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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!!

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Re: Manfrotto Tripod Ball-grip Head 322RC2

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

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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.

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Re: Manfrotto Tripod Ball-grip Head 322RC2

Can you provide a picture of it?

Posted on Sep 29, 2007

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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

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