Trade In / Trade Up Event….


Check with us this October 14th and 15th for our 6th annual Trade In and Trade Up Event.  Find special deals and trades for new equipment.

Make money from your old gear.

Make money from your old gear.

Come into our store and you can sell cameras, lenses, flashes, heads and tripods for cash, or trade up on the newest gear. We will have on hand buying cameras and other unwanted gear…

Manfrotto will have a representative trading on Manfrotto Tripods and Heads

Get your dirty camera serviced

Get your dirty camera serviced

Peachtree camera repair will be preforming sensor cleanings and lens micro adjustments.

See us at our New Location (its been two years now, so you should really stop in to see us!) 108 Garner Road, just off North Pine Street in Spartanburg.  Click Here for Map

New Manfrotto Geared Head

Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG Head

Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG Head

Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG the new 3 way geared head is a step ahead of the previous geared heads.

By nature a geared head is super finely adjustable.  The large knobs will allow you to adjust in a micrometer fashion, and the tabs to the side or below the knobs let you disengage the fine adjustment and make a quick, rapid adjustment.  Release the tab and the gear knobs pulls back into place ready to fine adjust from the new set point.   All three axis are adjustable, the rotation, pitch and yaw.  There are even degree markings on the axis to show the pitch of the movement.

200pl quick release plate with 1/4 inch screwThe top of the head has the 200PL type quick release.  This is Manfrotto’s most popular quick release plate.  The plate will fit on almost any camera or lens made in the last 50 years or so!  There are two sizes on for the 35mm and now digital DSLR and compact cameras using the 1/4 screw and 3/8 screw was for larger lenses, or older medium format and view cameras. There are also architectural plates that feature an anti rotation plate built into the quick release so you can turn the camera vertical and the torque of the weight will not rotate the camera during long exposures.  Available in Anti-rotate 1/4 inch and Anti-rotate 3/8 inch screw sizes as well.

Also on top of the head there are a pair of circular bubble levels for leveling the camera for LEVEL panoramic photos in either horizontal or vertical positions; but this is in addition to the 360 degree level on the pan plate, so you can level the tripod base.

The head is made of a lightweight thermoplastic that is very strong and durable, yet it is not going to dent or bend like metal.  So if you drop or the head falls over, it will not deform like a metal head would bend.

As with the Manfrotto items we sell, we stock parts for repair and we have the head in stock.


How Do I Replace The Leg on an 055?


Replacing the leg on any of the 055 series Manfrotto tripods is very easy.  The problem is finding where the damage is.

Old 055 Leg Brace Adjustment

Old 055 Leg Brace Adjustment

If the leg is damaged you can remove the whole leg just by loosening the screws on the leg brace like that shown on the left.  Or you may need to loosen and remove the tension screws on top of the main casting to remove the leg, as shown on the right.

new 055 tripod

new MT055 tripod

Once the screw is loosened the leg will pull out of the brace.  This may be difficult.  DO NOT use a metal hammer to tap on any of the parts.  The metal on metal may deform or damage the parts.  You can repair the parts of the leg as needed and reinsert into the leg brace.  Use enough pressure as required, but to not hammer into place.

Old Bogen 3021 055

Old Bogen 055 3021

If the leg brace is damaged, you will need to take apart the main casting that hold the legs to the tripod.  This will vary depending upon which 055 you are repairing.  The following shows the old 055 (also called a Bogen 3021) and the newer 055XB.

The old series 055 has three bolts and shoes to lock the legs in place and provide the tension to keep the legs at the proper adjustment angle. Shown at right.

Old055LegAdjustingThe newer 055x series has several screws that take the main casting apart, as well as, apply tension to the legs.  You will have to take all three screws out to remove the leg brace if this is the part that is broken.

new 055 tripod

new 055 tripod

The newest MT055 series the leg brace is made onto the upper leg tube, so both will have to be replaced together as one unit.  As with most of the newer tripods, you will have to remove the leg

Manfrotto Accessory Port

PRO accessory shown in red

tension screws on the top of the main casting to be able to remove the brace.  Be careful, if you have the MT055XPRO series tripod, the PRO feature will also have to be removed and reassembled. It is shown on the left, it is the part that is red.  Make sure you carefully remove all the parts and keep them in order as removed.  Reassemble in reverse order that you disassembled them.

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

Off Road is Here!


off-road-Mountain-Layout-678X300New Manfrotto Off Road tripods and walking sticks.

Manfrotto has ventured out into the hiking world with a series of walking sticks, tripods and backpacks for hikers.  They colors are bright red, neon green and bright blue.

offroadmonopodExtremely light weight and compactable, these are just what hikers have needed, especially if they are photographers.  Hikers who are photographers have always had to relegate the camera gear last, as nothing was designed for the full protection of the camera, first and foremost.

offfroadaccessoriesOff Road Backpacks are extremely light weight.  I was surprised by the size to weight ratio. I expected it to weight 2 or 3 times what it does.  The gear is stowed in a conventional compartment with good padding and padded dividers.  Easy to get into and when packed, the backpack is adjustable so the weight of the full pack is not oppressive. I like the comfort of the straps, the padding against my back and the fact that as a 6 foot 4 inch man, it fit ME too!  It is hard to find good gear for tall folks.  The color on the pack will make it easy to spot you and your gear in a crowd.

offroadfeaturesWalking sticks have been around for years.  These Off Road walking sticks are well made, extremely light and can be taken part for cleaning.  All good gear should be able to be clean after use!  As walking stick, they can help you keep your balance on loose or rocky trails.  The left stick also has a camera mount hidden under the rubber grip.  So this stick also functions as a monopod, and a safe place to carry your camera if you don’t want it around your neck.

offroadtripodThe tripods are light weight and will easily fit in the the pack.  They are light weight.  Any tripod described as light weight cannot be sturdy also.  These are great because they are easily carried and any tripod with you is better than the tripod you don’t have with you because of weight.  So in the trade for stability vs weight, this tripod wins.  I wouldn’t put a Nikon D810 and 70-200 f2.8 lens on it and walk away, but it is stable enough to use slow shutters and do star trails.

Find the Sticks here, and the Tripods here.

Why YOU Shouldn’t Repair Your Manfrotto Head.


Why would you let somebody that works on tripod and heads everyday touch your gear, when you can do it yourself?  Why would you let a technician with greater experience and knowledge part you from your money?  Why would you blindly take a part a tripod or a head without understanding the intriquacies?  Why indeed!

We work on tripods, head and monopods everyday.  We clean and check the functions of even our simplest repairs.  We pride ourselves on doing this job at least as good or BETTER than the manufacturers representatives.  We have far more experience than you, and if you don’t have a decent working knowledge, then you are bound to get lost.

Get lost on what?  Video, ball heads, Neotech; these are the hardest to repair if you have no experience.  Plus, these types of products often have hidden springs that can and do shoot out under pressure.  Replace a knob or a lever? Yes you can.  Replace the tension rods in a a ball head.  No.

If you are having problems, or need a tune up; or a repair, send your name, address, daytime phone and email address along with your tripod to: 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.

Off Road


offroadlogoThe Manfrotto OffRoad gear is a series of lightweight walking sticks, tripods and huge backpacks that are great for the outdoors.  Not just for photographers, but for any serious hiker.  But you can tell they were designed by photographers.

off-road-Mountain-Layout-678X300The backpacks are large, and while they have a compartment with padded dividers on the bottom for camera gear, the top area is large enough for your camping essentials.  Easily able to accommodate a change of clothes, food for a few days, stove, camera 2 lenses and loads of other stuff!

offroadstickfeaturesThe walking sticks are adjustable in height and are able to be taken apart for proper cleaning.  The left side walking stick has a hidden camera screw that make it into a monopod.  The stick itself is very lightweight, so the weight of the camera it can support is low (about 5 lbs) it does a ver good job.  There are rubber grips over the screw so you can use it as a standard, easy to grip walking stick. There is a large, easy to turn locking wheel that is accessible, even while wearing gloves.  The screw is standard to almost any camera made (in the last 15 years at least).

offroadtripodThere are even tripods that weight under 3 lbs.  Designed like the walking stick, the tripods are very light weight and easy to carry.  Maximum load is low, under 5 lbs is what I felt comfortable with, but story for what it is; not a 4 pound tripod! Spikes on the bottom of the feet ensure a solid grip on firm clay, ice and rocks; while there are rubber boots that you put on when you are indoors and do not want to mar the floors.

Mobile Phone AdapteroffroadmonopodAvailable in Red, Green and Blue; the OFFROAD gear is easy to see and use.

Right now all OffRoad Waking Sticks include a FREE mobile phone adapter, so you can use the sticks with most cameras or mobile phones.


Free Tripod Tune Up Time!

Single Center Column Control Lock

Is your Tripod Ready For Sping?

It is that time of year again, when most people are not using their tripods, and have most likely forgotten that there was a problem last time they used it.  And with spring fast approaching and the need for a good working gear a necessity; Bas has declared that this is the time for FREE TUNE-UPS!

Let us check your Manfrotto tripod, head, or monopod before the spring shooting season kick starts! This is a great opportunity to make sure your gear is ready to go. We will test, clean and lubricate, and let you know if any repairs are needed. Any tripod, head, or monopod listed on our or websites can be repaired in-house.  Other models may take longer if we need parts, other brands may not be repairable at all.

We will not be charging labor for the tune ups on these days, the only charges will be for any needed parts and return shipping, if applicable. Gear sent to the manufacturer for repair is not included. This offer is good March 5th through 11th, after which labor returns to standard cost starting at $25, make sure you take advantage!

Send your Manfrotto or old Bogen Tripod for tune up to:

SpartanPhotoCenter, inc
108 Garner Rd
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Our return shipping charges are between $10 and $25 form most tripods. We will be using US Postal Service for most returns.  No repairs are preformed without your approval, so make sure your daytime phone number and email are inside the box with your tripod or head.

Trade In and Trade Up Is Coming…


This October  “Trade in and Trade up” event.  You can send or bring in any number of items for trade in on the second weekend of October.  That’s October 9th and 10th, 2015.

Use this PDF form to submit items.

We will take the items listed at the bottom of this blog post for trade in an any tripod, head, monopod or combination.


Rules of trade in:

  • Any tripod submitted MUST have 3 legs with it.
  • Any tripod with only one working leg is considered a monopod!
  • Items MUST BE RECEIVED before October 8th to be considered.
  • Any manufacturer rebates are not included in your trade in, you still get them!
  • Items not accepted for trade in will be returned at YOUR expense.
  • Any items sent without contact or return information WILL BE DISCARDED.
  • Any items left here for more than 90 days WILL BE DISCARDED.


We will accept the following:

Bogen 3000 series $25
Bogen 3001 series $35
Bogen 3010 series $40
Bogen 3020 series $75
Bogen 3030 series $80
Bogen 3040 series $85
Bogen 3050 series $100
Bogen 3060 series $115
Bogen monopods or non functional tripods $ 20

Manfrotto 190 series
Manfrotto 055 series
Manfrotto 058 series


Photography Gifts for Dad


Looking four that hard to find gift for a photographer, or Dad, or do you have a Dad photographer that is hard to find a gift for?

Here are a few of our staff recommendations:

The New Manfrotto Compact tripod.  This little guy is lightweight and robust.  There are three models, with different heads.  Able to hold most pocket cameras or DSLR cameras with a standard to medium weight lenses.

White Advanced TripodThe MK Compact Advanced tripod is top if the line.  The dual pan handle head allows you to shoot horizontal or vertical shots, and use the appropriate handle to pan with the action.  It uses the Manfrotto 200PL quick release, which is the most popular quick release they sell.   Available in BLACK and WHITE

Red Action Tripod

The MK Compact Action tripod sports a dual use head.  It can be used for still cameras, and the single handle is used for panning and tilting the camera in a 360 degree ball head fashion.  Flip a switch on the side and the head is a video head, using the handle for panning and tilting only.   Available in RED, BLACK and WHITE.

Pink Compact TripodThe MK Compact Light Weight tripod is the smallest and lightest.  It has a ball head and is available in WHITE, PINK, RED, and BLACK


The stone bag is next because it gives you a place to stow small items, or a shelf to use for holding things.  Changing lenses, filters, holding the light meter, your cellphone etc, etc. It can be left on most of the time and will fold up with the tripod.

utility apron

utility apron

Manfrotto makes a utility apron that is larger than the stone bag, and has dividers inside to keep your filters and lenses and stuff from rubbing or bumping.  Easy to attach and detach straps make this easy to put on and leave or, or take off when needed.

Not every gifts has to be tripod related, but on this site it will have to at least be photo related:

nikon mugBrandon is our graphics artist on our sister site and has a rally cool Instagram account about his travels and old cameras (click here for his Instagram page).
He used several of his Instagrams  to make the Nikon Instagram Mug.  This is a 15 ounce mug; the Instagram pictures are black against the white background.  It is dishwasher safe, and is made of heavy ceramic for years of use. Click here to buy Nikon Instagram Mug.

He also has a Polaroid Instagram Mug, a Kodak 15oz Instagram mug, and these are available in 11 ounce sizes also: Nikon 11oz, Polaroid 11oz, Kodak 11oz.

Or you could always make your own, using your own photos.  Click Here to go to that page.