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 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.

 

 

 

 

We now have parts for the New BeFree Live Video Tripod & Head

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We are now stocking almost all parts for the BeFree Live tripod and most losable parts on the MVK400 Video head.  You can find the complete listing Here.

There is little that is different in the basic tear down and repair of this tripod or head.  Basic tools are needed, Torx T20, flat blade screw driver or Allen wrench; depending upon what you are working on.

The most likely parts you will loose or damage are the Leg Snap Levers, there are 3 sizes; the Center Column Locking Knob or the Bag Hook on the bottom of the center column.

The head we have already seen that the pan handle and the Pan Handle Locking Knob are going to be trouble.  The pan handle is prone to breakage, ESPECIALY of the tripod tips over and hits on the Pan Tightening Knob.

Make sure you are following the basic rules of tripod use and you should not have a problem.

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.

We Repair Tripods, Monopods and Heads.

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screenshot055XPROBYes, we can repair any tripod, head, monpod or products listed here  If there is any doubt as to whether you can DIY (do it yourself), or if you have the correct tools; then send us the product, and we can make the repair or find suitable replacement parts.  For more info on repairs Click here.

We strive to have our Manfrotto spare parts in stock all the time.  That can be difficult since none are actually made in the USA.

We strive to repair Manfrotto heads, tripod and monopods within 3 working days. Generally there is only a $ 25 repair fee + parts and shipping.  Un-available parts are only one problem that will slow a repair.  Fingernail polish, Super Glue, Loc Tite and other glues and epoxies that you may be tempted to use to make a repair should be avoided.  While you may be able to temporarily fix something with these items, having to remove glues and adhesives will double and triple the time required to make a fix.  This slows us down, since not all epoxies and glues do no have solvents to dissolve them after they are cured; they must be chipped away without damaging the underlaying screws or channels.

If there is a lot of parts that are broken, it may not be economically feasible to repair a tripod or head, but it could make sense to trade it it and buy a new or different model.

Whether for trade in or for repairs click here, 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.

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.

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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.

Where Can I Find Parts For My Manfrotto ?

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screenshot561monopodWe stock a wide selection of parts for the Manfrotto support line.  Everything from tripods, heads and monopods to super clamps and Sympla video rigs.  We are constantly adding parts and products every month.

Our website will have the most comprehensive list of what we are stocking and servicing.  You can see the website is broken into product lines like tripods, heads, monopods, accessories.  This is for ease of use: find your product, find the model number, click on the item, see the part. Click here to see our complete listing of Manfrotto parts lists that we have available.  Only those that are underlined or change colors from black to red are active and may have parts associated with them.  screenshot055XPROBThose that are black and not linked to anything yet are only parts lists that we can reference for you.

If we do not have a page for your product, then we don’t yet have parts.  This doesn’t mean we cannot get them.  On newer models, Manfrotto USA may not stock the items yet. On very old items, while the parts may be discontinued, we may have used parts in stock.  We can and will special order times, though it could take several weeks to get.

If you don’t have the inclination to repair or problems with your repair, click here to return the parts to us for reassembly, or send you product in for repair.

Also, We moved and opened out new facility on July 2nd.  We are more organized and ready to work.  Let us know if you have any questions.

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

Tripod parts customer service 9am to 2pm EST  864-699-9333

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Why doesn’t my head lock? It moves a little bit even though everything is locked down!

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Loose Head

This is actually a very simple fix.  On most Manfrotto Tripods, the head is removable.  Over time or heavy use, the connection between the head and the tripod will loosen up a little bit.  It may not unscrew more than a little bit that is mostly unnoticeable, because there are locking screws that are supposed to keep the head from moving are stopping it.

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Grub Screw on Manfrotto tripod

So, raise the center column as far up as it will go.  Look under the head.  There you should see at least one or as many as three “grub screws.”  These are slotted screws that when tightened lock the head to the tripod and keep it from moving.  To repair the problem… just back out the grub screws a little bit.  Then unscrew the head and then re-tighten it.  Re-tighten the grub screws and Voila!  You are done.

Please remember: DO NOT USE finger nail polish or Loc-tite on the head or grub screws to “lock” them in place.  You may make it impossible to repair this head again in the future.

Also be aware: There are several variations of these spare parts.  Older style for number models like 055 or 190. Find it here. The newer style for lettered models like MT055 or MT190  are found here.

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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What are the most commonly used tools to repair a Manfrotto?

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat are the most common tools to repair a Manfrotto product?

There will be several different sets of tools depending upon what you arerepairing.

The most common tools used are: flat blade screw driver, Phillips head (cross shaped) screw driver, Allen wrenches in 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm (these are the most commonly used), TORX (looks like an Allen wrench with a star shaped head), 6mm and 8mm socket.  Very rarely we use a wrench, or pair of pliers, but the jaws are coated with a “gripper” so they jaws don’t scratch and scar the item being repaired.

We OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAalso have a few custom made tools since some of the heads cannot be repaired easily without them.  Occasionally a wooden dowel or a wooden tapping block.  We used a wooden tapping block instead of a hammer, since a hammer will distort and deface the metal.  Too much with a metal hammer will actually bend and distort the metal and change the extremely tight tolerances that many heads and tripod require.  For a short time there were 5.5mm sockets.

DO NOT USE any sort of “locking” fluids like Loc Tite, finger nail polish or Super Glue to hold, or lock a screw or nut in place.  First, some of these will not adhere to the paint or aluminum.  The grease that is used often will react to the glue and will not allow it to adhere or soften it and cause it to fail.  But more likely, it will foul the screw threads or block the movement of the parts, and be very difficult to remove.  Some of these products have solvents that will help remove them, others don’t and either the adhesive will have to be chipped away (very time consuming) or the part will have to be replaced since the threads of the fine screws cannot be easily cleaned.

Oiling is not required.  There are some lubricants and greases that are used.  The most common grease is a silicon based gel.  This lubricant does not flow like oil, it stays where it is put.  Flowing oil gets all over, can degrade the lubricants that are there, destroy the rubber bumpers and grips and generally make everything sticky.  There is a sticky grease-like goo that is used in between the fluid disks in video heads.  The super sticky goo is what gives you the super smooth, fluid movement in the video head.

Most of the spare parts DO NOT include tools, if they do, they will be shown in the photo of the part on the product page.

This post was updated to reflect a change in address and the addition of new items