Got an el-cheapo IP cam where the aiming is by friction on a ball joint.
But this one has been aimed one too many times with tension on the joint
and the cross-hatching on the ball and/or the inside of the receptacle
has/have worn and now there is not enough friction to hold the cam up
when pressure is applied: http://tinyurl.com/obzkoar
The workaround is to just mount it upside-down and have the cam point 90
But I'd really like to get it adjustable again.
The space between ball and housing is pretty tight:
Can anybody suggest something? Some sort of coating?
Upon further disassembly.... here's the part that's worn:
Some sort of el-cheapo pot metal..
So the binding pressure isn't a squeeaing motion...
Instead it's jamming that part vertically up against the ball.
You tighten the screw and the whole assembly gets scoonched together.
No I am thinking that something could be adhered to those two faces and
the job's done.
Question then becomes what's the best stuff to adhere with and to be
Right off the top of my head, I think some sort of double-sided tape....
but I don't think foam tape would last through the first adjustment.
I don't thhink any coating would work (unless it was metal and welded on).
I can think of two possible fixes...
1. Deforming the part
2. Drilling a couple of holes, tapping them and inserting machine screws
so the heads barely protrude.
FWIW, if you ever have the opportunity to get a Leitz ballhead and you do
so, it will be the last one you ever buy. It was really meant for small
cameras but I used mine with an RB Mamiya for years.
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