Our tripod was knocked over and the horizontal panhead (the one that rotates in a circle on a horizontal plane) was knocked off. Inside is some sort of sticky, oily fluid and we can't figure out how it can possibly reattach or how it was attached in the first place. Help please?
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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 US distributer site is on the link below.
It has an email address where you can request an estimate for repair or ask for the part.
If you are not in the US you can find your local distributor from the Slik homepage below:
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Unfortunately, Vanguard does not sell replacement pieces, you may have to ship it off to them in order to get it fixed. It's either that or you can buy a new pan head or quick release adapter. You can find those at www.tripodquickrelease.com, sometimes though pan heads don't come off of a tripod.
it is a quick release plate. there is usually a button or lever to release the plate. you then screw the plate into the bottom of your camera or camcorder and mount the plate back onto the tripod. you can leave the plate on your camera when you store it to allow for faster setup.