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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
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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.

UPC: 719821324218
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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 5.0 x 4.0"
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 41 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (29)
    • Attaches firmly (27)
    • Large range of motion (24)
    • Strong clamp (20)
    • Easy to use (9)

    Cons

    • Heavy (6)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (28)
    • Travel (17)
    • Video (17)
    • Wildlife (16)
    • Night shots (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (11), Semi-pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (35)

    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.

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    4.0

    Very nice ball head

    By Eric

    from Oregon

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Size For Pro Dslr
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

    • Set Screw
    • Tightening Screw

    Best Uses

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

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

    I really like this ball head for both the size and quality. I have it mounted to a Manfrotto 190xpro4 tripod. It's very sturdy but compact enough to carry on a backpack without being ridiculously heavy. The Q5 plate feels much more secure to me than the Q2 that I've had on other tripod heads, especially with a large lens or when at a 90 degree angle. The only reason that I didn't give it a 5 star is due to the set screw that secures the plate to the head. It's not really that difficult to operate but every time I use it I think that there must be a better placement for it. Otherwise, I am very happy with it.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Endless possiblities

    By Fotoguy75003

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Portraits

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

    This ball head accompanies my Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod giving me endless possibilities for the perfect shot every time. The ball bubble levels are extremely helpful in situations where the ground is uneven, and the overall construction is superb.

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    • No

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    5.0

    That is the tripod heat that I want!!

    By Hyde4never

    from Baldwin Park, CA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Travel
    • Wildlife

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

    This tripod head can hold my Nikon D750 with 70-200 lens without slip. Now I can take a photo of moon without worry it will clasp compare to my old tripod head. A little bit heavy but not the big deal.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Worth the money

    By Mike

    from Lowell, MA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

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

    Excellent build quality and ease of use. I bought this with 055XPro Alum tripod. I'm a hobbyist and take really good care of my equipment where lasting 15+ years is not uncommon, this will replace a 14 year old head that went on ski, climbing, and motorcycle trips over the years. Same goes for this head with the tripod some may think this is too heavy for some of the trips but it is lighter than my old one. Definitely recommend.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Use it with slider

    By Maniaco007

    from San Francisco

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

      The head is solid. I use it on a slider for a BMCC with case (heavy) and it doesn't budge. I wouldn't use it to make movements with it though, even it is has a sticky horizontal adjusment... It won't be smooth.

      Just a note, the head is heavy!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent Ball head

      By rme1107

      from Covington, LA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Great ball head. Very sturdy. Great controls.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Get all your angles and easy to use.

        By ellisohio

        from Dayton, OH

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        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 Q5 Quick Release:

          Very solid built unit easy to use.

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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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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