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Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball

You Pay: $47.32
Product Highlights
  • For 3283 Tripod
  • Replaces #3284

The Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball is designed to facilitate quick leveling of a 75mm ball head with the 3283 tripod, and has a 3/8"-16 threaded screw. It can also be used with the Gitzo G-1422 75mm Bowl Interface Adapter to provide an economical and low profile levelling base with any of the Gitzo Series 3 "systematic" tripods(which feature an interchangeable top plate that accepts rapid or geared center columns as well as levelling bases).

Replaces part number 3284.

Weight 0.77 lb (350g)
Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Manfrotto520BALL 75mm Half Ball
     
    4.7

    (based on 35 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Solid/sturdy (30)
    • Easy to use (29)
    • Fits well (28)
    • Improves tripod function (26)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (23)
      • Sports/action (10)
      • Landscape/scenery (8)
      • Weddings (8)
      • Travel (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (17), Semi-pro photographer (10)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (22)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A perfect solution

      It is simple and easy to use. We built our own all terrain slide and wanted to easily move our Manfrotto heads from tripod to slide without having to pull out a screwdriver. A...Read complete review

      It is simple and easy to use. We built our own all terrain slide and wanted to easily move our Manfrotto heads from tripod to slide without having to pull out a screwdriver. A Manfrotto tripod head part was the perfect solution. We secured it to the slide plate, over a hole large enough to insert the half ball. We can quickly move from tripod to all terrain slide in the time it takes to unscrew the handle from the ball. We did have to upgrade all our tripods to 75mm from 60mm. But the convenience was worth the trade up costs.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not As Solid As I'd Like

      This Half Ball is easily tightened or loosened for quick leveling.

      Problem is, it seems to get loose a little TOO easily, and I have found the position of the camera...Read complete review

      This Half Ball is easily tightened or loosened for quick leveling.

      Problem is, it seems to get loose a little TOO easily, and I have found the position of the camera mount changing when I didn't want it to - do to slippage of this half ball.

      Reviewed by 35 customers

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      5.0

      Does what it's supposed to do!

      By Rick

      from Gainesville, GA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

        Had a tripod with a 75 mm ball/claw unit, but not as good as teh Manfrotto. Had an extra 501 head, so I bought this to use with the 501 head on the tripod. Now the setup is good as gold...

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        5.0

        75mm Half Ball by Manfrotto

        By creitun

        from chicago

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

          This also makes a great short "pogo" weight receiver for hand held video.

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          5.0

          Does what it needs to do perfectly.

          By Rob

          from Castle Rock, CO

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function
          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

            I purchased this 75mm half ball adapter so I could put various tripod heads on various legs. The most notagble being a 3' slider that I attached directly via the 3/8" threaded screw. I works great, and allows me to attach my slider to one set of legs but have a ablilitty very quickly level the slider and lock it down. The bottom lock in tight enough that there is zero movement, even then the camera is a the farthest point of the slider.

            This has made my slider set up's so much faster and has also allowed me to used some of my 3/8" tripod heads on my nicer 75mm bowl legs. Comes in handy many times already.

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            • No

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            4.0

            LEVEL HEADED

            By pixanator44

            from New York / Cologne

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fits Well
            • Improves Tripod Function
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Sit-down Interviews
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

            Make sure you have the correct mm size before you acquire one of these: just because it's a half ball does not mean it's for the half-assed. A tad expensive but solid as expected.

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            5.0

            love this item

            By Jesus Velazquez

            from oahu

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

              I really love this item because you can level your camera so easily. It's also short handle so its not bulky or anything like that. It also goes really well with the manfrotto tripod 535.
              Overall, I would recommend this to anybody who uses DSLR for shooting.

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              5.0

              Slider complete

              By Jaron

              from NYC

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

                This is perfect for mounting a slider (Edelkrone in this case) directly to tripod instead of attaching it to the head. Well built, Manfrotto quality. Good buy.

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                5.0

                Works perfectly

                By Travelling light

                from Australia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Night Shots
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

                I am using this adapter to match some Sachtler CF legs to a Weifeng 717 head as I needed a light weight set up for a recent OS trip.

                Works perfectly.

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                5.0

                The Quality you expect from Manfrotto

                By JAS

                from Owings Mills, MD

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • On A Slider With A Bowl
                  • Video

                  Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

                  Purchased for use with a slider for shooting video, works perfect in the 100mm bowl with a 75mm adapter.

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                  5.0

                  Great product

                  By Dunsy

                  from Whistler, BC

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

                    Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

                    Perfect for adding a slider or jib to your half ball tripod.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Enables a Versatile Field Configuraiton

                    By mjt

                    from Cincinnati

                    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
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

                      Exactly what I was looking for. I use this with my existing Manfrotto 546B Tripod. I add a Kessler Crane Quick Release base to the half ball and on my Kessler Steath Slider. Next, I add Kessler Quick release utility plates to both the bottom of a 502 Video Head and the bottom of the Slider. With the QR and half ball installed on the tripod, I can quickly switch between mounting the video head or the slider on the tripod. And with the slider mounted on the tripod and the video head mounted on the slider, I can quickly remove the slider from the tripod to use as stand alone slider. This item has allowed me to complete my vision for a versatile field support system.

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                      5.0

                      Does what it should with no headaches.

                      By MikeItUp

                      from San Antonio, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

                          Allowed me to use my 501HDV head on my 75mm bowl mount sticks. It's build quality is up to par with other professional Manfrotto gear. With that being said, I believe it is priced fairly.

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                          5.0

                          A perfect solution

                          By Rusty

                          from Dallas Fort Worth

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fits Well
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video

                            Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

                            It is simple and easy to use. We built our own all terrain slide and wanted to easily move our Manfrotto heads from tripod to slide without having to pull out a screwdriver. A Manfrotto tripod head part was the perfect solution. We secured it to the slide plate, over a hole large enough to insert the half ball. We can quickly move from tripod to all terrain slide in the time it takes to unscrew the handle from the ball. We did have to upgrade all our tripods to 75mm from 60mm. But the convenience was worth the trade up costs.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Add dual purpose to video tripod

                            By Eaglecam

                            from Enid, OK

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

                              Works great to convert a video bowl to a still camera, easy to install. To use as video tripod, just remove the handle. Good 'handle' to carry tripod. Nice to slightly loosen for leveling without adjusting legs.

                              May pick up a 2nd 520BALL to mount a ball head - for fast switch.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Better than leveling with tripod legs

                              By Ric

                              from Mount Vernon, WA

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Video

                                Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

                                Bought for use with the 501HDV Pro Video Head. Works great.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Works great

                                By SteveThornton

                                from Atlanta, GA - Milan, Italy

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Lacks spirit level

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

                                  I use this on a Gitzo tripod and a gitzo fluid head.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Secure

                                  By Markatect

                                  from Charlotte, NC

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fits Well
                                  • Solid/Sturdy

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

                                    Quick and secure. Provides a good handle when guiding my crane for video shots.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    520BALL Does Its Job

                                    By DRB

                                    from Denver, CO

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home
                                      • Video
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

                                      I shoot mainly video and recently purchased the Manfrotto 546B tripod, but already had a Manfrotto 501 head (which does not have a ball...it is flat). Since the 546B has a bowl for heads with balls, my 501 was basically useless. So instead of shelling out more money for a new compatible tripod, I got the 520Ball. This allowed me to use the 501 head on the new set of legs and it works absolutely great.

                                      I have not used it yet in any long shoots, but it has performed exceptional during any tests so far.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great product, very easy to use

                                      By djrawb

                                      from Olney, MD

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Video

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

                                        Wanted to turn my old 501 head into an actual ballhead, this was the easy solution. Works great! Don't need anything else.

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                                        4.0

                                        Simple but solid - the Manfrotto way.

                                        By Peter

                                        from mid-Michigan

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Solid/Sturdy

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

                                            Works great and is very well built. I just wish it would screw into the 100mm ball of my non-Manfrotto tripod. It's just sitting in the bowl now, which works but could be unstable. Other than that, it's great for quickly leveling my 501HDV head.

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                                            5.0

                                            perfect fit

                                            By j1310m

                                            from Seattle, WA

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Night Shots
                                              • Sports/Action
                                              • Travel

                                              Comments about Manfrotto 520BALL 75mm Half Ball:

                                              Works great with my manfrotto tripod. I wouldn't use anything else. I just took my tripod to Africa and it was nice to have the half ball to level the head.

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