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I am trying to find some technical information about and the specs for a Solidex Excel Series VT-87HQ tripod. I found one in my father's attic, but am trying to figure out what it's maximum load bearing weight is, what the actual tripod weight is, what size the base mount and head mount threads are, and what the product dimensions are. I can't seem to find any information about this tripod online and do not even know when it was made or what it's worth. I am trying to figure out if it will work with my DSLR. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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  • Matthew Redmond Nov 07, 2010

    Thanks so much for finding that info. That gives some good specs on it.

    One more thing though, do you know how I can determine the base mount thread size? I forgot to mention it in my original question, but I'm trying to figure out if I can take the head off the tripod base and replace it with an Induro PHQ3 panhead

  • Matthew Redmond Nov 07, 2010

    UPDATE:

    Okay, I think I've found that the base mount thread size is 1/4", because I can screw my DSLR straight onto the base without the head mounted on. The Induro head has a female base mount thread size of 3/8". Will a 1/4" to 3/8" thread adapter work to make the Induro head fit on the tripod? (Something like one of these:http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/54...http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/54...http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/34...

    And also, is there a way I can figure out if the tripod will be able to support the Induro head?

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Here's a bit of specs from trade.co.nz:

Solidex Excel VT-87-hq Tripod
Tripod has clipout legs to 56"
Also has a wind up head which extends the Tripod to 68"
When colapsed 27"
Also has an extra handle for rotating head for Videoing Paning ect
Spirit levelon head
Quick release plate for camera

Here is the webpage: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Electronics-photography/Camera-accessories/Tripods/auction-170492628.htm
As you can see, the unit was in great shape and still didn't sell- not good news for the value determination.
Here is another webpage that has some specs on the tripod:
http://www.amazon.com/Solidex-VT-87HQ-Camcorder-Panhead-Height/dp/B001KZ37IQ
This was a pretty heavy duty tripod, and I would think it would accomodate the DSLR's of today, since cameras weighed a lot more back in "the day".
Couldn't find any load bearing specs, but I'd run it by a camera repair shop and see what they think. They're the experts, and would have some ideas about it's capacity.
Good luck, and hope this helps.

Posted on Nov 07, 2010

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