Manfrotto MH054M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release, Supports 22 lbs., Smoke

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About Manfrotto 054

Manfrotto 054 with Q5 Quick Release is the best ball head, dedicated to 190 carbon fibre tripods. An extremely precise ball head, providing extra smooth movements thanks to state of the art materials and technology. Innovative and unique features like the exclusive 90deg.-105deg. portrait angle selector allows for better camera control for advanced, precise settings. Innovative, compact, ergonomic, powerful and made of lightweight magnesium, it is the ideal tool for durability, high performance and accuracy.

The new magnesium Q5 Quick Release system is compatible with RC5 standard plates and offers increased ergonomics, speed, reduced weight and accuracy - thanks to 3 leveling bubbles. The Q5 with the sliding plate provides the perfect weight balance for heavy equipment and long lenses.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Stable (13),Attaches firmly (12),Large range of motion (10),Strong clamp (9)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (13),Night shots (10),Travel (8),Wildlife (8),Portraits (7),Home (4),Weddings (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (9),Pro photographer (3),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Manfrotto 054 Specifications

Attachment
3/8'' attachment type
Independent pan lock
Yes
Lateral tilt
-100deg. / +40deg. head tilt
Load capacity
10 kg / 22.05 lbs
Material
Magnesium
Panoramic rotation
360 deg.
Plate type
501PL
Quick release
Yes
Working height
11.9 cm / 4.69"
Weight
674 g / 23.72 oz

Manfrotto 054 Reviews

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4.8

(based on 15 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finally! What I Wanted - Love It!

I am very happy with this Ballhead. I recently purchased an Arkay 6' Jr. Monostand for my home studio. This required that I purchase the camera gear/ballhead separately. I tried three different ones (returning each one) until I found and purchased the Manfrotto Magnesium Ballhead. It has an amazing secure positioning stablity (stays where I put it) without much effort for going between both landscape and portrait perspectives. It has a smooth panning function when or if I use the video option...

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I am very happy with this Ballhead. I recently purchased an Arkay 6' Jr. Monostand for my home studio. This required that I purchase the camera gear/ballhead separately. I tried three different ones (returning each one) until I found and purchased the Manfrotto Magnesium Ballhead. It has an amazing secure positioning stablity (stays where I put it) without much effort for going between both landscape and portrait perspectives. It has a smooth panning function when or if I use the video options on my Nikon D90. I also have the ability to quickly remove the camera for spontaneous portrait headshots. The only challenge I have is when I need to position my camera into the portrait slot on the ballhead for an overhead product shot format, it's difficult being able to see into the viewfinder because the arm of the monostand doesn't allow me to look into the viewfinder straight on....but that's not the fault of the Manfrotto Ballhead, just the combination of the design of the monostand and where the notch in the ballhead is for portrait positioning. Otherwise, I'm extremely happy with this product.

Reviewed by 15 customers

 
5.0

Rock solid

By

from Chicago, IL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Look no further. Build like a tank, smooth as silk, a joy to use.

 
4.0

Works well but has some issues.

By

from Nashville, TN  -  Pro Photographer

The ball head clamps pretty tightly but the lock lever needs to be watched closely. The screw on the bottom backs out and allowes the plate to move around. Other than that it's a pretty good head. Fairly light for the size, and stable when the screws are tightened.

 
5.0

First ball head doesn't disappoint.

By

from Olathe, KS  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is my first ball head, so can't compare from experience. Good value in the spectrum of ball heads. Really like the features and the simplicity of use.

 
5.0

Exceeded my expectations

By

from Richmond, VA  -  Pro Photographer

After years of Bogen/Manfrotto pan tilt tripod head use, I finally made the switch to this ball head and found it easily held my 5D MKIII and 100-400L easily and after adjusting initial tension worked so well I wished I had done this years ago. Made first serious use at Acadia NP and it performed well in sun, wind and frequent rain. Just ordered second one for my lighter hiking tripod.

 
5.0

Evolution of design

By

from Los Angeles CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love the design of this product. I am a fan of Manfrotto gear - this ball head however takes the cake in terms of form and functionality. Defn sturdier than the earliest ball head models. Smooth panning action. Goes very well with a carbon fiber tripod.

 
5.0

So far, it has filled the bill I wanted.

By

from Radford Virginia  -  Photo Enthusiast

So far, This ball Head has lived up to all the reviews that I read before I bought it.No complaints from me.Very smooth in all it's motions.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Manfrotto MH:054MO-Q2 054

By

from Salt lake city,Ut  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use it for landscapes/portraits but do not like the plastic release trigger. It will probable eventually break and I'll have to replace it. I don't think in the descriptions ever said anything about the trigger being plastic. hmm

 
5.0

One of the Best Ever

By

from Dallas  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I had Manfrotos Geared head and although it was very enjoyable it was bulky and difficult to work with and travel with. I was looking for a lightweight, fairly compact, strong, easy to use, and precise replacement. This is it. Very precise mechanism able to adjust the direction of knobs so they don't get in the way. The actual mechanics are extremely strong and without abrasive movements only smooth easy adjustments. I would absolutely recommend this product all the others I tried were nowhere near as precise and much jerkier in movements. Again I highly recommend this product.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Smokin" Smoke

By

from Big Sky Country  -  Photo Enthusiast

The instruction sheet could be a little more specific. The drag knob works with no drift or droop with larger lenses.

 
5.0

Manfrotto 054 Mag Ball Head

By

from Chicago, IL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Easy to use, very well designed.

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Questions about this item:

Shopper  Will this ball head mate up and work on a Manfrotto 680B monopod? Are the two units compatible? Thanks,
Whelan L  Again, you can check specification of Manfrotto 680B monopod. it says Male Thread Size 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16. It should work.
Shopper  Is this ball head compatible with the Manfrotto 458B Neotec Pro Photo Tripod? Will these two units fit and work together? Thanks,
RONALD K  I can't really answer as I have attached the head to a Manfrotto 190XPRO3 tripod and it works fine. Very nice adjustments and easy to use head.
Shopper  is this head suitable for panoramic photography?
CLARE A  This is a very smooth ball head...it will also depend on how much you put on the tension adjustor and the quality of your tripod! Hope that helps.
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