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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Are Leg Tubes Interchangeable?

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dsc_0611-e1500994069275.jpgI bent a leg tube, so now I cannot retract my leg.  Does it matter what tube I replace it with?

The tubes are all different sizes since they have to fit into each other.  So one difference is the tube diameter.

The second is the interior shape.  Some tubes are smooth inside, others have ridges that tit into grooves so the tubes will not rotate.  The tube in the center of the picture is “D” shaped and will not work with the round tubes, or the leg braces and leg locks.  The tubes are different lengths depending upon whether the tripod is a 3 section or a 4 section.

And the last consideration is color.  In the older tripods the tubes can be silver or black.  In the same model they are interchangeable, so as long a you can live with the color difference, these are interchangeable.

Ultimately the best thing to do it find the exact model and purchase the tubes for it.  If you cannot determine what you have, send it to us.

Spartan Photo Center, Inc
108 Garner Road
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Include your Name, Address, Day time or cell phone number, and a description of what is damaged or needs to be repaired inside the box. Because of parts availability, or lack there of, we cannot guarantee rush service or turnaround times.

Some repairs can only be preformed by the Manfrotto repair technicians, and may have to be sent to a Manfrotto repair facility. Any items not listed on this site will be sent to Manfrotto. Repairs are usually quoted for complex or highly technical repairs.

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

Trade In Trade Up is Coming Soon……

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This is the place!

This October 13th and 14th will be our 6th Annual Trade in / Trade up event. That is Friday and Saturday 10am until 3pm both days.

We will have Sales available for demonstrations.

See Demonstrations on various aspects of photography.

Make money from your old gear.

Make money from your old gear.

We will be taking cameras, lenses, tripods and certain other items for trade in.  UsedPhotoPro.com will be paying cash of used and collectable cameras, lenses and flashes.

Manfrotto will be taking old tripods on trade for their new tripods and heads.

Radio Poppers will be trading in for other remote slave units.

Get a Free pro[m]aster battery grip with any camera purchased.

If you cannot attend, but still want to trade in your tripod or head, click here.

Don’t miss out on our in store specials that we cannot advertise here.

 

 

 

Are Bogen and Manfrotto Tripods the Same?

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Old055TopYes, 20 years or so ago, Bogen tripods were made by Manfrotto.

And…

No, the current Manfrotto Tripods are very different in most cases from what the Bogen equivalent used to be called.

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As you can see from the 3021/055 picture to the left, this Bogen tripod is bulkier and more angular.  The MT055 Manfrotto tripod to the right is the same series tripod, though it is made about 20 years later and it is much more stylish.

One of the major changes between the two brands, though they shared models like 055, 058, 190 etc; is generally the weight.  The newer Manfrotto tripods a very much lighter than the previous models. The old Bogen 055/3021 weighs about 6.6 lbs; while the new Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 only weighs 5.5 lbs.  The old Bogens usually used round tubes, where most of the new Manfrotto tripods have “D” shaped tubes that are lighter and just as strong as the older heavier ones.

Also the use of “technopolymer” is allowing the weight on bulky parts to be reduced.  You will find this on the newer heads.

By using newer technologies and better allows the size and strength remain the same while the weight is decreased overall. This technology is being diffused across all the tripods, heads, and monopods.

 

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.

 

 

New Manfrotto 190GO4AT tripod

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Manfrotto has another hit on their hands with the 190GOA4TB tripod!

You might think I’m biased, but actually this tripod is not the style I prefer to use; which makes it an all out homerun in my book.  I can actually say that I would use this on a regular basis, not that I’ve seen and played with it.  Here’s why…

Fine Precision Threadding Reduces Lock Up

Fine Precision Threadding Reduces Lock Up

I don’t like twist lock leg locks.  When I was learning photography, the inexpensive tripods I had were twist lock.  I hated them.  I preferred the snap lever, especially the new ones on the MT055 and MT190 tripods because they are such a positive lock.  When you close it you know it’s closed. Twist locks are a lazy man’s nemesis.  If you are not careful to twist them far enough, they will slide. You can over tighten them, making them hard to release. You can over tighten them so you can over load the tripod with way more weight then it should have loaded on it. However…

Four Leg Sections

Four Leg Sections

These twist locks are great.  I have attempted to over tighten them, and cannot.  The grip is large enough so that I always get a firm grip.  They don’t seem to lock up when tightened, I’ve tried my best.  I think the difference is the precision cut, fine threading on the inside. Also, the ease of locking and unlocking with the better, bigger grip allows for fine sliding adjustments. Like in Macro, I can slide the leg a bit and lock it. I can’t do that with my snap lock as easily, one handed.

It’s aluminum, but still fairly light weight.  Carbon fiber will always beat metal for the weight issues, but aluminum is, in my mind,  more rugged.  Having four leg sections means the tripod can be a bit more compact than a 3 section tripod. It’s only a matter of a few inches but that often times makes a difference.

Single Push Button Release

Single Push Button Release

The PRO center column feature is always worth having on a still camera tripod.  The ability to go horizontal with the push of a button is worth the little bit extra in price that it adds.  I like having this built into my tripod, rather than carrying another part around.

The three position leg brace allows you to set the legs flat on the ground. Combine this with the PRO side arm feature and you are only inches above the ground. Since each leg is independent, the combinations are almost limitless.

Use this for add on straps, 244Mini and 244Mirco arms that can hold lights, arm and other items

Use this for add on straps, 244Mini and 244Mirco arms that can hold lights, arm and other items

There is also the accessory port that allows you to attach the various arms and accessories Manfrotto makes, allowing you hands free diffusion or flash, or any of the new 244Mini and 244Micro arms that are now available..

A stylish black matte tripod with black on black buttons and silver and red accents. Pretty colors are never the reason you buy a tripod, but looking good while working well never hurts.

As far as this goes, any Manfrotto head that is flat bottomed will fit and work well with this tripod. Whether it is ballheads, geared heads, pan head or video heads; it is all compatible.  See our YouTube Video

NEW 244Micro and 244Mini Arms

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The New Manfrotto 244Micro and 244Mini arms.  The newest, and one of the neatest items to come from Manfrotto in a while. Let’s explore…

Manfrotto Accessory Port

Manfrotto Accessory Port

The 244Micro and 244Mini arms can be attached to Manfrotto MT190 and MT055 tripods using the accessory port located on the side of the MT series tripods.  This accessory screw hole has been there for quite some time, but only on the new MT series tripods is this a slotted screw port, not just a hole.  So the 244Micro and 244Mini arms can be screwed into the port, and using the anti-rotation end the arm will attach and NEVER rotate.  So your flashes or lights will stay where you aim them, and never move when you least expect it.

Microsoft Word - MD BMS02-2015_Friction Arms Product Launch_0408Using the various end adapters and Manfrotto accessory clamps you can do all sorts of things.  Use with Superclamps, Clip Clamps and others for ultimate versatility. Imagine macro photography with your lights or speedlites attached to the tripod, moveable as a single unit on the tripod.  The arms have a single locking knob that tightens and loosens the whole arm.

244MicroThere are three versions of the  244Micro arms.  The first we stock is the 244Micro.  This is a fully articled arm that extends 5.9 inches or 15cm. It has 1/4″ attachment screws on both ends and includes a 3/8″ extra end included.  The package includes the small metric allen wrench that is needed to change the ends; a small touch that helps since not everybody keeps metric allen wrenches in their bag.

244Micro-ARThe 244Micro-AR is the exact same arm, except it has the AR (anti-rotation) ends already attached.  These are the ends that attach to the MT series tripods for best results.  Having two AR mounts on the arm makes me wonder what other attachments and accessories are coming.  And included is a 3/8″ end and allen wrench for changing the ends if needed.

244MicroKitThe 244Micro-Kit is the most ready to use- right out of the package. This has an AR (anti-rotation) end on one side, and the Nano Clamp on the other. It is ready to hold shades, small scrims and filters right out of the package.

Nano clamps are available separately.  As a small, easy to use macro photography accessory, I know of few that are as useful.

244MiniComparing the 244Micro and the 244Mini arm, the 244Mini arm is longer at 9.45 inches or 24cm.  The 244Mini arm  includes the 1/4″ screw ends and an extra 3/8″ end as well.  All of the adapters are interchangeable between the 244Mini and 244micro arms, but NOT the 244 or 244N Friction arms.  The larger arms can be adapted to the mini and micro arms, but none of the parts are interchangeable between the 2 sets of arms.

These are the current adapters available for the 244Mini and 244Micro arms.

244ADPT58244ADPT58 is a spigot stud with a 1/4″ female thread on the end. This end is useful for attaching these arms to the SuperClamp, Clip Clamp, or the the top of a light stand or other 1/4″ male stud.  This is crucial if you are using it on the SuperClamp, since the squared bottoms will keep the arm from rotating in the clamp.

244ADPT38AR244ADPT38AR is the end, sold individually, that allows the  arms to be attached to the MT055 and MT190 tripods, using the accessory port.  This keeps the arm from rotating on the tripod, especially where consistency is required.  For example, a side life for macro photography.  Nothing more annoying than a wandering fill light.

244AADPT3814244ADPT3814 are 1/4″ and 3/8″ ends that are indispensable for adapting the mini and micro arms to a full size 244 Friction arm.  However, when screwed into the full sized arms, rotation is possible, since these are just screwed together.  Great for holding your tablet or phone when used with a tripod adapter.

244ADPT-HS244ADPT-HS is a “hot-shoe” adapter.  Although not truly “hot”, able to fire the flash, this does allow a speed light flash to be attached to the arms.  This accepts the standard flash foot that has been used in the industry for many years.  Also holds TTL cables so your flash will maintain TTL, holds radio triggers, Wifi transmitters or anything with a “hot-shoe” mount on it.

I have the feeling this is just the beginning.  Nothing was said when the MT055 came out a couple of years ago but that this was in the works.  And by itself, it is but a small part of the support universe.  But when used in combination with the MT series tripods, then the tripod is not just a camera support, but a support system.

Manfrotto has always demonstrated ingenuity and unique, useful products.  This is just another example.