Even with the pan lock off and adjustment screw fully unscrewed I have a periodic jerky movement when panning with the tripod head.
this makes it difficult to use a spotting scope or video camera when looking at fine detail.
The unit has had very little use and practically brand new (about 3 months). The problem has been since it was new
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Re: FH101 head jerky panning movement
Not knowing where you reside, I don't know if a certain product is available to you but there are several different brands and some generics in the US.
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It is a refined petroleum product with a very high viscosity and is sticky in nature.
If you can access the surfaces causing the problem, a dot ot two on either will probably help with the jerkiness you are having.
I have used the stuff for similar gliding surfaces and the only disadvantage is the tendency to 'creep' so keeping the applied quantity low is a must.
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There are two issues I'd like to help resolve here.
They are 'binding while I'm panning' and 'binding when I start to pan'.
Binding while I'm panning...
There is a large knob on the side of the panhead that needs to be loosened slightly. I have seen some folks loosen the panning handle because they believe it to release the panning mechanism.
Also, be sure that the camera you are using is not too heavy. There's a 5lb (2.2kg) limit and that can also cause undue strain.
Binding when I start to pan...
When panning, I advise our students to begin their pan a couple of feet ahead of the actual scene they'd like to pan and finish a couple of feet after the scene. This allows for a smooth pan after you overcome the inertia in getting the pan head to move and doesn't result in a jerky stop. It's straightforward to edit out these lead in and lead out sections.
The first thing that comes to mind with this issue is that this is not a real video tripod. This is a still tripod. With that said you might just want to try to make sure the pan/tilt locks are fully unlocked, then move the head back and fourth quickly (without the camera attached) for a few seconds to actually warm up the head.
Hope that helps!
Extend the extension so you are able to look at the underside of the mounting flange. You will see at least three screws requiring a slot type screw driver. Loosen these screw so the head just protrudes from the flange, make sure the head is locked in a position and unscrew it from the center mounting stud. Left to loosen and right tightens.
Extend the center column, there are 3 screws underneath that when unscrewed will allow the head to be tightened or loosened. The head is screwed on about 4 or 5 revolutions. You will need a flat head screwdriver. Take the center column out if you need to to be able to get to the screws.
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.
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.
one of the treads in the tripodas head is broken try unscrewing the grip the other way to remove it, then examine the grip, if one of the threads on the part of the grip that screws in to the head, is broken then you might be able to get a new grip, and that might work, but there might also be damaged threads inside the tripod head, in which case you neet to replace the head if you can, but if you cant, then I do not think that you can repair that tripod