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.

 

 

 

 

What is the Hole on the Side of My Tripod?

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I have an MT190XPRO3 tripod and there is a hole in the side of it.  What is this?

This is the accessory screw port.  This has been a feature on Manfrotto tripods all the way back to when they were called Bogen.  It is basically a 3/8 screw hole that allows you to add a strap, 244MicroKitadd accessory arms or attach loops and other things to the tripod easily.  This is available on all the current MT190XPRO and MT055XPRO tripods.  There is a rubber cover to protect the threads and center column workings from debris.

The current accessory screw port has notch int he top and bottom that allows for the use of an non-rotating arm.  The previous 190 and 055 tripods can accept the arms, though they may rotate and flop about if the arm is twisted or set at the wrong angle.  We do not recommend the AR versions for the older tripods.  You can find more info about the arms on the page listed below.

More information about:
Manfrotto 244 Mini Arms
Clip on strap that does not use accessory screw port

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.

 

 

Trade in your old tripod & how it works.

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Yes, we take old tripods on trade in.  Is it worth it?

  1. We recycle old tripods that are not salvagable, so very little other than plastic and rubber goes into the land fill.
  2. It does cost you money to ship it to us, but you get a newer tripod, with a new warranty, for less than you could buy it for, including the shipping.
  3. Having the correct tools improves your work.  Less time improvising or making non-standard parts work, messing around with an inadequate piece of crap…

Click Here for an estimated credit value list.  These are only estimates, and actual value is based on condition once we receive it.

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Make money from your old gear.

This October 13th and 14th we will be making trades in the store.  Trade in’s brought in or delivered on or before that day will also be eligible for trade in credits from Manfrotto on their New tripods and heads.  In some cases, the trade in incentives and specials from the Trade In & Trade Up day will make select tripods up to HALF OFF, or more.

 

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.

 

 

 

How Do I Replace The Leg on an 190?

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055 Leg Brace

New MT190 Leg Brace

Replacing the leg on any of the 190 series Manfrotto tripods is very easy.  The problem is where the damage is located a190tripodAboveAdjustnd how much you have to fix it.

 

If the upper part of the leg is damaged you can remove the whole leg just by loosening the leg tension screw or screws on the main casting.  On some legs the main brace is made onto the leg tube, so they are one assembly and you replace the top section completely. Replace the lower parts as needed and re assemble.

If the upper tube leg is damaged and the tube and brave are two parts, you just need to loosen the screws holding the tube.  Once this is loosened the leg will pull out of the brace.  This may be difficult.  DO NOT use a metal hammer to tap on any of the parts.  The metal on metal will deform or damage the parts.  You can repair the parts of the leg as needed and reinsert into the leg brace.  Use enough pressure as required, but to not hammer into place.

Leg tubes are very specific in diameter and length.  So we will have to know model number and diameter and length to get the right part.  Some of the older tripods had several versions that are not marked on the parts lists.

Old 055 Leg Brace Adjustment

Old 3011 Leg Brace Adjustment

If the leg brace is damaged, you will need to take apart the main casting that hold the legs to the tripod.  This will vary depending upon which 190 you are repairing.  The following shows the old 190 (also called a Bogen 3001) and the newer 190XDB.

Both series of 190 tripods have screws that hold the halves of the main casting together..

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.

My Tripod Is Really Old, Can I Use Other Tripod Parts To Fix It?

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There are several answers to this one question.

  1. As long as your tripod is a Manfrotto or a Bogen (made by Manfrotto) it should be possible to fix it.  Stay with in the brand for better results.  Manfrotto parts do not fit MeFoto, Vanguard or other tripod brands.
  2. Try to stay within a model series; Bogen 3221, 3021 or Manfrotto 055XPRO and 055XPROB are similar enough to be interchangeable, but not from the Bogen brand to the Manfrotto brand.
  3. As long as the parts as similar enough to the original, it should be possible. A 1mm or 2mm difference on a clamp or a tube is ok it the parts are measuring 20mm or 30mm wide.  The smaller the amount of the variation the better.

What are the variables in repairing the old tripod with new parts?  From the feet up…

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rubber feet

Accessory Spike feet

Spike Feet

Feet. Rubber feet are standard on most tripods.  The feet are usually based on the diameter of the bottom tube.  Click Here for the page that has the feet listed by diameter.  A few tripods have special shapes that can only be replaced with the original part.

Suction cup feet

Suction Cup Foot

Most of the time the feet on tripods are rubber push ons.  Some versions of tripods have retractible spiked feet that came on the tripod as part of a kit, or the spike feet were added later by the user.  There are also suction cup feet that have the pikes and very wide rubber cups.  The spikes are useful on ice and other hard surfaces you want to “bite”into, the wide cups are great for loose gravel or sand, and the rubber feet help protect your indoor floors like wood and marble. A suction cup foot on smooth marble floors is remarkable in how little slippage there is even though the surface is slick.

Leg tubes. There are round tubes, 6 sided tubes (3 round and 3 flat sides), 2 sided (round with a flat side) and square or triangular shaped.  Obviously the round tubes will only fit the round tubes.  Some of the round tubes have flutes inside that keep them from rotating.  These have got to match, and nest correctly so they will slide freely inside each other. These will be available by diameter and length for each model.  Also in silver or black, depending upon the tripod model.  Call for price and availability – 864-583-6835

Leg clamps come in all sizes

Leg clamps come in all sizes

Leg Locks.  Leg locks are interchangeable in the same way leg tubes are; very limited but entirely based on diameter.  The round tubed tripods HAVE to use round tube leg locks.  Some 2 or 6 sided tubes  may appear to be the correct diameter, but they WILL NOT WORK without modification of the leg lock.  This is not something regular people can do without the use of a machine shop.  Also there are snap locks, that snap open and locked.  Flip locks flip up and down to lock.  Screw locks twist one or two revolutions to lock.  None of these three types of locks are interchangeable.

4446379-121BogenUpperLegBrace3221&3021OLeg Braces.  These are the parts that connect the main casting to the legs.  The leg braces have to use the EXACT same type of tube they were made for.  Round braces can only take round tubes, the braces that are round with a flat side can only take those tubes etc, etc.  Leg braces are also particular in that they have hinge points that may point inward, or outward.  There are also different sizes of these braces.  The Manfrotto 055 series had at least 5 versions using 3 different braces; then there was the 055XPRO series and then the new MT055 series that uses different braces altogether, and incompatible with the ear;lier versions.

Main casint upper part

Main casint upper part

Main castings. This is the crucial part that holds the tripod together.  The main casting also comes in many types as well.  Some older tripods us a single casting, that if cracked or broken cannot be glued or welded back together.  Other tripods use two piece castings that screw together. So that is an exact replacement part only.  Some of the main castings that are two part have to have can exact match on the guide holes that hold the two haves together, as well as the diameter of the hinge points and the width of the hinge points.

Center Column.  Center columns are matched to the type of main casting the tripod uses.  Round, fluted, geared, 6 sided, triangular are all variables.  There are no adapters to make on fit another.  There is not a way to add a gear and crank to a non-gear center column. So as with all Manfrotto or Bogen gear you must be specific and get the exact part, since there are no universal parts.

Center Column Pivot. Center columns on the XPRO tripods have a pivot that will allow the center column to pivot or to be removed and reinserted horizontally.  These pivot points are different on the different series of tripods, and the pivots are different on the different models.  So, none of these are interchangeable.

So, with this brief primer on parts differences, if you have questions or are not sure, but you need a tripod repair, then just send it in to us for an evaluation.  Tune ups are currently $25 + return shipping + parts.  We will let you know what the charge is before we start any repairs.  Click here for more information.

 

 

Off Road

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offroadlogoThe Manfrotto OffRoad gear is a series of lightweight walking sticks, tripods and huge backpacks that are great for the outdoors.  Not just for photographers, but for any serious hiker.  But you can tell they were designed by photographers.

off-road-Mountain-Layout-678X300The backpacks are large, and while they have a compartment with padded dividers on the bottom for camera gear, the top area is large enough for your camping essentials.  Easily able to accommodate a change of clothes, food for a few days, stove, camera 2 lenses and loads of other stuff!

offroadstickfeaturesThe walking sticks are adjustable in height and are able to be taken apart for proper cleaning.  The left side walking stick has a hidden camera screw that make it into a monopod.  The stick itself is very lightweight, so the weight of the camera it can support is low (about 5 lbs) it does a ver good job.  There are rubber grips over the screw so you can use it as a standard, easy to grip walking stick. There is a large, easy to turn locking wheel that is accessible, even while wearing gloves.  The screw is standard to almost any camera made (in the last 15 years at least).

offroadtripodThere are even tripods that weight under 3 lbs.  Designed like the walking stick, the tripods are very light weight and easy to carry.  Maximum load is low, under 5 lbs is what I felt comfortable with, but story for what it is; not a 4 pound tripod! Spikes on the bottom of the feet ensure a solid grip on firm clay, ice and rocks; while there are rubber boots that you put on when you are indoors and do not want to mar the floors.

Mobile Phone AdapteroffroadmonopodAvailable in Red, Green and Blue; the OFFROAD gear is easy to see and use.

Right now all OffRoad Waking Sticks include a FREE mobile phone adapter, so you can use the sticks with most cameras or mobile phones.

 

Free Tripod Tune Up Time!

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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.

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