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Manfrotto 055XPROB - Damaged - What to do ?

 
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May 25, 2011 01:55 |  #1

As you might have read (here) I have damaged my Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod.

I have since bought a new replacement - what should I do with the old one ?

The origonal cost me £119 in February, the replacement £129 in May.

The parts to repair the origonal will be, near enough, £80 (including VAT and Postage).
1 lower clam shell
2 upper leg tubes
2 middle leg tubes
1 lower leg tube
1 VAT & Postage

Do I:
1. Right it off and keep the remaining good bits for spares (might shorten the centre column)
2. Repair it and keep it for a rainy day (a personal spare)
3. Repair it and sell it on ebay (reserve of repair cost + postage)
4. Repair it and sell it on ebay with a 2nd hand head (to be sourced off ebay)

Sadly, if I do repair it, all the legs will be plain (no "Manfrotto" logo), although I should be able to transfer the serial number from one casting to another.

I am watching a few used 055XPROB's on ebay (UK) and will see what they go for before making any rash decisions.

Thoughts or experience welcome.

Lawrence




  
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May 25, 2011 02:49 |  #2

I'd probably end up doing #1 or #2.


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May 25, 2011 03:20 as a reply to  @ Sirrith's post |  #3

#1

If you damaged 5 of 9 legs fair enough that it's not a bargain to fix.

I once fixed a 'frotto pod , needed and upper leg, and probably the clamshell thingy.
I liked it as it now had 1 black part on an all polished alloy tripod so it was now unique.
Turned out really cheap and I lived a short dive from the parts distributor.

I reversed my car over mine and it was only a 190. Gotta go read how you did so much damage!


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May 25, 2011 12:37 as a reply to  @ Choderboy's post |  #4

Either repair it and sell it, or sell it as is telling the buyer exactly was is wrong. You don't need two tripods, carrying one around is hard enough.




  
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May 25, 2011 14:07 |  #5

Trugga wrote in post #12474619 (external link)
Do I:
1. Right it off and keep the remaining good bits for spares (might shorten the centre column)
2. Repair it and keep it for a rainy day (a personal spare)
3. Repair it and sell it on ebay (reserve of repair cost + postage)
4. Repair it and sell it on ebay with a 2nd hand head (to be sourced off ebay)

I like option #5. Sell it as. There will probably be a buyer who can use some of the parts and it would fetch you more than if you first spent the money repairing it.

I also like option #1.


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May 25, 2011 15:12 |  #6

msowsun wrote in post #12477595 (external link)
I like option #5. Sell it as. There will probably be a buyer who can use some of the parts and it would fetch you more than if you first spent the money repairing it.

I also like option #1.

#5 sounds good - sell as is. No further investment of time/money to repair.

Also, parts is parts as they say, so #1 is good too. But who knows if you'll need the exact same bits (1 good leg) or change your mind and go with #2 ;)


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May 25, 2011 21:28 |  #7

While I wouldn't be throwing away good tripod parts,
I'd also suggest that spelling has a lot to do with whatever
you seem to want to do with the parts, so you should probably
tell us what you hope to accomplish with the parts in question.

All in all, I'd suggest a replacement of your 055XPROB legset, full retail.


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May 25, 2011 22:47 |  #8

SkedAddled wrote in post #12479999 (external link)
While I wouldn't be throwing away good tripod parts,
I'd also suggest that spelling has a lot to do with whatever
you seem to want to do with the parts, so you should probably
tell us what you hope to accomplish with the parts in question.

All in all, I'd suggest a replacement of your 055XPROB legset, full retail.

If you bought a new one, grab the old centre column, and cut it down for low angle shooting, and keep the rest of it for spare parts.


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May 26, 2011 07:03 |  #9

The OP's 055XPROB already has a convertible center column that lets you go horizontal for low shooting.

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May 26, 2011 07:44 as a reply to  @ msowsun's post |  #10

The ones I'm watching on ebay don't seem to be climing much above £50, although there are a couple of days to go.

For the moment, it looks like I'll be keeping what's left for spares. (seems a shame to throw the good bits away).

Thanks for the comments guys.

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May 26, 2011 10:16 |  #11

Trugga wrote in post #12481821 (external link)
The ones I'm watching on ebay don't seem to be climing much above £50, although there are a couple of days to go.

For the moment, it looks like I'll be keeping what's left for spares. (seems a shame to throw the good bits away).

Thanks for the comments guys.

Lawrence

Why are you throwing away the good bits? Aren't you keeping the good parts from the broken tripod since you have a new working one? :confused:


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