Own a Benbo 1 w/ ball head that have not used in years. In good working order I can screw the tripod mount plate into bottom of 35mm camera for instance. The condition its in now I have to do the reverse ..... screw the camera in essence on to tripod head. Is there quick fix lubricant/coating that can be applied to resurrect normal function .... aka .... like the Tinman in the Wizard of Oz? Or am I #@!! --- even though were in a recession have to pack up my ballhead, ship it off to Benbo, and help bail them out too. I pray its the former! email@example.com
"NeverSeeze" available at most hardware and auto parts stores. A little (very Little) goes a long way. Smear a small amount on the ball and start to work it around in its socket. will come out as new with a little effort.
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Spray a SMALL amount of WD40 onto the red and white gear wheels. (Don't use so much that it drips down onto the optics, you don't want oil in there!!!)
Put the battery in and hold it down to make contact, put in the sd card and switch on the camera and try the shutter button. (switch it to manual focus or it might try hunting around for ages for focus)
It might start working, if not move the red wheel a few stops and try again.
Once it's lubed up and the wheels move it should be ok. Keep taking pics until you feel it is ok.
Then reassemble following the screws backwards on the sticky tape.
The bottom threads on most tripod heafs are 3/8", but some are 1/4"/ The mounting screws on MOST tripods are 3/8", but I have seen `/4" (especially on monopods. IF:
tripod=3/8 head = 1/4 need mounting plate 3/8 female to 1/4 male
tripod = 1/4 head - 1/4 nothing
tripod 3/8 head 3/8 nothing'
tripod 1/4 head = 3/8 there is an adapter/reducer that screws into the 3/8
' female and reduces that to 1/4"
it is a quick release plate. there is usually a button or lever to release the plate. you then screw the plate into the bottom of your camera or camcorder and mount the plate back onto the tripod. you can leave the plate on your camera when you store it to allow for faster setup.
There should be a mount that attaches around the barrel of the lens with a flat part that would allow you to screw that to your quick release plate. The flat part usually have several screw holes so you can mount the quick release plate for or aft for better balance. These mounts are removable so it may have been taken off.
Unfortunately not. It's a budget, no-name model with absolutely no back up support so you have no chance of buying a replacement quick release plate. The plates themselves are not standardised and are not only unique to each manufacturer but often not even standard within a single manufacturer's product range.
You'll only get the kind of support you're after from established brands such as Velbon, Slik, Benbo, Manfrotto to name just a few.
If the basic tripod is still solid though you can usually unscrew the head from the tripod and replace it from another one (doesn't usually have to be the same make/model) which has suffered leg damage. To remove the head on most models you tighten the locking screw which prevents the head from panning and then turn the head firmly counter-clockwise. The screw thread which holds the head assembly is usually a universal one.
If you have ALDI or LIDL stores in your country they regularly sell surprisingly good tripods with a no-quibble three year international warranty for around £10. They come complete with a carry bag and spare quick release plate. Neither company has any at the moment but they regularly reappear in their weekly specials listings.
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To get the camera to secure properly to the release plate make sure that the bolt is screwed entirely into the camera bottom and then there should be a larger knob that rotates around the bolt that tightens down to the camera body. What I do to get a really tight fit is point the arrow on the bottom of the release plate labeled lens (that arrow when properly mounted should be pointed towards the front of the lens) to a 45 degree angle to the left of the lens, then I snug down the knob, and then I grab the release plate and turn it until the lens arrow is aligned with the front of the lens. As far as quick releaseing the camera from the legs when secured on the release plate you should be able to pull the lever away from the head and it should simply release the camera with the plate attached.