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Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release

B&H # MAMH054M0Q5 Mfr # MH054M0-Q5
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Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 22 lb
  • Quick Release with Camera Plate
  • Working Height: 5"
  • Weight: 1.5 lb
  • 360° Pan with Independent Pan Lock
  • Adjustable Tension
  • Lateral Tilt: -100° / +40°
  • 3 Bubble Levels
  • Portrait Angle Selector

At 1.5 lb, the Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 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 three built-in bubble levels. Despite its light weight and low profile, it is capable of supporting up to 22 lb (10 kg). The included Q5 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: 5.0" (13 cm) Base diameter: Not specified by manufacturer
Ball sphere diameter: Not specified by manufacturer
Adjustments Panning: 360°
Lateral tilt: -100° / +40°
Quick Release Q5 and 501PL plate with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 camera screws
Tension Control Yes
Independent Pan Lock Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Spirit Level x3
Tension Control Yes
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Finish Smoke
Weight 1.5 lb (0.6 kg)
Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release
  • 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension after Online Registration
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    Manfrotto054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release
     
    4.6

    (based on 34 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (22)
    • Attaches firmly (20)
    • Large range of motion (19)
    • Strong clamp (15)
    • Easy to use (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (22)
      • Video (15)
      • Travel (13)
      • Weddings (13)
      • Wildlife (12)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (29)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great investment

      I love this Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick release. It is light weight, easy to adjust, so far I cannot find a thing to complain about. It is the perfect fit to...Read complete review

      I love this Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick release. It is light weight, easy to adjust, so far I cannot find a thing to complain about. It is the perfect fit to my Manfrotto tripod. It was a great investment.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great head but...

      I bought this ball head to use with my Canon 7D. And while it's solid, sturdy and locks well, the one major oversight from Manfrotto is the quick release tightening knob. Because it's...Read complete review

      I bought this ball head to use with my Canon 7D. And while it's solid, sturdy and locks well, the one major oversight from Manfrotto is the quick release tightening knob. Because it's not circular in shape (it's larger on one side of the knob), this knocks against the lower part of my camera when you try to tighten it. This won't affect video cameras I suspect, but if you're shooting with a DSLR, it will.

      Yes I know the knob has the ability to pull out and rotate, but since the screw is so short, it doesn't help. Also, the 501 plate won't slide in smoothly unless this knob is loosened all the way.

      The fix was to purchase a metric bolt at a hardware store. A black, M6 1.25 bolt did the job, but I still can't figure out why Manfrotto didn't catch this glaring problem. Make it a round knurled knob and problem solved.

      Additionally, be advised that the connection thread on this ball head is a 3/8 female not a 1/4 20 so you might need to purchase an adapter bushing.

      Reviewed by 34 customers

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      5.0

      Nice Hea

      By Tom's Photos

      from Herriman Utah

      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
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

        I replaced my Manfrotto MH054 Q2 head with this one and am very pleased. The plate is more secure so the worry of the camera falling off the head is now gone. GREAT product. Some reviews mention the locking lever/screw interfering with the camera body it is a simple positioning issue and once I set the lever in the proper position there was no interference.

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        4.0

        Nice Head, One Issue

        By Dave SCA

        from Pasadena, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Night Shots

          Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

          This is a nice head, lots of positions, options. The one thing they did wrong is to place the tightening screw for the camera plate too close under the camera. Its real tricky to be able to leave the screw loose enough to slide the camera bracket into the head, yet be able to tighten the screw adequately, due to it running into the bottom of the camera. I went out and purchased a third party knob, to make it fool proof.

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          5.0

          Easier to use than Play Dough

          By Spruce the Goose

          from Jackson MS

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

            Love this product...works wonderfully into my workflow by allowing acute control and flow during my sessions!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Manfrotto Ball Head

            By Jeff in Cave Creek

            from Cave Creek, AZ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

              Sturdy, and easy to use, allows for quick adjustments. Holds my 500 mm telephoto with ease.

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              5.0

              Solid Ball Head

              By Hai with Elise Films

              from Escondido, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                I use this with my slider, jib, and car mount. This has solid construction and I have confidence that my camera will not fall off. Perfect system with standard manfrotto plates that allows me to keep my quick release mounted to the camera. The ballhead allows me to do somethings easier than a videohead like turn the camera facing down for a bird's eye view while sliding. The bubble levels may it easy to make sure i have a leveled shot. no complaints.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head

                By A_Mae

                from Wyoming

                Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                This ball head is smooth, secure, and easy to use. The functionally is outstanding. I would definitely recommend this product to a friend.

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                5.0

                Excellent Ball Head

                By Trig Photography

                from Acushnet, MA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                  Very easy to use, light and durable.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Feel Secure

                  By Jay

                  from Albany, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                    I use this Manfrotto 054 Ball head with my new Manfrotto 190 tripod it gives me great results. I use this with my D7000 and Sigma 500 lens. I feel secure with all the weight resting on the ball mount,it is fast to adjust and easy to connect and disconnect the camera with the quick release plate. You gotta get one.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    good head, a little heavy

                    By zhiwei

                    from Alexandria, VA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Audio Quality
                    • Good Video Quality
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Underwater
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                      I have Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs. Original buy 055, but 055 is not match my 055cxpr03,too bigger, 054 size is prefect.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent

                      By Vic

                      from Vero Beach Florida

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                        This is one of three 054 Ball Heads I have. That tells you how much I like these.This one I use on my boom and its flawless.

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                        5.0

                        Great design and engineering

                        By HVS991

                        from Naples, Florida

                        Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                        This ball head is well worth the money. The ergonomics provide a natural fit, especially for night use and macro use. The adjustment nobs are different for every function so that the photographer doses not fumble.

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                        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        En español.

                        By akio

                        from California

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                          Una herramienta fuerte, robusta y estéticamente muy bonita. Todos los controles funcionan muy bien, es molesto quizás el control de bloqueo de la placa deslizante. La bola tiene un movimiento suave y fluido.
                          Yo utilizo esta herramienta montada en un slider Cinevate FTL y funciona de manera increíble. Me permite cambiar la cámara de monopié o tripié rápidamente al slider ya que todos utilizan la placa Q5.
                          Le voy a poner 4 estrellas porque el producto llegó con un tornillo menos, justamente en el sistema de bloque de la placa. Algo increíble para los standares de calidad de BH y Manfrotto, he tenido que conseguir un tornillo genérico para ajustar el sistema y que pudiera funcionar. BH ya esta enviando el tornillo Manfrotto.
                          De todos modos, esta Ball Head alcanza el rango de HERRAMIENTA PROFESIONAL.

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                          5.0

                          worth it's weight in gold!

                          By robphotorapher

                          from Las Vegas, NV

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                            This 054 ballhead was the ideal pick for my Manfrotto 190CX Pro tripod and definitely accomodated to hold my 650-1300mm zoom lens at harsh angles. Great flexibility and smoothness of the ballhead. The 360* panning is a plus. Well designed for my tripod. Easy to install and remove. The Q5 release makes it so easy to mount & dismount!

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                            5.0

                            Great investment

                            By Sandy the Shutter bug

                            from Seaford, DE

                            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
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                              I love this Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick release. It is light weight, easy to adjust, so far I cannot find a thing to complain about. It is the perfect fit to my Manfrotto tripod. It was a great investment.

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                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              It is the best one I've ever used so far

                              By Ryan

                              from Fort Wayne, IN

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots

                              Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                              I use it to take a photo of my family during vacation.Though it is heavy which gave me some extra pounds on my 190CXPRO4, this ballhead was easy to use and very stable.Since I had 190CXPRO4, extra weight from the ballhead wasn't that much but if someone has heavier Tripod, I would recommend to get lighter tripod.

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                              5.0

                              054 manfrottto mag ball head

                              By titogasnap

                              from puerto rico

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                                  this is a well made product with exceptional strength for it use ,mine is used with a slik 824 fantastic work piece together ,for far different from others excelent for pros and digital.this head is to match pro gear.

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                                  4.0

                                  Bought it For the Plate type

                                  By jjlarvick

                                  from Hood River, OR

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Firmly
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Strong Clamp

                                  Cons

                                  • A bit pricey

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                                  I bought this ball head because my monopod and tripod both already used this quick release plate. This head will go onto my slider and having the plates interchangeable for every piece of equipment I have is really important.

                                  So, this isn't exactly a in depth review of the head itself, but it does feel nice and solid and I love the flexibility within the brand.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great ball head

                                  By Abernethy Videography

                                  from Charlotte, NC

                                  About Me 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 Q5 Quick Release:

                                      This is an excellent ball head. Sure, there are many other good options out there, but if you're like me and you have 20 of the 501PL plates, and you want to be able to go from this ball head (which is fantastic on my slider) to your tripod, to your steadicam (I have the 577 rapid connect on that), then this ball head is the way to go. If you shoot weddings and need to switch between all your gear quick, then get this!

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                                      5.0

                                      Worth Every Penny!

                                      By Steve

                                      from Blaine, MN

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Firmly
                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Large Range of Motion

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                                        I purchased this with a 190XPROB Tripod from Manfrotto. What a great combination!

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                                        4.0

                                        Great tripod head

                                        By baldbike

                                        from Gate City VA

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Firmly
                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Large Range of Motion

                                        Cons

                                        • Complicated Controls

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Night Shots
                                        • Travel
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                                        This head is fairly easy to use. It took some getting used to a ball head but I'm geting there. Controls are somewhat tricky to get used to- the feel and placement of them has been an akward transition for me. But putting in perspective, this is the first "real tripod and head" set up that I have owned.

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