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06-29-2017, 04:30 AM   #1
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Manfrotto heads and tripods

Sorry guys, not a very Pentax related question, but still within photography whelms... just purchased a new tripod, the manfrotto MT055XB and my old tripod head has fused onto my old tripod, so I have to get a new head. Can't get my head around the measurement for attachments though. The tripod has a center column via a 3/8" mounting screw and the new head I want is a 460MG with a top attachment 1/4" screw???? Anyone out there know if they are adaptable? Cheers

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As far as I know, you can turn this center screw upside down and than it is a 1/4" screw.
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yup - the actual attachment thread is 3/8" female - just in passing, check what weight of kit you're using with this (max 3kg)- I have one, and it struggles to lock out with the K-1 with D-FA 70-200 mounted - then again, so do I
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yup - the actual attachment thread is 3/8" female - just in passing, check what weight of kit you're using with this (max 3kg)- I have one, and it struggles to lock out with the K-1 with D-FA 70-200 mounted - then again, so do I
interesting point there. I have a K1 with a 24-70 lens and other primes, and havent had a problem as yet, however will be purchasing the 15-30 soon which is a bit heavier so maybe a better support such as the MHXPRO-3W may be better

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All the Manfrotto tripods I've seen have three grub screws on the bottom of the head mount on the center column. Have you loosened these before trying to remove tripod head?

These are simple slotted screws on my early 80s vintage Bogen/Manfrotto tripod but they may have switched to hex screws later on.
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All the Manfrotto tripods I've seen have three grub screws on the bottom of the head mount on the center column. Have you loosened these before trying to remove tripod head?

These are simple slotted screws on my early 80s vintage Bogen/Manfrotto tripod but they may have switched to hex screws later on.


Yes, all screws removed, and not even multi grips will remove it. In the meantime trying to force it I have busted the base Mount so, forced to by a new head now. Thats what happens when you dont remove your head after 15 years.
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I failed with the MHXPRO-3W and a Pentax K-1 with the 150-450. The construction swings. The head is not as good as it looks. It lacks stability. It could be enough for the 15-30 because it is a wide angle.
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I failed with the MHXPRO-3W and a Pentax K-1 with the 150-450. The construction swings. The head is not as good as it looks. It lacks stability. It could be enough for the 15-30 because it is a wide angle.
Well I usually use primes and wide angles so should go well. Well, let's hope so. Just ordered one for 90!!!!

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Yes, all screws removed, and not even multi grips will remove it. In the meantime trying to force it I have busted the base Mount so, forced to by a new head now. Thats what happens when you dont remove your head after 15 years.
Ouch! I feel your pain. Perhaps some penetrating oil will free it up. I got a bug up my butt earlier this year to pickup a NOS 3025 3D head. I used to have the larger 3028 3D head but someone broke into the trunk of my car and got my tripod and head. I never replaced the head as it was too large and found I preferred a 3 way head better. I hadn't removed the head on my Bogen for over 30 years but it came off with no problems. To be fair my tripod hasn't seen much outdoor use and I mainly use it for indoor macro work. The advantage of the 3D head is you can keep your camera the right side up when the center column is reversed.

The 3025 was replaced with the 056 but there is little difference between them.

3D Junior Pan/Tilt Tripod Head with Individual Axis Control

The safety weight payload on the 460MG is 6.61 lbs and weight 15.87 oz. The 055XB has been replaced with the 055 which shows a safety payload weight of 19.84 lbs.

You will probably overload the head before the tripod.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mattox Quote
The tripod has a center column via a 3/8" mounting screw and the new head I want is a 460MG with a top attachment 1/4" screw???? Anyone out there know if they are adaptable?
Yes, there are adapters. I bought this set last year and they did the job:

Sunwayfoto Stainless Steel 1/4" to 3/8" Tripod TN-1X5

Or on Amazon, lots of different male or female options:

amazon.com : Foto&Tech 5 Pieces Metal 1/4?tag=pentaxforums-20&" to 3/8" Convert Screw Adapter for Tripod Monopod Ballhead DSLR SLR : Camera & Photo

amazon.com: Standard 1/4?tag=pentaxforums-20&"-20 Male to 3/8"-16 Male Threaded Screw Adapter Tripod Screw Converter (5 Pack): Home Audio & Theater

In the future if you have a stubborn nut or bolt that seems seized, a good penetrating oil like DB Blaster, WD-40, Liquid Wrench, etc, and give it 5-10 minutes. Sometimes a second application and soaking does the trick.
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Actually the female thread for attaching to the tripod is 3/8 in. The male thread on the quick release plate is 1/4 in and comes with a 3/8 in bushing. The stock plate that comes with this head is the 200PL-14 - the 14 designating the 1/4 in camera attachment. Some Manfrotto heads have a built-in 3/8 in bushing that slips down to reveal the 1/4 in thread.

The MHXPRO-3W is rated at 17.6 lbs.
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Actually the female thread for attaching to the tripod is 3/8 in. The male thread on the quick release plate is 1/4 in and comes with a 3/8 in bushing. The stock plate that comes with this head is the 200PL-14 - the 14 designating the 1/4 in camera attachment. Some Manfrotto heads have a built-in 3/8 in bushing that slips down to reveal the 1/4 in thread.

The MHXPRO-3W is rated at 17.6 lbs.
Yes, just got my head around that one. Thanks heaps
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