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Vivatar V3000 tripod leg locks

My V3000 leg locks are cracking.....does anyone know of a repair source??
It should be cheaper to repair than purchase another tripod of same quality.

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  • N4TIS Apr 02, 2009

    Lower leg lock broken on a Vivtar V3000.

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SOURCE: Vivitar V3000 Tripod

I might be wrong but it sounds like your wing nut screw or bolt is missing...look for a empty hole

Posted on Jan 01, 2008

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SOURCE: Vivatar Tripod V3000 Camera Attachment Adapter for Nikon D80

Try www.tripodquickrelease.com They have that exact model listed and the plate sells for $16.99

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

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