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Keeping my balls clean.

 
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Feb 16, 2012 12:20 |  #1

;) :rolleyes: Wanted to get all of the sexual innuendo "out in the open," so to speak.

My last ball head, a Manfrotto 496RC2, got completely trashed by sand, rain, and my incompetence (took it apart and lubricated the "teflon" ball with bike chain grease...)

I replaced it with a Cullmann MB6, which I just received yesterday. It seems like a fairly nice head, not quite RRS quality but certainly better than the Manfrotto. It's not completely sealed though, and doesn't seem to be user serviceable. I do a lot of hiking, long backpacking trips, and occasionally shoot in pretty nasty weather.

Any suggestions for keeping my head safe? I was thinking about using a ziploc and rubber band :eek: while hiking and taking it off when the moment is right, but that just seems...weird and ineffective.


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Feb 16, 2012 12:36 |  #2

Hi, new guy here, another hobby of mine is R/C trucks. There was a dry lube that a few people were using to lube the small bearings and shocks in their trucks. It being dry wouldn't attract dirt/pet hair nearly as bad if at all. I'm not 100% on the name but I will try to find out.

Found it, it's a dry graphite spray lube, no name was given though.

Google is showing a few brands:

http://www.google.com …4ead5c43&biw=13​66&bih=630 (external link)


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Feb 16, 2012 13:09 |  #3

wrap the exposed parts you're worried about with saran wrap.




  
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Feb 16, 2012 13:18 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #4

Protection from the Elements
Protect your Monoball from exposure to sand, dirt, and moisture whenever possible. We realize that exposure to the elements is often unavoidable. The following suggestion will help to minimize the harmful effects: Cut a small hole (tripod screw size) in the center bottom of a one-gallon heavy-duty plastic bag. Pass the camera plate screw through the hole from the inside of the bag before you screw it to the camera. With the plate attached to the Monoball you now have a bag draped over the Monoball. You can reach up inside the bag to make adjustments while affording reasonable protection from the elements. Of course your camera is exposed, but you can do the same thing for your camera – just locate the opening of the bag around the lens opening. There are many variations of this method, limited only by your imagination.


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Feb 16, 2012 20:15 |  #5

Love the title of this thread! :lol:

My Markins M-20 is starting to get a little sticky and I was thinking about using a teflon-based lube (very lightly) on it. I wonder if there will be any negative effects...

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Feb 16, 2012 20:24 |  #6

Markins recommend a few small squirts of WD40.




  
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Feb 16, 2012 21:09 |  #7

The title made me click this thread, i have nothing to offer.


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Feb 16, 2012 22:46 |  #8

silvrg35 wrote in post #13911521 (external link)
Markins recommend a few small squirts of WD40.

Thanks for pointing this out. Man, I could certainly be mistaken, but I worry that WD-40 would just attract dirt versus a good dry lube...

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Feb 17, 2012 00:40 |  #9

WD40 is horrible stuff - I would almost wonder if they are not trying to sell more heads!!

What about something like a Canon lens pouch with the drawstring for when your hiking? Something like a lens wrap for when it is particularly dusty http://shop.usa.canon.​com …uct_10051_10051​_145557_-1 (external link)


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Feb 17, 2012 01:46 |  #10

The title got me :lol:

rick_reno wrote in post #13909250 (external link)
wrap the exposed parts you're worried about with saran wrap.

Great advice, never thought of this one!


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Feb 17, 2012 02:46 |  #11

tenba messenger wrap you could wrap it up properlly in transit and wrap around during use




  
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Feb 17, 2012 03:32 |  #12

imports wrote in post #13911738 (external link)
The title made me click this thread, i have nothing to offer.

Me too bw!


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Feb 17, 2012 10:09 as a reply to  @ NullMind's post |  #13

Consider an Arcatech ballhead where you can take it apart to clean your balls in the sink. ;)




  
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Feb 17, 2012 10:11 as a reply to  @ MCAsan's post |  #14

Oh,,, this is about tripod heads..doh!




  
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Feb 17, 2012 13:46 |  #15

Contact the manufacturer.


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