Apologies aside, I can not keep my mouth shut any longer... sorry.
I am tired of this argument.
Why do you guys continue to jump all over Tiffen for calling the M1 "modular"?
I feel you are trying to add something to the meaning of "modular" that is not a fair basis of comparison.
At the basic level , the M1 is modular in design.
I think what you guys are wanting is an "Interchangeable" and more specifically an "open structure" system, and you are adding all that to what you feel "modular" should mean.
At this point, with there being so many options in good, solid, and professional sleds, the other rigs are not as interchangeable as it seems has been argued so far against Tiffen's M1.
For example, I fly the XCS Ultimate. I have had it for years. It works great! I can take it apart, swap the post; I can mail in components for upgrades without shipping the entire sled. I can buy new XCS components and swap them around as i see fit.
It is modular for sure, but far from interchangeable.
Turning back the clock a little, when XCS designed that first 2" center post sled, that design feature become a limiting factor in the center post's "interchangeability".
Until MK-V, Sachtler and BarBell jumped on the 2" center post bandwagon, the only gimbal I could put on the Ultimate with it's stock 2" post, was the XCS one.
I only wanted/needed the XCS gimbal so who cares... but the point is, [correct me if i am wrong] until the other manufactures jumped on board with 2", I could not put a different gimbal on my full XCS sled even if i wanted.
BUT that new 2" XCS gimbal could be fitted with a sleeve so it could put it on all sleds in existence at the time.
Did that fact make all non-two inch gimbals no longer modular?
NO. They were just not "interchangeable" with the new post size.
Now days, i would think anyone looking to design an "interchangeable" gimbal might need to make sure they support a 2" post if they want to ensure its "interchangeability", but as long as it is swappable within some system, it would still be modular, would it not?
Back to my sled,
Now maybe I want to put just my xcs lower electronics on a stock GPI-Pro?
[I do not think that can happen.]
While I can buy an XCS center post to be wired for a PRO sled, I can not just get something off the shelf to put XCS electronics together with the GPI-Pro donkey box and PRO electronics. It is not as simple as "Plug and Play"
Could it be done?
Sure, we have many engineers who can move the world, but I can not just make one call to GPI-Pro and one call the XCS, Inc. and have two boxes show up via FedEx within the week to make that happen.
So does that mean the GPI-Pro and XCS sleds are not modular?
They are just not interchangeable.
Is seems like people are arguing that a "modular sled" is only modular if it is interchangeable with the GPI-Pro echosystem. While MK-V and Sachtler have embraced interchange with GPI, others have not...
does any of this make sense?
or have i been missing something?
P.S. Notice i did not say "standard".
P.P.S Shit, i just did