I just got a 351MVV tripod which should have been MVB2K. i already put my 503 head on the tripod. now, i can't get the head off so i can exchange the tripod. i only hand tightened the head. please help.
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Re: problem removing head from tripod
Look on the underside of the platform where you screwed on the head. It should have 3 small screws in it. These are tighened and loosened with a jeweler's screwdriver. You may have one screw that is just *barely* tight, so you were able to hand tighten the head until it "locked" into place with the screw. When you loosen each of these screws a few turns the head should come off.
If you can't locate these screws, or you can't remove the head, you will need to take the tripod to a large camera store for assistance. Their rental or repair department can help you remove the head. If you need help locating a large camera store with a rental or repair department in your area, I may be able to help - I would need your location (e.g. city/state/country/zip or postal code).
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Often the less expensive tripods do not have heads that are removeble and replaceable. On the Sunpak 6600DX you have teken the head apart, but there is no provision for putting on a new one because it was never made to take one.
That tripod was not designed to have the head removed. if you do get the head apart, there is no way to attach another head without lots of re-milling and work. Go to www.itripod.com and buy a Manfrotto tripod. these come without head and can easily be up fitted.
Little confused here. Is the head the part you want to detach from an older set of legs? Do you want to remove center post from new legs or old legs. The base plate remains on the center post/ Aftre removing 3 set screws, and you want to remove the head from the baseplate and it will not turn, grap slip joint pliers or a pipe wrench, wrap the jaws with cloth ( to prevent marring of head or legs) and while holding head with wrench, have someone else turn legs
If the head is loose on the tripod follow these instructions:
There are three small set screw (grub screws) that are under the head, net to the center column.You will have to raise the center column and look underthe head.These are slotted screw heads and a small to medium screwdriver should work.You don ot have to remove the grub screws completely, but you should back them out at least half way.The head will unscrew off the center column.The gray part below the head is half the head attachment and half the center column end plate so it should separate in the middle line between the two.
If screws came out elsewhere, we will need to know the model number of the head that came apart.
I have the Hakuba HG-503MX which came with basically the same pan head you have already attached to the center column. First remove the center column from the tripod, with the pan head attached. Tighten the knob that prevents the pan head unit from rotating 360 degrees on the center column and gripping the head with one a hand and the center column near the plastic plate firmly twisting the head counter clockwise. The pan head will unscrew from the plastic plate which sits on top of the center column, given enough force. My pan head was also very tightly screwed onto the shaft, since it came already attached to the tripod. Hope this is helpful.
I have the national geographic branded version. Here is how you remove the head.
(1) remove the center post from the tripod (2) lock the ball head with the trigger lock (3) grasp the body of the ball head with one hand and the center column with the other. (4) turn counter clockwise.
If you're intending to replace the ballhead, be warned that the thread is non-standard. I have a new "plug" with a standard 1/4" thread made for free by the machinist at my job. I don't know how you would go about adapting it without such a capability.
IT SOME TIMES TAKES A LOT OF EFFORT TO SEPARTE THE HEAD FROM THE TRIPOD. MAKE SURE YOU REMOVE THE 3 LITTLE SCREWS FROM BELOW THE HEAD, AND MAKE SURE THE TRIPOD AND HEAD ARE NOT COLD. IF THEYA RE WARM THEY WILL SEPARATE EASIER.