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"Sticky" M20 - Help!

GBzee

Germantown, US
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GBzee Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Sep 2004
Thu 14-Feb-08 06:53 PM

I recently purchased a long lens and am using it with a SideKick. The panning action is smooth...once it gets started! The thumb screw is completely loose, but it takes a bit to get it started. The initial 'uumph' to get it moving really is not much but there is enough resistance that with an effective FL od about 840mm, it takes the subject out of the frame and then I have to go back the other way... tough on BIF, and a real pain if I need to move it ever so slightly.

Since the ball is locked, the gimble on the SideKick takes care of the vertical axis, but the panning base does the horizontal. Is there a way to lubricate that lower portion on which the panning surface moves? Or any other ideas?

Thanks in advance!
-george

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