Leofoto tripods

#22
Received my LN-404C today. Unfortunately it didnt come with the 75mm bowl adapter that it was stated to have come with. As a result, I cant attach my RRS TA-3-LC to it. I'm wondering if that leveling head will work with this even with a bowl adapter, based on the design. Going to give BH Photo and Video a call and check tomorrow.

Note .... i'm 230lbs and this was EASILY strong enough to let me balance myself on it. Not a bit of flex or give. I could have done a handstand confidently without feeling like it was going to give.
I believe the LN-404C is rated for 100 lbs. But that is impressive.
 
#23
Just an FYI the 75mm or 100mm etc are the "BOWL" size not the yoke opening. An adapter that changes the "Bowl" size isn't how the RRS TA-3 works. The RRS TA-3 mounts to the Apex opening not the the way the video balls mount.

Look at the Apex photo that is top down here it may give you a better idea. There is alos info on the opeing dims https://forum.snipershide.com/forum/...33-feisol-3372

Anyway, if someone can identify the Apex opening you might have a better idea - don't focus on the "Bowl" /ball size. Here is the part that must match up with the RRS -TA-3 https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...d_adapter.html

But it looks like the TA-3 work not work as the opening looks too large..
 
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#24
I was thinking that .... the RRS TA-3-LC uses the set screws dr the series 3 RRS and Gitzo tripods to lock it in. Even if I got a 75mm bowl adapter I’m not sure that it would actually provide anything to lock the Leveling head in. I believe we’re on the same page.
 
#26
I was thinking that .... the RRS TA-3-LC uses the set screws dr the series 3 RRS and Gitzo tripods to lock it in. Even if I got a 75mm bowl adapter I’m not sure that it would actually provide anything to lock the Leveling head in. I believe we’re on the same page.
Isn't the Feisol 3372 the same price as the tripod being discussed? I see the attraction of this in the 404C, but damn it is getting heavy like the Getzo. I get that the RRS is almost $400 more but nothing really wrong with the 3372
 
#27
I don’t think so, unless I’m mistaken. I got the 404C for $500 shipped. And I thought the Feisol was a bit more than that.

I could step down to the Leofoto 364C for $400 range and have a plenty beefy tripod with less weight. Although, weight isn’t much of a factor for me as I won’t be transporting this more than 20-30 yards at a time max.
 
#28
Not that it matters but I have the RRS and the Feisol 3372 . The 3372 was about the same price but 3.8lbs vrs almost 2x the weight of the 404c. That is a big deal even shooting stages as all our crap adds up fast.


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#31
For what itÂ’s worth, the TA-3-LC works perfectly with the LN-364 tripod.
Looks good, the 364 is lighter too than the 4o4c correct ? But it still is listed at nearly 6lbs. Does that include a ball head or something?

Also does the (two?)retaining screws line up in the grove of the TA-3?

If so that looks like the one to get over the 404


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Looks good, the 364 is lighter too than the 4o4c correct ? But it still is listed at nearly 6lbs. Does that include a ball head or something?

Also does the (two?)retaining screws line up in the grove of the TA-3?

If so that looks like the one to get over the 404


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#33
The weight that I measured was tripod and base adaptor only. There weren’t any retaining screws on my TA-3-LC head. The head snaps into the retention button on the tripod and the friction lock secures it. The TA-3 head fits the Leofoto 364c as good as it does a RRS tripod.
 
#35
Looks good, the 364 is lighter too than the 4o4c correct ? But it still is listed at nearly 6lbs. Does that include a ball head or something?

Also does the (two?)retaining screws line up in the grove of the TA-3?

If so that looks like the one to get over the 404


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Correct. The 364C is lighter than the 404C by a couple pounds I believe. They also make an LN-324C model that is lighter even still, I think that one rates to 55lbs.

I managed to arrange an exchange for the 364C earlier today. Going to roll that direction now that I have confirmation it works so well.


FWIW... if you compare the design of the Leofoto adapters to the RRS, they’re nearly identical. The only difference in this setup is the way in which the pieces someone chooses actually secure into the tripod.

ie: RRS, Feisol, Gitzo all use screws to tension the Leveling or ball head to the tripod.

ie: Leofoto uses a single push button safety lock and a friction knob that allows a significant amount of tension to be applied.
 

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#36
Okay, so how does one make the 404C work with the TA-3? Or are we coming to the conclusion that such is not possible?

I have a 404C coming in the mail, as well as a TA-3. Sounding like I'm going to want to try to exchange?
 
#37
Okay, so how does one make the 404C work with the TA-3? Or are we coming to the conclusion that such is not possible?

I have a 404C coming in the mail, as well as a TA-3. Sounding like I'm going to want to try to exchange?
I imagine you could have a reducer ring machined but I think you'd be money ahead just swapping out for a 364. I got mine the other day and it's light years ahead of the manfrotto 055xb for stability but not as fast to deploy. I put a sirui k40x on it and was able to find some play in the pan bearing that was undetectable on the manfrotto. I need to order a ta-3.