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  1. #1
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    Hey everybody!
    I just bought an ARCA SWISS Z1 SP ball head for my tripod. But this is my very first ball head and I'm looking for any tips in caring for and using it. At the prices these things go for, I need it to work great and last a very long time!
    So do any of you have any recommendations/suggestions that you think might be handy to know?

    Thank you for your help!

    And a special call out to my Gear Head buddy @gqtuazon on this topic! Lol



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    GITZO GT2541EX 6X carbon fiber tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 DP ball head
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    Re: Care and Use tips for ARCA SWISS ball heads

    My best advice is this:

    1. Never touch your Arca Swiss ball-head.
    2. Do not use your Arca Swiss ball-head as a roofing hammer.
    3. Compliment your Arca Swiss ball-head frequently using soft, reassuring voice tones.
    4. Lubricate your Arca Swiss ball-head every sixty to ninety seconds using only the purified and refined sebum of prepubescent virgins.

    Following this simple advice will ensure your ball-head's usefulness far outlasts your own.

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    Re: Care and Use tips for ARCA SWISS ball heads

    The best thing to do is keep the pouch on it when not in use. If dust gets in the ball head it can over time cause it to bind and score the finish. I've read that you can on occasion spray a bit of WD40 on a rag and wipe any dust off the ball. This also helps to keep it lubricated.
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    Olympus OM-D- EM10 Mark II
    Olympus 14-42 EZ
    Sigma MFT 30mm
    Olympus 15mm
    Olympus 40-150mm
    Lenses:
    Nikon 18-140 f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
    Nikon 55-300 1:4-5.6 GED
    Nikon 70-210
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    Nikon 50mm f/1.8D
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    Re: Care and Use tips for ARCA SWISS ball heads

    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    My best advice is this:

    1. Never touch your Arca Swiss ball-head.
    2. Do not use your Arca Swiss ball-head as a roofing hammer.
    3. Compliment your Arca Swiss ball-head frequently using soft, reassuring voice tones.
    4. Lubricate your Arca Swiss ball-head every sixty to ninety seconds using only the purified and refined sebum of prepubescent virgins.

    Following this simple advice will ensure your ball-head's usefulness far outlasts your own.

    ...
    Can I pass your wisdom on to my wife this evening?
    ​Steve
    My cameras:
    Nikon D7100 with grip
    Nikon P900
    Nikon S3500
    Nikon FE
    Olympus OM-D-EM10
    Olympus OM-D- EM10 Mark II
    Olympus 14-42 EZ
    Sigma MFT 30mm
    Olympus 15mm
    Olympus 40-150mm
    Lenses:
    Nikon 18-140 f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
    Nikon 55-300 1:4-5.6 GED
    Nikon 70-210
    Nikon 35-70 1:3.3-4.5
    Nikon 50mm f/1.8D
    Nikon 35mm f/1.8G
    Sigma 150-600 C
    Tamron AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3

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    Re: Care and Use tips for ARCA SWISS ball heads

    Quote Originally Posted by weebee View Post
    The best thing to do is keep the pouch on it when not in use. If dust gets in the ball head it can over time cause it to bind and score the finish. I've read that you can on occasion spray a bit of WD40 on a rag and wipe any dust off the ball. This also helps to keep it lubricated.
    Don't use wd40 for anything -- it will turn to gum over time. Use a high grade machine lubricant like Triflow or Wico and use it sparingly.
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    Re: Care and Use tips for ARCA SWISS ball heads

    Quote Originally Posted by wev View Post
    Don't use wd40 for anything...
    In all seriousness I completely agree with this: Friends don't let friends use WD-40, period.

    Your ball head really shouldn't require lubrication but should you deem that it does, I would probably opt for a dry silicone type myself. Not that I really think it makes a huge difference. As long as it's not WD-40, that is.

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    Primary Kit :: D750 (OLPF Removed), MB-D10; Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2, Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art,
    Godox Flashes & Triggers, Manfrotto X055PROB, 3-Legged Thing Airhed II... All Stuffed into a Manfrotto Pro Backpack 50
    ....
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  7. #7
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    Re: Care and Use tips for ARCA SWISS ball heads

    I saw that on another site. I'm glad you corrected it and I never used it.. Sorry
    Thanks/Like Bill16 Thanks/liked this post
     
    ​Steve
    My cameras:
    Nikon D7100 with grip
    Nikon P900
    Nikon S3500
    Nikon FE
    Olympus OM-D-EM10
    Olympus OM-D- EM10 Mark II
    Olympus 14-42 EZ
    Sigma MFT 30mm
    Olympus 15mm
    Olympus 40-150mm
    Lenses:
    Nikon 18-140 f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
    Nikon 55-300 1:4-5.6 GED
    Nikon 70-210
    Nikon 35-70 1:3.3-4.5
    Nikon 50mm f/1.8D
    Nikon 35mm f/1.8G
    Sigma 150-600 C
    Tamron AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3

  8. #8
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    Re: Care and Use tips for ARCA SWISS ball heads

    Bill you'll find out that this ballhead requires very little to no maintenance. I've had mine for 3 years. I think you'll enjoy it a lot.



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  9. #9
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    Re: Care and Use tips for ARCA SWISS ball heads

    Might have to invest on a L bracket or this. IT has an inti-twist feature.

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    Glenn
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