Manfrotto 3265 Grip Action Ball Head with Quick Release - Supports 5.6 lb (#3265)

Manfrotto

About Manfrotto 3265

Versatile, quick and easy to use. Just grip the handle and you can position your camera anywhere within 180° sphere. Supplied with a quick-release camera plate and a secondary safety lock, built-in bubble level and tension adjustment. Made of cast aluminum. Ideal for 35mm cameras with short or medium focal lenght lenses.

The Manfrotto 3265 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Long exposures, Photography, Portraits, Reducing noise (ISO reduction), Sports/action, Stabilization, Wildlife and more.The Manfrotto 3265 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer among others.The Manfrotto 3265 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Manfrotto 3265: Attaches firmly, Large range of motion, Stable and Strong clamp

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Large range of motion (21),Stable (19),Attaches firmly (18),Strong clamp (17)
Cons:
Heavy (6)
Best Uses:
Photography (11),Portraits (10),Long exposures (9),Wildlife (8),Stabilization (7),Landscape/scenery (6),Sports/action (5),Reducing noise (ISO reduction) (4),Home (3),Night shots (3),Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (8),Pro photographer (4),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Manfrotto 3265 Specifications

Max. load Capacity
5.6 lbs
Head height
8.3 inches
Quick Release
Yes
Spirit Level
Yes
Female Thread size (Connect to Tripod)
3/8"-16
Weight
1.8 lbs

Manfrotto 3265 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.4

(based on 22 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Yes it can get loose

As people have said, this head does loosen up over time. I used it for about two years with a Pentax 645. At the end of second year I noticed it started to shift on me. Since it was out of warranty I popped it open, added six washers above the spring assembly and it works fine again. The disassembly was easy. It took me two tries to get it back togther perfectly. But, its fairly simple, if you keep track of where the pieces go as you take it apart. I know people are going to say that somethin...

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As people have said, this head does loosen up over time. I used it for about two years with a Pentax 645. At the end of second year I noticed it started to shift on me. Since it was out of warranty I popped it open, added six washers above the spring assembly and it works fine again. The disassembly was easy. It took me two tries to get it back togther perfectly. But, its fairly simple, if you keep track of where the pieces go as you take it apart. I know people are going to say that something this pricey shouldn't have to be "hacked" to work right. It took fifteen minutes from disassembly through the second reassemble. If you have a basic understanding of tools you can probably do the same thing I did. Three years later it still works great.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Expected it to last longer

I loved it, until it started loosing its tension. I expected it to last a lot longer than specifically due to brand name and $$$ system.

Reviewed by 22 customers

 
5.0

Excellent head

By

from NJ  -  Pro Photographer

Best for lenses up to 70-200 (if using the lens collar). Longer lenses will challange the head.

 
4.0

Works great

By

from Phoenix, Az

Works great but is a little heavy. Supports spotting scope very well.

 
5.0

Great purchase from a great seller.

By

from Louisville, KY  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great for camera stability.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Years of use, but hairline fracture

By

from Bozeman, MT  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this for wildlife mostly. It has been great for weddings to quickly go from horiz. to vert. But this year a hairline fracture on the base of the ball stem could have cost me not only my lens, but my camera. Luckily I inspected the head when I noticed the slightest play in the tripod. Inspect your gear!

 
5.0

Great support

By

from Glen Burnie Maryland  -  Pro Photographer

When shooting wildlife on the move stability is critical particularly when paning a flying Mallard or Osprey diving for a fish. Great control

 
5.0

Outstanding Control

By

from Nashville TN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a great try-pod head. Great control and built to last!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Control!!!

By

from Londonderry NH  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this with my Manfrotto tripod & Nikon D5000 DSLR!Shots come out perfect. Easy quick attach plate and smooth positioning make this a must have. I've owned a few of these for industrial filming. They're the best and will last forever! If you like flimsy don't buy this!!!

 
4.0

Very Robust Construction

By

from Clinton Twp., MI  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very solid even on the weakest setting. Don't like how far the QR plate is frome the pivot point though.

 
5.0

Exceeds my expectations

By

from Pittsboro, NC  -  Photo Enthusiast

I received my grip ball head just a few days ago, so I haven't got a lot of experience with it, but I've been very pleased so far. It's as steady as a rock, even with my 70-300mm lens attached to the camera. No sag at all with the long lens. Manipulating the camera is both easier and quicker than with the standard ball head I was using before, also a Manfrotto. Be aware that the grip ball head adds a little extra height to your tripod setup, which some people might find to be a slight problem. Of course, others might find it to be an advantage.

 
5.0

Great Head

By

from long Island NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great ball head or i would have gotten it it does wjhat i need when i need Best in town & good at great price also

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
PATRICK L  I use this on my monopod which I shoot from quite often
Shopper  I love this product. Model knocked over my tripod which resulted in the mounting plate and QR plate damage. I know the quick plate is # •QR Plate 3157N, any idea what the assembly that screws into the head is?
JAMES P  Don,t know, but Bogen Should easily have thatj info.
Shopper  how do you tighten head ar ball joint?
GREGORY M  One other note about adjusting the tension. After several years of use I had run out of adjustment from the adjustment wheel in the handle. At the tightest setting it wouldn't support even a light load. I noticed a small set screw at the base of the handle on the side opposite the trigger. Using an allen wrench I tightened it about half a turn and the thing is as good as new!
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