I have a Sachtler 18 tripod that has worked great and served me well. Recently, though, I stripped a part and now I cannot lock the tilt function, so whenever I leave the camera it tilts all the way forward or back. Except for this everything works fine.
Basically, the thing you screw down to lock the up/down pan works by screwing the thumb turn thing on the outside into a small thing inside which tightens against a ring about two inches in diameter. The broken part is the thing the thumb turn thing screws into.
I don't know if I can get just that part or if more of the assembly has to be replaced in tandem. I?d be happy to do it any way I can.
Thanks in advance for your response,
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Probably by undoing various screws, allen bolts etc, but I would advice approaching this with great caution, as they are precision items and it would not take much to render them both useless. Apart from other considerations, how is the fluid contained within the head ?
Because of the age of the tripod, and the fact that Vivitar no longer sells or supports tripods, I think you would be better served if you bought a new tripod.Slik and Manfrotto are two that will offer you a great price, durability and in the case of the Manfrotto, parts available from a wide range of sources including the USA distributor: www.bogenimaging.usyou can see tripod and parts at www.BogenTripodParts.comOtherwise you could try ebay or craigs list to find the same model and use it for parts.