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Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release

B&H # MAMH057M0RC4 Mfr # MH057M0-RC4
You Pay: $201.60
Product Highlights
  • Supports 33 lb
  • 360° Panning
  • Portrait Angle Selector
  • RC4 Quick Release
  • 410PL QR Camera Plate

At just under 3.0 lb, the Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release is an ideal mate to Manfrotto 475 Digital Pro, 058B Triaut and Triman tripods, as well as 057 series carbon fiber and Mk2 tripods. Thanks to the marriage of imagination and technology this brawny head provides extremely precise movements, ergonomic handling and innovative features like a 90 – 105° portrait angle selector and built-in bubble level. Despite its very light weight for its class, and low profile, it is capable of supporting up to 33 lb (15 kg). The included RC4 Quick release system with its locking plate and twist-resistant surface provides speed, balance and security.

Load Capacity 33 lb (15 kg)
Quick Release RC4
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control Yes
Plate 410PL
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Adjustments Panning: 360°
Lateral tilt: -103° / +40° head tilt
Tripod Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20 and 3/8"
Height 5.75" (14.6 cm)
Weight 47.8 oz (1358g)
Color Smoke
Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release
  • MA410PL
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension after Online Registration
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    Manfrotto057 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release
     
    4.8

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (9)
    • Stable (9)
    • Large range of motion (7)
    • Strong clamp (7)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Portraits (6)
    • Night shots (5)
    • Wildlife (4)
    • Home (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Reviewed by 10 customers

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    5.0

    A Great Tripod Head

    By Shakti

    from Charlotte, NC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

      Rock solid and faster to point your DSLR where you want it. I love this product.

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      5.0

      Great head for heavy gear

      By That guy...

      from Maine

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

      Good ball head for heavy gear and larger lens's. Movement is precise and accurate and it stays where you put it. The amount of friction adjustment allows for very granular control to be set for any load and both the pan and ball movements are silky smooth.It is a heavy head and may not be the best choice for anyone trying to pack light, but the weight and materials give the impression of a well designed and manufactured quality product. The RC4 QC plate is large compared to some other QC plates but feels at home on larger pro end bodies, particularly with a vertical grip attached.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      The great and the bad

      By Lampguru

      from Torrance Ca.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits

          Comments about Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

          Great ball head, but the plate to ball post is ill fitting. The keyed surfaces between the plate and the ball are a loose fit even when the screw is tight. The only thing keeping it from rotating a few degrees when assembled is how much torque is applied to the screw. Once really tightened its OK. I'll be peening those surfaces for a very slight interference fit.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Big is good

          By Dan Parker

          from New Zealand

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

            I use this ball head with my 1Dx. While it's a little bit of overkill in terms of the weight applied, I use this exclusively outdoors on civil construction sites with numerous heavy excavators and trucks running around so I wanted something with a bit of extra bulk that could take the knocks that comes with working in this kind of environment. Despite all the dust and vibrations the head provides perfect stability for my photography and continues to function perfectly in substantially adverse conditions.

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again!!

            By Claudio

            from Cancún, Quintana Roo, México

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

              It is a very easy to use, very solid and reliable!

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              5.0

              Solid Ball Head

              By nphotonewbie

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Close-up macro
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

              Bought this for general landscape use as well as some close-up macro work. This has a great motion and grabs nicely when locked.

              It is heavy, but this is reasonable considering the solid feel.

              Quick release is nice and re-attaches to head very easily.

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              5.0

              Impressive

              By Arthur Woo

              from Oakland, California

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

                Not a complaint but an observation: Don't be fooled by the photo in the description. Even after reading the specs, this thing turned out to be pretty big and heavy than what I imagined.

                Other than that it's performed very nicely. I use this ball head for double duty:
                1. It's the head I use on top of my slider when doing video. I've standardized on the RC4 release plate which is the fastest that I've used.
                2. It's the head I use on my tripod when taking photos.

                Solid, well built, and impressive! I dealt with dinky ball heads before but this one inspires confidence to say the least.

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                5.0

                Solid!

                By World Traveller

                from Canada

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

                  Solid head, doesn't move. Very sturdy base!

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  I would buy this product again.

                  By Greta

                  from Powder Springs, Ga.

                  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
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

                  I just got this 057 magnesium ball head w/ RC4 QR by manfrotto last week. I used it with my Canon 7D with 70-200mm 2.8 lens and 580 EX ii Speedlite. It works great. The panning and portrait selectors is wonderful.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing!

                  By Kiril

                  from Grand Canyon,AZ

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

                    It is a wonderful when working with long glass. Great stability!

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