Are the Manfrotto Feet Interchangable?

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Simply put, No.

Every model potentially has a different size foot.  Even in the same model series, like the MT055 there are 3 leg section and 4 leg section tripods.  The 4 section legs have an extra, smaller tube, so the foot size is different.  So really there are only two ways to get replacement feet:

  1. Find the exact model of your tripod and go to that exact page on the website.
    You can find our listing here.
  2. Measure the diameter of the tube and find the size you need accordingly.
    You can find a list of feet here, but be aware there are push on, screw on and push in feet.  The measurements for push on and screw on feet are the outside diameter of the bottom leg tube, the push in feet use the inside diameter of the bottom tube.
    You can find an incomplete list here.  We are always adding and updating as we find new sizes of feet.
  3. There are also Suction Cup Feet that are available as accessories to many tripods.

Here are links to some other pages about the feet:
Tube rubbing through the feet, Spike feet, Changing feet.

New Manfrotto MVM450A Video Monopod with Fluid Base

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Parts450AmonopodIntroducing the newest addition to the Manfrotto line of fluid monopods !

The MVM450a is the fully functional MVM250A fluid video monopod with a MHXPRO-2W Video head on top.  This monopod is ready go, featuring both a fluid head on top and the removable MVA50A base; which can now be purchased separately as well!

Key Benefits and Features:  MHXPRO-2W Video Head:
This head is quickly becoming the best selling video head on the market.  The head features a  200PL Quick Release Plate (Click here for purchase and size info) Which is Manfrottos most popular plate, and most universally used on both photo, video and monopod heads.
 Portability:
Great solution for those users who are looking for a compact and light weight support for the camera. It can be easily carried around and in those situations where the use of a tripod is not possible because of the lack of space.
 Operating Height:
Four Sections on the monopod offers a great range of operating heights. This allows the user to be more flexible while shooting and reach points of view that otherwise wouldn’t be achievable. Whether shooting at eye level or overhead you always have a smooth pan in a very limited footprint. Minimum height flooded is 30.31 inches and maximum extended height is 78.74 inches including the head. Weighs only slightly more than 4 lbs. Safe operating capacity is 8.8 pounds of gear.

New Monopod foot with fluid cartridge

New Monopod foot with fluid cartridge

 Patented Fluid Base System:
Features the patented fluid cartridge system incorporated into the base that gives an incredibly smooth panning action to the monopod while shooting video.
 Fluid Base:
The fluid base accessory will convert a photo monopod into a fully functional and video monopod. Compatible with Manfrotto models; 679B, 680B, 558B, and all the photo monopods that feature a 20mm tube in the last section.
 Reasonable Price:
The MVM450a is expected to retail for for about $ 249.99, including the installed fluid base.

Click Here to see pricing and availability.

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.

Are All The Feet Interchangeable on Manfrotto Tripods?

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Simple answer…no.

There are as many different sizes and styles of Manfrotto feet as there are tripods.  They are not interchangeable because in most cases the diameters of the bottom legs tubes are different sizes and shapes.  Some tripods also came with retractable spikes.

Manfrotto Rubber Feet

Different Rubber Feet Sizes

The replacement feet are sold according to the model number of the tripod. Click Here and find your model number.  If there are no identifying made numbers then you can look the feet up by diameter.  Click Here of the page of parts listed by sizes. These parts are shown on the product pages, but check the sizes and shapes carefully.  Some rubes are not round, but they may be D shaped or 6 sided, instead of round.

Spike Feet Inserts

Spike Feet Inserts

Spike feet are rubber feet with a retractable metal spike in the middle of the foot.  This spike can provide better traction in clay, loose or tacky situations.  The metal spike is retractable, so you can screw it up into the foot so you can still use your tripod on marble, hardwood or linoleum floors with out damaging them.  As you can see to the right, there are several sizes, based on the diameter of the black base that inserts into the tube.  The inside diameter of the tube must be measured because the black base must fit very snug in the tube.  The furtherest to the right in the picture is design to screw onto the leg.  These feet MUST be purchased by the specific model number.  There are accessory spike feet that can be added to the tripods that cannot use the spike feet shown to the right.

spike feet

spike feet

Accessory spike feet are available as replacements for the rubber feet.  They are similar to the ones above, but the spikes attach but clamping to the outside of the tube, instead of inserting inside the leg tube.  So you will measure the outside diameter of these.  They are listed on the page by tube diameter.  Click Here for the page of parts witht he spike feet.

The last type of foot for your tripod is the suction cup feet.  These are cup feet are not going to stick the tripod to the floor or wall.  The foot is much broader and wide so you can use the tripod in snow, sand or mud without the legs just sinking below the surface.  This is a clamp-on that requires you to know the outside diameter of the leg tube of the tripod.  Click Here for sizes.

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.

New Accessory Spike and Suction Cup Feet by Manfrotto

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New Accessory Spike and Suction Cup Feet by Manfrotto

Accessory Spike feet

Spike Feet

The Manfrotto accessory spike and suction cup feet is a useful adaptation for your tripod.  The spikes are useful for digging in to semisoft ground or sand and gravel.  The metal spikes are retractable with a large rubber foot the screws down over top allowing you to still use the foot on standard floors without worrying about scratches.  The  suction cups are usually used with sand and snow, but they are also great on tile or marble floors so the video tripod doesn’t move when you pan the head back and forth.

Suction cup feet

Accessory Suction Cup Feet

All of these feet attach by removing the old rubber foot and clamping this foot to the outside of the tube.  It is a simple operation.  May sure you measure the outside diameter of the bottom leg tube on your tripod. Pick the foot that is closest to the diameter of you tube.  The clamps are secure, but you cannot over clamp these feet to make us the difference otherwise you will brad the clamp.  It is especially important that you not over tighten the clamps on carbon fiber tripods. While very strong, too much pressure can crack and split the tube.

The descriptions are hyper linked, so you can click on any of them and be directed to the order page.

Spike Feet

12SPK3 is 12mm in diameter and is compatible with the MK293A4, MT293A4, MKBFRA4 tripods and kits.

15SPK3 is 15mm in diameter and is compatible with the MK293A3, MT293A3, MK294A4, MT294A4, MK190XPRO4, MT190XPRO4

19SPK3 is 19mm in diameter and is compatible with the MK294A3, MT294A3, MK190XPRO3, MT190XPRO3

22SPK3 is 22mm in diameter and is compatible with the MT055CXPRO3

These are the older series of spike feet that are compatible with Manfrotto and the much older Bogen tripods.
116SPK3 is 11.6mm in diameter and is compatible with the MK190XPRO3, MT190XPRO3

160SPK3 is 16mm in diameter and is compatible with the MT055CXPRO4, MT190CXPRO3

204SPK3 is 20.4mm in diameter and is compatible with the  MT055CXPRO3

Suction Cup Feet (we currently only stock one ((we don’t get much ice)))

12SCK3 is12mm in diameter and is with the MK293A4, MT293A4, MKBFRA4

15SCK3 is 15mm in diameter and is compatible with the MK293A3, MT293A3, MK294A4, MT294A4, MK190XPRO4, MT190XPRO4

19SCK3 is 19mm in diameter and is compatible with the MK294A3, MT294A3, MK190XPRO3, MT190XPRO3

22SCK3 is 22mm in diameter and is compatible with the MK055CXPRO3, MT055CXPRO3

116SCK1 is 11.6mm in diameter and is compatible with the MT190XPRO4

160SCK3 is 16mm in diameter and is compatible with the MT055CXPRO4, MT190CXPRO3

204SCK3 is 20.4mm in diameter and is compatible with the MT055CXPRO3

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.

 

The Metal Tube Keeps Wearing Through The Rubber Foot, How Can I Fix This?

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you find that the metal tube is cutting through the rubber foot there are several ways to fix this on the Manfrotto tripods.

First, check your load.  Extreme wear of the feet could be that you are over loading the tripod, or unnecessarily dragging it across the ground.  Ove loading a light weight tripod will increase vibration through “resonance” and will not allow the camera to stabilize.  Actually amplifimng vibrations, or not allowing them to disapate correctly.

Second, your tripod may be old enough that it just needs a little work. A tune up, if you will.  Over the years, key points can wear out.  the feet will need to be replaced, the lock knobs or handles may need adjusting, the carter column and head cleaned and adjusted.

Third, the simple fix is to put a dime, penny or nickel (these are the fastest fix) inside the foot for the tube to rest on. this will prevent the metal tube from cutting the rubber. Some tripods like 190 and 055 can be retro fitted with rubber/spike feet.

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Removable spike feet for Manfrotto tripods

These are easily attached to the bottom of the leg tube with the provided tool.  There is a metal spike that hides inside a retractable solid rubber foot (Click here more info).

The spikes are useful on slick mossy rocks, snow, ice and other surfaces that the rubber foot does not provide the traction that you would want.  Or, you drew down the rubber feet and never use the spike, but allow the durable solid rubber foot to do years and years of work without wearing out.

Generally speaking, we have few problems with these feet.  Obviously, mud and sand will clog the threads, but a good rinsing with the hose will clean that out.  The only problems we’ve seen is because of repeated use in salt water WITHOUT washing off later.

Yes, we do recommend you wash your tripod from time to time.  Care and up keep will always make your equipment last longer.  Rinse everything down, quickly dry it off with a towel or t-shirt like material, and don’t use strong detergents or de greasers.  These will remove the fine lubricants that are on key points on the head and tripod clamps.  This will also allow you to inspect the tripod to see if it needs any spare parts.

If you are in need of a tune up, let us know.  You can contact us or send us your items for tune up or repair,Click here for more info.

Updated to reflect address changes