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Old July 16th, 2011, 09:55 PM   #1
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Mono Pod too squeaky

Like many of you, I shoot with the Manfrotto 561BHDV monopod. Recently the ball joint at the bottom has become still and noisy. Is there any way to lube this thing to make it smooth and quiet again?

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Old July 16th, 2011, 10:44 PM   #2
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The thing that drives me crazy is when I tilt it back and forth it suddenly does a ker-thunk and gives the camera a sudden jolt that ruins the video that you are shooting at that moment. This is a good example of a design that isn't finished for the intended purpose. Someone in Manfrotto's engineering department needs some career 'counseling'.
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Old July 17th, 2011, 12:13 AM   #3
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I have the 561B and you can knock the joint apart of my version. There are three bolts that appears to have hexhead inserts on the top and nuts on the bottom.
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Old July 17th, 2011, 12:27 AM   #4
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WD40. Simple as that. I have the same monopod. It started acting up similarly. WD40 made it smooth as ever.
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Old July 17th, 2011, 07:39 AM   #5
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I've tried WD40 and Silicone Spray. But they seemed to dry up and the noise came back. I just tried Tri-Flow Superior Lubricant and that seems to be working. Whatever you use, keep some in your car.
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Old July 17th, 2011, 08:30 AM   #6
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Re: Mono Pod too squeaky

I've had the same issue, or when I do a pan it jerks the whole way, drives me nuts. As for the huge ker-chunk, I make sure that whenever I set the monopod down now that I push down as hard as I can to make sure that it doesn't drop while I'm shooting.
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Old May 30th, 2012, 12:25 PM   #7
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Re: Mono Pod too squeaky

I've had many of the same problems to the point to where I find it useless during important shoots.
It seems like the perfect monopod would be weighted at the bottom and have a smooth tripod
head at the top. Maybe i'm wrong, but the engineering can't be that difficult especially for what
this cost?

just my 2 cents
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Old May 30th, 2012, 05:00 PM   #8
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Re: Mono Pod too squeaky

I haven't seen this problem because I stopped using mine, I found it too restricting.

Learning to pan while keeping it vertical was a pain and using one extended leg of my Miller Compass on CF Solo legs is just as good .. and more convenient.

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Old November 2nd, 2017, 02:27 PM   #9
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Re: Mono Pod too squeaky

I'm considering selling my two and buying a stedipod. I need to rethink monopods, I have two of the manfrotto ones and like you, they stick and squeak. I've already loosened the feet a bit to stop the squeak but I have on sticking a bit, so I'll need to work on it again.

I recently saw the steadipod in action and I was pretty impressed. It's just a lot more than the bogen monopods.
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