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Repairing a Manfrotto 222 head

 
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Dec 05, 2009 10:57 |  #1

Folks, hope someone can help. I recently picked up a Manforotto 222 head on the cheap - it was almost a steal to be honest - as the previous owner had "wrecked it" by lubricating the ball with WD40 or similar. Consequently, it wouldn't hold anything more than a compact without tipping over. None the less, I bought it and have been soaking up as much of the lube as I can and it is now useable in upright mode, but if I lean it over, it still wont hold the weight of my camera.

So.....would anybody have a service manual on one of these as I would like to take it apart and fix it up. I'd rather have a diagram before stripping it so I know where to put all the bits back when it springs apart !!! I asked a Manfrotto dealer about the cost of repair, ad it came as no suprise it was about the cost of a whole new head.

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Dec 05, 2009 12:50 |  #2

Manfrotto do "exploded" diagrams on their website for everything they make. I used the 486 diagram to dismantle it and do the repairs I needed.

While the Manfrotto site is not easy to navigate (thats the understatement of the year!), its worth the struggle.


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Dec 05, 2009 13:25 |  #3

Redr8 wrote in post #9140045 (external link)
Folks, hope someone can help. I recently picked up a Manforotto 222 head on the cheap - it was almost a steal to be honest - as the previous owner had "wrecked it" by lubricating the ball with WD40 or similar. Consequently, it wouldn't hold anything more than a compact without tipping over. None the less, I bought it and have been soaking up as much of the lube as I can and it is now useable in upright mode, but if I lean it over, it still wont hold the weight of my camera.

So.....would anybody have a service manual on one of these as I would like to take it apart and fix it up. I'd rather have a diagram before stripping it so I know where to put all the bits back when it springs apart !!! I asked a Manfrotto dealer about the cost of repair, ad it came as no suprise it was about the cost of a whole new head.

Any advice appreciated.

I've never used the 222 but I've owned two 3265 heads which are the predecessors to the 222.

I doubt the head you have needs any repairs more than absorbing the lubricant. Most people don't know it, but all you need is a 5/16" hex key or "Allen wrench" to adjust the tension of the head. Once its tightened you'll be able to support almost any DSLR camera.

Its not very obvious where you need to insert the wrench but if you examine the head carefully you'll see the socket (it looks like a recessed screw hole) near where the top connects to the ballhead.


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Dec 05, 2009 22:44 as a reply to  @ PixelMagic's post |  #4

http://www.manfrotto.c​om …rd/pdf/2/222_20​020408.pdf (external link)

http://www.manfrotto.c​om …rd/pdf/2/222_20​050510.pdf (external link)


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Dec 06, 2009 09:02 |  #5

Redr8 wrote in post #9140045 (external link)
None the less, I bought it and have been soaking up as much of the lube as I can and it is now useable in upright mode, but if I lean it over, it still wont hold the weight of my camera.

I have never seen perfectly good 222 head that was capable of holding any significant weight (such as a 20D with a 24-70 f/2.8L lens)off to the side without drifting. There's just too much leverage because of the distance between the camera mount and the ball. I've tested a few - both new ones in stores and one owned by a friend of mine - and been very disappointed in their performance.

Quite honestly, if you want a decent ball head for general purpose use on a tripod and at a reasonable price, the Manfrotto 488RC2 is hard to beat.


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Dec 07, 2009 05:19 as a reply to  @ SkipD's post |  #6

Thanks all for their help, particulalry John with his PDF links...it was exactly what I was after. To say the manfortto site is user friendly is far beyond a laughing matter, and despite my searches, couldn't find what I needed. Thanks

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Dec 07, 2009 16:14 |  #7

Redr8 wrote in post #9149524 (external link)
Thanks all for their help, particulalry John with his PDF links...it was exactly what I was after. To say the manfortto site is user friendly is far beyond a laughing matter, and despite my searches, couldn't find what I needed. Thanks
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Glad to be of service...

Their site is better than it used to be. I had occasion to need to repair broken levers on two different tripods and I ended up e-mailing them to get the diagrams and parts I needed. Now it's a bit easier to find the pdf diagrams for their gear...


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Dec 07, 2009 18:23 |  #8

Thanks JWright! The pdf links will help me if and when I have any problems with my 222.


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Dec 07, 2009 19:29 as a reply to  @ fishinfool's post |  #9

Strip, clean, reassemble and tighten the 'tension screw'. Has worked a treat. Will now hold he 400d + lens + flash on the side witout movement !!!

Not bad for Aus$15 :)


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Dec 07, 2009 19:33 |  #10

Not bad at all Red. I payed well over a hundred bucks for mine. Good for you.


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Mar 21, 2010 13:30 |  #11

PixelMagic wrote in post #9140623 (external link)
I've never used the 222 but I've owned two 3265 heads which are the predecessors to the 222.

I doubt the head you have needs any repairs more than absorbing the lubricant. Most people don't know it, but all you need is a 5/16" hex key or "Allen wrench" to adjust the tension of the head. Once its tightened you'll be able to support almost any DSLR camera.

Its not very obvious where you need to insert the wrench but if you examine the head carefully you'll see the socket (it looks like a recessed screw hole) near where the top connects to the ballhead.

You rock!!! I adjusted the tension on mine and it now holds my camera, even when vertical. Thanks so much!!!


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Mar 14, 2011 20:19 |  #12

New URLs for the parts PDFs:

http://mediacdn.shopat​ron.com …2_20050510.pdf?​1272346403 (external link)

http://mediacdn.shopat​ron.com …2_20020408.pdf?​1272346403 (external link)


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Mar 15, 2011 01:33 |  #13

Manfrotto 222 disassembly and ball cleaning instructions: http://bogentripodpart​s.com/JOYSTICKHEAD%20A​SSEMBLY.htm (external link)

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Mar 15, 2011 02:39 |  #14

You did notice that the OP already fixed his 222 in December of 2009? :D


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Mar 15, 2011 05:43 |  #15

Plenty of other people have 222s. I found this thread looking for a way to replace the loose latch on mine, and noticed the bad URLs.


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