All three legs of the tripod are suddenly floppy. They were fine before the transatlantic flight. Now they flop all over the place. Can't seem to pinpoint the problem. Seems to be a tightening issue of some kind, but don't know how any screws would loosen up while stowed in a bag.
Here we go. It sounds like you might have a problem with a strip thread or oil on the legs. If the thread is stripped you'll have to replace it. If it is not grabbing, wipe the legs down with alcohol or some type of solvant. If the wipe down does not work try a fine sand paper so that it grabs better. Let me know how you make out.
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Maybe it could be the clasps not the locks that are broken if you need it functioning right away wedge something in between the clasps, and locks, or the clasps could be over expanded shortten that, and you'd be set.
Hi all the professional tripod are moving in varying degrees. I also believe that, you made some mistake. I like to know about your tripod. Please send me the tripod brand name & model no also. Thanks.
Although I'm not familiar with your particular make and model it sounds like a common problem which affects many other tripods. If the legs clamp with a lever action then if you closely examine each clamp as you activate the lever I expect that you'll find a small crack opens up in the clamp assembly.
It's a faulty design as the clamps simply aren't strong enough for the load and eventually crack due to fatigue. Some manufacturers supply replacement leg clamps but they also fail and fitting them usually costs more than the tripod is worth.
Next time, consider buying a tripod which has rotating collars to lock the legs with. They're not as quick to operate as lever action (a.k.a. "quick release") clamps, but they don't take much longer and last far longer. Rotating collar clamps are only suitable for tubular legs, and to be as rigid as extruded profile legs there's usually an increased weight penalty unless you spend far more on carbon fibre versions.
Personally, I tend to buy cheap but perfectly good non brand name lightweight tripods which I can get for £10 including a carry bag and handle and expect to have to replace them when broken: usually about once a year. It's a lot cheaper than spending over £300 on a good one and means I can afford to have a spare one in the car.
ALDI (in the UK and Europe) sell a £10 tripod which comes with a handle, carry bag, pan/tilt head,quick release leg clamps, geared centre column plus two quick release mounting plates and has a bag hook at the bottom of the centre column; it even has a no quibble three year guarantee. It's not a smooth or as well built as many, but can't be beaten at the price.
Call Ritz Camera at 877-999-RITZ (7489). They "might" be able to assist you. Ritz's generic lenses are Quantaray made by Sigma. I don't know who makes the tripod. They are able to provide documentation for you, but I don't know if they will. Ritz has an online help form that you can fill out on their web site also
The little 'hooks' on the bottom of the legs 'snap' into each other to secure the legs together. Each leg has a 'hook snap' which clicks into place with the other legs. It is merely a way to secure the legs from flopping open. I bought the same tripod, a good solid piece of equipment. No instructions but its easy enough to figure out. Hope this helps.
I would avoid using a lubricant on your tripod legs, because you run the risk of the legs not tightening down anymore. I would try cleaning the tripod thoroughly first, because most of the time this is caused by dirt. If that dosen't work I would try rubbing on a small amount of candle wax onto the legs, and then wipe the legs down with a clothe.
take it apart, there is a rubber ring like a belt or rubber band, either broken or missing. you will have to find a relacement for that, may have to take apart another leg to have one to compare, course I don't honestly know where you will find that piece. too take it apart just keep spinning the lock counterclockwise until it comes off. good luck.