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04-26-2011, 06:40 PM
I have an older DG H4 tripod in great shape, however I would like to replace the head with a mid-sized ball head for use with a DSLR still camera. Any suggestions?

Jason Schneider
04-29-2011, 10:46 AM
The head on your DG H4 tripod is secured by a screw and you should be able to remove the head with simple tools. However, these screws were often expoxied in place so you may have to use a solvent such as acetone and/or put the tripod in a vise and apply considerable force with a long-handled wrench. Once you remove the old head a Davis & Sanford ball head--we recommend the BHQ11-- can easily be installed. Please let us know how you make out, or if you have any further questions. Best regards, Jason Schneider:)

04-30-2011, 09:14 PM
THANKS for the info on the DG /H4. i was able to easily remove the H4 head, it was held on the stud by a simple C-clip. The stud is approx 2" long and 1/2" in diameter. Most ball heads I have found, mount by screwing them onto a 3/8" threaded stud.

Jason Schneider
05-02-2011, 10:27 AM
The 1/2-inch stud you've exposed is grooved but not threaded, so you will have to use a tap and dye set or ask a machinist to chase a 3/8x16 thread on its end so you can mount an alternative head. If you go this route, we would suggest the David & Sanford FM18 head rather than the BHQ11 ball head, but the choice is yours. Regrettably we do not have any alternative heads available that fit this 30+ year old tripod directly. Best of luck and good shooting! Jason Schneider

05-02-2011, 06:30 PM
what length of threads do i need to cut onto the stud?

Jason Schneider
05-03-2011, 09:15 AM
Hi, About 1/2 inch of 3/8x16 thread chased onto the end of the stud should be sufficient for mounting one of the current Davis & Sanford heads. Good luck, and best regards, Jason Schneider

05-03-2011, 11:31 AM
thanks for all you help Jason.. i REALLY appreciate it

03-15-2012, 08:06 PM
Achirangshu IMHO, going for a Ball head is better for Macro work. If you are not buying online, why not try these out with your Camera mounted on the tripod and see the stability. Ball Head is supposed to be more expensive but certainly a better choice for Nature work.

04-18-2012, 11:56 AM
It was very considerate of Tocad to send you a replacement leg for your Sunpak tripod, and if we could tell you how to install it properly we would be happy to do so. Unfortunately this is not our product and we do not know the specifications of your unit so we cannot advise you. We suggest you contact customer service at Tocad. Good luck, and best regards, Jason Schneider