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I Have an Oplympus C-765 Ultra Zoom camera. Unfortunately the Tripod Socket is Breaking up. and I need a new one, can I get this from you.? It is fixed by two little Screws which I feel I can do myself. How much would this cost me ?

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To replace the socket check out this link and follow the steps.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008

  • smarttech Nov 18, 2008

    http://astro.umsystem.edu/apml/ARCHIVES/...



    It's easy to get the base off the F2 and put it back afterwards. Nothing
    > > flies apart or falls out. The only slightly tricky part is the
    > > motor drive
    > > socket which needs a two-pronged socket driver. I've accumulated
    > > a sort of
    > > bottomless toolbox over the years and I found a part in there
    > > that did the
    > > trick. When you have the base plate off you can get directly to
    > > the tripod
    > > socket. The tripod socket is a separate small fixture which is held in
    > > place by three screws. Undo the screws and you can easily replace the
    > > tripod socket on its own. You would find a replacement socket at one of
    > > the local used camera stores - there should be one or more in the
    > > Frankfurt
    > > area. If not look in the main amateur photo magazines for
    > > adverts for used
    > > camera stores. You may be able to get a replacement tripod socket on its
    > > own (stripped threads are probably not uncommon) but if not ask
    > > them for a
    > > dead or junked F2 and strip the part out of that.
    > >

  • smarttech Nov 18, 2008

    Some less well-built cameras have weak tripod socket mounts and can pull out of the camera body causing much personal distress and a very expensive repair, far exceeding the cost of a tripod. The money you save is far from the money you will spend if you break your camera’s lower plate and internal mounting structure.

    Many non-pro camera bodies are made of plastic, even some of the higher priced DSLRs are plastic inside. Unless you go with a pro body, which usually has a metal infrastructure, your camera is likely made of plastic through and through. This trick might be a disaster waiting for a place to happen.

    Also, bear in mind that camera tripod sockets are designed for a compression (downward pressure-and not much at that) load not a tension (upward pressure) load. Again, be careful how much tension you pull on the string.

    A person with even minimal upper body strength and a high tensile strength string can easily place 80 to 100 pounds of tension on the tripod socket and even more. That much tension certainly has enough pull to be disastrous.

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