower right of the same photo.
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Re: My Versatile Extension Pole - With Pics
« Reply #38 on: April 12, 2010, 09:36:49 PM »
I have both the super clamp & the quick realease (I am a clamp slut) and prefer the quick release for tables, arm rests and flat surfaces in general.  The super clamp doesn't always work the best on flat surfaces, depending on the thickness of the surface, in my experience.  The super clamp rules on poles and balcony rails.
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Re: My Versatile Extension Pole - With Pics
« Reply #39 on: April 12, 2010, 10:10:36 PM »
I see the opening on the super clam is up to 2-1/8". Anyone know the average thickness of an armrest or back of a chair? Or has anyone run into a problem with this? I don't plan on using the clamp a whole lot so the $54 for the quick release isn't something I really want to go for unless I absolutely have to.
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Re: My Versatile Extension Pole - With Pics
« Reply #40 on: April 12, 2010, 10:17:11 PM »
Another reason I like the Super Clamp is my paranoia over damaging (or being accused of damaging) a nice table or whatever I'm clamping to.  Since it has a much larger bite, it distributes the force much better.  One problem with the Super Clamp -- get busy talking to somebody while you're opening it and it's easy to open it too far and have it basically fall apart on you (or am I the only one?).  On at least one occasion I wasn't able to put it back together in the darkness.

Both are great, rugged clamps though.
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Re: My Versatile Extension Pole - With Pics
« Reply #41 on: April 13, 2010, 08:52:58 AM »
I have both the super clamp & the quick realease (I am a clamp slut) and prefer the quick release for tables, arm rests and flat surfaces in general.  The super clamp doesn't always work the best on flat surfaces, depending on the thickness of the surface, in my experience.  The super clamp rules on poles and balcony rails.

All true.  You really need both if you do much clamping, IMHO.  The Super is way better for balcony rails, etc. but if you are clamping onto a horizontal surface like a table, it can be a little iffy to get the pole perfectly vertical, in my experience.
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Re: My Versatile Extension Pole - With Pics
« Reply #42 on: April 13, 2010, 09:36:47 AM »
I have both the super clamp & the quick realease (I am a clamp slut) and prefer the quick release for tables, arm rests and flat surfaces in general.  The super clamp doesn't always work the best on flat surfaces, depending on the thickness of the surface, in my experience.  The super clamp rules on poles and balcony rails.

All true.  You really need both if you do much clamping, IMHO.  The Super is way better for balcony rails, etc. but if you are clamping onto a horizontal surface like a table, it can be a little iffy to get the pole perfectly vertical, in my experience.



Though I don't use it often, I've found the following has saved my ass on a couple of occasions. It came with a used super clamp and makes getting truly vertical a breeze even when the clamping position couldn't be considered ideal. Can be used with both the Super and QR Clamps.

http://www.panavise.com/index.html?pageID=1&page=full&--eqskudatarq=110

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Re: My Versatile Extension Pole - With Pics
« Reply #43 on: April 13, 2010, 01:20:04 PM »
What's the difference between the super clamp posted and this one? It appears to be the stud...is that a problem? What size do you need for the extension pole?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/371927-REG/Impact_KCP_700B26_Super_Clamp_with_Standard.html#features
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Re: My Versatile Extension Pole - With Pics
« Reply #44 on: April 13, 2010, 01:32:02 PM »
What's the difference between the super clamp posted and this one? It appears to be the stud...is that a problem? What size do you need for the extension pole?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/371927-REG/Impact_KCP_700B26_Super_Clamp_with_Standard.html#features

I can't find any differences, except for it being out of stock.  The weight capacity is the same (33 pounds) and it looks to be identical functionally.  And the reviews seem to give it a thumbs-up as a cheaper-but-just-as-good version of the name-brand clamp.
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