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FH101 head jerky panning movement

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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