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08-22-2013, 12:24 AM   #1
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Problem with my tripod

I've had my Vanguard tripod for about two years and I have used it almost every day.

Lately, however, I can't lock it into a panning position, yet I can still lock it in tilting position. It feels as though something inside has stripped.

Is it something that can be fixed and, if so, how do I fix it? Or is it time to buy a new tripod?

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08-22-2013, 12:54 AM   #2
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You could just buy a new head, if you like the legs...

Or you could just say to hell with it, move over and bring in the Manfrotto or the like.
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Or you could just say to hell with it, move over and bring in the Manfrotto or the like.
Which Manfrotto tripod would you recommend, without breaking the bank? I often use my Sigma 170-500 lens, so it would need to handle that.
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Which Manfrotto tripod would you recommend
Strangely enough I'm one the few that doesn't use Manfrotto tripod, so I can't really advise on that, I do however use a Manfrotto 680B Monopod with a Manfrotto 234 Monopod Tilt Head.

Manfrotto 680B Mono Pod reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database

For a tripod I personally use a Benbo and have done for years.

Benbo Clasic No 2 reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database

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You could just buy a new head, if you like the legs...
My advice as well. You can get a pretty nice head for the price of replacement head + legs.


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Thanks for the advice everyone.

One of my more handyman friends had a look at my tripod and has fixed it! He popped off the cap on the one side and saw a large screw that seemed to be rather loose. After tightening it, all is well again.
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