I have an old 055 tripod that has screws to lock the legs. Can I switch out the old leg locks for new ones with snap levers?
Yes you can, IF you make sure the inside diameter of the new locks are the same as the old locks. So if you are changing the old 055 for a new 055x series clamp, there is very little difference. In fact we recommend these (click here for upper) for the upper clamp and (click here for the lower) lower leg clamps.
These are using the newer snap lock. These have a very easy snap open and closed lock with a positive feel. You know when these are locked.
Also, bear in mind that Manfrotto (more than 20 years ago it was called Bogen) has been making tripods for over 40 years. The older tripods are not necessarily the same as the new ones. Manfrotto has been make the 190 and 055 series for all of that time. The newest versions are not called the MT190, and none of the old repair parts will work with the new tripods.
Replacing all the upper and lower locks could be more expensive that the tripod is actually worth. This is a concern for obvious reasons, however we can help with several suggestions. First, you could trade in your old tripod for a newer one. Or secondly you can send us your used parts. We will pay for the used parts, depending upon condition and function.
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.