Changing Heads on Bogen Tripod (Help another Idiot)

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Ed Aleks, Apr 10, 2004.

  1. Ed Aleks

    Ed Aleks Guest

    When I started this great hobby a couple of years ago, one of the items I
    bought was a used Bogen #3021 tripod with a #3047 head. Last week my son
    gave me a Bogen 322 RC2 ball head with a pistol grip. It looks great, and
    I'd like to try it, but I hate to admit that I can't see a logical way to
    remove the old head.

    Ed Aleks
    Ed Aleks, Apr 10, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Extend the center column 8 inches or so to make room for a screwdriver
    Look for three screws at the bottomside/edges of the baseplate
    Loosen them a few turns each
    Get a grip on the head and the base
    Rotate off

    Alan Browne, Apr 10, 2004
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  3. Remove the set screws from under the head and screw off..
    Minolta shooter (Colyn), Apr 10, 2004
  4. Ed Aleks

    Ed Aleks Guest

    Thanks. What threw me off was that the screws underneath were missing. Only
    the center screw on either head seems to fit. But your advice, and a large
    ChannelLock did the job.
    Ed Aleks
    Ed Aleks, Apr 10, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Glad to be of help.

    The screws are not that important if the new head is screwed on firmly.
    Just check it once in a while to make sure it hasn't loosened up...

    Alan Browne, Apr 10, 2004
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    Dallas Guest

    Ed Aleks said:
    If that Bogen pistol grip is the same as the Manfrotto 222 head, you might
    not want to use it for things like landscapes or other subjects that
    require zero movement on the tripod.

    It's primarily designed as an action grip, which I found particularly
    useful for shooting surfers with the 100-400mm zoom I used to have. I
    can't see one being able to use it with a much heavier lens, like say the
    400mm f/2.8L or even the 300mm f/2.8. I believe the maximum weight for
    lens body combo is about 5kgs or so. I could be out a bit.
    Dallas, Apr 11, 2004
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    Wm Gardner Guest

    Consider yourself lucky. I have a now useless 3205 because the old head
    (now broken) froze on there. Even with the screws completely removed, no
    amount of force seems to turn the base for the old head. Must have
    formed a covalent bond between the dissimilar metals. When I bought a
    replacement I was sure to put a little grease between the head and the
    column (on the threads too). You may want to do the same, just in

    Enjoy the new 'pod!

    Wm Gardner, Apr 21, 2004
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