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Manfrotto 438: Picture 1 regular $82.95

About Manfrotto 438

Provides easy, fast levelling for tripods without levels. Fits between center column and head. Adjusts 10°.

One reason why the Manfrotto 438 is popular is because of its Improves tripod function

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Improves tripod function (4),Compact (3),Fits well (3)
Best Uses:
Photography (3)

Manfrotto 438 Specifications

Maximum Load Capacity
33.1 lbs
Head Height
2 inches
Levelling Bubble
1.4 lbs
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Manfrotto 438 Reviews

Reviewed by 4 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Good value head leveller


from Vancouver, BC  -  Pro Photographer

I've used this product for levelling a video head, and while it does that, the operation of the leveller is very notchy. It's quite fiddly to get the head levelled and adjustments are not as smooth as they should be. The value is good however compared to other types, and for occasional use it's fine.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Gets the job done!


from Chandler, AZ  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I can set it leveled in about 5 seconds. Much better than messing with the tripod legs to get a leveled picture. Great for video, no more tilting of your picture as you pan left an right.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Perfect for most but not all


from Georgia  -  Professional

The Compact Leveling Head is a great addition to the average photographer who doesn't need exact levelling and yet needs a quick method of obtaining near-perfect level without adding bulk to her or his rig. This head adds a little weight and a little extra length to the tripod. However, for those needing exact levelling such as those creating 360 degree images, this product has an interesting quirk where tightening the adjustment lever changes the level. It takes practice, and a bit of luck, to get exact level which is why this loses a star.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Fits the bill


from Austin, TX  -  Professional

My budget would not support the purchase of the larger Bogen leveling head, but for my particular application, the mounting of a 3-axis panorama head, this smaller head is both simpler and lighter to deal with and the price was a lot more palatable. Maybe it does not offer the absolute precision of adjusting three separate leveling screws like the larger head, but I got into photography to take pictures, not fiddle with equipment all day.


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Peter P  What is the difference between the compact and the standard Levelling head? In real life use what would the difference between the two be?
JOHN G. H  I bought the standard first. It is very solid but adjusts fairly quickly. I use it for local photography. It works well with an equally heavy tri-plane Bogen head for panoraams. The compact is still a solid chunk of metal. It is essentially a ball head. I was sceptical of it at first, but it works quite quickly and accurately. It some what lighter and I use it for travel. I have used both outdoors in Minnesota wearing gloves in January without problems. I would by the standard because it is a little more stable, but I am happy with both.
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