I have the great tripod head Manfrotto mod. 222 since the 90s … it’s an ergonomic dream: it has rock-solid quick release plate and when you pull the trigger it frees the head for movement in any direction.
However, some days ago I tried to use it after many years and I realize that it seem not to well support anymore a camera because the grip does not lock sufficiently the head, neither having set the maximum strength with the wheel (red cursor at the bottom). I read that the new model 322 is a little lighter and rated for twice the load, but I could not understand why my 222 did not work anymore appropriately … while still predecessor 3265 head works! I supposed that some plastic part was broken, so I opened it unscrewing all screws … and then I realize that everything is well-made of metal parts, so it was only a matter of regulation and tighten of the ‘tension screw’ available on the opposite side of the grip (see screenshot).
It was then hard to reassemble the whole, because there are many little things and two springs (4 hands are needed!!) so I suggest you to simply screw/unscrew that screw 😉 … in order to make the head work again properly: in fact the lock of the head is done simply applying the same strength on both sides (the screw one and the grip one).
Very useful are the following links I found:
- Original Manfrotto disassembled parts chart of the head (no more available in the official Manfrotto site)
- Specific step-by-step instructions for Bogen 3265/Manfrotto 222 disassembly and ball cleaning. (In the following I also copied the instructions available in that site, in order they won’t be missed) 😉
- Some useful threads of some forums: