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Cullmann MB8.5 Magnesit Ballhead

B&H # CUBHM85 Mfr # CU 40285
Discontinued

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Product Highlights
  • Aluminum Construction
  • Abrasion-Resistant Powder Coating
  • Precise Adjustment With Grid Levels
  • Precise 360° Scaling for Panning
  • Arca-Swiss-Compatible QR Shoe
  • Ideal for DSLR and Medium Format Cameras

The MB8.5 Magnesit Ballhead is the top-of-the-line ballhead in Cullman's range of Magnesit ballheads--capable of handling up to 70.5 lbs (32 kg), and weighing in at only 1.98 lbs. It features solid aluminum housing with abrasion-resistant powder coating, a large-diameter ball, and an MX492 Arca-compatible quick-release plate. This head is ideal for heavy DSLR or medium format cameras.

Aluminum construction
Abrasion-resistant powder coating
Precise friction adjustment with convenient grid levels
Precise 360° scaling for panning
Stable MX465 quick release shoe (Arca-Swiss compatible)
Suitable for DSLR and medium format cameras
Load Capacity 70.5 lbs (32 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter 54mm
Quick Release Yes, MX465 Arca-Swiss compatible
Spirit Level Not specified by manufacturer
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size Not specified by manufacturer
Height 4.96" (126 mm)
Maximum Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Weight 1.98 lbs (900 g)
Cullmann MB8.5 Magnesit Ballhead
  • Soft Microfiber Cloth
  • Padded Carrying Case
  • MX465 QR Plate
  • 10-Year Warranty
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    CullmannMB8.5 Magnesit Ballhead
     
    4.5

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (4)
    • Strong clamp (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

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          • Was this a gift?:
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        4.0

        Good head with a caveat

        By Lyle

        from Philadelphia PA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Cullmann MB8.5 Magnesit Ballhead:

            This ball head is great, high quality and nice and big and sturdy. For the price it's the best deal out there for high quality at a lower cost. However, do not trust the "arca swiss compatible" claims. If you don't use their plate the clamp will not close all the way therefor making it incredibly easy to release. I used a RRS plate with this head and the clamp lever barely closed at all. If I touched the lever at all it would release the plate. Unsafe. Works great with their plate if that's your plan.

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            5.0

            Well Made and Smooth

            By jdigger1238

            from Bellingham MA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Cullmann MB8.5 Magnesit Ballhead:

                I was looking for a well made and accurate ball head. I am getting back into photography and DSLR video is a goal. I wanted a ball head for versatility and of course at certain price point. I took a chance on this and WOW. Stable, large at 55mm ball , but that is what i wanted. Dial's are all metal and smooth. PLus a 10 year warranty best I have seen. Fit and Finish top notch. This is what I had expected and hoped it would be. I posted a review on youTube. Panning is smooth and damped and good enugh for video.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Lovely Ballhead

                By scb222

                from Auckland, NZ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Shots
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Cullmann MB8.5 Magnesit Ballhead:

                  Ballhead is as expected. Sturdy and def strong enough to hold my 7D and decent weight lens. The panning function is a little tight. Came in a nice padded zip bag with 2 allen keys. Clamp is rather stiff, and wont lock on the Kirk L Bracket I bought for my 7D. L Bracket and this quick release systemare not compatible, yet I was told by [...] that they would be. The problem is that the L Bracket isnt machined finely enough to fit snuggly in the plate. Disappointing!

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  great ballhead

                  By Jon

                  from Somers Point, NJ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Cullmann MB8.5 Magnesit Ballhead:

                    Very high quality. [...]

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