Discontinued Part: R190,311 locking knob

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\MainposMAIN POS (E)DataPictures in POS3667.jpgManfrotto has discontinued the part R190,311.  This was a common center column locking knob for many Manfrotto and Bogen older style 190 tripods. You can use the following:

R190,41 is a similar replacement, it has a spring and the diameter and thread size is the same. Click here for more info.

R004,80 is the correct diameter and size, but there is no spring. Click here for more info.

 

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How to change a head on your tripod.

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One of the simpler modifications you can make to your Manfrotto tripod is changing the head.  While you may be able to get by with only one head, having several for different situations will make you life easier.

 

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All Manfrotto, and Bogen, tripods that have center columns will allow you to lock the head so it does not unscrew during use.  The older tripods had up to 3 locking screws, we call them “grub screws,” while the newer tripods may only have one.  The grub screw is used to put tension on the head when it is screwed on, so it will not come off.  Indeed, if you have ever attempted to remove a head while the grub screws were tightened you could more easily destroy the head than unscrew it.

You don’t even need to remove the grub screw. Just backing the screw out enough to allow the head to unscrew is all that it takes.   The grub screws are accessed from the bottom of the center column plate or to the side of the plate. Just make sure they are backed out completely before you reattach the head, because the stability of the head depends upon the base of the head and the center column plate both being in good contact with each other.

 

If even one grub screw protruded it will prevent the head from staying locked and it may wiggle or unscrew during use.  The picture to the right is a head that never stayed on tight.  the customer sent this in for repair when it was only a grub screw that was causing the problem.  Backing out the grub screw, re tightening the head and re tightening the grub screw was all it took.

We often find on the really old Bogen tripods that the head and the center column plate might get stuck after years of being together.  Sometimes this is the aluminum wanting to bond, often its is corrosion or foreign contaminants.  Either way if you cannot unlock it, we can.

There are different grub screws for different series and models of tripods and center columns.  The old Bogen 190, 055 use three grub screws,  the Manfrotto MT190, Mt055 and MT290 tripods use a single grub screw and the 055 and 190 leveling columns use a single grub screw that accesses from the side.  The video balls also have grubs screws, found here.

If you are having problems determining parts needed, 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.

How to Replace the Leg Locks on 055 and 190 Series So the Don’t Slip When Extended.

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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.

Flip Clamp Leg Lock

Flip Clamp

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.

Flip Lock

Flip Lock

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.

Flip Lock

flip Lock

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.

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Test lock

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:

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.

My leg on my 055 tripod is loose and will not stay out, how do I fix it?

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The leg on my 055 tripod is very loose, it does not stay out when I extend the leg, how do I fix this ?

055 Leg Brace

055 Leg Brace

The leg is simply held with tension provided by the same screws that hold the main casting together.  So it is as simple as tightening the screw on top, or in some cases on the bottom.

But first, lets check to make sure it is not loose because of excessive wear or broken parts; and make sure everything is fine inside the tripod.

  1. Remove the center column.
  2. MTtripodAboveAdjustLoosen the screws on the main casting to peek between the plates.  If there is sand or grit then completely disassemble the main casting and clean out the grit.
  3. Lightly lubricate the parts inside with a tiny bit of silicon grease.  Do not use WD-40 or other petroleum based oils.  We want a gel type lubricant so the oil does not flow and make a big mess.  the silicon grease will stay in place and do its job.
  4. Reassemble the main casting and legs back into the assembly.  Flex the legs in and out a few times. Check the tension to see that the legs are not too loose or easily moved.  Adjust each leg to tension by turning the tension screw about a 1/2 turn per test.  Too much tension is bad.
Driver tools

Driver Tools

This will work with the new MT055 and MT190 series tripods.  They use a TORX  for the adjustments.

Older Manfrotto 055 and 190 series will use an Allen wrench or usually an 8mm socket.  The procedure is the same as above.

Old Bogen 3021 055

Old Bogen 055 3021

Now on older (very old) 055 and 190 tripods, there is a large nut below the main casting, see the picture below.  In this example the 055 (also called a Bogen 3021 tripod) the main casting is a single part.  The large nut will provide all the tension necessary, though you should make sure the silver triangular shoe that distributes the tension on both legs is clean underneath.  The bolts on each side of the leg are what tensions the leg, so each leg needs 2 bolts to provide the correct amount of tension.  Just keep checking the adjustment so you don’t make it too tight.

As with all Manfrotto tripods, monopod and heads; be very careful when you are adjusting the parts, or screwing everything together.  Over tightening is the worst thing you can do.  It is always better to under tighten rather than over tighten.  Over tightening will prematurely wear the parts out, or cause them to brake because of the extra stress.

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.

Why doesn’t my head lock? It moves a little bit even though everything is locked down!

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Loose Head

This is actually a very simple fix.  On most Manfrotto Tripods, the head is removable.  Over time or heavy use, the connection between the head and the tripod will loosen up a little bit.  It may not unscrew more than a little bit that is mostly unnoticeable, because there are locking screws that are supposed to keep the head from moving are stopping it.

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Grub Screw on Manfrotto tripod

So, raise the center column as far up as it will go.  Look under the head.  There you should see at least one or as many as three “grub screws.”  These are slotted screws that when tightened lock the head to the tripod and keep it from moving.  To repair the problem… just back out the grub screws a little bit.  Then unscrew the head and then re-tighten it.  Re-tighten the grub screws and Voila!  You are done.

Please remember: DO NOT USE finger nail polish or Loc-tite on the head or grub screws to “lock” them in place.  You may make it impossible to repair this head again in the future.

Also be aware: There are several variations of these spare parts.  Older style for number models like 055 or 190. Find it here. The newer style for lettered models like MT055 or MT190  are found here.

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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How to Find Your Tripod Model Number

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If you are going to DIY (do it yourself)  a tripod repair, then you need to know how to find the model number.  Manfrotto tripods and heads have different model numbers.  So if you see a model number on the head, it identifies the head only.  Likewise, a Manfrotto 055xb is identifying the tripod only.

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The most common place for the tripod model to be on your tripod – is on the leg, next to the manufacturers nameplate.  The name is often engraved, like this Manfrotto 055XB tripod, or it is a sticker.  If it is a sticker and the sticker is worn off, you are out of luck.  With out the proper model number there is almost no way to accurately know.  Many tripods have several versions or variations, and no surprise, not all the versions are interchangeable.  Especially on brands where they have been manufacturing them for long periods of time, you cannot expect every part to match.

Tripodmodel2The manufacturer will change the product from time to time, refining the design, improving the features, often without renaming it.  So version 1 will be completely different from version 6.  And lets throw in that some tripod brands do not make their own tripods.  There are a few brands (like: Ambico, RCA,  Sony, and Sears) that have the tripods manufactured for them.  Some will use different manufacturers with completely different parts, yet use the same model numbers. So there is little or no way to find out what tripod you have.

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Another place where you can find the  model number is on the main casting.  The main casting is the part that holds the legs together at the top.  It may be a label or a sticker or even embossed on the main casting.

Be aware that in Manfrotto the 055XPROB is VERY different from the MT055XPRO3 So you cannot rely on just the model number.  It has to be the whole number and all letters included.

If you cannot find the Manfrotto model number, and it is in need of repairs, you can always send it to us.   We can repair any tripod that we have listed on our website, as long as the parts are available.  On tripods we service, with in stock parts (click here to see models we stock parts for) , we strive for a 3 day turnaround.  Costs vary, but simple repairs can be as low as $ 25 labor + parts +  shipping.

If you send us a note with your name, address, day time phone number, email we will call or email you with the estimate for repair.

Send your Manfrotto for repair to:

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Repairs
c/o SpartanPhotoCenter
108 Garner Road
Spartanburg, SC 29303

 

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