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Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head

B&H # MAMH054M0 Mfr # MH054M0
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Only 19 oz
  • Supports 22 lb
  • 360° Panning
  • Portrait Angle Selector

At just under 19 oz, the Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head is an ideal mate to Manfrotto 190C series carbon fiber tripods. Thanks to the marriage of imagination and technology this compact head provides extremely precise movements, ergonomic handling and innovative features like a 90 – 105° portrait angle selector. Despite its lightweight and low profile it is capable of supporting up to 22 lb (10 kg).

Load Capacity 22 lb (10 kg)
Quick Release No
Spirit Level No
Tension Control Yes
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Adjustments Panning: 360°
Lateral tilt: -100° / +40° head tilt
Tripod Mount Thread Size 1/4-20 and 3/8"
Height 4.33 (11 cm)
Weight 18.8 oz (535g)
Color Smoke
Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head
  • 2 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Manfrotto054 Magnesium Ball Head
     
    4.8

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Large range of motion (9)
    • Stable (9)
    • Attaches firmly (7)
    • Strong clamp (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Night shots (5)
      • Portraits (5)
      • Sports/action (4)
      • Travel (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

      Reviewed by 9 customers

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      5.0

      Great Ball Head

      By migueltakespictures

      from Royal Oak, MI

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head:

          I use this on my slider with my DSLR. I picked up a 577 rapid connect adapter which screws on to the 3/8 screw to go with the rest of my manfrotto Q5 plates and heads. No slip from the 577 as I pan even at the highest tension setting, it stays screwed on. I can see using this ball head for endless set ups in the future. It's a great tool.

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          5.0

          Excellent for Rifle

          By The Gonz

          from Texas

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp
          • Weight Is Acceptable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head:

            I am using the head on a Manfrotto 190CXPRO 3 and attached to the head is a Hog Saddle. My main goal was a stable platform for LR shooting/hunting. My rifle weighs about 17-18 lbs with everything attached, scope, silencer, PVS-22, full mag. The head locks up tight with minimal movement. and is easily adjustable. I put the torque/tension knob all the way to the max so it is not as sensitive and makes it stiffer while unlocked. I also like the fact that it can rotate horizantally while still staying locked up on the other axis and the graduated marks come in handy. Weight is acceptable and feels extremely rugged. I can leave it locked with rifle attached at any position and it will not move. Worth the money and has all the features i want without the things i don't care for.

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            5.0

            Just Perfect...

            By HOG

            from Southern California

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Military

            Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head:

            I can't reccommend this ball head enough. Very stong and sturdy. Locks down secure and very versitile. I primarily use this outdoors in rain and sandy conditions, and it holds up great. Strongly reccommended.

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            5.0

            Sturdy And Steady

            By Dan Milham

            from Slidell, LA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits

              Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head:

              I'm just getting back to using a ball head and I'm glad I purchased this one. I'm a Manfrotto user going way back but still wondered if this head would hold the camera, battery pack and lens steady at a sharp angle. It does. The drag adjustment is a great idea and the swivel is smooth.

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              4.0

              Great ball-head for the 190CXPRO tripods

              By Mawksy

              from Silly Cone Valley

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head:

                I just ordered this bullhead a few weeks ago. It's new(er) so there aren't many reviews about it out there in the wild yet. Some things that I wish I knew/were mentioned out there:

                You can remove the base plate and attach your own QR system. I used the Hejnar 496RC2 Conversion Set which fits like a glove, and allowed me to attach an Arca-Swiss style QR clamp. (see pix).

                As far as the functions of the ball-head, I think it's great! It does what I expected it to do. I haven't noticed any slipping when the knob is tightened, and the friction knob helps dial in the right amount of movement.

                What I think are some cool key features are the portrait mode switch, the pan control, and the light weight design. It's light enough to carry on trips and the ball-head action allows for fast camera movements when I am setting up a shot.

                I used to use a 410 Gearhead on my 190CXPRO3 tripod, and the setup always felt top-heavy. Now everything is in balance. It even matches the color of the tripod - if that matters to you.

                I use a Canon 7D with either a 100mm 2.8 L, Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 lens.

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                5.0

                Manfrotto Magnesium Ball Head

                By Gear Jones

                from Portland, ME

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Looks great

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head:

                  This very user friendly device allows precise and comfortable adjustment of the position of my Nikon D200 with a 300 mm Zoom on it. It stays where I set it and is perfect sized to handle the weight of the camera and long lens without adaptive or compensatory gear attachments. It simple and elegantly does what it is told to do and feels indestructible. The machining and finish are impeccable and its operation is intuitive. It holds my equipment where I want it without effort and allows me to create images instead of engineer scaffolding. I dont have a downside to report; its construction and design overcome the gravity I am fighting.

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                  5.0

                  Does what it says on the box

                  By Allen

                  from Vancouver, BC

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head:

                    Good ball head. Been using it a couple of weeks now and it's solid. I mounted it onto a slider, and put a quick-release plate on it (the manfrotto 357).

                    I use a canon 7d on it with a variety of lenses, it doesn't lose grip/slip at all. Does it's job well.

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                    5.0

                    Durable and relatively precise

                    By Hunter

                    from Pinehurst, NC

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head:

                      This is one smooth bullhead to use. I would recommend getting the quick attachment but this was the only one in stock when I ended up desperately needing another bullhead. It certainly works but I'd have rather had the quick release.

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                      4.0

                      Solid Tripod Head

                      By Chuck

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head:

                      As an evidence technician I needed a product that was very versatile and I found it with this head. First, the head is very solid and has a substantial feel. All the adjustments are easy to use and I really like the 90 degree portrait guide tab. For the price it's a great addition. It is on the heavier side, but that's not really a con considering the stability it provides.

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