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Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base

B&H # MA338 Mfr # 338
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Product Highlights
  • Supports 33 lbs (15kg)
  • +/- 5 Degrees Adjustment Possible
  • Replaces #3416

The Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base allows you to make fine, finger tip adjustments of ±5° to ensure the camera is perfectly level. There is a built-in spirit level for reference, and the base has a 3/8" female thread to mount on a tripod or any other support. The tripod head mounting is via a 3/8" male screw. It features a spirit level with a sensitivity of 0.50°, three thumb rings for fine level adjustment, and three grub screws located on the top plate of the base that allow you to lock down the tripod head firmly.

The 338 QTVR Leveling Base is ideal for use with stitching and VR programs. It allows you to work more easily with photo stitching software programs, to create seamless panoramic photos every time.

Replaces old part number 3416.

Load Capacity 33 lbs (15kg)
Height 1.6" (4cm)
Weight 1.3 lb (600g)
Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3-Years after Registering Online or by Mail
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    Manfrotto338 QTVR Leveling Base
     
    3.8

    (based on 23 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    71%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (8)
    • Stable (8)
    • Improves tripod function (6)
    • Solid/sturdy (6)
    • Easy to use (4)

    Cons

    • Heavy (10)
    • Heavy / bulky (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (13)
    • Night shots (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (9), Pro photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    simple, fast, and efficient

    i'm a photo enthusiast and enjoy taking panos. before getting the leveling base i would spend considerable time adjusting the tripod legs to get "an almost" level platform. as a...Read complete review

    i'm a photo enthusiast and enjoy taking panos. before getting the leveling base i would spend considerable time adjusting the tripod legs to get "an almost" level platform. as a result i'd get an almost level panorama which i would inevitably need to crop at times loosing desirable information. also needing to rotate slightly to maintain a level horizon again loosing valuable photographic detail. this simple to operate device quickly levels the head giving me a dead on horizon eliminating the need to rotate and crop in post.

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    Disappointed

    [...]However I find it very difficult to use. The adjusting dials were so tight it was near on impossible to make any adjustment. One was impossible to budge. [...]...Read complete review

    [...]However I find it very difficult to use. The adjusting dials were so tight it was near on impossible to make any adjustment. One was impossible to budge. [...] So my husband had to work on it so I can use it. This has damaged the screw that was impossible to use. But I can now adjust all screws. However, it is still a very awkward to use piece of equipment and something I would not have purchased if I would have known.

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    4.0

    Good, but Needs Some Work

    By Poppa Michael

    from Northbrook, IL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Generally Well Made

    Cons

    • Poor Factory Support
    • Requires Adjustment

    Best Uses

    • Panoramic Photography

    Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

    I purchased the Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base to use with my Manfrotto 300N Panoramic Head (see my review of that item), or my GigaPan Epic Pro Robotic Camera Mount, when I take panoramic photos- which I love to do. When creating a Panoramic photo the base of the tripod, on which the camera rotates, must be level. If it is not, the horizon in your photo may swing way up or down and cause you to lose a lot of your panorama in the final cropping. Typically, panoramic photographers will spend many minutes raising and lowering the tripod legs until the base is perfectly level. This device makes it very easy to do the final bit of leveling, without needing to adjust the legs. And, since it weighs only about 1-1/4 pounds, it is an easy addition to your backpack or tripod. However, as noted by several other reviewers, the device is practically unusable as shipped. The three brass knurled thumbwheels that are used to level the top plate are attached to the machined aluminum plate with either 1mm or No.4 screws, small washers and small springs. In theory, the springs should provide some tension and flexibility as the base is being adjusted to achieve a perfect level. Once leveled, there are knurled brass locking nuts that hold everything solidly in place. Unfortunately, the screws holding the thumbwheels are so incredibly tight it is very difficult to turn the thumbwheels and adjust the base. In fact, the springs are compressed to the point that they are completely flattened and do not serve their intended purpose. My first thought was to send the product back because the amount of force needed to turn the wheels could easily cause a tripod to move, negating any benefit from leveling the tripod. However, since I have some tools, I was able to hold the thumbwheels with a locking pliers, cushioned with leather to avoid marring the brass, and use an appropriate size Phillips head screwdriver to loosen the screws enough to provide sufficient tension but easy movement of the knob with a thumb and forefinger. It took considerable force to loosen the screws. In fact, the head of one steel screw actually twisted off while the threaded portion remained embedded in the brass. This demonstrates the incredible and unnecessary force that was used when the unit was assembled at the factory. When I called Manfrotto factory service to obtain a replacement thumbscrew and attaching screw I was told they no longer provide customer support (which is a departure from the wonderful service they have provided in the past) and I was directed to return the product to B&H. B&H, wonderful people that they are, replaced the base with a smile and an apology. The replacement unit was also screwed together too tightly to function properly, but, fortunately, I was able to loosen all three screws without a problem. It now works as it should – and I know how it should work because I spent some of my early years working as a land surveyor with transit and level. Overall, I would recommend this leveling base to people who are capable of making the necessary adjustments. However, if you do not want to tackle this or if you want something that works properly out of the box, you might want to consider another product – until Manfrotto corrects the manufacturing problem I described.

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    5.0

    338 QTVR and 303SPH

    By Mr A

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

    Have 338 QTVR on a Manfrotto 055xbpro tripod with
    303SPH and they work great together. Adjustment wheels are a little stiff but they stay where you set them. No complaints.

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    2.0

    Adjustment knobs to stiff

    By Cobra

    from Fredericton, NB

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Solid/Sturdy

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Heavy
    • Stiff Adjustment

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

      This was purchased to be used with a panoramic head. While the build quality appears to be good, the adjustment knobs are so stiff that it makes it very difficult to use.

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      4.0

      Its not all that bad.

      By Richie Rich

      from Ontario

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots

      Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

      I can't say much more that hasn't already been said about this product. Yes the springs are tight and turned my fingers raw after the first time using it. However, after the third use, I did figure out that there is a knack to using this quite easily without much carnage.

      Its a solid leveller and I'm pretty glad I bought it. Hope those who buy, or have already, can find the knack to using it easily.

      I find that if I adjust the rings more evenly, there isn't much resistance. Less rubbing my thumbs raw = happier levelling. (sounds pretty geeky, huh?)

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      3.0

      Better than nothing

      By Greg

      from Dereel, VIC, Australia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Heavy
      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

      I've had one of these units for about a year now, and I'm actively looking for something better. Yes, it does the job, some of the time. The adjusting screws are at 120 degree intervals, so you can't easily adjust in one direction and then in a perpendicular direction. It has an adjustment range of only 5 degrees, which is not enough: I frequently have to shorten a tripod leg. In addition, there's no easy way to reset the screws to the mid-point, so those 5 degrees are not necessarily available when you need them.

      On the positive side, it's a rock-solid design. But is that enough?

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      5.0

      micro adjustments at its best

      By han

      from Singapore

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Extremely precise
      • Micro adjustment
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Architecturalinterior

      Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

      the 338 allow me to make micro adjustment when zeroing.

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      • No

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      2.0

      Useful for the perfectionist

      By Governor

      from Nicosia, CYPRUS

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

      Useful when used along with the 303 PANORAMIC HEAD QTVR PLUS

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      • No

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      3.0

      Can't make fine adjustments.

      By priuscamper

      from Temecula, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots

        Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

        I use this product to level a nodal panning head that require precise leveling for proper stitching of panormaic photos.

        The good: It's well made, large, heavy duty. The large base allows use of spirit level even with my large panning head.

        The bad: The adjustments are difficult with springs that apply too much tension to the thumb screws. I thought about returning it, but since I'm mechaical, I will remove the springs to allow faster setup.

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        3.0

        precise, but heavy

        By Craignos

        from Calgary, AB, Canada

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Precise and well built

        Cons

        • Heavy orand incompatible

        Best Uses

        • Panorama

        Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

        Apart from being heavy and sometimes hard on your fingers, it does the job. Be careful if you have a tripod with a bubble on the head base (like my Manfrotto 190), it can limit you in the range of the leveler as one of the screw can end up on top of the bubble.

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By Guille

        from Argentina

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots

          Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

          Panoramic Landscape photography

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          anti rotation screw

          By Bill

          from chapel hill , nc

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

              very nice, works like a transit leveler, needs an anti rotation screw to keep the head from unscrewing. not as complicated to level as some people say, twist twist lock lock, done. Works great. Used with 35 mm still camera and video camera.

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              1.0

              Mine must be a bad one

              By JR

              from Colorado

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

                  This should have never left the factory. The screws that run through the adjusting thumbwheels were torqued down so tight that all three wheels would not turn. I had to cut out the screws and replace them to make this base usable. If I didn't have the tools to fix this I'd be sending this back and spending shipping charges.
                  Now that I have a usable base it's very easy to adjust.
                  It's a good leveling base but the Manfrotto QC dropped the ball on this one.

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                  5.0

                  Very good

                  By prof.Crokawa

                  from Tokyo. Japan

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

                    Very good Manfrotto quality: most excellent head I have.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    simple, fast, and efficient

                    By john

                    from baton rouge la

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Solid and easy to operate

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Panoramas

                    Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

                    i'm a photo enthusiast and enjoy taking panos. before getting the leveling base i would spend considerable time adjusting the tripod legs to get "an almost" level platform. as a result i'd get an almost level panorama which i would inevitably need to crop at times loosing desirable information. also needing to rotate slightly to maintain a level horizon again loosing valuable photographic detail. this simple to operate device quickly levels the head giving me a dead on horizon eliminating the need to rotate and crop in post.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Reliable and heavy duty

                    By Andrey

                    from Vladivostok, Russia

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                    • Complicated Controls
                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

                    Use mainly for panorama shooting. Great help to it, but the thing is really heavy and screws are really tight. Though a drop of oil on each made things easier.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Quality Construction and Function

                    By Bongo

                    from Las Cruces, New Mexico

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

                      This is a great item for panoramic photography. Simplifies leveling and allows for very precise adjustment. Heavy duty construction and weight make for super stable performance.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent levelling base for panoramic p

                      By fisherg

                      from Hamilton, ON

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

                      A bit heavy but makes for rugged strong build.

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                      2.0

                      Disappointed

                      By Carol

                      from Western Australia

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Complicated Controls
                        • Heavy
                        • Small Range

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

                          [...]However I find it very difficult to use. The adjusting dials were so tight it was near on impossible to make any adjustment. One was impossible to budge. [...] So my husband had to work on it so I can use it. This has damaged the screw that was impossible to use. But I can now adjust all screws. However, it is still a very awkward to use piece of equipment and something I would not have purchased if I would have known.

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                          4.0

                          Levelling made easy

                          By Pieter

                          from South Africa

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

                              Excellent product for taking panoramic photos.
                              Makes levelling of your camera on a panohead very easy and simple in seconds.
                              Good Solid product from Manfrotto.

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                              3.0

                              Level headed design

                              By Graham

                              from Cookeville, TN

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Heavy
                              • Stiff

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape Photography

                              Comments about Manfrotto 338 QTVR Leveling Base:

                              The adjustment wheels are stiffer than a corpse. And the overall adjustment range is tiny. So do most of the level work with the tripod legs which means you really need another bubble/level and make the fine adjustment with this. Oh, and it's heavier than Donald Trump's wallet.

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