Tip for tightening a Bogen/Manfrotto 410 compact gear head

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Here's a tip that just saved me from investing in a new tripod head: I have a Manfrotto 410 compact gear head for a couple of years. The tightness was always a little marginal with my Toyo CX, but recently it became a little too loose. I made a small hole in the center of each of the three circular joints and lo and behold there was a hex bolt just waiting for an Allen key. To tighten the whole head to a condition better than when I bought it took about one minute. Thanks to everyone for all their help. It's nice to be able to give back.

-- Yaakov Asher Sinclair (sinclair@actcom.co.il), March 10, 2002


Although my Manfrotto 410 works fine, I'll file this hint away should it loosen up. However, I don't understand how you made these holes. Did you drill them in the metal. How did you know where to drill?

-- Tony Galt (galta@uwgb.edu), March 10, 2002.

And where exactly should these holes be drilled?

-- Arthur Gottschalk (Arthurwg@aol.com), March 11, 2002.

To clarify: There are three blue disc on the head one says "Made in Italy" One says Manfrotto 410 and the other - I scraped off already. They are only paper. You can make a hole in the center very easily with a screwdriver. That's where you tighten them. I hope this makes it clearer

-- Yaakov Asher Sinclair (sinclair@actcom.co.il), March 11, 2002.

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