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    Stiff Arca ballhead

    Hi

    I've an Arca B1 ballhead. It's become very stiff, specially after locking and then releasing the ball. I've tried cleaning with alcohol as per the destructions, but to no avail. It says not to use any lubrication.

    What can I do more? Any ideas?

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    Last edited by Robert Campbell; 14th January 2010 at 13:35. Reason: typo
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    Re: Stiff Arca ballhead

    I had the same thing when I first got my B1 and I was worried it was defective.

    What I found out later is that after I released the knob I had to push the ball 90 degrees into the side groove, pull it up, and repeat a few times. After several rocking motions like that the ball works loose to whatever friction setting it was set to before.
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    Re: Stiff Arca ballhead

    Thanks, Phil; I tried this, but very limited success.
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    Re: Stiff Arca ballhead

    Did you set tension ( the tiny wheel in the big knob ) to a higher setting? I set mine almost to none.
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    Re: Stiff Arca ballhead

    Clean the ball, is what AS says.

    I've had good luck with rubbing the ball with a candle to lubricate it.

    What I've found works best is to sell the darn thing.
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    Re: Stiff Arca ballhead

    Quote Originally Posted by fotoism View Post
    Did you set tension ( the tiny wheel in the big knob ) to a higher setting? I set mine almost to none.
    Yes, didn't work.
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    Re: Stiff Arca ballhead

    Thanks to all for the responses and suggestions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Vinberg View Post

    What I've found works best is to sell the darn thing.
    I think I might take the last piece of advice.

    Any takers?
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    Re: Stiff Arca ballhead

    For as much as those things cost I'd be talking to AS about how to make it work smoothly again. If that fails, consider Lars' advice -- sell it.

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