How do I replace the leg lock on Manfrotto 055 and 190 series tripods so the leg doesn’t slip when extended.
The 055 and 190 series tripods have been around for a long, long time. So these instructions will cover the latest models, purchased in 2013. The older and newer models may have slightly different screws or locking devices, but the generalities are the same.
The leg lock has two parts. The clamp (part C) and the lock (part K). The clamp (part C) tightens down and holds the leg lock to the leg tube. The lock (part K) is variable and allows the leg tubes to slide when unlocked and locked in place when locked down.
So, like an onion you may have to remove the upper and lower leg tubes in sequence to get to the part you need to replace. The simplest repair is the bottom lock. You loosen the clamp and remove the leg section, remove the rubber foot, replace the clamp, put the tubes back and replace the foot.
Tighten the clamp enough so it is securely on the tube and doesn’t twist or pull off. DO NOT over tighten the clamp any more than necessary to secure it. The extra tension may break the clamp again, or deform the tube so the leg sections will not collapse properly.
The upper clamp is the one that requires the most time and effort since all the lower clamps and tubes need to be removed. Make sure you disassemble them and lay them out in order so as not to confuse the order of the parts. Some tripods will have shims inside the tubes that are VERY place specific.
Adjusting the locking levers. The locking levers need to provide enough pressure to hold the leg tube in its final position. If the lock is not tight enough, turn the tightening screw no more than 1/4 of a turn. Test the tension, if slippage tighten again another 1/4 turn. Do this until it will hold without slippage under a weight.
Tightening the lock screw too much will potentially break the lever or snap, or lock the lock so you cannot open and close it. On both the snaps and levers, you do not need more than simple finger pressure to lock and unlock. It should not be hard pressure.
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:
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.