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Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg)

B&H # MA460MG MFR # 460MG
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Product Highlights
  • Three Separate Axes of Movement
  • Replaces #3437

Designed for use with 35mm SLRs and medium format cameras, the Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head is cast from lightweight magnesium, and can be positioned in virtually any position to get the exact framing of the image. The lock-system, using spring-loaded conical joints, allows greater flexibility than any other 3D head - whether mounted on a tripod center column or lateral arm. It offers three separate axes of movement: panoramic rotation, front-back tilt and side tilt. The rubber grip knobs provide finger tip control, and keep its dimensions confined to a compact size.

Replaces old item code #3437.

Lightweight magnesium is used for die-cast parts. Despite its lower weight, magnesium is more rigid than aluminum, and has the same strength per volume.
Provides -30°/+180° front tilt, -180°/+30° lateral tilt, and 360° panoramic rotation.
Head Type 3-Way pan/tilt
Maximum Camera Supported Lightweight 35mm applications
Load Capacity 6.6 lbs (3kg)
Height 4.1" (10.5cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 15.5 oz (430g)
Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg)
  • RC2 Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3-Years after Registering Online or by Mail
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    Manfrotto460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg)
     
    4.7

    (based on 67 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (50)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Solid/sturdy (54)
    • Improves tripod function (52)
    • Fits well (49)
    • Easy to use (43)
    • Lightweight (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (40)
      • Portraits (37)
      • Night shots (33)
      • Travel (27)
      • Home (18)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (26), Semi-pro photographer (23), Pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (4), Enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (38)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Could'nt Be Easier

      I have Parkinsons so Photogaphy is not easy for me.
      BUT with the 460MG magnesium head it puts the fun back in to photography for me.
      There are just 3 nobs to...Read complete review

      I have Parkinsons so Photogaphy is not easy for me.
      BUT with the 460MG magnesium head it puts the fun back in to photography for me.
      There are just 3 nobs to work, they are small but very effective & w/no ball head I do not need to worry about trying to change one setting & having something else change on me.
      I would recomend this item to anyone.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Solidly Constructed but ...

      ... it doesn't meet my expectation. For beginners this head is probably fine, but if you want better control, I suggest stick with the old fashioned 3-way pan head or get...Read complete review

      ... it doesn't meet my expectation. For beginners this head is probably fine, but if you want better control, I suggest stick with the old fashioned 3-way pan head or get a ball head. This head does not even have a safety lock when positioning the camera vertically or tilting forward/back. You may seriously damage the camera or your lense if you forget to tighten the knobs then just let go of the camera. The knobs are not smooth to operate.

      Bottom line, I ended up returning the 460MG and replaced with the much much better Manfrotto 410 Geared-head (well worth the price and I am very very happy)

      Reviewed by 67 customers

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      5.0

      Ultimate flexibility

      By BMcK

      from NYC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well
      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Most Adaptable
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Low Shots
        • Video

        Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

        I like extreme low-angle shots when appropriate and am getting too old to crawl around getting the fram -- this head on a monopod and the camera can be inverted completely to shoot at ground level.

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        5.0

        7 Years Using this Head

        By Dan

        from Nevada City, Ca

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Improves Tripod Function
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Travel

          Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

          There are lots of nice reviews for this head so I'll say something new. Unlike a ball head and probably other pan heads, this head is offset. This places the center of balance not at the camera plate screw but AT THE PLACE WHERE THE LENS CONTACTS THE CAMERA. That means that when I put my 70-200 lens on my Canon 5D, IT NEARLY BALANCES! No need for a lens collar. Put a little 50mm on my Rebel IT NEARLY BALANCES! And I get zero vibration. You wont believe how nice this is till you try it. I would like to try a ball head for speed of setup but a one pound ball head with the stability of this Manfrotto costs $. I repeat: this head is so stable because of its forward balance. I have no idea why they state this head supports only 6.6 lbs. This thing is solid! Plus after 5 years with this head here is something I just learned to save time. Set your camera in and snap the quick release shut. Then loosen both upper knobs. Now the camera pivots in all directions just like on a ball head. So finding your composition is equally fast. With a ball head you then tighten one knob. With this head you tighten 2 which is fast and easy. Its so easy now. For you particular shooters you can still use it like a pan head and set your horizontal axis first, then your vertical. I don't anymore. I doubt I'm really going to get that $ ball head. One con: big hands might not access the vertical axis knob as well as small hands. Also, not mentioned in the Pros column: pan heads such as this are traditionally PERFECT for architectural when you would set your horizon to level first. Also, order the Architectural camera plate because it doesn't swivel on you when you set the camera in a vertical aspect.

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          4.0

          Sturdy product

          By Gman

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

            Lives up to reputation as dependable and reliable. Great product.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Fullfeed my needs

            By Michael O

            from Qc Canada

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fits Well
            • Improves Tripod Function
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Video
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

            I do mostly photos but I began to make some movies. Using a standard ball head for this purpose gave me poor results. I need a head where I can move the camera on one axe only. This head permits this. I do not want standard handles and want to save space. This head provide this.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good for price, but not as good as 410.

            By Pro Photographer

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Improves Tripod Function

            Cons

            • Loose Clamp
            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

            Get the 410 instead. It's worth the extra money.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Features without weight

            By Way2Close

            from Kohler, WI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Tripod Function
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Travel

              Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

              I was so thrilled to see this lightweight replacement for my wonderful-but-heavy geared head. I still have control of all three axes separately, which I find indispensible for my work, especially macro shots. Once you're used to being able to tweak each dimension, a ball head with it's propensity to move in all directions at once is not an option (believe me I've tried!). So even though this doesn't have screw-thread adjustment, a small learning curve was all that was needed to attain the same functionality.

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              5.0

              Low Profile

              By Colorblind

              from Tennessee

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

                I use this lightweight head for hiking into remote locations to get long exposure shots. I chose this head for its close knit knobs that don't protrude while it's attached to my tripod and backpack. I'm not a ballhead fan, so this reasonably priced head fit the bill. It's used with a D7000 w/grip, so quite a bit of weight with no problems of sagging in portrait or downward position. The panning is nice and smooth and the dual lock keeps you from accidentally unlocking the plate assy. B & H is the place for quality products and customer service !!

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                5.0

                Rock solid, slick, and positive

                By Wilkey

                from Virginia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fits Well
                • Improves Tripod Function
                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

                  I've never been a ball-head kind of shooter due to the kind of work I do and so when I bought this unit to go with my new Manfrotto 055CXPro3, I had high hopes based on extensive reviews and research.I have to say I haven't been disappointed. The compact arrangements of the knobs is just fantastic and the movement in pan is very smooth. This head is an exceptional unit for price and a fantastic unit overall. The feel is solid and substantial. I'm very happy.

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Could'nt Be Easier

                  By Namleatherneck

                  from Washington state

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Ease of use
                  • Easly fits to tripod
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits Well
                  • Improves Tripod Function
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Mountain scenery
                    • Portraits
                    • Shots of grandchildren
                    • Taking bird photo's
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

                    I have Parkinsons so Photogaphy is not easy for me.
                    BUT with the 460MG magnesium head it puts the fun back in to photography for me.
                    There are just 3 nobs to work, they are small but very effective & w/no ball head I do not need to worry about trying to change one setting & having something else change on me.
                    I would recomend this item to anyone.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    lightweight & stable

                    By MJBurman

                    from Los Angeles, CA.

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Improves Tripod Function
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

                      Perfect size for my Canon 60-D. Non-slip 3 way head that is not cumbersome and easy to use.

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                      5.0

                      Great for Travel! Super lightweight!

                      By cchesmark

                      from Houston, TX

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

                        Love it! Easy to use, small and lightweight.

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                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Mostly good with a few quirks

                        By Martin_G

                        from Boise, Idaho

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Improves Tripod Function
                        • Solid/Sturdy

                        Cons

                        • Some inconveniences

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

                        Three way vs ballhead is a personal preference of course. As three-ways go this has nice capability for its weight and nice compactness for its ability. Under most circumstances it adjusts smoothly and is steady. It can work with my Nikon D90 with 55-300mm at 300mm with hardly any droop.
                        It is not all smooth sailing. The azimuth ring seems to contract in sub-zero (Fahrenheit) weather, making it tight and balky to adjust there. In its normal configuration the altitude pivot is forward of the tripod socket. The good news is that helps decrease the imbalance of some front heavy telephotos. However, it limits upward altitude adjustment to about 30 degrees. If your subject is up in a tree you can solve this by reversing the quick-release plate, mounting the camera so that the pivot is in back of the tripod socket. Pointing the camera upwards should diminish the imbalance, but with the camera attached this way then if you point it at the horizon it is now extra front heavy until you un-reverse the plate.

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                        5.0

                        Great head...

                        By Dax

                        from Portland, Oregon

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fits Well
                        • Improves Tripod Function
                        • Solid/Sturdy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

                          This is a great head. Very stable. Very easy and smooth to use. Very compact. And the knobs are large enough I have no problems with adjustments.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          great value

                          By Tyke64

                          from Hackensack, NJ

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fits Well
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

                              I use this at work for ease of adjustment when I take pictures of indurstrial Equipment. it is compact and easy to adjust. I have found no drawbacks as of yet.

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                              • No

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                              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              2.0

                              Solidly Constructed but ...

                              By D' Lenz

                              from San Diego, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Solid/Sturdy

                              Cons

                              • No Safety Lock
                              • Poor Design

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

                                ... it doesn't meet my expectation. For beginners this head is probably fine, but if you want better control, I suggest stick with the old fashioned 3-way pan head or get a ball head. This head does not even have a safety lock when positioning the camera vertically or tilting forward/back. You may seriously damage the camera or your lense if you forget to tighten the knobs then just let go of the camera. The knobs are not smooth to operate.

                                Bottom line, I ended up returning the 460MG and replaced with the much much better Manfrotto 410 Geared-head (well worth the price and I am very very happy)

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                'Good but difficult'

                                By Jeff

                                from Lakeview, Or

                                About Me Photography Student

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Improves Tripod Function
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

                                    I like this head for it's weight and streamlined profile. One has to be aware of ultimate camera positioning before attaching as camera body can obstruct full axis motion.
                                    At first I felt the strength/weight of each axis control was a bit too weak but as I've continued to use the head I'm becoming more comfortable and efficient at adjusting.

                                    Great control for ultra-light head.

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                                    5.0

                                    Worth the bucks

                                    By Big Sky

                                    from Billings MT

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Fits Well
                                    • Improves Tripod Function
                                    • Solid/Sturdy

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Shots
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

                                      I finally have a tripod head that does what I want it to. My previous (cheap) heads were incredibly frustrating and difficult to use. I haven't had the opportunity to use it all that much but love it, love the sturdy feel.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      460MG 3D Magnesium Head

                                      By Bob

                                      from King of Prussia, Pa

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Fits Well
                                      • Improves Tripod Function
                                      • Solid/Sturdy

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home
                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Night Shots
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

                                        Light weight very easy to use. Used for landscape and studio photography. Handles my Nikon D300 just fine

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                                        5.0

                                        Excellent Lightweight and Lines Up Right

                                        By Allen

                                        from Hong Kong

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Fits Well
                                        • Solid/Sturdy

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home
                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

                                          I bought this on a the advice of a friend and I am not disappointed. It seems to be the lightest of the light and I am less than 2 lbs on top of it. The quick release works great, but the the thing that is the best about it is if it really matters that you get items in the frame to line up just right, micro adjustments to that end are easier than if you use a ball head.

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                                          5.0

                                          Compact and lightweight head

                                          By Nuff

                                          from Sydney, AU

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Fits Well
                                          • Improves Tripod Function
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Solid/Sturdy

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Home
                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Night Shots
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Travel

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head with RC2 Quick Release - Supports 6.6 lbs (3kg):

                                            I love this head. Easy to use, lightweight, small and holds my DSLR with my primes without any issues. Not a single complaint.

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