The Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release is a sturdy, professional ball head with separate controls for tilt, pan and friction that enable precise positioning. With a 26.5 lb load capacity and a sliding camera plate with 3/8"-16 & 1/4"-20 screws, the durable head is suitable for just about any camera. The 055 head's lateral tilt ranges from -100Deg. to +40Deg. and pan is a full 360Deg.
With the head's independent pan lock, its state-of-the-art materials & technology that enable smooth movements, plus the degree markers around the base, the 055 is well-suited for precise panoramic photography. The head's quick-release mechanism is the innovative Q5 system, which offers excellent ergonomics & speed as well as light weight. The 055 head includes a 501PL sliding plate that enables precise weight balance for cameras with long lenses and other heavy equipment. The plate has a location pin, making it suitable for video cameras.
Reviewed by 3 customers
I have only used this ball head once and am still trying to learn the controls on it, but when I do it right, the camera stays put and works well.
It's very sturdy and to me it's an investment for future cameras and even video cameras. It has a large base as it's release head in comparison to the 498RC2. It's very sturdy even when holding a D700 along with a 70-200mm VRII at every angle including a Nikon flash (eg: SB-600). Where stillness is a must along with maintaining a certain level for long exposures especially landscapes in low light.
Received this ball head a couple of days ago and on first glance almost sent it back. However I got a chance to use it tonight and I love it. The friction is easily controlled and the motion is extremely smooth. Once locked in place it stays put. Moves into portrait mode with the same ease. I am extremely happy with this product.