Markins Q3T, the cold and humidity...
This is to report a semi-failure of my Markins. I was photographing at night at a temperature somewhere between 10 and 0 celsius when I suddenly noticed that the head had "frozen" and would not budge.
I locked the main dial as closed down as I could, and thenQ undid the friction/tension setting screw as much as I could, and it took a while until, bit by bit, I was able to do the night shots I wanted.
So question: is it a normal, documented behavious of the Q3, or must I endeavous to cure it with whatever lubricant, resistant to the cold, that you will recommend to me?
Thanks in advance,
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#1. "RE: Markins Q3T, the cold and humidity..." | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberThu 04-Oct-12 01:32 AM | edited Thu 04-Oct-12 01:56 AM by jrp
What happens is that some users breath near the ball head under very low temperatures and are actually helping to create a very thin and almost invisible layer of ice over the ball when it has lost its lubrication after an extended time of use (a couple of years).
The solution is simple. loosen up the ball head, first the thumb friction limit dial, then the main friction knob.
Put on it a couple of drops of a water displacing "lubricant" like WD40 or equivalent (WD means Water Displacer, not oil).
Then clean it with a lint-free cloth and readjust its "sweet spot"
That re-creates a very thin layer of protection and it is returned to its intended state.
I have my original M20 and M10 ball heads from 2002 and both have been subjected to intense desert heat and cold; desert dust, beach sand of the tropics (as fine as talcum powder), rain, ice and snow and continue as smooth as ever.
They are built under very demanding and precise specifications and tolerances, to last for a lifetime and beyond.
The trick is that cleaning action once a year or every two years depending on use. Some users do it always before a trip -which I find overdoing it, yet smart.
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