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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Bush in the Hand is Worth Two. . .

Some notes on the Tiltall leg "bushings":   Hi Gary,  I have a question about the TEP-10 and TEP-11 bushings. At $8 a set, do you mean for all three legs, or just one?

Gene- Sorry I am not clear - I have corrected on the order page. The $8 is for the two nylon pieces needed for ONE leg section - and the $8 does not include the outside knurled metal sleeve.  Note that the original Marchioni and the Leitz iteration uses inner brass bushes.  My leg bushes at present are the nylon iteration following the lead of the StarD NYC variant.  The cleaning instructions that follow usually solves the problem for ALL TILTALL variants using the bushes you already own.

What I recommend - First thought is usually adding some new lubrication.  But new lube on top of old lube often does not do the trick because the problem is a very fine grit that, over time and use, has worked its way into the existing lube and onto the bushes and also into the fine thread of the legs and metal sleeve aka outside bush. New lube probably is only adding to the sticking problem.

My suggestion is - not buying new bushes - but a careful and gentle cleaning of bushes and all screw threads of the leg and knurled metal sleeves - AND the legs themselves - first with soft brushes (toothbrush?) using water and a bit of lightweight detergent, moving next to simple hand soap and then after the thorough rinse with water - then that re-lube. In the case of the Marchioni and Leitz, following this cleaning, I understand that reversing the brass bushes can give new life to your Tiltall legs.  So, in all cases, to paraphrase Shakespeare, "a bush in the hand, is worth two in mine".  Sorry, Bill! -Gary


  1. Hi, my brother gave me my dad's D-Star tripod and I want to show a picture of it and get a date for when it was made? Thanks.


  2. Dear Blue Raven's kind owner- take a further look at the posts for photos of StarD and some history. Most comments seem to think that the New York StarD came out the backdoor of the Leitz production from about 1978 to 1985ish. There is brand name "StarD" and its patents are owned by an Los Angeles company that still exists - again, see blog.

  3. Hi...I've got a trusty old Star D that I've had since the mid-eighties only problem is it has the cheap nylon bushings and plastic collars. I haven't used it in years and recently I noticed that 2 of the small(est) third legs won't lock completely. I tried cleaning the threads as you suggested above and that helped almost 100%. What do you recommend for lube? I also noticed a discrepancy in the of the second legs has brass threads for the third leg collar while the other two are aluminum. It also has a different type of nylon bushing on the third leg. See photos here
    I can't remember if I bought it used or new. I remember buying new collars for it about 20 years ago.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. This tripod put up with a lot of abuse and neglect on my part and I'd like to bring it back to life. Should I buy some new nylon bushings? Please advise. Thanks very much.


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