Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/20

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Subject: Re: [Leica] The tripod socket on M6 TTL
From: "john miller" <>
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2001 10:41:52 -0500

>From: "M V" <>
>Subject: [Leica] The tripod socket on M6 TTL
>Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 18:56:42 -0000
>Hi folks,
>As a new user of a Leica M6 TTL, I am a little baffled by the tripod socket
>being off to a side on the M6. I realize that most M6 users shoot handheld
>(as I did, on my recent trip to India, and the slides look awesome!) but I
>am used to an SLR + tripod, and would occasionaly like to use a tripod with
>the M6. Does the offset socket cause stabilty problems, especially with
>vertical compositions? I am planning to use a light weight tripod with a
>ball head.

Not really - although using the arrangement has taken me some time to become 
accustomed.  I like to keep the film rewind at the top because I can crank 
faster, but it means the viewfinder is at the bottom where my face sometimes 
clashes with the tripod.  I've had to learn to pull up the center post about 
6 inches to prevent this,   I have a Gitzo 1228 carbon with a couple of ball 
heads.  One is a Foba with quick release and the other is a small Gitzo ball 
that I bought for the M6.  Really Right Stuff makes a quick release plate 
for the M6 which is beautiful in design and stability.  But it adds weight  
to the camera, and the quick release system on the Foba adds weight to the 
tripod.  This my most stable and precise setup, but it is bulky( by my 
standards) for travel.  My little Gitzo head  has an inner component that 
moves.  When you go vertical you have to make sure the base of the platform 
hooks into the notch to be able to go vertical and rotate.  I think that is 
a pain.  You can also invest in a M grip which will center the tripod hole 
and give you a better grip when hand holding.   Awhile back I posed the 
question of ball heads for the 1228 and M6,  Someone raved about a Giotto 
medium ball head while another was using exactly the same Foba head without 
quick release.  This is probably more than you wanted to Know - hope it is 
of some assistance.  John Miller
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