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Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release

B&H # MAMH057M0RC4 MFR # MH057M0-RC4
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Product Highlights

  • Supports 33 lb
  • 360° Panning
  • Portrait Angle Selector
  • RC4 Quick Release
  • 410PL QR Camera Plate
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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 3.0 lb (1.35 kg)
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
     
    4.9

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (10)
    • Stable (10)
    • Large range of motion (8)
    • Strong clamp (8)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (11)
    • Portraits (8)
    • Night shots (6)
    • Wildlife (5)
    • Home (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Reviewed by 16 customers

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    5.0

    My first ball head experience..

    By Randy Fath

    from Dalton, Ohio

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Adjusted
    • Locks In Tight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portraits
      • Travel

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

      One thing common to all magazine and advertising photography is that images have to be sharp, and more and more clients want you in and out quickly. This ball head sets the camera as quickly as can be done. It is a real nice experience using this head.

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      5.0

      This ballhead works!

      By Photopro Dee

      from Ashtabula, Ohio

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Locks In Tight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Heavy Duty
        • Outdoors
        • Sports/Action

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

        Put this ball head on my old Manfrotto tripod because of the ability to hold 33 lbs. With my 180 - 600mm lens it is rock stable! So far, I love this ball head.

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        • No

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome, awesome, awesome!

        By David B.

        from Hudsonville, Michigan

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • High Quality
        • Solid

        Cons

        • A little heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Low Lightnight
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I use this tripod head primarily for nature and low light/night photography This tripod head is ROCK SOLID!It is silky smooth... but completely and totally secure when the ball is tightened. I love this product!It is a bit heavy but I don't care... I'll gladly trade a little extra weight for a rock solid platform for my DSLR.I HIGHLY recommend this product!!!

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        5.0

        What I needed

        By Mohamed Mami

        from Orlando

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

        Very well made and easy to use for positioning the camera; a bit of a heavy side but this is no problem for me as I use it in a studio environment.
        It provide a sense of security that your expensive camera/lens are not going anywhere, will definitely recommend to a friend.

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        5.0

        Very high quality ball head

        By LKSKphoto

        from São Paulo, Brazil

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I was searching for an upgrade of my ball head and I found this. I wanted something strong but at the same time, not as heavy.First I though this ball head would be kind of light and compact, and I was not expecting good quality out of it, although it is a manfrotto (the photos of the product make it look smaller than what it really is).But then it arrived and wow. It`s kind of big and strong actually. I`m really impressed with it. Really stable and the quality of the materials are much better than what I tough.I really recommend this for those who are searching for a good ball head at a "lower" price range.

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            5.0

            Solid but heavy

            By Glenn

            from Washington D.C.

            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
              • Video
              • Wildlife

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

              Got this ball head to mount on my big Tripod, B.H. is about 3 pounds by its self and it feels all of it. All actions are solid and smooth as expected. I have the lighter brother (the 055 model) for my Carbon tripod and it is almost exactly the same except for the very noticeable weight difference. The only concern is that the quick release on both of them have a tendency to be a bit sticky but solid.

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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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                (1 of 4 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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                    (2 of 2 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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                        • No

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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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                          • No

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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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                            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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                              • No

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