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Friday, January 23, 2009

All Tiltalls (do not) have a MonoPod

With the present production (KingHome) of Tiltall, one of the tripod legs is removable (#1 from #3 above), usually the tripod leg marked with the logo or label. Unscrew the small tripod "platform" (#2 above) (TEP6) at the bottom of the column. Screw TEP6 into the top of the leg and presto! whamo! a monopod for still or to stabilize video motion.  I believe this is true with the Uniphot and Star-D version, but (see next) it does not seem to be the case with Leitz and the original Marchioni design. 

New EDIT: Recent visit (Oct 09), by a Leitz Tiltall owner together the photo post above, seem to indicate that the TEP6 platform was a recent iteration - my guess is during the Star-D period as the Los Angeles company, Star-D added a whole number of "un-orthodox" "improvements" to Tiltall taken from innovations available on their other tripods (as example, a quick camera release).  The stop at the bottom of the Marchioni and Leitz versions, at least the older Leitz versions DO NOT accept the TEP6 platform.  Your comment can be added below.

1 comment:

  1. Gary just checking in from the birthplace of Tiltalls, Rutherford, NJ. I just completed a window installation of photographs of our Historic Downtown. Lots of darkroom thingees mixed in with old and new images of the downtown in a merchants storefront. But the main physical artifact displayed is a 4x5 Speed Graphic mounted on an original Marchioni Tiltall. It is a real eye catcher and has a sign explaining that the iconic Tiltall was manufactured not more that two blocks away.... Yes, I now know exactly where these tripods were born and bred. The house and the tiny garage sized production plant still stands at the NE corner of Ames and Chestnut. However not much remains of the Tiltall history in Rutherford as the family is long gone. But I am telling the story to anyone who will listen and hope more people will preserve the history of the Tiltalls!
    - Billy Neumann


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