ericwestpheling: I own a set of Manfrotto CF legs (055MF4) that had ONE plastic locking tab break off after 6 years of use. This was 1 of 9 small plastic tabs, so it was bound to happen.
After searching I found there were no spare parts available online (either from the vendor or 3rd party).
I sent the legs to Manfrotto for repair and waited over 3 weeks for a reply. I was quoted $70 to do the repair: replacing a small plastic tab.
I asked for the parts to be sent to me and I could do the replacement and was told that was not an option. I was offered to replace my product with a new version with a $40 discount. This would cost $300 out of pocket.
I was told that 6 years was "A long time" for this set of legs to have lasted.
If you are working with gear, do the math: investing $300 every 4-6 years adds up.
$70 for a small plastic part is not acceptable.
I implore you to avoid Manfrotto if you like your gear and don't want to needlessly replace it when THEY say its beyond its lifespan.
Just FYI- I purchased my new set from Sachtler.
Look around when you are working- you'll see Oconnor, Cartoni, Sacthler equipment thats 30+ years old, still getting it done flawlessly, and still able to be serviced!!
They may cost a LOT more but you won't be paying more than once!
I own a set of Manfrotto CF legs (055MF4) that had ONE plastic locking tab break off after 6 years of use. This was 1 of 9 small plastic tabs, so it was bound to happen.
no link to the guys site for pre-order?
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wake me up when they have this for the Sony F3