The Manfrotto MH057A5 Virtual Reality and Pan Head permits the photographer to take sequential constant-angle shots around a single axis with their camera either in portrait or landscape position and with the nodal point of the camera/lens in line with the centre of panoramic rotation to ensure that parallax effects do not cause problems during image stitching. It is built around (and includes) the 300N panoramic unit, adding a system of sliding horizontal and vertical plates for accurate positioning of the camera nodal point.
The plates have engraved index rules to make subsequent repositioning easier. The included quick release elbow bracket lets the photographer use the portrait orientation of the camera gaining vertical field. The system is suitable for most 35 mm SLR still and digital stills cameras using wide-angle or standard lenses.
Reviewed by 2 customers
Construction is sturdy. It is heavy ( as are all good pano heads) The short version is absolutly no fit for an 5DMK3 with a 16-35 IS USM II mounted. Plates fall short of a couple of millimeters to get to the exact nodal point. I homemade an extension plate but ended up buying a RRS full pano & Gimball head. The way you get your nodal point is not really accurate due to the way the camera is mounted using an L plate. Turning the lens down ( other pano brands)on the center of the tripod is to me a much precise method for precise work. A Nodal ninja is more than enough money if you do not plan on printing huge panos. If your goal is only making panos for screen showing, no need to spend extra. 300 bucks heads do fine.Really. I print over 40" panos : conclusion is this head is not suited for my purpose, but on the other hand it is to expensive for lesser purpose.
I will be using this product for panos and for regular shooting.There is nothing really wrong with the product as setup is easy,setting your spacing is great. Finding Nodal point was a little challangeing, but managed to get it. The only thing I would like to see included in this product would be a Bracket for tilting up & down at no extra cost. As the unit is a little pricy.