Tripods With Ultra-Easy Clean Leg Locks

Tripods With Ultra-Easy Clean Leg Locks

June 20, 2020 , Vanguard World

One of the key benefits of a tripod is the ability to take a long exposure, blurring the movement to create an effect that the eye can't see.  Whether it's a few seconds or more, the effects can be stunning.

Examples of long exposure of Meal beach, Shetland by Vanguard Ambassador Gordon Siegel:

Meal beach, Shetland by Vanguard Ambassador Gordon Siegel

Meal beach, Shetland by Vanguard Ambassador Gordon Siegel 

Or there is the ability to create stunning time lapses where even the slightest movement can destroy hours of work.

Example of time lapse by Vanguard Ambassador Stan Marie:

The challenge is that the best shots can involve sticking the tripod on a sandy beach with the waves lapping against the legs, or in a muddy puddle on a peat bog.  Neither of these are great for the legs of the tripod as particles of sand and grit get into the leg locks, accelerating the wear and tear every time you deploy or pack away your tripod.
Even when you try to clean your leg locks, it can be tricky to take apart, easy to break parts and difficult to reassemble.
To make it easy to clean out the leg locks and maximise the life of your tripod, Vanguard are incorporating easy clean twist locks into selected tripods. These have few parts that can break, and can be easily taken apart and reassembled.
  1. Unscrew the lock all the way (making sure you don't lose the two inner tensioners);
  2. Clean the leg lock with warm clean water;
  3. Dry thoroughly;
  4. Reassemble (you will need to align the top of the leg being replaced correctly, and if you look into the upper leg you will see two ridges as guides to the correct way to orientate the leg).
This short video demonstrates how easy it is to take apart and reassemble:


If you're cleaning more than one leg lock at a time, we'd recommend you have a system to keep the relevant parts from each leg lock together, as each leg lock gets bigger with the diameter of the leg. As a result, it can be easy to get them muddled as you move up the tripod, and you don't want to waste time trying to work out which goes where.

As highlighted earlier, not every Vanguard tripod has this system, but it is in the twist lock models of:

We will also be including this in future models and we will update the models here as we go live.

We hope you find this helpful, but please ask if you have any questions and we can get the right advice from our design team.

Alternatively, click here for a full list of our Authorised Dealers, but we suggest you call first to ensure they have the model you want to try.




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