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.

 

How to change a head on your tripod.

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055 tripod

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.

Free Tripod Tune Up Time!

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Single Center Column Control Lock

Is your Tripod Ready For Sping?

It is that time of year again, when most people are not using their tripods, and have most likely forgotten that there was a problem last time they used it.  And with spring fast approaching and the need for a good working gear a necessity; Bas has declared that this is the time for FREE TUNE-UPS!

Let us check your Manfrotto tripod, head, or monopod before the spring shooting season kick starts! This is a great opportunity to make sure your gear is ready to go. We will test, clean and lubricate, and let you know if any repairs are needed. Any tripod, head, or monopod listed on our ManfrottoTripodParts.com or BogenTripodParts.com websites can be repaired in-house.  Other models may take longer if we need parts, other brands may not be repairable at all.

We will not be charging labor for the tune ups on these days, the only charges will be for any needed parts and return shipping, if applicable. Gear sent to the manufacturer for repair is not included. This offer is good March 5th through 11th, after which labor returns to standard cost starting at $25, make sure you take advantage!

Send your Manfrotto or old Bogen Tripod for tune up to:

SpartanPhotoCenter, inc
108 Garner Rd
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Our return shipping charges are between $10 and $25 form most tripods. We will be using US Postal Service for most returns.  No repairs are preformed without your approval, so make sure your daytime phone number and email are inside the box with your tripod or head.

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.

What is the Most Useful Accessory for my Tripod?

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I cannot think of only one…

I would put at the tops of the list – a spare quick release, followed by a stone bag and then a case.

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The spare quick release almost goes without saying; but i have to say it since many pros often do not
have a spare quick release plate stashed in their gear bag.  And a tripod is almost useless without a quick release.  And that goes without saying that if your tripod does not have a quick release you can add one to it ( click here to see one version)

StoneBag

The stone bag is next because it gives you a place to stow small items, or a shelf to use for holding things.  Changing lenses, filters, holding the light meter, your cellphone etc, etc. It can be left on most of the time and will fold up with the tripod.

utility apron

utility apron

Manfrotto makes a utility apron that is larger than the stone bag, and has a couple of dividers in it, so you gear doesn’t have to rub or mix.  Keep your lens and your lunch separate.

The tripod case is a person thing.  While I don’t use them in the field, I carry my tripod to the site in a case. I like to store my tripod in one since it has my spare quick release, stone bag and a little tool kit.  The tool kit has a screw driver and a socket that fits my tripod and head, a roll of 3M blue painters tape (sticky, easily removable and leaves almost no residue) and some fluorescent pink nylon string.  The string is easily seen and is some times needed of all sorts of things.  A buddy of mine, Ken, also stores extra memory cards in his tripod bag, so if he ever forgets or runs out of memory, he still has a spare.  Great thought.

cableclipLesser know is the cable clip that used to be standard on every Bogen and Manfrotto tripod.  These clip to the leg and you can use them to keep your cable release or other cables off the ground and away from your feet.

When you are using you heavy lens a lot with your monopod, the monopod pouch is a great accessory to have in you bag.  Slip it on you belt and it allows you to easily walk around with your gear, podded up.  No worrying about the stick getting in the way, you let you hips carry the weight on  you belt.  This is heavy duty corder nylon.  I don’t know if you can wear one out.  It is that heavily constructed.  Click Here for more.

Monopod pouch

Monopod Pouch

A Few Things to Remember Before You Start A Repair…

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A few basics when repairing your Manfrotto…

  • Safety First…
  • If you don’t know, don’t try…
  • Have everything you need laid out…
  • As you disassemble, lay out everything in order – then reassemble in reverse order.

Allen wrench vs TORXSafety first…  Make sure you have the right tools.  Almost everything on Manfrotto products is metric.  You can’t repair metric with US tools.  The most common Allen wrenches are the 2mm, 3mm, 4mm and 5mm, or the TORX T25. Socket drivers are usually 8mm or 10mm.

Some heads have springs under high tension -Wear Safety goggles. Beware of sharp edges, points and springs.  Some people are allergic to the lubricants used internally, you may need to wear gloves.

If you don’t know, don’t try…A pan head is simple, and easily DIY repaired.  Replacing a handle or knob can easily be done in a few minutes.  Ball heads have more complex locking mechanisms internally.  Plus there are features inside to keep the parts and springs organized and under tension.  Without specialized tools those features will not come out.  And pulling them out with pliers may seem like a good way to get them out, it will damage them, to the other parts increasing the parts needed for your repair. Video heads and some ball heads have springs to keep the tension. These are very powerful and WILL rocket out of the head if you are not careful.  Plus you can damage other parts inside the head if you are assembling the head wrong.  Lets not even talk about gear heads or hydrostatic heads!

Driver tools

Screw and nut drivers

Have everything laid out before you start…  I lay my tools to the upper right of the work surface, disassembled parts to the left.  I work in the center. A cleaning cloth made of T-shirt like material is good for cleaning dirt and accumulated dirt out  of the mechanism.  But don’t remove the lubricants.  Everything that is lubed uses a gel lubricant that is designed to stay where it is put. Removing lubricants will allow parts to wear out faster.  While general lubricants like WD40 are great for general use, NEVER use it on a tripod, monopod or head. It is too fluid and will make a mess, as well as, hold dirty and grime where you don’t want it.

As you disassemble, lay out everything in order – then reassemble in reverse order… As simple as this sounds, it is always the best way to work and never vary.  Some of the parts are in a specific order to allow bearing to move smoothly, or to allow parts to slide and turn.  ALWAY remove items with caution and care paying particular attention to the orientation that they came out in.  Parts lists, and websites do not document the particularity of these items.  It is mostly done by experience.

Lastly, while the tools are all metric, please bear in mind that not all the parts are standard.  Often the parts are made just  for a particular use and are not interchangeable.  Some threads may appear to be M6 metric, but often the thread pitch or count is different and using standard hardware store screws will only damage the threaded internal parts. Some screws are threaded backwards so they will not come out during use.  You can easily strip a head off a screw before you know why then it is major surgery to remove a stripped screw.

If you get stuck, let us know.  After we stop laughing, we will help. No, seriously, we can repair any tripod head or monopod listed on our website.  Those that are not listed are because the tools and techniques are not generally made available, or are only repaired by the factory.

We have,on more than one occasion, reassembled heads for customers that just didn’t make sense once they got it apart.  You can find our repair info by clicking here.

Whether for tune up or for repair, send your name, address, daytime phone and email address along with your tripod to:

SpartanPhotoCenter, Inc
108 Garner Rd
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

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Changing most Manfrotto heads is easy.  On those tripods that have heads that can be removed you just look for the locking screws below the head, but above the center column post.

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Grub Screws shown locking head to Manfrotto Tripod

The tripod on the left has three locking screws, while some may only one.

You only need to loosen the locking screws and while looking down at the head, turn it counter clockwise. You may have to tighten the panning knob extra tight so the head doesn’t just pan, instead of unscrew.  Also, if the head has been on a long time a quick, firm tap with the palm of your hand to jar loose the head may be needed.  Shouldn’t take a lot of force.  If it does, you may need to completely remove the lock screws.

Never use a hammer to beat on the head, this will deform the parts, and make it impossible to remove.

Remember to NEVER use fingernail polish or Loc-Tite to set the screw after you put the new head on;  you may never get the head off after that, and we may not either.

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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We Sell Spare Parts for Manfrotto

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screenshot561monopodWe sell Manfrotto spare parts.  In fact, we have over 2000 parts in stock for Manfrotto tripods, heads and monopod products.  We designed our website to show you the products we have spare parts for, in stock at that moment in time.  The Video Monopod product is shown to the right, and we have the parts shown in the relative places on the product.  You can click on the link to the left that corresponds to the part you want and see a larger picture of it.  If that is the one you want, you can place it in the shopping cart.  In the cart, below the large picture of the part is the inventory quantity we have in stock, and below that are related parts that are often purchased with the one you are looking at, or they are variations..

Any of the products shown on the parts parts can be repaired by us if you don’t have the time or inclination to repair it your self.  On those products we have listed on our site; we strive for a 3 day turn around on the repairs.  We can regularly do this because we have the parts in stock.  If we are out of stock on an items then it could take between several weeks and months to get the part, since Manfrotto is a world wide company, and the parts are manufactured in several countries, outside the USA.

Whether for tune up or for repair, send your name, address, daytime phone and email address along with your tripod to:

SpartanPhotoCenter, Inc

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

For more info on repairs Click here.

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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