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| p.1 #8 · Solved - Gitzo 3542LS - fragment preventing locking lever from holding the flat base down securely |
The flat base is not out of round.
I did find the solution :-)
I used my headlamp to peer inside the locking lever mechanism. There was a tiny allen key socket inside it (about 2mm across or thereabouts). I hunted through my tools and found a ring of allen keys. Fortunately, the second smallest one was just the correct size. So after a few turns to the right, I was able to shrink the gap between the edges of the ring which the locking lever contracts further when it closes.
This adjustment now means that even with my head and the wimberley mount loaded onto the tripod, there is no movement :-)
I don't know whether the correct factory adjustment of the tolerance for the locking lever was prevented from occurring by that tiny fragment of metal that I found, but given the price of this tripod, I would have expected it to be in perfect condition out of the box. Neither the paper manual provided by Gitzo nor their website made mention of the tension of the locking ring around the flat base being adjustable.
That said, now that I have a stable tripod, I'm happy.
Damn, it sounds like there is a defect. Is something out of round or is there any other debris?