Question about Bogen Communication Bogen Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head Tripod

4 Answers

Manfrotto Tripod Ball-grip Head 322RC2

My tripod head is no longer supporting the weight of my camera. It tilts and seems to have no more friction or hold at all even though the lever is locked? Please help! I have to use this everyday since I am a real estate photographer and my tripod head is vital to the efficiency and quality of my work!!! Help!!

Posted by on

  • 7 more comments 
  • Ariel Renae Sep 29, 2007

    yep, thats the one!

  • Ariel Renae Sep 29, 2007

    this is it from the underside...sorry the quality of the photo is sub-par...used my phone just to get it quick!

  • Ariel Renae Sep 29, 2007

    if you need a better picture, i can take one...

  • Ariel Renae Sep 29, 2007

    Well, thanks for your help! I didn't figure that there was an easy fix, but doesn't hurt to ask!

  • Ariel Renae Sep 29, 2007

    ok, thanks!

  • pixelpixy Nov 30, 2007

    I have the same exact issues with the same head. Creeping once it was set. I thought maybe I had too much weight with a longer lens and had worn it down. I checked Bogen/Manfrotto site and didn't find any solutions/suggestions. Your solution worked great! At least for now. Will have to see if the solution holds for extended time and is just the natural loss of tension due to use.

    Thanks!

  • dlpens Jun 19, 2008

    I have the exact same problem with the same head - creeping. I am using a Nikon d200 with Nikkor 17-55 lens. While somewhat heavy this head should support it. What can I do? Thanks.

  • Anonymous Dec 17, 2008

    I had the same problem and it was resolved by the response telling me to tighten the allen key headed screw in the ring. Thanx a lot!

  • nostatic Dec 19, 2008

    I recently purchased a barely used 322Rc2 and it seems to work great. The only possible issue is the ball doesn't lock dead tight horizontally, fully preventing side-to-side movement. There isn't any play or looseness but if I twist the camera right or left, the ball head will allow movement. My other Manfrotto 828Rc2 head locks dead thight on all planes, vertical and horizontal. Adjusting the tension ring on the 322 makes no difference in stopping the twisting. Is this normal or is the ball not properly adjusted?

×

Ad

4 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

If you look on the ring that goes around the ball, on the side by the red tension gauge, you'll see an indentation. It is just barely visible on the product shot above.

In the hole, you'll find what looks like an odd shaped bolt. It is actually a threaded post inside a nut.

Use an Allen wrench (hex key) to tighten this post.

Be careful though, a little tension here goes a long way. You should probably turn it no more than 1/8 to 1/4 turn and then test it. If it still isn't tight enough, repeat until you are satisfied.

You should probably also talk to a trained technician at somepoint to see if the loosening is indicative of a larger problem. I really wouldn't know one way or the other. I just discovered the calibration post by taking mine apart.

Posted on Nov 25, 2007

  • generic9 Nov 25, 2007

    If you look on the ring that goes around the ball, on the side by the red tension gauge, you'll see an indentation. It is just barely visible on the product shot above.

    In the hole, you'll find what looks like an odd shaped bolt. It is actually a threaded post inside a nut.

    Use an Allen wrench (hex key) to tighten this post.

    Be careful though, a little tension here goes a long way. You should probably turn it no more than 1/8 to 1/4 turn and then test it. If it still isn't tight enough, repeat until you are satisfied.

    You should probably also talk to a trained technician at some point to see if the loosening is indicative of a larger problem. I really wouldn't know one way or the other. I just discovered the calibration post by taking mine apart.

×

Ad
  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I assumed it was slipping because something was getting worn out or needed to be tightened. It turned out that all I needed to do was clean the ball itself with PEC12 (or denatured alcohol) to remove the oily film that had developed over the years (presumedly from being left in a hot car and the grease from the spring assembly migrating to the ball head.) Once the ball was clean I could reduce the tension wheel to minimum and it's rock solid with ZERO slip. Hope this helps.

Posted on Dec 04, 2009

Ad
  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Sergeant:

    An expert that has over 500 points.

  • Expert
  • 274 Answers

Can you provide a picture of it?

Posted on Sep 29, 2007

  • 3 more comments 
  • Jerry Hess Sep 29, 2007

    Is this it?

    Can you take a picture of it from the underside?

  • Jerry Hess Sep 29, 2007

    Is the warrentee still valid? And are you sure it doesn't have a "lifetime warrentee"? If so I'd take it to the service center and have them fix it for the following reason:

    You'll need take the unit apart to fix it. By the looks of its design, you squeeze the handle and a threaded shaft retracts away from a gimbal arraignment inside. There are several ways to apply pressure on the "ball" that's inside and hidden from view. The rotary knob adjusts the tension you apply against a spacer. The spacer inside is worn out and needs replacing. Or you may have a "split ball" design in which case you can't fix. You might be able to take it apart and add a small washer between the spring and spacer. But not being able to see it. I'm not sure it would fit.

    By taking it to a repair shop the cost of fixing it should be a lot less than buying anew one. Plus they will have the parts. You might also look for a used one.

  • Jerry Hess Sep 29, 2007

    That's exactly as I imagined it.

  • Jerry Hess Sep 29, 2007

    One other possibility. If you take it apart you may have an adjustment screw or "nut" which you can turn a few times to increase the pressure. you might try that too.

  • Jerry Hess Sep 29, 2007

    When you take it apart, carefully study how the "lock" works, You may only need to lift the two halves of the case apart and turn the know a few times and reassemble it.

    Let me know how it goes.

×

I took mine on an airplane and had the problem of it slipping really bad. I looked online to find an answer, and grabbed my box and instructions - and sure enough - it came with an allen wrench to tighten down the ball when needed. Super fast fix. My guess is the pressure made it come loose, as it was doing just fine before the trip. Allen wrench now has a new home in my camera bag :)

Posted on Sep 25, 2008

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Ball slipping


Check out this page and see if there are any parts here that might be what you're looking for:
http://www.bogentripodparts.com/parts/head322RC2.htm
However, I'm not sure there's a way to fix a ball head tripod due to how the tension works for the ball that it rests on. You can also order a new head from the same website. If you have any questions, shoot us an email at email@spartanphotocenter.com

Nov 21, 2012 | Bogen Communication Bogen Manfrotto 322RC2...

1 Answer

I'm trying to attach a Canon EOS Rebel XS to a Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod, but the tripod socket on the camera is too small. How do I attach them?


You need a head. The tripod has a standardized screw for accepting a tripod head, which is a larger screw than for the tripod mount on the camera. There are a variety of heads available, ball heads, three-axis heads, geared heads, pan-and-tilt heads, and more.

Here's a page showing Manfrotto heads:
http://www.manfrotto.com/Jahia/site/manfrotto/cache/off/pid/1888?livid=80&idx=80

Aug 11, 2010 | Cameras

1 Answer

Which head do i buy with the manfrotto 055xprob


Any head that matches your requirements. Do you want a ball head? A tilt-and-pan head? How much weight will have it to support? The tripod comes without a head because no one except you can decide which is the best head for you.

Aug 02, 2010 | Manfrotto (701RC2055MFV) Tripod

1 Answer

Tripod & Head attachment


You weed the 520 Ball also called the 3284 Bowl with 75mm Knob
that can be found at the bottom of this page: http://www.bogentripodparts.com/heads.htm

May 02, 2010 | Manfrotto (Distributed by Bogen) 055XPROB...

2 Answers

My 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Quick Release has lost


I had the same problem and found the solution after much looking online. Use rubbing alcohol to clean the ball! This works even with the ball in place as long as you rotate the head around to reach all surfaces of the ball. Note that many suggestions to tighten the Allen screw at the base of grip clamp or to roll the wheel to its tightest position do not work because they affect the amount of effort you need to squeeze the clamp, and not specifically the amount of friction between the ball itself and the head. Over time the ball loses it's grip but rubbing alcohol removes finger oils, dust, airborne pollution, etc. After wiping with rubbing alcohol, my ten year old head is now as tight as the day I bought it! Hope this works for you.

Apr 03, 2010 | Manfrotto (Distributed by Bogen) 190XPROB...

1 Answer

I have a Manfrotto 3265 tripod head. The quick


Hi there,
You can get the quick release lever seperately. Check the website for the part needed.
http://bogentripodparts.com/parts/head3265.htm
Hope this helps,
Andrew

Feb 17, 2010 | Bogen Communication Bogen Manfrotto 3265...

1 Answer

Need a user guide for a Manfrotto Bogen 3265 grip action ball hea


Hi, This should get you to what your looking for, Go to this web site : http://www.manfrotto.com/Jahia/spareparts/site/manfrotto/cache/offonce

Feb 25, 2009 | Nikon TRIPOD, BOGEN PRO WITH PISTOL GRIP

1 Answer

Manfrotto 322rc2 tripod ball head


here is manfrotto's "How To" site, they have illustrated how to use almost all of their products.

http://www.manfrotto.com/Jahia/site/manfrotto/cache/offonce/pid/2475

hope this helps out. if you have other questions please lemme know

Nov 04, 2008 | Bogen Communication Bogen Manfrotto 322RC2...

1 Answer

322RC2


I just had this same problem and came across your post.  In frustration I held the grip and then let it go very quickly where the grip 'snapped' back.  
Now it works.  Go figure.  I will mention a very small piece of plastic fell out of it, but it does not appear to hinder the functionality.

Jul 01, 2008 | Bogen Communication Bogen Manfrotto 322RC2...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Photography Logo

1,889 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Bogen Communication Photography Experts

pontelemon
pontelemon

Level 3 Expert

538 Answers

Tony

Level 3 Expert

2600 Answers

Brad Brown

Level 3 Expert

17000 Answers

Are you a Bogen Communication Photography Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...