How to change a head on your tripod.

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One of the simpler modifications you can make to your Manfrotto tripod is changing the head.  While you may be able to get by with only one head, having several for different situations will make you life easier.

 

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All Manfrotto, and Bogen, tripods that have center columns will allow you to lock the head so it does not unscrew during use.  The older tripods had up to 3 locking screws, we call them “grub screws,” while the newer tripods may only have one.  The grub screw is used to put tension on the head when it is screwed on, so it will not come off.  Indeed, if you have ever attempted to remove a head while the grub screws were tightened you could more easily destroy the head than unscrew it.

You don’t even need to remove the grub screw. Just backing the screw out enough to allow the head to unscrew is all that it takes.   The grub screws are accessed from the bottom of the center column plate or to the side of the plate. Just make sure they are backed out completely before you reattach the head, because the stability of the head depends upon the base of the head and the center column plate both being in good contact with each other.

 

If even one grub screw protruded it will prevent the head from staying locked and it may wiggle or unscrew during use.  The picture to the right is a head that never stayed on tight.  the customer sent this in for repair when it was only a grub screw that was causing the problem.  Backing out the grub screw, re tightening the head and re tightening the grub screw was all it took.

We often find on the really old Bogen tripods that the head and the center column plate might get stuck after years of being together.  Sometimes this is the aluminum wanting to bond, often its is corrosion or foreign contaminants.  Either way if you cannot unlock it, we can.

There are different grub screws for different series and models of tripods and center columns.  The old Bogen 190, 055 use three grub screws,  the Manfrotto MT190, Mt055 and MT290 tripods use a single grub screw and the 055 and 190 leveling columns use a single grub screw that accesses from the side.  The video balls also have grubs screws, found here.

If you are having problems determining parts needed, or for a tune up or for repairs, send your name, address, daytime phone and email address along with your tripod to:

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Repairs
c/o SpartanPhotoCenter
108 Garner Road
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Once we have it, we will evaluate it and contact you. Please send us your daytime phone so we can reach you during business hours.

Lastly, if we are repairing your Manfrotto Product; we are recycling all broken parts and scrap articles. Almost nothing goes into the trash if we can help it.

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Trade in your old tripod & how it works.

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Yes, we take old tripods on trade in.  Is it worth it?

  1. We recycle old tripods that are not salvagable, so very little other than plastic and rubber goes into the land fill.
  2. It does cost you money to ship it to us, but you get a newer tripod, with a new warranty, for less than you could buy it for, including the shipping.
  3. Having the correct tools improves your work.  Less time improvising or making non-standard parts work, messing around with an inadequate piece of crap…

Click Here for an estimated credit value list.  These are only estimates, and actual value is based on condition once we receive it.

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Make money from your old gear.

This October 13th and 14th we will be making trades in the store.  Trade in’s brought in or delivered on or before that day will also be eligible for trade in credits from Manfrotto on their New tripods and heads.  In some cases, the trade in incentives and specials from the Trade In & Trade Up day will make select tripods up to HALF OFF, or more.

 

Trade In Trade Up is Coming Soon……

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This is the place!

This October 13th and 14th will be our 6th Annual Trade in / Trade up event. That is Friday and Saturday 10am until 3pm both days.

We will have Sales available for demonstrations.

See Demonstrations on various aspects of photography.

Make money from your old gear.

Make money from your old gear.

We will be taking cameras, lenses, tripods and certain other items for trade in.  UsedPhotoPro.com will be paying cash of used and collectable cameras, lenses and flashes.

Manfrotto will be taking old tripods on trade for their new tripods and heads.

Radio Poppers will be trading in for other remote slave units.

Get a Free pro[m]aster battery grip with any camera purchased.

If you cannot attend, but still want to trade in your tripod or head, click here.

Don’t miss out on our in store specials that we cannot advertise here.

 

 

 

Are Bogen and Manfrotto Tripods the Same?

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Old055TopYes, 20 years or so ago, Bogen tripods were made by Manfrotto.

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No, the current Manfrotto Tripods are very different in most cases from what the Bogen equivalent used to be called.

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As you can see from the 3021/055 picture to the left, this Bogen tripod is bulkier and more angular.  The MT055 Manfrotto tripod to the right is the same series tripod, though it is made about 20 years later and it is much more stylish.

One of the major changes between the two brands, though they shared models like 055, 058, 190 etc; is generally the weight.  The newer Manfrotto tripods a very much lighter than the previous models. The old Bogen 055/3021 weighs about 6.6 lbs; while the new Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 only weighs 5.5 lbs.  The old Bogens usually used round tubes, where most of the new Manfrotto tripods have “D” shaped tubes that are lighter and just as strong as the older heavier ones.

Also the use of “technopolymer” is allowing the weight on bulky parts to be reduced.  You will find this on the newer heads.

By using newer technologies and better allows the size and strength remain the same while the weight is decreased overall. This technology is being diffused across all the tripods, heads, and monopods.

 

If you are having problems determining what parts you need, or for a tune up or for repairs, send your name, address, daytime phone and email address along with your tripod to:

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Repairs
c/o SpartanPhotoCenter
108 Garner Road
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Once we have it, we will evaluate it and contact you. Please send us your daytime phone so we can reach you during business hours.

Lastly, if we are repairing your Manfrotto Product; we are recycling all broken parts and scrap articles. Almost nothing goes into the trash if we can help it.

 

 

Why Don’t You Sell Parts For the 468 Hydrostatic Ball Heads?

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The 468 Hydrostatic ball head is a popular, durable and precise head.  Though the durability can be compromised by the few and frequent dings, drops and falls.  But we have been several times been asked why we don’t stock or repair these heads.

Simply put, these are not heads that are easily user repairable.  The internal workings are not easy to get into without specialized tools, and too many times we have been given parts to reassemble into a head by someone who attempted the repair and got stuck.  A simple repair can easily be turned into a costly repair when it is disassembled more than need, requiring more time, or parts if they are lost or damaged.

If the main housing has been impacted and is cracked, then we would recommend replacing the head,.  Other things where we would recommend full replacement is a damaged ball.  To replace a head, click here.  If the head is just not holding is settings, or is a bit loose, then it is worth repairing.

The 468Hydrostatic heads are best repaired by a trained technician.   Click here for our repair info page.  Especially if it is under the warranty. Click here to go to the Manfrotto repair page.  Instructions will be there for warranty repairs and general service information.

 

 

 

Accessories for the Superclamps

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This is one of those products that you buy for one need, and find it has a hundred other uses.  The Manfrotto SuperClamp (Avenger also makes a version) is more than just a super robust clamp that will take a MagicArms.  The SuperClamp is a whole system of camera studs and arms that allow you to clamp almost anything to a pole or flat edge up to 3 inches thick.

Because the clamp is cam locked, when you tighten it, it stays tight.  It supports far more weight than you would expect.

As you can see from the picture there are almost dozens of accessories making limitless combinations.

Click Here to see the complete offering on ManfrottoTripodParts.com

Introduction to the SuperClamp System

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SuperClamp SystemThis is one of those products that you buy for one need, and find it has a hundred other uses. The Manfrotto SuperClamp (Avenger also makes a version) is more than just a super robust clamp that will take a MagicArms. The SuperClamp is a whole system of camera studs and arms that allow you to clamp almost anything to a pole or flat edge up to 3 inches thick.

Because the clamp is cam locked, when you tighten it, it stays tight. It supports far more weight than you would expect.

As you can see from the picture there are almost dozens of accessories making limitless combinations.

Click Here to see the complete offering of parts on ManfrottoTripodParts.com