Manfrotto 057 with Q5 Quick Release (Smoke) is the best ball head, dedicated to 057 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 a perfect weight balance for heavy equipment and long lenses.
Reviewed by 3 customers
Best EVER !!!
I use this ball head on my 057 tripod. The two are made for each other, and I use mine to provide support for all of my cameras--digital, 35mm and medium format. when I want to shoot a flower photo down low, a few adjustments, and I'm there. when shooting a bridal portrait outside or inside, or when shooting group photos of the wedding party, I have all the stability and utility I need. The ergonomics of the knobs and levers is very smooth and intuitive.
I struggled between purchasing this or the RRS 55. I don't generally purchase something new to the market. I like to normally wait and let the bugs get worked out and to also see what the consumer response is but since I really needed a head I was forced to make a decision based on specs. This was an upgrade from the 488. Night and day. Yes it is much bigger but I can't say that it's any heavier, at least as far as toting around. The control is so much nicer and more stable. I never really felt comfortable with the 488. It always made me a little nervous. This head is rock solid. The only complaint I have is now I think I need to upgrade my legs....