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Base plate release lock

The lock for the base plate release on my Manfrotto tripod appears to be frozen. Can I use a some kind of lubricant to loosen it? Or is there another technique?

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  • gavinobrien2 Jan 15, 2009

    Thanks for the considered advice. It helped me to remove the telescope from the tripod which I have now sent away for repair (under warranty).

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Gavinobrien2,
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)
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