Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release, Up to 26.5 lbs Load Capacity


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About Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head

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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Attaches firmly (3),Stable (3),Strong clamp (3)

Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head Features

  • Perfect companion for Manfrotto 055 carbon-fiber tripods
  • Innovative RC5 quick-release system is ideal for heavy equipment and cameras with long lenses
  • Portrait angle selector (90-100deg.) for finer control over positioning
  • Three spirit levels for precise leveling in both portrait & landscape orientations
  • Constructed of lightweight magnesium (weighs 2.2 lb)
  • Patent-pending design

Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head Specifications

Load Capacity
26.5 lb (12 kg)
Quick Release
Yes, Q5 system
Camera Mount Plate
501PL sliding quick-release plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 screws
Spirit Level
Yes, 2
Tension Control
Separate Panning Lock
Tripod Mount Thread Size
Tilt Range
-100Deg. to +40Deg. lateral tilt
Pan Range
5.3" (13.5 cm)
2.2 lb (1 kg)

Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head Reviews

Reviewed by 3 customers


good ball head


from Sylvester, GA  -  Photography Student

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.


Along with Manfrotto 055CXPROB


from Miami, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


Great Ball Head


from Clearwater, FL  -  Pro Photographer

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.


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Shopper  what is the difference between Q5 quick release and RC4?
CARSON W  The RC4 has a lever mechanism to hold the camera plate, while on the Q5, the plate slides in and is held in with a screw and plate mechanism. I find the sliding plate gives more control and holds more securely but it's really a matter of reference.
Myo Min T  Is it usable with 190XProB tripod?
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