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View Poll Results: What's your leg-lock preference?
Lever clamp 5 62.50%
Thumb-screw 1 12.50%
Twisting sleeve 1 12.50%
Other? 1 12.50%
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Old Mar 7, 2005, 3:22 AM   #1
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Seems to me that the lever is probablythe quickest.

Thumb screw is probably the quietest (wildlife?).

Twisting sleeve has no protrusionto snag.


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Old Mar 7, 2005, 9:59 AM   #2
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i have both on 2 different tripods. i really have no preference but the flip locks are faster and generally less problematic. noisey though.
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Old Mar 7, 2005, 10:23 AM   #3
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I have the levers on3 tripods and2 monopod, and the twisting sleeve on one old tripod.

Theadjustable levers on the Manfrottos work and have not failed me. The old no-name one with the twisting sleeve freeze up a lot, itseems to take just a bit of dirt and you are stuck trying to get the legs to move and cleaning them out.

But the non-adjustable levers on an oldVelbon started to slip, and made that tripod useless. So I'd say I preferthumbscrews and levers if they are adjustable.

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Old Mar 7, 2005, 1:17 PM   #4
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Last fall I bought a new leg set, Manfrotto 458. I didn't know how much I detested lever locks until they were gone. I gained freedom and time and eliminated noise and squashed fingers. I debated for awhile when they were released but as it sees more use I'm very happy I made the purchase.
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Old Mar 8, 2005, 2:31 AM   #5
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Tomsch,

I looked up the Manfrotto 458 on B&H, pri-cey!I can't tell from the picture, how do those locks work?

What isthere --a button that slides or pushes in to release the lock?
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Old Mar 8, 2005, 2:19 PM   #6
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Just grab a leg and pull it out, the button at the top releases the leg if you wish to shorten it, press it all the way and the leg will colapse. Set up time is very fast and teardown is a breeze. Saves time and bending once you get used to it.
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Old Mar 8, 2005, 10:36 PM   #7
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just received my manfrotto 055MF3 tripod.

the leverlocks ar dead quiet

it is beautifully made. a definite improvement on their original CF models

works just like a 3021Pro only almost a pound lighter

the only petty negativesare that the leg sections don't come down with the gitzo pneumatic kind of hiss sound when pulled out.they aren't quite as smooth on the pull either.

for the difference in price i can truthfully say i'd take it over a gitzo 1227/1228
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