has anyone here taken a Benbo ball head apart?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by dave blacker, Sep 19, 2003.

  1. dave blacker

    dave blacker Guest

    I'd be very grateful for some advice here. I've just got hold of a
    used Benbo ball and socket head, but it has a problem: it sometimes
    turns smoothly but suddenly becomes very 'stubborn' (this is
    regardless of how far out the locking screw is).

    I can just see some white paper-like stuff at the edge of the 'cup'
    which I'm not sure ought to be there, and there are one or two bits of
    plant material on the ball that come into view in the slot when I turn
    the ball.

    The ball itself seems well lubricated.

    I notice there are three Allen screws at the bottom of the head, so I
    suppose it's possible to take it apart, but I'm not sure if I'd be up
    to it.

    So has anyone here got any experience of renovating one of these, and
    any advice they could give me?

    Thanks in advance

    dave blacker, Sep 19, 2003
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    Bandicoot Guest

    I took one apart some time back. It was pretty simple, as far as I
    remember: loosen the lock on the ball, undo the three allen screws on the
    base and then take things out. Make sure you note the orientation of the
    'locking piece' against the locking screw so you can put it back the same

    I just took it apart, cleaned the ball up, re-greased it and put it back
    together and it worked fine. These are fairly simple ball-heads, and will
    never perform brilliantly, but cleaned up they are OK, and lock up fairly

    Bandicoot, Sep 20, 2003
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