In this small blog we will cover the flexibility of the product line. In a very general statement we can say there really is no "wrong" way to use a CobraCrane. Lots of people use CobraCranes for a wide variety of applications. Its built in flexibility makes it an affordable, rugged tool for many applications.
Today we are gonna look at the tripod bracket and how they relate to the release plate and the cranes overall orientation.
The Single arm CobraCrane can be used on BOTH the right side and the left side of the tripod. When the crane is mounted on the right, it allows you to use your right arm to boom and swing the crane and you can easily use your left arm to control the tilt. On the other hand, when the crane is mounted to the left side, you can use your left handle to control the swing and boom and then your right hand on the tripod handle controlling the tilt. Many tripod heads allow you to change which side the tilt lever is mounted on. You will want to mount the crane in whatever way is best for you.
Jib mounted on right side Jib mounted on left side
Changing the crane from right or left orientation to the opposite is very simply done by reversing the direction of the release plate.
Step 1: loosen the 14mm plate bolts
Step 2: Reverse the plate orientation (notice the front of the plate now on the top)
Step 3: Re tighten the bolts securing the plate in its new direction
Now the crane will slide on your head from the left side, allowing you to use the tripod handle with your right hand.
Sometime the head you are trying to use has some obstructions like the tilt drag or the handle itself limiting how far the bracket can easily slide into the plate. The Manfrotto 502 head is particularly frustrating when this occurs. Its not gonna stop production though. When this issue arrises, try removing the tripod handle and retrying to slide the crane onto the head. Some times, you make have to push it on partially, then re-install the tripod arm and finish sliding the plate into the tripod head.
There are other heads where the crane simply will not slide on from one direction, but does work in the other. When this is the case, you can simply reverse the release plate on the bracket as described above. In most cases this will solve the issue. I have yet to run into a head where we just did not fit, so just have patience and don't hesitate to call me if you have questions or feel confused.
I also want to cover the "tightening screw that locks the release plate on to the tripod head. In most cases when the crane bracket is on the side of the tightening screw, the screw is obstructed from freely turning by the camera bracket. Do not let this keep the show from going on. These screws have a spring loaded ratcheting system. This means that you can pull out the knob and reset its position, thus allowing you to turn a 1/2 turn, pull it out and turn it back the half turn, then let it spring back in and again, tighten up to a half turn each time.
this knob pulls out allowing you to secure the plate to the tripod head.
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