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Our own Brandon Pendred made the local newspaper with his recommendations of tech gifts for professionals and entrepreneurs. You can read the article here

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Free Quick Release With Manfrotto Head Purchase

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Free Quick Release

Free Quick Release

For the next 2 weeks, any head purchased will come with a FREE quick release plate.  Click Here to put the Free Plate in your cart.  This special applies to any Manfrotto Head that uses a quick release plate.

Choose from among these popular heads:

322RC2 Head

322RC2 Head

322RC2 Quick Action Ball Head
Single action control allows you full control over pan, tilt and vertical shift.  It can be made into a left or right handed grip.  Built in bubble level and 3 leveling positions.  This head is able to hold small and large setups.  Personally we routinely use it with a Nikon D4 with a 70-200mm f2.8 lens, which weighs about 8 lbs.  This head uses the 200PL quick release, which is the most common Manfrotto quick release.

Ball head

496RC2 Ball head

496RC2 Ballhead.
Uses the 200PL quick release for easy adaptability amongst other Manfrotto heads.  The is a ball head with pan lock, tilt/swivel lock and a third knob for tension.  the tension knob allows you to add more drag the ball or panning action to control the amount of movement you need.  No more quick jerky movements.  While not like a fluid video head, this ball is much smoother than previous versions.

Manfrotto Ball Head MH054M0-Q6

Manfrotto Ball Head MH054M0-Q6

The MH054M0-Q6 uses Manfrottos newer MS6 quick release, that is also ARCA  compatible. This is one of the top heads with a large ball to support extra heavy loads up to 22lbs; while the head itself only weighs about 1.5 lbs.  There are plenty of features on this head as well: bubble level above the ball, pan and ball lock are independent, tension control independent from the locks, degree number on the pan plate for panoramas.

Of course there are the new heads: the MHXPRO 3Way and MHX PRO 2 Way heads.

If you have any questions about which head you would like, or need, please feel free to call us at 864-699-9333 for our sale line.

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.

What is the Most Useful Accessory for my Tripod?

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I cannot think of only one…

I would put at the tops of the list – a spare quick release, followed by a stone bag and then a case.

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The spare quick release almost goes without saying; but i have to say it since many pros often do not
have a spare quick release plate stashed in their gear bag.  And a tripod is almost useless without a quick release.  And that goes without saying that if your tripod does not have a quick release you can add one to it ( click here to see one version)

StoneBag

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 a couple of dividers in it, so you gear doesn’t have to rub or mix.  Keep your lens and your lunch separate.

The tripod case is a person thing.  While I don’t use them in the field, I carry my tripod to the site in a case. I like to store my tripod in one since it has my spare quick release, stone bag and a little tool kit.  The tool kit has a screw driver and a socket that fits my tripod and head, a roll of 3M blue painters tape (sticky, easily removable and leaves almost no residue) and some fluorescent pink nylon string.  The string is easily seen and is some times needed of all sorts of things.  A buddy of mine, Ken, also stores extra memory cards in his tripod bag, so if he ever forgets or runs out of memory, he still has a spare.  Great thought.

cableclipLesser know is the cable clip that used to be standard on every Bogen and Manfrotto tripod.  These clip to the leg and you can use them to keep your cable release or other cables off the ground and away from your feet.

When you are using you heavy lens a lot with your monopod, the monopod pouch is a great accessory to have in you bag.  Slip it on you belt and it allows you to easily walk around with your gear, podded up.  No worrying about the stick getting in the way, you let you hips carry the weight on  you belt.  This is heavy duty corder nylon.  I don’t know if you can wear one out.  It is that heavily constructed.  Click Here for more.

Monopod pouch

Monopod Pouch

The Whole Leg On My Tripod Comes Off, How Do I Fix That?

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The whole leg on my tripod is loose and comes off.  What is the best way to fix this?

This is a simple adjustment on many tripods, though some may not be repairable if the parts are broken, or (less likely on the Manfrotto tripods) the leg was no made to be replaced.  Almost every Manfrotto tripod is designed to be adjusted or repaired.  The older units may have parts availability issues that limit you.  I am speaking today of the old Bogen 055, 055 Manfrotto and the new MT055 tripods.  In addition, the 190, Mt190 and several others in the 200 and 300 series are just as easily adjusted and fixed.

Old 055 Leg Brace Adjustment

Old 055 Leg Brace Adjustment

The leg brace that holds the leg to the main casting on the Old 055 Manfrotto or Bogen 3021 or Bogen 3011 series has two screws that use balanced tension to keep the leg in place.  Loosen both the screws a bit to allow the leg to be inserted, then tighten both the same amount.  Twist the leg tube to make sure it is not loose.  If it is loose, tighten both sides again a bit on each side until done.

Some of the leg Braces

 

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.

 

Are All The Feet Interchangeable on Manfrotto Tripods?

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Simple answer…no.

There are as many different sizes and styles of Manfrotto feet as there are tripods.  They are not interchangeable because in most cases the diameters of the bottom legs tubes are different sizes and shapes.  Some tripods also came with retractable spikes.

Manfrotto Rubber Feet

Different Rubber Feet Sizes

The replacement feet are sold according to the model number of the tripod. Click Here and find your model number.  If there are no identifying made numbers then you can look the feet up by diameter.  Click Here of the page of parts listed by sizes. These parts are shown on the product pages, but check the sizes and shapes carefully.  Some rubes are not round, but they may be D shaped or 6 sided, instead of round.

Spike Feet Inserts

Spike Feet Inserts

Spike feet are rubber feet with a retractable metal spike in the middle of the foot.  This spike can provide better traction in clay, loose or tacky situations.  The metal spike is retractable, so you can screw it up into the foot so you can still use your tripod on marble, hardwood or linoleum floors with out damaging them.  As you can see to the right, there are several sizes, based on the diameter of the black base that inserts into the tube.  The inside diameter of the tube must be measured because the black base must fit very snug in the tube.  The furtherest to the right in the picture is design to screw onto the leg.  These feet MUST be purchased by the specific model number.  There are accessory spike feet that can be added to the tripods that cannot use the spike feet shown to the right.

spike feet

spike feet

Accessory spike feet are available as replacements for the rubber feet.  They are similar to the ones above, but the spikes attach but clamping to the outside of the tube, instead of inserting inside the leg tube.  So you will measure the outside diameter of these.  They are listed on the page by tube diameter.  Click Here for the page of parts witht he spike feet.

The last type of foot for your tripod is the suction cup feet.  These are cup feet are not going to stick the tripod to the floor or wall.  The foot is much broader and wide so you can use the tripod in snow, sand or mud without the legs just sinking below the surface.  This is a clamp-on that requires you to know the outside diameter of the leg tube of the tripod.  Click Here for sizes.

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.