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Attaching a ballhead--Newbie questions

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Port Orchard, US
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pics Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Mar 2008
Sat 03-Dec-11 07:30 PM

OK, so I finally spent the money for a Gitzo GT3541LS and a Markins M-20 ballhead. The instructions for assembly included with the products are sparse to say the least. I have the following questions:

1) I have seen a recommendation to use a strap wrench to tighten the ballhead. I do not have an additional base between the ballhead and tripod. When the ballhead is screwed onto the tripod there is not much space between the Panning Lock Knob on the ballhead and the tripod for a strap wrench to fit. Do I just hand tighten or do I need the additional base such as a Markins TB-30?

2) What is the allen screw for in the base of the tripod?

3) What are the 3 allen screws for in the bottom of the M-20. Disassembly of the ballhead perhaps?

4) A tube of Tripod Head Grease was included with the tripod. Is that for the bolts that attach the legs to the tripod base?

I know this is pretty simple stuff but I want the setup to be as secure as possible and the advice on this forum is always great.

Thanks, Ray


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