Experience with Tripod base (eg. Kirk)?

Discussion in 'Tripods, Ball Heads, and Gimbals' started by sreeves31, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. sreeves31

    sreeves31

    117
    Jun 25, 2007
    Mason, OH
    I bought a replacement tripod for my aging Bogen this weekend. I am a short photographer and am considering removing the center post (since I almost never extend it) and replacing it with a Kirk tripod base. I have a Kirk ballhead and L-bracket and I have been impressed with the quality of this company's products and service. Does anyone use this type of base? Is it worth the 90 bucks or so for a little additional stability and flexibility? Thanks in advance for any comments.
     
  2. I use a Markins base for my Gitzo 1327 but I use a Kirk head too and all Kirk's products are first rate. No worries.
     
  3. I use a Kirk on my Gitzo 1325. It works like a charm.
     
  4. There seems to be a certain upper tier of retailers that are mentioned in photo forums; this one and anothers regarding our gear. Companies that seem to either produce quality gear or excellant service or both in the vast majority of instances are; Kirk, RRS, Wimberley, B & H. If I have had a problem with any items purchased from any of these companies (one only); it has been replaced pronto with no hoops to jump through.
    If you think about it, with the Internet today and all the "photography forums" it wouldn't take long for a retailer to lose a substantial portion of their business by just a few negative posts.
     
  5. sreeves31

    sreeves31

    117
    Jun 25, 2007
    Mason, OH
    Thanks Mike, Nick and Gerald for the help. If I get one I'm going with the Kirk. Has anyone made this modification to their tripod and regretted it? If so, why?
    Other than the money is there a downside to this? Thanks again.
     
  6. No - downside. The downside IMO is the use of a center column. Raising a column more than a few inches turns a 3-legged support into a one-legged support. Might as well use a monopod.
     
  7. The neat thing about the Kirk tripod base is you can always remove it and return to the way it was originally. I have also added a set of Markins retractable spikes--now that was a permanent change. I had to rip off the OEM rubber caps and epoxy on the spikes. Went very smoothly, and I have never regretted it on bit.
     
  8. sreeves31

    sreeves31

    117
    Jun 25, 2007
    Mason, OH
    Great information - thanks everyone. Sounds like I'll be ordering one.
     
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