Any durability problems with lever locks?
A photographer friend told me he thought lever locks eventually have problems. I suppose he meant slippage. I can see that wing locks look more durable but levers seem to be most prevalent now. Anyone had trouble with the lever locks on the Manfrotto's? I can't see the problem as they look replacable if there is a problem?
#1. "RE: Any durability problems with lever locks?" | In response to Reply # 0Dave C Registered since 10th Mar 2002Thu 18-Apr-02 12:23 PM
Hi, maybe not relevant but I have a Centon tripod which is 10 years old and the plastic around the lever hinges have all broken or cracked. It could be cheap plastic, design or age but I now need a new tripod. I am thinking of a Manfrotto 190 so this thread will be of interest as this model is available with both types of lock.
My 2 cents worth
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#2. "RE: Any durability problems with lever locks?" | In response to Reply # 1irishgil Registered since 23rd Mar 2002Thu 18-Apr-02 12:42 PM
I've been using the Manfrotto 190 for about 12 months now and it gets a fairly regular airing (almost daily) from the car boot. The model I own utilises (utilizes in American!) the wing nut locking mechanism and I've experienced no problems so far. It's actually quite a nice tripod, my only caution would be the most inner leg section CAN be bent quite easily. Then again, I'm pretty heavy handed at times. Getting back to your question, I'd go for the wingnuts, particularly if you're ever going to use it when your fingers are numb from the cold! If the lever lock model sits better with you, I believe that individual replacement parts are available for Manfrotto tri/bi-pods
The Dublin Nikonian
#3. "RE: Any durability problems with lever locks?" | In response to Reply # 0
Bogen/Manfrotto lever locks are adjustable. If they do loosen over time you simply tighten the clamp nuts. I've had plastic lever locks and clamps crack on an old Cullman tripod and I'm sure they will eventually have problems on cheapo tripods as well. However, Manfrotto lever locks are metal, quite reliable, and they're replaceable as well. Although my primary tripod is a Gitzo with barrel locks, the Manfrotto lever locks are by far my favorite for quick setup and takedown.
Barrel locks aren't without their problems. The older Gitzos had a narrow knurling that could be tough to loosen in either cold or warm weather. It's a pain to isolate the leg section you want to loosed without loosening a different one. The tight fit can jam and scratch if the leg has dirt or mud on it and the air trapped inside acts as a piston that resists when you extend or retract the sections.