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Mar 23, 2018 09:41 |  #1

flip lock vs twist lock. Which one is trouble free and should be bought. I intend using it with 5 D Mark 3 body with 300mm f/2.8 lens.

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Mar 23, 2018 09:50 |  #2

I don't think that there is going to be a definitive answer. There are really good flip locks and really bad ones. The same with twist locks, some good ones as well as bad ones. Your probably best off picking a few and compare.


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Mar 23, 2018 09:55 |  #3

Come down to personal preference. Personally I like the twist because you can twist multiple sections at one time. Simply said; they’re faster.


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Mar 23, 2018 11:17 |  #4

Waaaiiiit a minute... I thought flips were faster?

I could say the same thing as FarmerTed, but just substitute “flips”.

It is true that good flip locks will need adjustment in a few years. Some people talk about collapsing legs with flips - in three years of Manfrotto 055 flip tripods used *hard* by students, I’ve only had to adjust a couple legs in our fleet of 8 tripods. The tool is included with Manfrotto tripods, if you can keep track of it. That’s apparently hard for some.

I have both. Both work fine. Quality is more important. The cheapest asian flip-locks shouldn’t be considered, even for occasional use IMO.


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Mar 23, 2018 13:24 |  #5

Flips require you to flip each lever on each joint on each leg. I can rotate all three twists per leg with one motion to deploy the legs quickly.


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Mar 23, 2018 13:36 |  #6

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #18592393 (external link)
Flips require you to flip each lever on each joint on each leg. I can rotate all three twists per leg with one motion to deploy the legs quickly.

I think that is going to depend on the tripod itself. I have two, one flip and one twist. The twist one, as soon as the first segment gets loose, the rest will just spin not loosening but on the other with flip, I can flip all tabs at once. But seriously, we are talking seconds at most.


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Mar 23, 2018 13:42 |  #7

J R Mohan wrote in post #18592262 (external link)
flip lock vs twist lock. Which one is trouble free and should be bought. I intend using it with 5 D Mark 3 body with 300mm f/2.8 lens.

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It depends upon the brand and model!

I evaluated Gitzo decades ago, and hated their implementation of twist lock legs, and I happily used Manfrotto flip lock legs for decades.
Then I evaluated Gitzo G-lock with ALR legs, and very happily use them today, yet I still use Manfrotto flip lock for my really big tripod for large format monorail in studio.


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Mar 23, 2018 14:10 |  #8

I prefer twist locks. The next post will say flip locks. The only way to decide is to go to a camera store or try out a few from friends yourself. There is no correct answer. The only thing is no matter what you buy, buy the best you are able to afford.


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Mar 23, 2018 14:44 |  #9

bpalermini wrote in post #18592425 (external link)
I prefer twist locks. The next post will say flip locks. The only way to decide is to go to a camera store or try out a few from friends yourself. There is no correct answer. The only thing is no matter what you buy, buy the best you are able to afford.

And then you have those, like me, with no preference at all. I'm more concerned with stability and other factors.


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Mar 23, 2018 19:15 |  #10

I prefer Twist Locks for two reasons. Firstly they are much more secure (from personal experience). Secondly I prefer to put expensive gear on top quality support and the best tripods have twist locks. So it is a choice of a lesser tripod with Flip Locks or a better (but not necessarily more expensive) tripod with twist locks.

I have had tripods with Flip Locks in the past (Manfrotto 190 & 055) and they simply don't cut it - but then neither did the tripods!

Just my experiences.


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Apr 04, 2018 21:48 |  #11

I prefer twist locks as they seem more secure and seem less likely to have the leg collapse on you if you don’t accidentally secure them.


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May 25, 2018 15:11 |  #12

I like twist locks because they are less likely for one to reach out and grab something:oops: I have had that happen with flip locks carrying the tripod through brushy terrain...


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May 25, 2018 16:02 |  #13

Tripod advice is the most difficult to take. Don’t cheap out. I wasn’t able to follow that advice, and it cost me a lot of wasted money and frustration.

I now use RRS gear and couldn’t be happier. Gitzo would be another sound choice along with a few others. If you are going to be using your tripod and/or monopod frequently, you won’t regret spending the money. You’ll be so happy because you won’t even think about the gear, you’ll just take the photographs. Or, like me, you’ll smile because you’ll remember how much of a hassle it was trying to set up the tripod you purchased when you couldn’t bring yourself to spend the money for better gear.


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May 26, 2018 16:28 |  #14

I've had both. A Bogen 3221 with flip locks many years ago, and now a Gitzo 3530 (g-lock) with twist locks. Both work... But, I prefer the twist locks. I needed to keep a tool handy because the flip locks would loosen periodically, and the levers caught on brush.


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Jul 18, 2018 18:55 |  #15

I'm slowly getting back into the photo hobby. I have never had a decent tripod. The first one I got was a hand-me-down from a friend when we were in grade school! It's basic but did the job for years. But I never wanted to even LOOK at the more expensive ones because of the price! So after trying to shoot some night photography this week I said the hell with it and bought an nice one. I read here extensively and looked at this very debate. I have used the flip locks for years and they work for me. I have yet used the thing but set it up today. Love B&H. Order today, get it tomorrow!

It's a Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Carbon with XPRO ball. Fortunately reading here helped me pick the correct head. The thing holds my camera rock steady! Now if I can just remember how to use the camera LOL.

I have no problem setting it up with the flip locks. The tool to tighten the flips comes snapped onto the tripod.

The last piece I am going to buy is the 70-200 2.8 L. I was just about to order one a few weeks ago and saw the mark III. there is ALWAYS a better lens. :).

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