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    A Case of the Smelly Gitzo

    So, I got this Series 3 Gitzo for a really good price, brand spanking new, a few months ago. It had that new photo equipment smell of carbon fiber, magnesium, and rubber... I only use it for my 4x5 camera, which is not new. And every time I would use the 4x5, my hands would smell funny. Naturally, I started sniffing the camera... my lenses... my bag... Then finally, the Gitzo.

    The smell comes from the rubber grip around the leg locks. It's not a pleasant rubber smell, but a funky one.

    My question is: IS THIS NORMAL??? This is my only Gitzo, and the only other one I've handled had a plastic grip on the leg locks. I'm hoping the smell will eventually go away. It's getting kind of worse, the more I use it. The rubber itself doesn't smell bad. Just my hands after handling them. Smells like uncured epoxy, or there abouts.

    The tripod is kept in open air, and not in a bag. It's never gotten wet. As far as I can tell, it's had this "feature" since day one.
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    I got my Gitzo 6x 5-series legset when it came out several years ago, and it doesn't seem to be outgassing, so it stops eventually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    I got my Gitzo 6x 5-series legset when it came out several years ago, and it doesn't seem to be outgassing, so it stops eventually.
    Thank you. Also, remind me to buy you a drink the next time I go home to Hawaii.

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    Drop me a line, if you're in the neighborhood.
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    Maybe use gloves?

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    I don't know about this very problem. But I experience a lot of bad smells with current products. To me it even seems to have got worse the last years, especially with rubber items.

    In general heating the part gives (some or full) relieve. Heating either by the sun (at a clear summer day) or by means of a heat-gun or incandescent lamp. That heating though can take a lot of time.


    In the worst case so far (vibration damping in a Mercedes) I had to discard the parts all together, and to heat-treat the surrounding for about 10 hours.
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    Maybe they offer polyurethane replacements. Maybe it's a defective item and that's why I got such a good deal out if it.

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    In fact, your thread reminding me about something i would like to do with my Gitzo tripods, i am looking for to clean them after i disassemble it aparts, but i would like to know what kind of grease i should use for locks parts, and if there is some kind of that Aroma or alcoholic new leather/fiber/rubber smell i can buy to give my tripod as a new look and smell as brand new or closer?

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    I had to replace a leg lock on my Manfrotto, and their UK service centre told me they use car axle grease for everything but the ball heads (which need something more sophisticated)

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    A Case of the Smelly Gitzo

    Yeah, I think the leg locks aren't that complicated, so any old lubricant that's not messy will do. I used a white paste (name is escaping me at the moment) after I cleaned the joints on my RRS.

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