How to replace the Leg Release on the MT055 and MT190 tripods

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The Leg release on Manfrotto, and Bogen, tripods have several different styles and shapes as you can see to the right.  They are all unique to their tripod, so they are almost never interchangeable.

In the pictures to the right, the top leg brace has the silver leg tube attached.  this brace is one of two styles: one is swedged on and if remove it ruins the leg, the other uses a tension nut inside the tube that requires a very long socket wrench to looses and tighten.  You cannot tell the difference easily.  the leg brace at 3 o’clock has a single screw behind it that locks it into place just like the one at 6 o’clock, but they have different “ears” that attach to the main casting, and the leg tube diameters are slightly different.  This, while they look similar, are not interchangeable.  the brace at 9 o’clock has two locking screw, there is another version of this brace, where the ears are pointing out.  again not interchangeable.

Old Bogen 3021 055

How the main casting is held together is another thing to consider when changing the leg tubes.  Older Manfrotto 055 and 190, Bogen 3001, 3010, 3021 have a large main casting that hold the legs together from the bottom.  To remove any one leg you must remove two of the leg stoppers. You may need help holding the legs since they can fall out once the two leg stoppers are removed.

new 055 tripodThe newer Manfrotto MT series have a main casting that consists of an upper and a lower half.  There are 3 tensions screws that hold the halves together and provide the tension on the legs so they don’t swing out recklessly.  On these models, you will have to remove the center column before you start to take the main casting apart.  Take care that there is a shoe and spring inside the main casting that may shoot out if you are not careful.

MTtripodAboveAdjustRemoving the screw is usually a Torx T23 driver.  It looks a lot like a regular screw driver, though the working end is different.  It is star shaped, instead of cross shaped like a Phillips screw driver.

I suggest that as you take apart the tripod, you lay out all the pieces in order as you go.  This will help when you reassemble the parts.  Unlike a washing machine, a tripod often cannot function without one of the screws, or other parts.

If you are having problems determining what parts you need, 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.

 

 

 

 

Accessories for the Superclamps

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This is one of those products that you buy for one need, and find it has a hundred other uses.  The Manfrotto SuperClamp (Avenger also makes a version) is more than just a super robust clamp that will take a MagicArms.  The SuperClamp is a whole system of camera studs and arms that allow you to clamp almost anything to a pole or flat edge up to 3 inches thick.

Because the clamp is cam locked, when you tighten it, it stays tight.  It supports far more weight than you would expect.

As you can see from the picture there are almost dozens of accessories making limitless combinations.

Click Here to see the complete offering on ManfrottoTripodParts.com

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.

We now stock parts for Manfrotto arms & clamps

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ManfrottoTripodParts.com Super Clamp

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Super Clamp

We just updated our selection of parts for Manfrotto accessories.  We now have a selection of parts available for the Super Clamp, Variable Friction Magic Arm; along with the 196B and 396B arms, and a whole host of other accessories.

Like our tripod and head pages, these accessories and arms are listed out showing the parts that are available from us.  Unfortunately, not all parts are available separately.  Some are sold as assemblies only, not just as a single part.  These parts and assemblies are listed on the site.

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Magic Arm

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Magic Arm

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Camera Adapter

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Camera Adapter

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Dual Ball Head

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Dual Ball Head

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the parts, usually the first item listed on the page is the complete item.  So if you need a complete super clamp, or a magic arm, the best place to find it is on the parts page.

These are some of the most useful items if you are attempting to mount your camera, shades or diffusers in an unusual situation, or if you need an extra hand.

We’ve helped photographers mount full sized DSLR cameras to the undercarriage of cars, to hot air balloons, or just to a tripod during a studio shoot.

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.