Hi, Nikonians. I have returned recently from a trip to Alaska to photograph bears, and I got some sand in the legs of my Gitzo tripod. I have dismantled it and cleaned it, but one leg is giving me trouble. I cannot get the plastic shims to stay put and the leg is either able to fall out completely or is so tight it is unmanageable. I would be very grateful for any advice please! The legs are carbon fibre and as you would know, it is not a cheap tripod! Many thanks. IainD
It sounds like you have the shim incorrectly positioned in the problem leg. There is a small hole in the shim that fits over a small bump in the tripod leg section. If properly aligned, it does not fall out. When it is improperly aligned you have exactly the issues you describe.