issue with 100-400 tripod mount screw cap

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OP jcr4486 Regular Member • Posts: 470
Re: issue with 100-400 tripod mount screw cap

cba_melbourne wrote:

The screw is M1.3x0.3, overall length (with the head) is 4mm. And it has a spring washer as well as a flat washer permanently attached to it.

I am afraid but it will be very hard to find that exact screw. The best you can hope for, short of buying the whole bracket assembly from Panasonic, is to find a longer plain M1.3x0.3 screw that you can shorten in a bag of 100 or 1000.

That is why I take apart old cameras etc and salvage such tiny screws in my screw collection

If you go to a camera (or watch etc) repair shop, they may find a suitable screw in their screw box and charge you $20 for their time.

What I would do in your shoes, is to drill out the screw hole and tap for an easier to find larger screw. But I have a set of miniature-taps.

If you do not have such small taps, just hammer a 1.5mm brass nail (cut to 4mm length) into the existing threaded hole. It may last forever, it's like a rivet. Won't look perfect, but after all it's just a tripod bracket, and your IQ does not depend on it looking flashy shiny as new.

PS: and in future, make it a habit once a year to check all visible screws are tight on your cameras and lenses

thank you for the extra info on the spring washer+ flat waher, that I was not aware yet

buying the complete mount I considered already,and found it but the price is a bit absurd... considering I just need the tiny screw... would love to find the panasonic code just for the screw...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/224925768752?hash=item345e9edc30:g:GncAAOSwSxliTvOU

to find a longer one and make it shorter was my next best bet, but could not find that either yet... in whatever qty...

to drill in something near t that size is something I am not able to do, have a lot of tools, and I cosider myself resourcefull,  but nothing near that smalll, neither I feel conformtable to do at such size... sadly...

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