How to repair manfrotto tripods

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How to repair manfrotto tripods
Tripods are essential pieces of gear for photographers. (tripod image by Dumitrescu Ciprian from

Tripods are important pieces of equipment for many photographers, including landscape photographers who are either using a large lens or require a long exposure time. Tripods are manufactured by a number of different companies. Manfrotto manufactures a number of tripods for various types of cameras from small point and shoot models to the larger DSLRs and their longer telephoto lenses. Just like any other piece of equipment, from time to time you may need to repair your Manfrotto tripod. One component that requires occasional repair is the lock fitting that keeps the tripod legs in place and secure.

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Things you need

  • Set of Allen wrenches

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  1. 1

    Remove the adjustable locking knob located at the top of the tripod legs. The threads on the fitting can become worn with use causing the tripod to be wobbly.

  2. 2

    Use a 4mm hexagonal Allen wrench to unscrew the retaining bolts at the top of each of the Manfrotto's tripod legs.

  3. 3

    Lift the centre fitting off of the tripod. It will separate easily from the tripod.

  4. 4

    Hold the centre fitting in your left hand so the underside of the fitting is exposed. Remove the old spring and nut that runs through the centre fitting. Replace with a new spring.

  5. 5

    Replace the centre fitting back onto the tripod legs. Replace and tighten the retaining bolts into the top of tripod legs and tighten with the Allen wrench.

  6. 6

    Install and tighten the new adjustable locking knob and see how the tripod is more stable than before.

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