How Do I Repair a 503 Video Head?

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The simplest answer is don’t!

Replacing the knobs and handles are fine for regular folk, but if you are attempting to open and repair parts on the inside of the housing…DON’T.  Several of these have a very large spring, under a lot of tension, that requires some specialized tools to disassemble and reassemble.

If that spring is let out improperly, it could not only do person injury, it is possible to break part of the housing, bend the flanges or mess it up to where the head is almost useless.

On any of the Bogen 519 or Manfrotto 516, 519, 526 and HDV series video heads, the best thing is let a trained technician do the repair.

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:

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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We now stock parts for Manfrotto arms & clamps

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ManfrottoTripodParts.com Super Clamp

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Super Clamp

We just updated our selection of parts for Manfrotto accessories.  We now have a selection of parts available for the Super Clamp, Variable Friction Magic Arm; along with the 196B and 396B arms, and a whole host of other accessories.

Like our tripod and head pages, these accessories and arms are listed out showing the parts that are available from us.  Unfortunately, not all parts are available separately.  Some are sold as assemblies only, not just as a single part.  These parts and assemblies are listed on the site.

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Magic Arm

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Magic Arm

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Camera Adapter

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Camera Adapter

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Dual Ball Head

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Dual Ball Head

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the parts, usually the first item listed on the page is the complete item.  So if you need a complete super clamp, or a magic arm, the best place to find it is on the parts page.

These are some of the most useful items if you are attempting to mount your camera, shades or diffusers in an unusual situation, or if you need an extra hand.

We’ve helped photographers mount full sized DSLR cameras to the undercarriage of cars, to hot air balloons, or just to a tripod during a studio shoot.

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:

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.

New Manfrotto MS0490A Nanopole Light Stand

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nanopole

Manfrotto recently introduced the Nanonpole light stand.  It has been out a couple months and we, like a lot of our customers are very impressed.

The high points:

  1. It is small and lightweight.  It folds down to a very small, 19.3 inches.  This is easy to put in almost any working photog’s camera bag.  It weighs less than 2 lbs.  The folded diameter is less than a 70-200 f2.8 lens, though it is about twice the length.
  2. The legs will stand up like a full sized light stand, or they will lay flat on the ground so you camera bag or sandbag can weigh it down.   There is also a sandbag hook if needed.  There is a leveling leg for uneven ground, and that can also be used to impose a little tilt to the stand if needed.
  3. If you need to use it as a light pole, you loosen the leg screw and push the bottom release button to release the pole.  The pole extends to about 6 feet.  You can use it with a Snap Tilthead to put your flash on the pole.
nanopole umbrella

nanopole umbrella

The low points:

  1. It is not that heavy.  While this is a high point, it will not replace your large stands for using with heavy lights.  The pole is really rated for about 3.3 lbs.  So any older studio lights on this stand really causes me to worry. Just remember it was designed to use with a camera flash.
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Snap Tilt Head

The Snap Tilthead is a marvel in and of itself.  It will quickly attach to the top of the pole and uses a snap lock cam to lock securely onto the pole.  The other controls allow you to attach a small umbrella or soft box, and the tilt control is spring loaded with a counter balance.  No more drooping flash.  Made of mostly metal in the key parts, but still reasonably light weight and strong.

 

All the parts on the Nanopole are replaceable and it is easily repaired.  You can find the parts Here.  You can find the Snap Tilt Head Here.

Why Don’t You Sell Parts For the 405 and 410 Gear Heads?

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Put simply, we do, but we only sell them to repair technicians that know how to replace them.  There are only a few parts that a non-technician can replace.  The rest require special tools and knowledge to repair.

Those heads are not something that any novice can repair on their own, nor would we recommend it

Send it to us for repair (Click here for repairs) or if it is under warranty, send it to Manfrotto for warranty repair (Click here for Manfrotto US repairs).

How To Adjust A Leg Lock On A MT190 Tripod

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The new MT190 tripods have a quick snap lock lever.  The procedure is the same whether you have a 3 leg section or 4 section tripod.  For this you will need an 8mm socket nut driver.

flip lock

flip lock

On the back of the leg lock is a screw that adjusts the tension on the snap lever. If it is really loose you may need to turn it a lot, generally you will only need to turn it a little bit. In my experience never more than a third of a turn. Unlock the snap lever, turn the nut driver about a quarter to a third of a turn and snap the lever tight. Check the tension of the leg. If it is still slipping un snap the lever and adjust it again.

Be VERY careful that you do not over tighten the screw. Short term you may not see any difference, other than it is very hard to snap. long term you will wear out and damage the snap lever and maybe even crack the leg lock. Carbon fiber tubes are very strong, in length, but not diametric compression. Too much pressure and you can crack and split the tube. A simple repair then becomes a much more expensive leg tube replacement.

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:

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.