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| p.3 #12 · lubricants for ball heads in cold weather |
Glenn NK wrote:
MoS2 is an amazing lubricant. I use it as an oil additive in my vehicle engines in the form of MolySlip oil supplement, but it's also available in synthetic motor oils made in Germany.
My concern with any lubricant in a ball head is that if the lube is very good, the ball head may not be able to be locked without using a force that could damage the unit.
I would think "clean and dry" is the better solution. My Acratech has no lubricants, nor should it have.
Always follow the mtgs instructions for the safety of you and your equipment.
The open design of the Acratech is one of the few ball heads that probably would not benefit from a lubricant, because it can be kept "clean and dry." Some older designs, such as early Arca Swiss designs, suffered from defects that proper lubrication would have minimized.
The issue with lubricants, is again, the type, quality and quantity used. It's easy to see by the responses above that many people feel that silicon and it's derivatives are used for everything. This is just not the case and they can cause more harm than good. The proper lubricant, in the proper quantity can prolong the service life of equipment.