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Markins M20 Ballhead Panning Problem

MichGoBlue

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MichGoBlue Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Jan 2012
Tue 02-Apr-13 04:32 AM

I just purchased a used Markins M20 Ballhead that looks like it is just about new condition. The ball seems to work fine and I can set the sweet spot with both light and heavy lenses. The problem is that even with the panning knob completely loosened, there seems to be some drag as I try to pan the head around. The pan seems to lock down completely okay, but I don't think the panning is near as smooth as it is supposed to be.

Anyway I was wondering if anyone has encountered this before and found a remedy? I have looked through the Markins' maintenance information and it all seems to relate to cleaning the ball itself. Should I try WD-40 on the panning bearings? What would be the best way to apply it? I really don't want to dissemble the head or anything.

Thanks in advance!

John

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