30L, 60L and 60L Mitchell Tripod
30L, 60L and 60L Mitchell Tripod
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Operators Guide
C1251-4980/4
OConnor
30L,60L and
60L Mitchell
Tripods
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30L/60L/60L Mitchell Tripod
Preface
Congratulations on the purchase of your new heavy-duty tripod from OConnor!
We want you to get the most from your new tripod, and therefore encourage you to read this
operator’s guide to familiarize yourself with its many features, some of which may be new to you.
It also covers essential health and safety information and a section on maintenance that will
ensure your new product is kept in perfect condition.
With regular cleaning we are confident this product will provide many years of reliable
performance.
Please register your purchase online at www.ocon.com.
Features and benefits of your new tripod
Designed to meet the demands of the modern cinematographer. Combining the benefits of
new-age materials and precision engineering has created a product which is both lightweight
and stable.
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These lightweight tripods support a disproportionately high payload capacity of up
to 209 lbs (95 kg).
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Two-stage extension legs offer a generous working height range, yet fold down to
a compact transport length.
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The smart, quick-release clamping system offers a secure and visible lockdown.
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The preset, four-position mid-level spreader offers easy, trouble-free security.
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The adjustable ground spreader offers a secure base for working on flat surfaces.
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Removable rubber feet provide options for working on a variety of surfaces.
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Safety – read this first
Safety and warnings
For your personal safety, read these instructions. Do not operate the product if you do not
understand how to use it safely. Save these instructions for future reference.
Warning symbols used in these instructions
Safety warnings and cautions are included in these instructions. These safety instructions must
be followed to avoid possible personal injury and avoid possible damage to the product.
WARNING! Where there is a risk of personal injury or injury to others, comments
appear supported by the warning triangle symbol. Where there is a risk of damage
to the product, associated equipment, process or surroundings, comments appear
supported by the word ‘Caution’.
Warnings and Cautions
WARNING!
Do not exceed the maximum payload capacity.
WARNING!
Tripod spike feet can be dangerous, take care when handling.
WARNING!
Ensure the spreader and rubber feet are fitted when setting up the tripod on split
levels (e.g. on stairs).
WARNING! Finger entrapment.
Avoid trapping fingers when collapsing and extending the tripod legs or adjusting
the spreader.
WARNING! Toppling hazard.
Do not leave unattended. Keep out of reach of children.
WARNING! Trip hazard.
Set the tripod footprint to suit the shooting environment.
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CAUTION!
Do not attach heavy items to the pan bar. Only attach camera accessories to the
pan bar.
CAUTION!
Hold the camera securely when making adjustments to the tripod height or
footprint.
CAUTION!
Do not place your foot or heavy weight onto the spreader.
CAUTION!
When in use, always lock the tripod leg clamps to prevent the tripod collapsing.
CAUTION!
Attach a weight to the tie-down hook to secure the tripod in unstable conditions.
CAUTION!
Always remove the camera before transporting.
CAUTION!
Regularly check the effectiveness of the bowl clamp. The head and payload can
slip and destabilize the tripod if the clamp is not sufficiently tightened.
Contact information
For further information or advice about our range of heavy-duty tripods, fluid heads, and
accessories, please contact OConnor at:
OConnor
2701 N. Ontario St.
Burbank
CA 91504
USA
Tel.:
Fax:
+1 818 847 8666
+1 818 847 1205
E-mail: sales@ocon.com
Or visit our website www.ocon.com and use the contact form.
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Technical specification
OConnor 30L tripod (C1251-0001)
Weight (tripod only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.8 lbs (4 kg)
Max. payload capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 lbs (95 kg)
Height range
Minimum height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 in. (56 cm)
Maximum height. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61.8 in. (157 cm)
Transport length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29.5 in. (75 cm)
Material. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . carbon fibre
Mounting
Top casting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 mm bowl base
OConnor 60L tripod/60L Mitchell tripod (C1255-0001/C1255-0002)
Weight (tripod only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 lbs (4.1 kg)
Max. payload capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 lbs (95 kg)
Height range
Minimum height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22.8 in. (58 cm)
Maximum height. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60.6 in. (154 cm)
Transport length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 in. (76 cm)
Material. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . carbon fibre
Mounting
Top casting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 mm bowl base
Top casting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mitchell
Mid-Level Spreader (C1252-0001 - Optional)
Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.7 lbs (0.75 kg)
Length
Min. length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 in. (330 mm)
Max. length. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19.5 in. (496 mm)
Tripod footprint (incl. mid-level spreader)
Min. footprint (at min. height, fully retracted) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21.9 in. (555 mm)
Max. footprint (at max. height, fully extended)95.5 in. (2425 mm)
Ground Spreader (C1258-0001- Optional)
Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.6 lbs (1.64 kg)
Length
Min. length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.8 in. (350 mm)
Max. length. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22.8 in. (580 mm)
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Contents
Page
Preface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Features and benefits of your new tripod. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Safety – read this first . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Safety and warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Warning symbols used in these instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Contact information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Technical specification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Setting up the tripod. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Attaching the mid-level spreader (optional) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fitting the rubber feet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Attaching the ground spreader (optional). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting up the ground spreader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Servicing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Routine checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Checking the effectiveness of the leg clamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adjusting the leg clamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Components
30L (100mm)
60L (150mm)
60L (Mitchell)
upper leg
clamp lever
mid-level
spreader with
twist grip
and profile
lower leg
clamp lever
spreader lock
inner spike
safety sleeve
Figure 1 30L/60L/60L Mitchell CF tripod
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rubber
pull-loop
30L/60L/60L Mitchell Tripod
tie-down hook
bayonet handle
(30L only)
bowl base
Figure 2 30L/60L CF tripod, top
Figure 3 60L Mitchell CF tripod, top
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outer spike
inner spike
latching nose
bungee cord
hook
lower leg
clamp
Figure 4 Double-spike foot and leg clamp
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Introduction
The OConnor 30L/60L tripod is a lightweight, two-stage carbon fiber tripod with quick-release
leg clamps for easy setup. The optional mid-level spreader features a twist grip with a profile
allowing the tripod to be set to four predefined footprints. The spreader can be adjusted to suit
other footprints as required by the shooting environment. The optional ground spreader features
rubber pull-up loop attachments and extendible arms that can be locked to suit the footprint of
the tripod.
The heavy-duty OConnor tripod provides an extremely stable platform.
The 30L/60L tripod is available separately or as part of a package (30L, part no. C1251-0011,
and 60L, part no. C1255-0011). The package comprises a mid-level spreader with a profile and
a set of three rubber feet. In this case the tripod is delivered fully assembled.
Operation
Setting up the tripod
NOTE:
1. The following procedure refers to a two-stage tripod fitted with a mid-level
spreader (if necessary, refer to‘Attaching the mid-level spreader (optional)’ on
page 12).
2. ALWAYS use the spreader as this increases the rigidity of the tripod.
3. At the fullest extension of the spreader and with all legs fully retracted, the
tripod can be used at its lowest operating height. Although the tripod can be
set up lower than this without the spreader, it is NOT recommended as the
tripod geometry becomes unstable.
For use on hard ground or delicate surfaces, set up the tripod with the rubber feet (see ‘Fitting
the rubber feet’ on page 13 for instructions). For use on soft ground or surfaces set up the tripod
on its spikes (see Figure 4). For use on flat surfaces, set up the tripod with the ground spreader
(see ‘Attaching the ground spreader (optional)’ on page 14 for instructions)
To set up the tripod, proceed as follows:
Lift the tripod out of the box or other carrier.
30L only – The 30L tripod is fitted with a bayonet-lock handle. Lift the tripod by pulling
out the handle, which snaps into place. Collapse the handle by pulling it sideways, then
downward (see Figure 2).
Detach the bungee cord hook to release the legs (see Figure 4).
Holding the tripod upright, open out the legs. Set the footprint of the tripod to suit the
shooting environment. Adjust the operating height by flipping down the leg clamp levers
on the lower stage and pulling the tripod up to the desired height. When complete, push
up the lower stage clamp levers, until they snap into the ‘locked’ position.
Extend the upper stage by lifting the clamp levers and adjusting the height of the tripod
as required. When complete, push down the clamp levers, until they snap into the
‘locked’ position.
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CAUTION
It is possible to set the tripod legs, so that the Center of Gravity of the tilted
payload lies outside the footprint of the tripod, leading to instability.
Use the spreader to ensure the tripod legs are spread sufficiently, so that
the Center of Gravity of the tilted payload remains within the footprint of the
tripod. Use the tie-down hook on the tripod for additional stability.
Pull up the twist grip in the center of the spreader to adjust the profile and arrest the
tripod legs in position (see Figure 1). If required, unlock the spreader locks to allow the
spreader arms to extend as necessary. Tighten the spreader locks.
Attaching the mid-level spreader (optional)
A mid-level spreader with a twist grip and profile is included in the package or available
separately (part no. C1252-0001).
To attach the spreader, proceed as follows:
Hold each spreader arm between thumb and forefinger, then using the other hand
squeeze the attachment release buttons with a pincer movement (Figure 5).
Push the spreader hook onto the locking bolts and release the buttons to lock the
spreader arm in place.
locking bolts
attachment
release button
spreader hook
spreader lock
Figure 5 Attaching the spreader
Should it become necessary to remove the spreader, proceed as follows:
Holding on to the spreader arm, push in the attachment release buttons and remove the
spreader hook from the locking bolts.
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Fitting the rubber feet
A set of three rubber feet is included in the package or available separately (part no. 7004).
To fit the rubber feet, proceed as follows (Figure 6):
Place the rubber foot between the spikes. Check the markings on the foot for orientation;
the markings should be turned towards the center of the tripod.
Push down firmly on the leg, put your fingers through the larger loop, and pull the rubber
pull-loop over the latching nose.
inner spike
latching nose
rubber pull loop
Figure 6 Fitting the rubber feet
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Attaching the ground spreader (optional)
To attach the ground spreader (see Figure 7) proceed as follows:
Place the ground spreader on the floor and open out the legs. Place the spikes of the
tripod between the foot moulding on the ground spreader.
Push down firmly on the leg, put your fingers through the larger loop, and pull the rubber
pull-loop over the latching nose.
Figure 7 Attaching the ground spreader
Setting up the ground spreader
To set up the ground spreader (see Figure 8) proceed as follows:
Unlock the spreader locks to allow the spreader arms to extend. Adjust the tripod
footprint as required. Tighten the spreader locks.
Figure 8 Setting up the ground spreader
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Servicing
General
The OConnor 30L/60L tripod is robustly made to high engineering standards and little attention
is required to maintain serviceability except for regular cleaning. Repairs and any adjustments
beyond those described in this manual should be carried out by qualified persons only. Contact
OConnor headquarters, your local OConnor office or representative.
Cleaning
During normal use the only cleaning required is a periodic wipe-down with a lint-free cloth. Any
dirt that accumulates during storage or periods of non-use may be removed with a vacuum
cleaner. Particular attention should be paid to the bowl base of the tripod.
CAUTION!
Do NOT use solvent-based or oil-based cleaners, abrasives or wire
brushes to remove accumulations of dirt as these will damage the
protective surfaces. Use mild, detergent-based cleaners only.
However, use out-of-doors under adverse conditions will require special attention. Salt spray
should be washed off with fresh water at the earliest opportunity. Sand and dirt acts as an
abrasive and should be removed using a semi-stiff brush or vacuum cleaner.
Routine checks
During normal use, check the following regularly:
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Check the effectiveness of the leg clamps (refer to ‘Checking the effectiveness
of the leg clamps’ below) and adjust if necessary (refer to ‘Adjusting the leg
clamps’ on page 16).
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Check the effectiveness of the locking bolts. The bolts should move freely and
retract fully and the spreader hook should be easily removable.
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Check the effectiveness of the spreader locks. The spreader arms must be able to
extend and retract smoothly. Check the spreader lock allows sufficient tightening.
No further routine maintenance is required.
Checking the effectiveness of the leg clamps
To check the effectiveness of each leg clamp, proceed as follows:
Extend all three tripod legs fully and apply the clamp levers.
Position each leg in turn vertically on a set of weighing scales.
Gradually add a load to the leg, until either or both clamps begin to slip. Note the reading
on the scales at which this occurs.
A reading of less than 88 lbs (40 kg) will necessitate adjustment (refer to Adjusting the
leg clamps below for instructions).
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Adjusting the leg clamps
Should the leg clamps become ineffective, they may require adjustment (refer to ‘Checking the
effectiveness of the leg clamps’ on page 15).
CAUTION!
Do NOT over-adjust the clamp lever mechanism to support more than
132 lbs (60 kg) as this will cause damage to the tripod.
To adjust the leg clamp mechanism (Figure 9), proceed as follows:
Set the clamp lever to the ‘unlocked’ or horizontal position.
Using a 13 mm socket, tighten the nut incrementally by approximately 15 degrees.
Test the effectiveness of the clamp and repeat the process, until 88 lbs (40 kg) is
achieved. Check that the clamp lever can be applied easily.
leg clamp nut
lower leg clamp
Figure 9 Adjusting the leg clamp
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