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No, that's corrosion. White powder filiform type under the paint. Pretty much invasive and almost impossible to get see much less get at because of the "protective" paint. Salt/acidic environment based. That grey black crackle paint hides it well.
And is a non warranty issue. would happen on any Mg alloy based tripod that spent time in a salt/acidic environment.
There are tripods out there that are constructed of much more resistant materials and that are built with better overall design and potential longevity
I have a Gitzo explorer, and after a few years the paint on the central casting started bubbling and flaking off on large areas, and the metal underneath is turning to powder. I have not once used it near salt water, so I do not know what is wrong. In many respects it is an excellent tripod, but I did not expect corrosion. Sadly the warranty is now expired, but when I first contacted them, they said to send it in. The problem is that doing so would cost a small fortune, and they might say "damage caused by user" even though I cannot see how that was the case.
Edited on Jan 16, 2014 at 03:01 PM · View previous versions