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    Panasonic lens repairs?

    Yes, I have found lots of forum references going back many years, but it's also obvious that things are improving. "old reports" even as recent as last year, may no longer be relevant. It seems for example, the recently introduced Panasonic pro services, which seems to be available to...
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    Panasonic lens repairs?

    Thanks, but I'm not actually needing a lens repaired, just trying to clarify Panasonics policy on lens repair. The confusion seems to be around the Panasonic - Leica (PL) lenses repairs. Apparently at the end of last year the technicians at DKAVS, started to get training for some external...
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    Panasonic lens repairs?

    Yes, I know there is a repair centre, but the post you linked to helps to address my concerns. I specifically mentioned the more exotic lenses, but included the 200mm f2.8 as well as the 100-400mm, and from what I had read there seemed some uncertainty over what lenses were treated this way...
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    Panasonic lens repairs?

    I've just been reading in another forum that in the US and Canada, that once outside the 1 year warranty, Panasonic won't repair faulty lenses. Instead, they only offer, with minimal discount from the new price, to sell you a refurbished replacement. The lenses specifically mentioned were the...
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    Best Nikon to Fujifim Adapter?

    Have you checked if the lens isn't focussing beyond infinity? With my adaptors, they all (three of them) focus well beyond infinity and I need to very carefully focus them to get subjects at infinity sharp. When I asked about this on a couple of fuji forums (years ago now), the consensus...
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    F-stop bags

    Yes I agree, just adding to the options :-)
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    F-stop bags

    The reason I bought the Granite Gear stuff sac was because of the way it was shaped and opened. In practice it's too floppy to work the way I had it in my head, and most of the time I just pull it out completely, and then stuff it back in. I also have one of these "Koolertron Waterproof...
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    So who is getting the new Gitzo Gimbal Fluid Head?....

    I agree, as I said, using it as a compact "gimbal" replacement its not an issue, because it's being used partially unlocked anyway, it only becomes an issue when you try and make it a universal head for all purposes, which is part of it's attraction. Uniqball said it was an inevitable...
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    So who is getting the new Gitzo Gimbal Fluid Head?....

    Mmmm, I think of movement after locking off, as drift or slippage, by creep, I mean the position the camera platform "creeping" up (or down, or sideways) as you lock the head off. I did think this was the normal meaning of the term, this seems to have been the understanding when discussing...
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    So who is getting the new Gitzo Gimbal Fluid Head?....

    The "creep" with the UniqBall isn't an issue when using it as "gimbal", for as you say, its loosish anyway, and I really have no complaints about it in this regard. And it works well with my telescope as well. But, I also wonder if Steven might be right and that really there is more than enough...
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    So who is getting the new Gitzo Gimbal Fluid Head?....

    Yes, I do mean the vertical creep, and yes, I do try to start a little low before locking off, but what I hadn't thought of doing was to use the locking knob as a fine adjustment tool. But you are correct, it probably does hold well enough without being fully locked down, I suppose I am just...
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    So who is getting the new Gitzo Gimbal Fluid Head?....

    Sorry, if this was confusing. As best as I can follow it, the member of the original three people who set up Uniqball, the one with the engineering background who seemed to be behind the engineering part of the Uniqball design, split away from Uniqball to set up his own company and sell an...
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    So who is getting the new Gitzo Gimbal Fluid Head?....

    Yes, indeed :-) I'm obviously mixing things up, as I know one or two people have said they owned, but then sold their Uniqball heads. Art Morris, now sells the FlexShooter heads, and as part of his blurb mentions how unimpressed he had been with an "earlier" version (which can only be the...
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    So who is getting the new Gitzo Gimbal Fluid Head?....

    Thanks, useful to know, even though changing my uniqball heads, isn't very high up in my financial planning at the moment :-(
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    So who is getting the new Gitzo Gimbal Fluid Head?....

    Do I remember you writing that you once had a Uniqball? If so, I wondered how much better you found the FlexShooter, and which model you have. I have both sizes of Uniqball, and although happy enough with them (I like the concept) I do find the way they creep when locking up annoying when...
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