Manfrotto 393 Long Lens Monopod Bracket (#3421), Supports 44.09 lbs (20 kg)

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About Manfrotto 393

Specifically developed for use of very long lenses with Monopods, but can also be used with tripods. Incorporates the Pro Quick Release Adapter (3273) to control the balance.
Finish Black
Still Photography Yes
QR Plate Supplied 3272
Weight 2.3 lbs

The Manfrotto 393 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Sports/action, Wildlife and more.The Manfrotto 393 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Manfrotto 393 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Manfrotto 393: Attaches firmly, Large range of motion, Stable and Strong clamp

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Attaches firmly (14),Large range of motion (13),Stable (12),Strong clamp (12),Improves tripod function (3)
Cons:
Heavy (4)
Best Uses:
Wildlife (14),Sports/action (9),Landscape/scenery (7),Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (5),Semi-pro photographer (5),Pro photographer (4)

Manfrotto 393 Features

  • Friction base which enables the bracket to pan on Monopod, also can be used on a tripod.
  • Two rubber hand grips plus rubber protection to prevent damage to lens when tilted to maximum.
  • Variable center height adjustment in three steps.

Manfrotto 393 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.4

(based on 18 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great alternative to $[...]Wimberley!

I first saw this head holding a Canon camera and Sigma 300-800mm zoom. The owner said it functioned perfectly, so I tried it out with my Sigma 50-500, Canon 100-400, and finally Canon 500mm F4.For about 25% of the cost, you get 95% of the functionality of the Wimberley [...]. The Manfrotto gimbal head is marketed as a monopod head, but it is perfect as a tripod head for long lenses. The safety latch is superior to Wimberly's, and it has places where you can mount a flash shoe for off-camera f...

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I first saw this head holding a Canon camera and Sigma 300-800mm zoom. The owner said it functioned perfectly, so I tried it out with my Sigma 50-500, Canon 100-400, and finally Canon 500mm F4.For about 25% of the cost, you get 95% of the functionality of the Wimberley [...]. The Manfrotto gimbal head is marketed as a monopod head, but it is perfect as a tripod head for long lenses. The safety latch is superior to Wimberly's, and it has places where you can mount a flash shoe for off-camera flash (the Wimberly flash bracket costs more than the whole Manfrotto gimbal head!)Only drawback is that the left side of the head is not open like on the Wimberly, and I'm not sure that matters, since some pros recommend turning the Wimberly around for improved control--like you get from the Manfrotto already.I highly recommend this gimbal head. I give it four stars for functionality plus one for value!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Could be better

This is the first piece of Manfrotto gear that I don't like 100% Pan and tilt is great, but the knob for pan friction is nearly impossible to turn without channel locks (for me anyway). And when the pan knob is loose, the whole bracket wobbles vertically side to side too. Aside from the knob I like it. Works great during actual use.

Reviewed by 18 customers

 
4.0

Good value, tricky pan adjust

By

from MA  -  Casual Photographer

I got this heavy gimbal head to use with my Induro AT413 tripod legs (which weigh a ton, too) when going birding with my Sigma 150-500 mm lens (which is pretty much the lightest thing in the setup.) Long lenses are hard to use -- the field of view is quite narrow and, even with OS, finding and tracking your target takes skill and patience. A stable tripod with a good gimbal head really improves the usability of a long lens -- assuming you don't have to lug the setup very far first. The Manfrotto is about as smooth and easy to use as any gimbal head out there, and costs a lot less than the top-of-the-line J-posts. There are a couple of down-sides to the Manfrotto, though. First, the only way to switch to portrait orientation is if your lens' tripod collar rotates. Mine does, but it takes a bit of time and fiddling to accomplish that act. Some of the lighter J-arms are designed to attach to a ball head and can be dropped into portrait orientation using the ball head, which is very convenient if you are using a smaller lens. I wouldn't want to try it with my Sigma, but if you're using a smaller lens you might want to consider how you'll be switching between landscape and portrait orientation. The Manfrotto presents a problem for people who use flash with their gimbal head -- it can take a flash in landscape orientation, but on-camera flash is not supported by the U-arm configuration in portrait orientation. If you are happy to use off-camera flash with the setup, there's no problem. But, again, if you use flash in portrait orientation, you should give thought to how you will accomplish that with this unit. Finaly, the thing that I found most irritating was the tension adjustment for panning. The up-and-down motion is easy to adjust the tension with the knobs on the sides of the U-arm. But panning tension requires removing the knurled rubber around the tension knob on the bottom, getting a 2.5mm Hex wrench (not included) to loosen the locking screw, and then twisting the adjusting knob. Unfortunately, when you retighten the locking screw, it also tightens up the panning tension a bit more than it had been (at least on my unit.) So it is tricky to get the tension you want on the panning because you need to tighten it a bit less than you want it to be, tighten the set screw, and see if the result is what you want. I had to iterate about a half-dozen times to get the tension I was looking for -- not a deal-breaker, but something that took a bit of the blush off the rose for an otherwise impressive gimbal head.

 
3.0

Could be better

By

from Hayward, CA  -  Pro Photographer

This is the first piece of Manfrotto gear that I don't like 100% Pan and tilt is great, but the knob for pan friction is nearly impossible to turn without channel locks (for me anyway). And when the pan knob is loose, the whole bracket wobbles vertically side to side too. Aside from the knob I like it. Works great during actual use.

 
4.0

Good alternative to the Wimberly Gimbal

By

from Hayward, CA  -  Pro Photographer

I was frustrated at first. There's a set screw in the pan friction knob that was all the way tight, making it impossible to turn the knob. Once I loosened it it worked great though. A lot of people complain about the symmetrical design and how it interferes with your left hand operating the lens but I think the interference is minimal and certainly acceptable. They also complain about the lack of a pan lock, but I've been able to get the knob plenty tight. Maybe they haven't found the set screw or something. They also complain about the bracket not accepting Swiss-Arca plates, but the Manfrotto clamp is removeable. I don't see why someone couldn't make this thing compatible with whatever kind of plates they wanted. With a drill and a tap, anything could fit, and that's certainly a lot cheaper than the Wimberly Gimbal.

 
5.0

What a great product

By

from Fort Myers, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have been looking for a solid support for my Tamron 200-500 lens and just could not justify the Wimberly or Jobu Heads. This fit the bill for me.Very solid and smooth,is excellent on my Manfroto Tripod.For me a great find and value for the money.

 
5.0

Lens Bracket

By

from MA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Simple to use, good quality

 
5.0

Great gimbal head!

By

from Canal Fulton, Ohio  -  Pro Photographer

I am an older photographer and not so adept as I once was at hand holding long lenses for action photography. The 393 works remarkably well for auto, motorcycle racing, air shows and really very well for birding. I use a 70-200 with a 1.4 extender with good results. Once you have your lens/camera balanced it becomes a one finger proposition to move point of focus wherever you want it, once you move your focus point you can take your hands off of the camera or lens and it will remain exactly where you set it. I use a remote (hard wired) shutter release to avoid moving the camera or inputting old guy shakes...this head is as steady as any tripod head that I have used in the past. If you are looking for a gimbal head, don't be put off by the low price of this one. It is very well engineered without some of the high dollar casting and machined parts of the very expensive gimbal heads that are available. I have been unable to find a compelling reason to pay $500 or more additional when this head works so well. I plan to use that money towards a new canon L supertelephoto that will certainly function well with the 393.

 
5.0

The best for wildlife shooting.

By

from Orangevale, California  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I just received the head this past weekend. Everything was complete in the package. Nothing really to assemble, just attached to the tripod and attached the included bracket to the lens mount. It arrived in time for my four-day excursion to the mountains. When the unit is all put together, it has a bit of a learning curve for moving from place to place. But after a couple of hours in the field, I have adapted to the extra bulk of the double sided mount arms. They are acually handy for holding on to the camera when spending prolonged periods of time in my portable body blind. I have attached a few photos I took with the new setup, and hope to be taking many more in in the future. It makes a big difference when tracking moving subjects.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best bang for the buck

By

from Wilmington, Ca.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I mostly use it for photographing birds, or, any other wildlife available. I use a manfrotto tripod, so the fit is perfect. It is easy to use, has smooth action, handles heavy lenses easily and is adjustable for proper balance. It is a very sturdy, stable, and rugged bracket. In my opinion, it is the best long lens bracket for the money! If it has a fault, I haven't found it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Alternative to other large lens brackets

By

from Miami, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a solidly built, well engineered bracket (as are most Manfrotto items). It performs quite well...However, where it fails is in size & weight! It is VERY bulky & heavy! It is NOT well suited to travel where size & weight will be restrictive (hiking, plane travel, etc)...but if your location is accessible by car with only short hiking distances, then this is a less expensive alternative to other 'gimbal' styled brackets.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

simple/effective design

By

from Folsom,Ca  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this with my 055cxpro3 tripod for bird and wildlife photography. The other gimbal heads were too expensive and this works very well. Before with a ball head I had trouble keeping up with the action but now I just follow the action.The only negative with the product is the rubber cushion on the base keeps falling off.

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JOHN M T  Do you have to buy the sliding plate or is that included? I am also curious if it works as a good gimble-head to shoot water fowl mad wildlife. I have a canon 100-400 I would use this with.
DAVID B  Hey John, I have had the Manfrotto Head for several months now. A friend has the Wimberley Head which is many times the cost of the Manfrotto. I have grown to like the Manfrotto head much better than the one my friend has. Having standards on both sides helps while panning with the subject. Yes, mine came with a mounting plate that slides forward and backward to balance the camera arrangement you own. I shoot both static and birds in flight with the setup. It is smooth, and as with anything you have never used before, has a learning curve. After a couple of hours and ventures to the nearby wetland, I was able to track flying birds consistently. A lot of tracking of moving animals comes from your knowledge of the species you are trying to shoot. When is it nervous and about to fly, etc. Anticipating the next movement from the animal is more important than even having the Gimbal head. I would not hesitate to recommend this head to another individual who is looking for a Gimbal-style head without busting the bank. If you would like to see any of my birds in flight shots, you are welcome to contact me dbozsik at treeofknowledge dot org. I am taking off this Monday to photograph Elephant seals during the breeding season. This head is coming with me. The Canon lens you have is a good piece of glass. I use mine with a 70-200 2.8 Nikkor lens with the 2x teleconverter. Works like a champ. One thing. Make sure you clean and dry it well if you spend any amount of time near salt water and spray. It is not designed for salt water conditions. But then again, Neither are my camera bodies.
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