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.
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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 option...View full Review
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.
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Look no further. Build like a tank, smooth as silk, a joy to use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The instruction sheet could be a little more specific. The drag knob works with no drift or droop with larger lenses.
Easy to use, very well designed.