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Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release

B&H # MAMH054M0Q5 Mfr # MH054M0-Q5
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You Pay: $199.50
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
     
    4.5

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (20)
    • Attaches firmly (19)
    • Large range of motion (17)
    • Strong clamp (14)
    • Easy to use (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (18)
      • Video (13)
      • Weddings (12)
      • Wildlife (11)
      • Sports/action (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (10), Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (23)

      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 27 customers

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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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            • No

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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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            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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                            5.0

                            Love it!

                            By snazzyonyx

                            from Blossburg, PA

                            About Me Photography Student

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                            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
                              • Wildlife

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

                              This ball head it fantastic. Up to this point I have been using a basic pan tilt with quick lock and it was a trial at times to get the knobs loosened so that I could move it when I wanted to. The Magnesium ball head with q5 quick release is so easy to manipulate in the direction that I want it to go and when I want to do it. It has made shooting with a tripod enjoyable, which is saying a lot since I hated using a tripod before.

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                              4.0

                              Overall, very nice

                              By Eric

                              from San Francisco

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • easy to use
                              • Good Stability
                              • Low-ish profile

                              Cons

                              • Knob hits

                              Best Uses

                              • Video slider

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

                              The best ballhead I've ever owned (or probably will ever own) is my Really Right Stuff BH-55. This thing is good, but it's no RRS. But I bought it to use for video on a slider so I could quickly switch to it and still keep the manfrotto QR plate on the camera. Overall it's very nice. My only real complaint is that the main knob can be difficult to handle without it hitting the platform on my slider (but it does ratchet, so at least there's a way around it). Overall I would recommend it if you want a ballhead to go with your video gear. If you want to use it for photo, I'd really have to recommend the Really Right Stuff BH-55 instead.

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                              5.0

                              An excellent product

                              By jfranklin

                              from Clyde, Texas

                              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
                                • Travel
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife

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

                                A ball head is a new experience, as I have always had much cheaper lighter pan head tripods. With my limited experience, I found this head to be very easy to use. The head is very sturdy, and well constructed. I was happy to find that the pan function was verry smoth.

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                                4.0

                                Good solid ball head

                                By Legdallas

                                from Lakewood Ranch,FL

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability
                                • Strong Clamp

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Wildlife

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

                                  This Manfrotto ball head holds my Canon T2i & Sigma 105-500 lens quite steady. Good product.

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                                  5.0

                                  Shocked at how it handles the weight

                                  By FXtras

                                  from Cranston, RI

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife

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

                                    I have a Canon XF300 with a wide adapter, mic and extra battery and it handles the weight.

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                                    5.0

                                    Very sturdy and easy to use ball head.

                                    By art2002

                                    from Vancouver, BC

                                    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
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel
                                      • Wildlife

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

                                      I like how the slider can accommodate my different lens sizes. I also like how the knobs have different shapes so that it's easy to identify each on in the dark.

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                                      4.0

                                      Mixed impressions

                                      By Jakub

                                      from Clarks Summit, Pa

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                      • Rough plate movement

                                      Best Uses

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

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

                                      I use it with 300mm f2.8 plus teleconverters.
                                      Much lighter that Bogen 3038, ball moves smoothly in the socket, solid support - even with heavy lenses, the plate has about an inch of sliding space - very useful with macro.
                                      Price is high, the plate movement is rough. The red piece of plastic that controls the 90 versus 100 degree tilt does not feel right.

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