Free Tripod Tune Up Time!

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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 ManfrottoTripodParts.com or BogenTripodParts.com 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.

Free tripod tune Up, just in time for spring! March 14 to 21st!

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We are going to be tuning up Bogen and Manfrotto tripods March 14th through March 21st, FREE of charge!

Happy MonopodLet us check your 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 ManfrottoTripodParts.com or BogenTripodParts.com websites can be repaired in-house.

We will not be charging labor for the tune ups on these days, only for any needed replacement parts and return shipping, if applicable. Gear sent to the manufacture for repair is not included. After March 22nd 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 $ 10.00 for 3001, 3021, 190 and 055 tripods to $25 for 3036, 475, 058 tripods.  No repairs are preformed without your approval.

New Product to Convert Photo Monopods to a Fluid Base Video Monopod

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New Manfrotto Fluid Base MVA50A 

New Monopod foot with fluid cartridge

New Monopod foot with fluid cartridge

This fluid base accessory will convert any photo monopod into a fully functional and video monopod. Compatible with Manfrotto models; 679B, 680B, 558B, or any photo monopods that feature a 20mm diameter tube in the last section.

Easy to install and use.  This fluid movement foot folds up and out of the way when not needed giving you a single point of contact on the floor, or fold out to provide a wide, stable base on which to smoothly pan and truck the camera.

Although this looks like a foot, it is not a rigid foot that can be left standing alone. Because the nature of this fluid base is to move, if the monopod is left standing up right, any little breeze will surely blow it over if it is left unattended.

This has been a long awaited accessory of anyone that is crossing back and forth from photo to video.  While it is nothing like a spiked foot we use in photo for ice and rocks, the large rubber pads on the bottom should help prevent slippage.

Find pricing and availability Here:  And as always, we will have replacement parts available as soon as they become available.

What are the most commonly used tools to repair a Manfrotto?

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat are the most common tools to repair a Manfrotto product?

There will be several different sets of tools depending upon what you arerepairing.

The most common tools used are: flat blade screw driver, Phillips head (cross shaped) screw driver, Allen wrenches in 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm (these are the most commonly used), TORX (looks like an Allen wrench with a star shaped head), 6mm and 8mm socket.  Very rarely we use a wrench, or pair of pliers, but the jaws are coated with a “gripper” so they jaws don’t scratch and scar the item being repaired.

We OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAalso have a few custom made tools since some of the heads cannot be repaired easily without them.  Occasionally a wooden dowel or a wooden tapping block.  We used a wooden tapping block instead of a hammer, since a hammer will distort and deface the metal.  Too much with a metal hammer will actually bend and distort the metal and change the extremely tight tolerances that many heads and tripod require.  For a short time there were 5.5mm sockets.

DO NOT USE any sort of “locking” fluids like Loc Tite, finger nail polish or Super Glue to hold, or lock a screw or nut in place.  First, some of these will not adhere to the paint or aluminum.  The grease that is used often will react to the glue and will not allow it to adhere or soften it and cause it to fail.  But more likely, it will foul the screw threads or block the movement of the parts, and be very difficult to remove.  Some of these products have solvents that will help remove them, others don’t and either the adhesive will have to be chipped away (very time consuming) or the part will have to be replaced since the threads of the fine screws cannot be easily cleaned.

Oiling is not required.  There are some lubricants and greases that are used.  The most common grease is a silicon based gel.  This lubricant does not flow like oil, it stays where it is put.  Flowing oil gets all over, can degrade the lubricants that are there, destroy the rubber bumpers and grips and generally make everything sticky.  There is a sticky grease-like goo that is used in between the fluid disks in video heads.  The super sticky goo is what gives you the super smooth, fluid movement in the video head.

Most of the spare parts DO NOT include tools, if they do, they will be shown in the photo of the part on the product page.

This post was updated to reflect a change in address and the addition of new items