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Hasselblad style quick release clamp

yun chen , Jul 27, 2004; 11:45 p.m.

I am now using the Gitzo 1327 tripod + Gitzo 1277M ballhead + Hasselblad 45144 quick release clamp. On the top is 503CW body or CFE350Sa lens. This system works fast and well. But in the wind the clamp and the head seem not rigid enough. So I have been considering to buy an Arca-Swiss B1. I would like to know if there is an A-S B1 or other product similar to the B1 which has a Hasselblad style quick release clamp. And is there a Hasselblad style clamp which can be attached to a ballhead except the Hasselblad 45144? If the answer is yes, should be very good that I can mount my Hassies directly with the integrated Hasselblad style quick release plate. If the answer is no, why? Thanks a lot.


Gary Woodard , Jul 28, 2004; 12:09 a.m.

Hope I am getting your question right, I believe you can mount a Hasselblad 45144 to an Arca-Swiss B1,(an excellant if not the best ballhead around), I have mounted my Hasselblad quick release clamp to an arca swiss base plate so I can remove it quickly to accept other base plates, most of my Arca style plates are custom fitted and produced by Really Right Stuff in California. You could get a base plate to custom fit your 503cw and use it with the B1 Ballhead with Arca Clamp and forgo the Hasselblad 45144, a couple of different ways to go, the B1 Ballhead will be more than able to handle the weight of the Cameras and Lens you have mentioned. Good Luck

Andreas Carl , Jul 28, 2004; 01:17 a.m.

I don't believe there is an Arca Swiss ballhead with Hasselblad style quick release. You will have to use the Arca Style quick release and there are two options: either use the "Real Right Stuff" quick release plate fitted to the 503 body's base plate, or remove the Hasselblad base plate and replace it with an Arca Style one. There is a company that manufactures these, but I forgot their name...

Which brings me to another question: which works better, the Arca Style quick release, or the Hasselblad Style quick release?

Gary Woodard , Jul 28, 2004; 02:38 a.m.

I have a Arca-Swiss ballhead B-1 with a 45144 quick release clamp mounted on it, the quick release clamp,(45144) has an Arca style plate screwed into the bottom so it can be mounted on the Ballhead, I just like the 45144 for its simplicity and the fact I can mount my Hasselblad Handgrip on the 45144, with the proper adapter, (Pro Systems). So yes, they do exist and I use this arrangement quite often.

Gary Ferguson , Jul 28, 2004; 08:12 a.m.

"Which brings me to another question: which works better, the Arca Style quick release, or the Hasselblad Style quick release?"

Arca Swiss, the Hassie system's just too fiddly, you're rummaging around underneath the camera where you can't see. However, I agree with the above post, a hand grip can be a benefit even with a tripod mounted Hasselblad, and if you think likewise then the ball head solution should take this into account.

Blake Abbott , Jul 28, 2004; 08:36 a.m.

Here's a place I bookmarked some time ago. You might try them for an adaptor plate that would fit a Hassy to AS-type mount. http://www.clearsightusa.com/hassyfootcs.html

Stefan Kahlert , Jul 29, 2004; 08:13 a.m.

I use the Hasselblad QR-Base on the FLM 58 FT-O. It is comparable to this one (link) but lacks a base plate and has a short stud with the 3/8" thread only. Thereby you can mount whatever QR-plate you like as shown in this article: http://www.poelking.de/wbuch2/FLM-Kugelkopf/eeFLM.htm

It has a handy tilt-feature which turns it into a 2-way head if you like to, is well made, a lot less expensive than the Arca and bit lighter. It replaced my Linhof Pro III because it is considerably lighter compared to the Linhof and less prone to vibration (because of the shorter stud, I think) on my tripod. I must admit that it needs a bit more force on the knobs to keep it from slipping with heavy gear in odd positions. Otherwise it is as good equipment should be: you won't notice it after you became familiar with it.



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