Question about Manfrotto 503HDV Head and 351MVB2 Tripod Video Kit
Posted by Anonymous on
Tip the tripod upside down, on the bottom plate where the head attaches there are 3 screws... they need to be loosened, and then the head will spin off.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: base plate release lock
Hopefully the camera isn't mounted. If the plate is bound because it is misaligned if may take some serious twisting. If it was cranked really tight just back it off carefully, you shouldn't need any type of lubricant or solvent based for seized or rusted metal parts, the release is sort of a cam it can get dust, grit or decal residue that might cause it to be tough to open. If the camera isn't a factor you can spray some compressed air (the can type for computers) which is super cold, directly on the cam to shrink it slightly then give it a crank - wear gloves and don't spray your fingers it can freeze your skin. If you are not comfortable doing that take it in to a camera shop and they may just do it for you. (tip - establish a good relationship with a reputable local camera shop by supporting them and buying your equipment from them, they know you and are willing to help with what they can or suggest the right equipment for you)
Posted on Jan 12, 2009
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.
Posted on Jan 30, 2009
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.
Posted on Feb 06, 2009
Make sure you are loosening the 3 grub screws under the tripod head to release it from the tripod center column. there are the 3 slotted screw heads under the grey part of the tripod head. Make sure you back them all the way out before you start to loosen the head.
Posted on Jan 30, 2010
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