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Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg)

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Designed especially for 35mm and medium format camera shooters who need both speed & precision, the Manfrotto 405 is a great three-way head with bubble levels easily seen in two axes no matter the orientation of the camera. Meaty rubberised knobs can either completely disengage the gear mechanism for a quick rough estimate of position or offer the finest exacting placement for even a macro shot. Cranks allow 360 degrees pans and +90 to -30 degrees of frontal or lateral tilt.

Maximum Camera Supported All medium format systems
Load Capacity 16.5 lb (7.5 kg)
Height 6.3" (16.0 cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control No
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 3.53 lb (1.6 kg)
Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg)
  • 3271 (RC4) Quick Release Plate
  • 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Camera Screws
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3-Years after Registering Online or by Mail
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    Manfrotto405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg)
     
    4.7

    (based on 64 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (54)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (2)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (39)
    • Attaches firmly (32)
    • Large range of motion (31)
    • Strong clamp (28)
    • Easy to set up (6)

    Cons

    • Heavy (18)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (31)
    • Portraits (15)
    • Night shots (14)
    • Stabilization (12)
    • Long exposures (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (17), Photo enthusiast (15), Semi-pro photographer (12), Power user (6), Enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (45)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great for heavy cameras/lenses

    This is a fantastic camera head. I've owned one for 3 years and use it with a large MF film camera (Fuji GX-680III) with heavy glass. If it can handle that,...Read complete review

    This is a fantastic camera head. I've owned one for 3 years and use it with a large MF film camera (Fuji GX-680III) with heavy glass. If it can handle that, it can handle anything in the 35mm/telephoto range. All actions are smooth and easy to access. The large knobs are rubberized and easy to grip. The knobs each have an outer collar that serves as the axis "quick release" for gross adjustment, and an inner knob for fine adjustment. I've never had a problem with drift or uncontrolled camera movement with this head. With heavy cameras, it's important to always have 100% positive control. This head provides that. Even when using the "release" collars, control is instantly restored as these collars are spring loaded and return to a locked position when your hand is removed.

    It is important, however, to keep the load somewhat balanced. If you change the lens, for example, you may need to change the camera/lens mount point to reestablish a reasonable balance. Gross imbalance makes the movements a little less smooth than desired. A balanced load not only keeps the gear movements smooth, it also reduces vibration and protects your equipment from tip-over accidents!

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    Great Head / Terrible Support.

    I adore this head and have used it avidly for years. Recently it broke and I had the worst time with Manfrotto to get it replaced. It was a 4 month, drawn out...Read complete review

    I adore this head and have used it avidly for years. Recently it broke and I had the worst time with Manfrotto to get it replaced. It was a 4 month, drawn out process. I detailed more about it on my blog .... but it's safe to say... I would be cautious about purchasing from Manfrotto if after-sales support is something you may need.

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    4.0

    Best head ever.

    By Isaac

    from El paso

    Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

    I am a big fan of the manfrotto brand. I trust them for quality long lasting products. I am sorry I waited so long to purchase this product. It was honestly a $$ issue. But now I see I was ignorant and naïve in my thinking. This head has already helped me save time in my workflow. As a studio catalog and product photographer this has helped me get perfect level, pitch and yaw. The gearing helps for a super smooth and precise adjustment. This is a must have for product shooters , macro fans or landscape/architectural photography. I decided to go with the larger more expensive unit in case I upgrade camera formats. . I have nothin but praise for this tripod head. It is heavy duty, well engendered. And is a pleasure to shoot with. I am only giving 4 stars because it was expensive. But like all things in life. You get what you pay for.

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    4.0

    Perfect

    By Gene H.

    from Columbia, SC

    About Me Power User

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      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

          Perfect control for our high-end camera.

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          5.0

          Big, Bold With Great Control

          By Stparrot

          from Calgary, Canada

          About Me Power User

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          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • STUDIO

            Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

            This is one big head, with the mass to match. It can do sweeping adjustments with a slight twist or fine movement with the dials.Best for fixed photography (anywhere where you are not moving the head and tripod around a lot). You will not be attaching this head to your small footprint travel tripod, larger pro grade tripods are best.The control you have over camera angles is fantastic. With a three axis design you can do sweeping moves with a twist of each axis or fine movement using each axis dial. And the best thing is once adjusted, it stays there - no floating or wandering, that camera is fixed where you left it!The RC4 quick release platform makes for a large plate which can be awkward to use until you get the hang of the mechanism. But it is also strong and solid!

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            1.0

            Great Head / Terrible Support.

            By photoGrant

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Power User

            Verified Reviewer

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                  I adore this head and have used it avidly for years. Recently it broke and I had the worst time with Manfrotto to get it replaced. It was a 4 month, drawn out process. I detailed more about it on my blog .... but it's safe to say... I would be cautious about purchasing from Manfrotto if after-sales support is something you may need.

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                  5.0

                  One Of The Best Options Available

                  By Bob

                  from Cleveland, OH

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Intuitive Use
                  • Precise

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Architectural
                  • Interiors

                  Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                  This is my second 405 and I can't imagine working without it. I shoot a lot of interiors and the precision of the 405 just makes my setup so much easier.

                  It's heavy as heck, but the speed, ease of use, durability and precision more than offset that.

                  If you've not worked with a geared head before, consider it. If you have, then consider this awesome product.

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                  5.0

                  AWESOME!!

                  By Cezär Motta

                  from Florianópolis, SC - Brazil

                  About Me Power User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                      I use mainly for advertising, commercial and fashion productions.

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                      5.0

                      best affordable gear head

                      By Ronnie

                      from Pasadena, CA

                      About Me Power User

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Energy Efficient
                      • Great Picture

                      Cons

                      • For Very Specific Use
                      • Not For Beginners

                      Best Uses

                      • Architecture
                      • Product
                      • Still Life

                      Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                      if you like architecture and product/still life, and you are spending a lot of time on each shot that you take, this is the perfect tripod head for you. Yes, the price tag is bit high, but trust me for what you get, it really justify the price. The only disappointment is for a delicate head like this, it doesnt come with a carrying case or porch.

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                      5.0

                      Making fine adjustments very easy

                      By Vickie

                      from Australia

                      About Me Power User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Strong And Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                          Making small framing adjustments with this geared head is very simple.

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                          5.0

                          Nice Product from Manfrotto.

                          By Norm

                          from Schertz, Texas

                          About Me Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Easy To Set Up

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                              Great for studio photography. Easy adjustment mechanism, I like the coarse and fine adjustment knobs, its ergonomic and its not protruding that can easily catch on anything. I cannot ask for more, its a great product!

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                              5.0

                              My favorite new tool.

                              By SLOhappy

                              from San Luis Obispo, California

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easily Adjusted
                              • Smooth Movement

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Architectural
                                • Interiors
                                • In The Studio
                                • Macro

                                Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                                There are many situations where this head has proven to be the perfect tool. So far I have used it in the studio for table top set-ups, architectural exteriors and interiors. It is especially nice when working in tight spaces. It is also great with handling minute adjustments for macro work. There are many good things I could say about this product. Without a doubt I am very happy with this purchase.

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                                5.0

                                Great Tripod-Head

                                By Francesco

                                from Los Angeles

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easily Adjusted
                                • Good Footing
                                • Lightweight
                                • Locks In Tight
                                • Smooth Movement

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Architectural
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Product
                                  • Still life

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                                  Love the versatility of this head and quick adjestment. I work with an Hasselblad and doing product, still life. It is very precise when framing.

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                                  5.0

                                  Worth the Price

                                  By Ninkasi

                                  from Oregon

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easily Adjusted
                                  • Locks In Tight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Macro

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                                    This thing is rock solid. I did quite a bit of research looking for a head that could be used for macro work as well as have other applications. The price was what kept me looking for other alternatives. I am very glad that I decided to fork out the extra money and get this one. Worth every penny. This geared head is easy to use and is very smooth to operate.

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                                    5.0

                                    Best Architectural Head Ever!

                                    By RD

                                    from Weatherford, Texas

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easily Adjusted
                                    • Locks In Tight
                                    • Smooth Movement

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Architectural
                                      • Landscape/Scenery

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                                      I own several different types of tripod heads (geared and ballheads). Even though the 405 Pro is not the most compact or lightweight head, it is incredibly easy to accurately fine tune levels. It operates very smoothly. I love the short handles, as they do not catch on things like the longer handles. Even though it is about the same size and weight as the older Manfrotto 808RC4, this head is in a class all by itself. IMO it is an OUTSTANDING head - especially for architectural photography where leveling is super critical. Worth every penny!!

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                                      5.0

                                      A must for still-life

                                      By Brooklynphoto

                                      from Brooklyn NY

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easily Adjusted
                                      • Good Footing
                                      • Locks In Tight
                                      • Smooth Movement

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home
                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Outdoors
                                        • Still-life

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                                        I use this head on my FOBA stand and tripod. For medium format or DSLR cameras it's a killer combination in any studio. So good I bought a second.

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                                        5.0

                                        Best geared head for mere mortals

                                        By Barry

                                        from Columbus, MS

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Firmly
                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Large Range of Motion
                                        • Strong Clamp

                                        Cons

                                        • Heavy

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Night Shots
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                                        This head is a bit heavy, but I negate that somewhat by supporting it with the excellent Gitzo GT5530S carbon fiber tripod. This head handles my Mamiya RZ67 and also my Fuji GX680 with equal ease. The best thing about this head is that the camera position is always locked in position and never at risk of tipping. This is important for heavy cameras and lenses. Each of the 3 axes has a fine, geared adjustment, as well as a rapid, gross adjustment. I've had many MF camera heads over the years. The 405 is, by far, the best.

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                                        5.0

                                        Love it

                                        By Cynbad

                                        from Australia

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate Geared Action
                                        • Attaches Firmly
                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Large Range of Motion
                                        • Strong Clamp

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Studio Objects

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                                          Use in Studio on Studio stand
                                          Loved it the first second I touched it. Quite substantial but could still easily be used on a larger tripod like a 475.
                                          Its not dinky like the 410 Junior which I have trouble getting my fingers jammed between knobs and body parts.
                                          The 405 is smooth, accurate (multiple spirit levels and a joy to use...Worth every cent.

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                                          5.0

                                          Precise for macro/ product/landscape

                                          By Speedy

                                          from Columbia, MD

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attaches Firmly
                                          • Easy to control
                                          • Great stability
                                          • Large Range of Motion
                                          • Strong Clamp
                                          • Supports Lots Of Weight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Macro
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Product
                                            • Still life

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                                            This head was intended to replace my Manfrotto 255 geared head which I used for all of my macro/super macro images. The D800 with the RRS focusing rails, and light system produced a slightly unstable base. The 405 not only handles all of the weight of my camera + accessories but its own additional weight I believe helps stabilize my shot. (I also hang a bag on the tripod post). The continuous release option handles easily, and takes it out of geared mode, it is easy and allows for rapid non-macro/landscape image capture. (I would still recommend a Wimberly type head for live animal/bird photography.) On the down side due to the increased bulk I have to remove it from the tripod when traveling not a big deal. Overall I really found this to be exceptionally well built & worthy of the Manfrotto name.

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                                            5.0

                                            Fantastic piece of equipment!

                                            By The Landlord

                                            from East Lansing, MI

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Attaches Firmly
                                            • Good Stability
                                            • Large Range of Motion
                                            • Strong Clamp

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Home
                                              • Landscape/Scenery

                                              Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                                              This head is not small and requires a substantial tripod on which to mount it for stability. I use this for macro using a Canon 5D Mark III, RRS combo focusing rails, a Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens as well as a Canon 65mm MP-E macro lens. This head can be quick and extremely precise when needed...very durable & worth every penny!

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                                              5.0

                                              Geared Head for the Ages!!!

                                              By gcnphilly

                                              from Philadelphia, PA

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Attaches Firmly
                                              • Good Stability
                                              • Large Range of Motion
                                              • Strong Clamp

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Architecture
                                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                                • Night Shots

                                                Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                                                Purchased the 405 Pro Digital Geared Head primarily for architectural related work. My other standard sized ball head had difficulty holding the weight of bigger lenses. This thing is so solid in its build and also extremely smooth with every function. Whether you use the quick release or the incremental adjustment knobs, the Manfrotto 405 looks and works beautiful. Mind you, this is not a small item. So be mindful if you're looking for some that you can just stroll around with, this might not be it. But if you want sure-fire support when doing architectural or even landscape with a longer, heavier lens, this is the equipment for you. Would buy this 100 times over!!

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                                                5.0

                                                Absolutely Excellent

                                                By Mark H.

                                                from Houston, Texas

                                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Attaches Firmly
                                                • Good Stability
                                                • Large Range of Motion
                                                • Strong Clamp

                                                Cons

                                                • Heavy

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Architectural photography
                                                • Commercial Photography
                                                • Product photography

                                                Comments about Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head (Quick Release) - Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg):

                                                I use the 405 head primarily when photographing architecture and when photographing products. It's an essential tool for ensuring repeatability of precise angles and fine-tuned control for getting the shots right. Things that are great: - It's precise.- It's durable. - It has spirit levels for both horizontal and vertical planes. - It makes a useful personal defense tool when your assignment takes you into a place you probably don't really want to be. Things that are challenging: - It's heavy. - You _might_ have to replace it if you drop down the steps to a cave, but I only say _might_.In sum, it's an awesome head that improves the results I create for my clients.

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