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Gitzo Tripod center column hook broken?

 
Dracil
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Jul 06, 2008 19:24 |  #1

I took my camera and tripod up to Corona Heights in San Francisco. REALLY windy up there.

I set down my tripod and used my bag as a stabilizer. Wind was blowing my 4KG bag around the entire time so I'm not sure how much that actually helped.

Anyway, after I was done and putting stuff I away, I noticed that the hook was no longer retracting. Furthermore, I noticed something rattling inside. Not wanting to risk opening it up in all the wind and rocks, I went straight home and then unscrewed the bottom of the center column. The result is as follows:

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So the question is, how do I fix it, or if it's not fixable, anyone know how to obtain a replacement part (including part number)? This is a GT2540 tripod. Thanks!



  
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Jul 06, 2008 20:17 |  #2

You can get a parts diagram and list from the gitzo.com. The 2540 has a lifetime warranty. Contact Bogen for a replacement.


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Jul 06, 2008 22:40 |  #3

Dracil wrote in post #5861338 (external link)
I took my camera and tripod up to Corona Heights in San Francisco. REALLY windy up there.

I set down my tripod and used my bag as a stabilizer. Wind was blowing my 4KG bag around the entire time so I'm not sure how much that actually helped.

Anyway, after I was done and putting stuff I away, I noticed that the hook was no longer retracting. Furthermore, I noticed something rattling inside. Not wanting to risk opening it up in all the wind and rocks, I went straight home and then unscrewed the bottom of the center column. The result is as follows:

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IMAGE LINK: http://img66.imageshac​k.us/my.php?image=img5​971no8.jpg  (external link)

So the question is, how do I fix it, or if it's not fixable, anyone know how to obtain a replacement part (including part number)? This is a GT2540 tripod. Thanks!

What I discovered is that you really don't need to hang stuff by the hook. I have not been able to get vibration from the ground to influence my images in the testing I have done - timed exposures of a fixed laser pointer while I jumped up and down on the floor next to my tripod with 672mm (effective) lens and TC's on it. I did this with a 1258 which was the precursor to your 2540.

When I've been worried that it will blow over, I've just hung my bag - strap and all, around all three legs. That seemed to work well and there was no oscillation from a swinging bag.

Personally, I don't think I'd sweat the hook. It just catches on stuff anyhow.

J


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Jul 11, 2008 18:35 |  #4

Don't let the bag swing, keep it on the ground, just tight enough to tension the strap.


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