New parts for the Video Heads 509HD, 516, 519 and 526

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We are now stocking a wider selection of parts for the following video heads: 509HD, 516, 519 and 526 fluid video heads. Click below to find the most commonly broken parts on these video heads.

Click here for 509HD Parts
Click here for 516 Parts
Click here for 519 Parts
Click here for 526 Parts

We increased the items we are carrying to include the most commonly lost or damaged parts and in some cases parts that we see frequently fail.  These frequently failed parts are usually the result from the tripod tipping over and the head taking the brunt of the damage.  We are not finding a lot of replacements due to wear, mostly impact and rough handling.

If you are having problems, or just need 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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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Should I Change the Fluid in my Fluid Head?

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Fluid video heads that use a fluid filled cartridge are not like cars.  The fluids do not need to be replaced unless they are broken.

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Disassembled fluid disks

First, the fluid disc is a series of concentric circles that trap the fluid in them and slow the movement down by providing resistance.  The discs are generally inert and the fluid stays in place.  You don’t need to replace the fluid in the cartridge unless one of several things occur.

If the head has been stored in an excessively hot place for a long time, then there is a good change that the “fluid” has thinned because of the heat and settled, leaving half of the disc

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Damaged fluid disk assembly

empty.  The discs are no longer parallel, the fluid, if it is still in the disc, and the fluid is all at one side.  This will greatly impair the smoothness and the feel of the head.  The heat can often make the fluid thin enough to escape the disc and run out.  If you’ve ever experienced the thick, sticky, gooey, almost impossible to clean off fluid then you will know what I am talking about.  In this case the fluid can be cleaned off and the discs refilled.

If the head was dropped and the fluid discs have been damaged then they should be replaced.  The little prongs sticking out of both sides can be sheared off if the head falls over or is impacted with enough force.

The discs are specific to different video heads, so it is best to start here for current heads, or here for other heads and getting the parts specific to it.

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.

 

 

 

I Cleaned Out my Video Head And Now It’s Not Panning Smooth – What Do I Do?

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It all depends upon where you cleaned.  It is common for dirt and grime to accumulate in the cracks and grooves. This by itself is often the problem, especially if the dirt is gritty like sand. If you disassembled the head and cleaned out the grease from the bearings, then they will need to be relubed.  The picture is of the 128RC video head.  The bearing stack is a common feature in many of the older video heads.  Make sure the bearings are clean and lubed with a bit (not too much) on silicon or lithium grease.

Damaged fluid disk assembly

Damaged fluid disk assembly

If you went even farther and cleaned out the fluid disks then you will need to relube those as well.  Normally the disks are filled with a type of grease that provides the smooth movements in this head.  If the disks are separated (as below) or the grease is removed (also as below) then they are mostly worthless.  You can purchase a jar of the grease here, or the discs are available with each head that takes them.

Disassembled fluid disks

Disassembled fluid disks

The disks are not interchangeable between models. So be careful when you are working with these.  Also the grease is unlike any grease you’ve probably ever come in contact with.  It is sticky and gooey and not something that is easily cleaned up.  We never recommend taking these disks apart.

If you have problems,  click here to return the parts to us for reassembly.

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.

Manfrotto X Pro 3-Way Head

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Manfrotto_3way_product_overview_closedThe MHX Pro 3 Way Head.  This is the first pan head in the New Manfrotto XPRO head series.

This head is designed for the photographer who wants the maximum in precision with a compact size.

For any photographer, precision is the key.  This is why a three way head is ideal when making precise adjustments.  This new Manfrotto XPRO 3 way head is no different, but actually is is, very different from other 3 way head on the market.  Lets see what these new and different features are:

  1. Compact design.  Who doesn’t love the convenience of a smaller lighter head to carry around.  Especially when hiking or walking a lot, every ounce may as well be a pound when you have to carry it for hours.  Take the head off your tripod and stick it in you camera bag.  This is a compact head with retractable handles that allow you to adjust them to your needs.The head will easily accommodate about 8.8 pounds of gear. Easily enough weight load for a loaded DSLR camera or a mini DV type camera. The pan bar is adjustable and easily removed, with a standard tooth and gear setting system for controlling pan bar position.
  2. Manfrotto_3way_product_overview_openFriction Control.  The dual friction control allows for any photographer to minutely adjust the level of friction in the panning and tilting to adjust for the weight of almost any lens.Like the XPRO 3 way pan head, this new video head has the tension adjustment on the tilt movements. You can switch between hard or soft fluidity. Hard for the slow tilt movements and soft for a faster movement with less drag. Tension controls are separate from locks so you can set the camera and leave it, even though you are locking and unlocking the pan or tilt controls. Unlike the XPRO 3 way head, this is designed for video. Internally this is a video head, using fluid discs fro true smooth fluid movements.
  3. Fast. It uses the 200PL quick release plate that is the most common plate used by still photographers. The quick releases are small and usually are hidden under the camera, out of the way. Making for rapid changes from a Manfrotto still head to the video head without having to change plates. While this is not the primary reason to buy this head, it is a huge timesaver when you are working cross platform/cross genre and still using your still tripod.

True to Manfrotto legacy, the parts are interchangeable and self repair of lost knobs or screws is possible, once parts become available in this country. This is not to demean this head though. I expect mine to last many years, and over that time I expect it to need a knob or if I loose the pan handle, it is easily replaceable; unlike many lesser, cheaper maintained brands. See the parts we already stock.

The price is very affordable and reasonable at $149.99. As I did research on the competitors I found it to be in the middle of the price range, but in my opinion it should last longer because it is well made and long history Manfrotto has for making parts available for long periods of time.

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.