Manfrotto 055XPROB Modification

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Bear Dale
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Manfrotto 055XPROB Modification

Hi all,
I really like my Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod except for one thing and that's the center piece pole that can be raised up and down. The legs are absolutely rock solid but there's always been movement in that center column so it was time for some modifications and removal of that column which was something that I have never used.

Stock Standard 055XPROB -

Center Column removed which necessitated a complete tear down of the tripod -

Machined up a new head out of two pieces of aluminium bar stock with the smaller section socketed into the larger 3" section and then a 3/8" bolt put through the center for the head -

Underneath showing the new inserted and now no center column -

New head in place -

There's now zero movement at that critical place where you don't want any movement in a tripod and with the rock steady legs I'm pretty happy with this couple of hours of machining.

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