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Pan gears slipping

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Bee_Rad says:

Hi,
Finaly got out and giving the Epic Pro a workout. I'm not sure though if my unit might have dodgy pan gears. Using a 650-1300 samyang beast the unit paned fine untill the gears started to slip, not a nice sound. It wouldn't take a pan as it just sat on the first column. Tilt works fine. Went back to a sigma 70-200 and it worked fine. I have checked the weight of 7D and 650-1300 and it came in at 3Kg so should be well within the weight limits (4.5Kg I believe). Has anybody any experience of this, I'm kind of hoping it dosen't have to go back for a service.
6:09PM, 4 November 2011 PDT (permalink)

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Rick Drew - 20 million views! is a group administrator Rick Drew - 20 million views! says:

Do a warranty repair - My base was wobbly - something loose inside. I paid for shipping to them, they paid for return shipping.
82 months ago (permalink)

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Bee_Rad says:

Yep she is going back. I rang the shop I purchased the unit from and they said that they thought that problem was sorted a couple of years ago! Oh well, at least I bougt the unit (reasonably) localy so no isues with warranty.
82 months ago (permalink)

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Bee_Rad says:

Interesting point to note and one that I don't believe is covered in the instructions. Appears that the Samyang 650-1300mm is too long for the Epic Pro, weight is not an issue with it. I spoke with the person looking at my unit and she provided this information. I also rang back just before Christmas and spoke with another person who suggested that yes he had the same problem with a 1D and a 400mm (canon I believe) lens. He said he had to forget the NPP and accept a point that allowed smooth paning. Lucky I have too much work to do on my house over the Christmas break...
81 months ago (permalink)

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Beetwo77 says:

Bee Rad. From memory the user manual suggests for long / heavy lenses that as you mention, you have to forgo the NPP and select a point at or near the center of gravity. This makes sense as it will limit the load on the motor.

I run my gigapan with a 7D and 70-200 and have no problems like you. If i use my 100-400 though I end up using the tripod collar and mount it at the centre of gravity and it works fine. I think that setup is about 2.7 kgs with the extender on it.
81 months ago (permalink)

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Bee_Rad says:

Beetwo77 thanks, maybe I need to read the instructions again. Just got the unit back today so hopefully I'll get it out on the weekend and have a play. My next purchase is a 2x extender for the 70-200 so I hope thatdoesn't throw it out.
80 months ago (permalink)

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