How to Set Up a Manfrotto 755xb Tripod

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The step-by-step instructions provided are specifically for the Manfrotto 755xb tripod.

  • Unlock the clips on the tripod legs.
  • Open the three tripod legs.
  • Adjust the height of the tripod and lock legs at desired height.
  • Adjust leg angle spread to lower the height of the tripod.
  • Mount the head onto the tripod. The detachable rotating grip does NOT need to be tightened down with all your strength! Hand tighten.

Fluid Head Photo by DINFOS PAVILION Team
Fluid Head
Fluid Head
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VIRIN: 200721-D-ZW071-0002

  • Loosen lever "A" (fig. 1), then hold it pressed downwards.
  • Quick release plate "B" is extracted from the top of the head (it doesn't slide out of the head like other Manfrotto video plates).
  • Turn it so that the long edge of the plate closest to lever "A" lifts out of the head, then remove the plate altogether.

Fitting the Quick Release Plate to a Camera/Audio Recorder Photo by DINFOS PAVILION Team
Fitting the Quick Release Plate to a Camera/Audio Recorder
Fitting the Quick Release Plate to a Camera/Audio Recorder
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VIRIN: 200721-D-ZW071-0003

The quick release plate (fig. 2) has a 1/4" camera screw "C", a 3/8" camera screw (not pictured) and an anti-rotation pin (not pictured).

  • Check the size of the tripod attachment hole on your camera/audio recorder, select the correct screw size. If the camera/audio recorder also has an anti-rotation hole, insert the anti-rotation pin (not pictured) into the plate "B" in figure 2.
  • Align the camera on plate "B" ensuring the anti-rotation pin is seated correctly in the camera before fastening the plate.
  • Fix the camera/audio recorder onto plate "B" (fig. 2) by tightening screw "C" without applying force.
  • If the camera/audio recorder doesn't have an anti-rotation hole, align the camera/audio recorder lens with the arrow marked "LENS" on the underside of camera plate "B" before tightening fully.

Attaching the Camera to the Head Photo by DINFOS PAVILION Team
Attaching the Camera to the Head
Attaching the Camera to the Head
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VIRIN: 200721-D-ZW071-0004

  • Hold the camera/audio recorder above the head, and angle it so that plate "B" slots into the head, with the long edge furthest from lever "A" dropping in first.
  • Then push down so that the plate drops in fully, and lever "A" clicks shut.

Balancing the Camera on the Head Photo by DINFOS PAVILION Team
Balancing the Camera on the Head
Balancing the Camera on the Head
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VIRIN: 200721-D-ZW071-0005

To find the balance point for the camera/audio recorder:

  • Level the head on the tripod using spirit level "E" (fig. 4) as a reference.
  • Loosen lever "D" (fig. 4).
  • Slide the camera/audio recorder backwards and forwards until you find the position in which the head remains still with the camera lever.
  • Lock lever "D".

Note: The head has a built-in balance spring to help support the camera. The head can support camera loads up to 5 kg (11 lbs), but the balance spring is set for more common configurations and has a balance power corresponding to a camera load of 2.4 kg (5.3 lb).

Removing the Camera/Audio Recorder from the Head Photo by DINFOS PAVILION Team
Removing the Camera/Audio Recorder from the Head
Removing the Camera/Audio Recorder from the Head
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VIRIN: 200721-D-ZW071-0006

Whenever the camera/audio recorder needs to be removed from the head, hold the camera/audio recorder securely in one hand and turn and press locking lever "A" with the other hand to release plate "B" and camera.

Using the Head Photo by DINFOS PAVILION Team
Using the Head
Using the Head
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VIRIN: 200721-D-ZW071-0007

The head has 360 degrees pan and +90 degrees /-70 degrees vertical tilt.

  • Movement and rotation of the head are controlled using the pan bar "G" (fig. 5).
  • Pan movements can be locked using knob "F" (fig. 5).
  • Tilt movement can be locked using knob "D" (fig. 6).
  • The head is supplied with a bubble spirit level "E" for leveling (fig. 6).

Attaching Accessories Photo by DINFOS PAVILION Team
Attaching Accessories
Attaching Accessories
Photo by: DINFOS PAVILION Team
VIRIN: 200721-D-ZW071-0008

  • The head has one 3/8" female thread "H" (fig. 7) which can be used to attach accessories, such as Manfrotto arms that can in turn support lights and monitors.
  • Additional accessories may mean you have to adjust the head's balance settings.

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