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Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg)

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Product Highlights
  • RC0 Quick Release System
  • Replaces #3039

The Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head is a finely machined head, designed for greater positioning precision with smooth, certain action. It features three built-in bubble levels for horizontal and vertical control, and the oversized handles have calibrated degree indicators viewed from the operator's position for all axes. This rock-steady head locks easily and securely.

All pan heads fit any Bogen tripod, or any tripod with 3/8" thread. Pan heads screw right on and can also be locked in with the three locking screws in the center post platform of the tripod base.

Replaces part number 3039.

The quick release plate has a safety lock, making it ideal for heavy cameras and long lenses.
Head Type 3-Way pan/tilt
Maximum Camera Supported Large format (4x5)
Load Capacity 26.5 lbs (12kg)
Height 6.3" (16cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes (in both axes)
Tension Control No
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 4.25 lbs (2kg)
Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg)
  • 030-14 Hexagonal Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3-Years after Registering Online or by Mail
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    Manfrotto229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg)
     
    4.8

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (19)
    • Strong clamp (18)
    • Attaches firmly (17)
    • Large range of motion (16)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (12)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (16)
    • Portraits (15)
    • Night shots (12)
    • Wildlife (8)
    • Video (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (13), Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (21)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great all around head

    I've shot pro video and stills for 30 years and this is the head I'm using on 90% of my work now. With the price of so called "pro" equipment...Read complete review

    I've shot pro video and stills for 30 years and this is the head I'm using on 90% of my work now. With the price of so called "pro" equipment the way it is, I would expect to pay double the amount for this quality. I mounted it on my old 3046 tripod thats been in the corner for 10 years and it is now my main tripod for my Nikon D300 and DX2.

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    over due for upgrades

    Have owned this head for three years or so. Had another one in 1999.

    The handles are uncomfortable cheap junk made to meet a price point. I replaced mine with one...Read complete review

    Have owned this head for three years or so. Had another one in 1999.

    The handles are uncomfortable cheap junk made to meet a price point. I replaced mine with one and three quarter inch billiard balls. Just right. I don't recommend regulation size. Tried those for a while but eventually removed them. The handles were too long.

    One reviewer complains of a sticky, or tight, gear. Do not use oil, or expect it to wear in. Oil will cause further tightening and scoring. I had to partially disassemble mine and remove the scoring. So what to do? Obtain a 13mm thin wall socket wrench. Remove the plastic cap in front of the unit, and adjust the now visible nut.

    For crying out loud, MANFROTTO, where is the quality control?!?

    It is needlessly heavy.

    I like it for two reasons: good clamping holds well, and the more I use Manfrotto's RCzero q/r system the more I appreciate it. SNAP!

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    5.0

    best tripod head ever!

    By Hindi baba

    from Istanbul, TR

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Heavy

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Architecture
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Object
    • Product

    Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

    I have used nearly all kinds of tripod heads from ball heads to geared heads. If you have a medium-format camera and want to have non-blurred images due to the tripod being light and hard to use, this head is for you.

    I keep my light weight sirui ball head just incase I need to travel by myself..

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    5.0

    An excellent head

    By Slc photographer

    from Salt Lake City, Utah

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Portraits

    Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

    I bought this tripod head for my 8x10 camera. It is sturdy and easy to adjust. I love it!

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    5.0

    Gear Purchase

    By jwarpix

    from San Francisco

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits
      • Travel

      Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

      Easy transaction, the right gear at the right time.

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      5.0

      Excellent product, but a bit heavy

      By IGER

      from SFSU campus, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Video
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

      Excellent product, solid,very well built. has angle graduation on all three axis's, makes it easier to do large pans, less guess work. very easy camera on and off. but it is heavy, which can be a plus in camera stability.

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      5.0

      Perfect !

      By Tom

      from Southcentral WI

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Portraits
        • Video
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

        I've had trouble keeping my Nikon D7000 with 70-300 lens steady on my old school tripod. Upgraded to a Manfrotto 055 series tripod and topped it off with The 229 Super Pro head, problem solved! I can't say a bad thing about this product, even adjusts all the way to shoot vertical which my old head wouldn't do.

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        5.0

        Great Product

        By Bill From The Hill

        from Corinth Vt.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

        I believe in over-kill where load ratings are concerned. That said, the Pro 229 easily handles my T3i, 2x 111 extender & 70-200L.

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        5.0

        awesome product

        By Lily

        from El Paso, Tx

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

          My old Pro head was about to give out on me.
          it's a perfect fit on my Foba camera stand.
          A great durable product.

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          5.0

          Great Head for Heavy Rigs

          By Aaron

          from Vancouver, BC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro
          • Night Shots
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

          I find this to be a great tripod head for use with my heavy macro setups. The movement is smooth in all directions and locks solidly with a simple twist of the handle. The head is heavy but is to be expected since it is designed for heavy setups.

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          5.0

          Great support

          By Shakti

          from Charlotte, NC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

            The only thing I had to get used to was the large handles but I will say that the 229 Super Pro Head does a beautiful job.

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            3.0

            over due for upgrades

            By Joseph from the U.S.A.

            from Philippines

            Pros

            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

              Have owned this head for three years or so. Had another one in 1999.

              The handles are uncomfortable cheap junk made to meet a price point. I replaced mine with one and three quarter inch billiard balls. Just right. I don't recommend regulation size. Tried those for a while but eventually removed them. The handles were too long.

              One reviewer complains of a sticky, or tight, gear. Do not use oil, or expect it to wear in. Oil will cause further tightening and scoring. I had to partially disassemble mine and remove the scoring. So what to do? Obtain a 13mm thin wall socket wrench. Remove the plastic cap in front of the unit, and adjust the now visible nut.

              For crying out loud, MANFROTTO, where is the quality control?!?

              It is needlessly heavy.

              I like it for two reasons: good clamping holds well, and the more I use Manfrotto's RCzero q/r system the more I appreciate it. SNAP!

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              5.0

              Great for large format

              By OreN

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

                Very stable and solid. Have one (3039 model) for almost 7 years, now need to replace it...

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                5.0

                Excellent Tripod Head

                By Trip

                from Oak Ridge, TN

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

                  If the head is overly tight, use the adjustment nuts under each control handle. Note: they aren't shown on the instructions. Once adjusted this head is far better than the one it replaced.

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                  5.0

                  seriously super pro

                  By katy bea

                  from miami, fl

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

                    this head is made for control freaks and is heavy enough to stabilize the lightest tripod.

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                    3.0

                    Handles in Awkward Places

                    By kyle g.

                    from Nashville, TN

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion

                    Cons

                    • Awkward
                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Video

                    Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

                    its easy to adjust and holds well, but the position of the longer handle is awkward if you shoot a lot of vertical shots in studio. basically, the knob hits right at throat level. this wouldnt be a problem if you could swap it out for a shorter one but those two aren't interchnageable

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                    5.0

                    Good Quality

                    By Nathalie Z.

                    from Jersey City, NJ

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

                      Great product.

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                      5.0

                      Absolutely Brilliant

                      By Ads

                      from Newcastle NSW Australia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots

                      Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

                      Definately not the lightest piece of equipment in the kit, but well worth it for the quality. Very easy to make minor adjustments with comfortable grips. Grouped with Manfrotto 190XPROB base makes for a very nice tripod. Biggest benefit for me was confidence in this setup to hold a reasonable weight in almost any position, even when in some comprimising spots shooting landscapes.

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                      3.0

                      pretty good

                      By Summer the drummer

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots

                        Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

                        I use this head with my gitzo carbon fiber legs to support my 4x5 monorail camera. It is a strong tripod head, the grips on the handles are a good shape. Brand new, one gear was tighter than the rest of them, making it more difficult to make fine adjustments. This is frustrating and I am hoping that with more use, the tight gear will get more lubricated/looser.

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                        5.0

                        Love This Head

                        By Joshua

                        from Schaumburg, IL

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

                        This is probably the best, professional tripod head I have ever used. It effortlessly holds my DSLR and each handle turns and tightens very easily. The bubble levels are great to make sure you have a level camera, especially for someone who struggles with a getting a level horizon. I have used other, less expensive heads, and have been dissappointed with them all. Either they are too hard to move or not strong enough to hold my camera. The 229 Super Pro Head from Manfrotto blows them all away.

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                        5.0

                        I would buy tiis prodict again and again

                        By JASPER

                        from SYLVANIA OHIO

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Night Shots
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

                          Serious hobby with good equipment. Shots mostly from tripod.

                          Digital photography with heavy equipment. Secure camera mounting. Fast flip from landscpe to portrate. Able to level camera without leveling the tripod in most cases. (only pan shots requrie tripod leveling)

                          Handles could be better positioned for shooting up at angles above 25 degrees

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                          5.0

                          You can't go wrong

                          By Parly

                          from New Orleans, Louisiana

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

                            with this head. A little pricey perhaps, but this is just what I was looking for.

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