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Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release

B&H # MAMH054M0Q2 Mfr # MH054M0-Q2
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You Pay: $153.44
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 22 lb
  • Quick Release with Camera Plate
  • Working Height: 4.6"
  • Weighs 1.3 lb
  • 360° Pan with Independent Pan Lock
  • Adjustable Tension
  • Lateral Tilt: -100° / +40°
  • 2 Bubble Levels
  • Portrait Angle Selector

At just under 1.3 lb, the Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release is an ideal mate to Manfrotto 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 and two built-in bubble levels. Despite its light weight and low profile it is capable of supporting up to 22 lb (10 kg), giving you extra insurance against tipping for lighter cameras when tilting 90 degrees. The included Q2 Quick release system with its locking plate provides speed, balance and security.

Material of Construction Magnesium alloy
Type Ball head
Load Capacity 22 lb (10 kg)
Dimensions Working height: 4.6" (12 cm) Base diameter: Not specified by manufacturer Ball sphere diameter: Not specified by manufacturer
Adjustments Panning: 360°
Lateral tilt: -100° / +40°
Quick Release Q2 with 1/4"-20 camera plate
Tension Control Yes
Independent Pan Lock Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Spirit Level x2
Finish Smoke
Weight 1.3 lb oz (0.6 kg)
Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release
  • Camera Plate 200PL-14
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension after Online Registration
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    Manfrotto054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release
     
    4.7

    (based on 151 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (118)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (133)
    • Attaches firmly (117)
    • Large range of motion (116)
    • Strong clamp (106)
    • Lightweight (6)

    Cons

    • Heavy (18)
    • Complicated controls (3)
    • Weak clamp (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (117)
    • Portraits (98)
    • Night shots (97)
    • Travel (63)
    • Home (60)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (80), Semi-pro photographer (35), Pro photographer (16), Casual photographer (9), Photography student (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (138)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Loose Screws

    four stars because of the two screws holding the swivel latch that secures the camera mounting plate to the head keep coming loose and need re-tightening to the point now that the two screws now...Read complete review

    four stars because of the two screws holding the swivel latch that secures the camera mounting plate to the head keep coming loose and need re-tightening to the point now that the two screws now need to be replaced. Maybe some red lock-tight added to the threads would help with the problem. I'm trying to get replacement screws from Manfrotto.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Solid but with a large flaw

    This was a great product at first and it is still in many ways. The controls for adjust work well in the hands and the bubble levels are extremely useful. There is much bad...Read complete review

    This was a great product at first and it is still in many ways. The controls for adjust work well in the hands and the bubble levels are extremely useful. There is much bad to be said of this; however, I found that having to push two levers simultaneously to unlock the head was a little cumbersome, but not a deal breaker - one just becomes accustomed to it. One of the deal breakers for me was that the plate became loose after a while and would shake and jitter. Of course, this makes a head useless and while I'm sure something could have been tightened - I didn't want to have to worry about it. I opted for a head where you tighten the plate in instead of a locking system as this one has.

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    5.0

    Power to proform

    By Randy

    from Norfolk, VA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Footing
    • Locks In Tight
    • Smooth Movement

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

      Ease of use with new dial directional help makes using this very easy. This has plenty of strength to handle just about anything you put on it. Gotta love the Q2 QR system. Make using on other tripod and my monopod very easy to switch around.

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      5.0

      Manfrotto ball head with tripod is Great

      By LJ from NY

      from Yonkers, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Adjusted
      • Good Footing
      • Locks In Tight
      • Smooth Movement

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

      this tripod rocks, in fact I had it on the rocks at a birding event. It did it very beautifully. Yes it is a little heavy but I want a tripod that holds my Canon pro cameras without worry. It is sturdy, efficient, a power house that held my 150-600 lens without any problems. It's fluid head works great with just a flip of your hand you are shooting in different angles. This is a great tripod at a great price point. I recommend this to anyone that carries heavy equipment it works.

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      • No

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      5.0

      wonderful ball head

      By arkaybee

      from utah

      Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

      This head is a little heavier than i expected but it is very strong and stable. It rotates smoothly and tightens down like a sailor in a storm.

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      5.0

      Great Flexibility AND Sturdy!

      By mrjcall

      from Asheville, NC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easily Adjusted
      • Lightweight
      • Locks In Tight
      • Smooth Movement

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Outdoors
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

        Needed something for my longer lenses and this head fits the bill perfectly allowing me to comfortably and securely use my 70-200.

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        4.0

        Unbelievably smooth

        By injectorhead

        from New Orleans

        Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

        This head is better than advertised. Super smooth and easy to operate. I highly recommend.

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        4.0

        Smooth action

        By Sp2pilot

        from Peoria, AZ

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Adjusted
        • Lightweight
        • Locks In Tight
        • Smooth Movement

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

          This ball head moves so smoothly!

          The tension knob doesn't really provide a noticeable difference though.
          I'm using this with the Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 tripod, which may not be the best combo together. Sometimes the tripod head gets in the way of turning the knobs on this head. Minor problem though.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Easy To Use And Solid

          By Bill

          from Yorkville, IL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Adjusted
          • Lightweight
          • Locks In Tight
          • Smooth Movement

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Outdoors
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

            I wanted a Ball Head that combined good weight capacity and easy operation. So far this is doing the job.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Perfect match with my tripod

            By photovoice

            from arizona

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Complicated Controls

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

            Online chat was of great help in guiding me to the right fit between the Manfrotto ball head and my existing carbon fiber tripod along with price considerations. I wanted to keep weight down and stability high and this ball head does just that with ease of movement. I cannot figure out the function of the small knob but will keep trying. I purchased a different ball head from another site and had to return it as it did not fit my tripod. Having someone knowledgeable at P&H is a tremendous benefit to making the correct decision. I will definitely keep buying from them.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Works well

            By jarhead8000

            from Philadelphia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

              This ball head is stable and works well for all my photo needs!

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              • No

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              5.0

              A great ball head

              By algraz

              from NJ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                  This is my first ball head, so I cannot compare it to other brands/models, but can safely say that it does the job very well, it holds my D700 with 28-70 2.8 very firmly in all positions, easy and quick to set, and it is much lighter than my older three way head. I will update my review if things change, but for now I am very happy with the purchase

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                  4.0

                  New to Ball Heads

                  By rman0987

                  from Chicago Suburbs

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                    First time using a ball head. It's taking me a little getting used to time to feel more comfortable with it. It seems well built, and once I get used to it I think I will like it. No arm sticking out like the other heads. Less of a chance to bump it.

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                    5.0

                    Great Ball Head

                    By Wally

                    from Atlanta

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                    This is a very stable ball head even with my Canon 1Dx and 70-200 lens with 2x extender mounted.
                    The adjustable ball tension works great.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Exceeded Expectations!

                    By Chris Tucker

                    from Las Vegas, NV

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion
                    • Smooth motion
                    • Strong Clamp
                    • Well Built

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Portraits
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                      Wasn't too sure at first if this ball head would be strong enough to handle the weight of the equipment, but it's far exceeded my expectations. I shoot with the Canon 5D Mark III with their 70-200 f/2.8 L II lens being my largest lens. Thought I was going to need one of the larger ball mounts according to a lot of other reviews regarding this particular ball head, but B&H assured me that it would be strong enough, and sure enough this tripod head does the job. It also have a very smooth motion and is well built. Everything you would expect from Manfrotto.

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                      5.0

                      A++++++++++

                      By Not

                      from Tn

                      Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                      Love it light weight and levels are great

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                      5.0

                      Better than advertized

                      By billnikon

                      from Pennsylvania

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                        The 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 quick release is used mostly on a Manfrotto heavy duty monopod. I use this rig in conjunction with my Minolta 400mm 4.5 with an Sony A77 with a Minolta 1.4 multiplier giving me a 840mm lens. I find that the ball head handles the lens beautifully. The friction adjustment keeps the lens from falling forward. I have 2 quick release plates, one for the Minolta 400mm and one for my 300mm 2.8 Nikon. The 300mmm Nikon is heaver than the Minolta 400 but the head handles both with ease. I use this rig to photograph game ducks. To travel from one location to the next I tighten everything down on the ball head, place the lens over my shoulder letting the monopod stick out in front. I travel to my next location and just set the monopod onto the ground and I am ready to start shooting. I also put this head on my 190 manfrotto tripod. Again, I use it in the same way, when I travel I simple put the legs together extended, place the lens over my shoulder, and walk to my next location, spread the legs and set it on the ground and I am ready to shoot. I am over 6 foot tall and the ball head adds height to the tripod up to where I don't have to bend over. I prefer this size of ball head because it handles the larger lenses without difficulty. Start out by playing with all three adjustments and get used to using them without looking at them. After a short time you will become proficient at quickly adjusting the head to your specific requirements.

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                        5.0

                        Easy to use and lightweight. I like it.

                        By gd

                        from Albuquerque, NM

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                          I have several tripod heads but as I don't use them every day they are sometimes cumbersome. I Just got this head and loved the weight and size right away. It's easy to pack and easy to use. I used it to shoot some landscapes and did some closeup work and had no issues.

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                          5.0

                          Great Ball Head

                          By Landscape Lover

                          from Largo, Florida

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                            This is the first Ball Head I have used - in the past a tilt/pan. I haven't had the opportunity to use it a lot yet, but so far I love it. It really is simple & user friendly. The quick release is great & locks the camera on firmly. It is great for portrait use & landscape including doing panorama's.So far I find this to be a great Ball Head for the price.

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                            5.0

                            A++++

                            By JR

                            from Tennessee

                            Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                            Very good ball head light weight yet sturdy construction

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                            5.0

                            Great ball head

                            By Shooter29

                            from Wyoming

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Tighten The Lever

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                            I wasn't sure which ball head to get with my tripod and I'm glad I got the 054. The pan feature is great and a step above the heads without pan. The quick release lever was loose and my 7D and 24-70 lens was really unsteady until I tightened the small bolt inside it from the bottom. Once it's tight the head holds all my gear steady. This is the perfect head for the 190XPro3 I bought, it's light and easly adjustable.

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                            5.0

                            Very easy to adjust

                            By landscape1357

                            from Irvine CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Stable
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night photography
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                              Stable, very easy to adjust, quick release works smoothly. I mainly use this with Canon 6D with 70-200mm zoom.

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