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Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release

B&H # MAMH055M0Q2 MFR # MH055M0-Q2
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Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 26.5 lb
  • Quick Release with 1/4"-20 Camera Plate
  • Working Height: 5"
  • Weighs: 2 lb
  • 360° Pan with Independent Pan Lock
  • Friction Adjustment
  • Lateral Tilt: -100° / +40°
  • 3 Spirit Levels
  • 90 - 100 Degree Portrait Angle Selector
  • Tripod Mount: 3/8"-16

The Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release is a heavy-duty magnesium alloy ball head that weighs 2 lb yet is capable of supporting 26.5 lb. Designed to meet the demands of professional photographers who want maximum control with minimal effort, the head features tension adjustment and 360-degree panning with a separate lock and a lateral tilt range of -100° / +40°. The housing is notched and features a 90 - 100 degree portrait selector for rapid shifting to vertical format.

The attached Q2 Quick Release includes a camera plate with both 1/4"-20 camera screw. Three built-in bubble levels ensure accurate framing and composition.

Material of Construction Magnesium alloy
Type Ball head
Load Capacity 26.5 lb (12 kg)
Dimensions Working height: 5.0" (13.5 cm)
Base diameter: Not specified by manufacturer
Ball Sphere Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Adjustments Panning: 360°
Lateral tilt: -100° / +40°
Quick Release Yes, with 1/4"-20 camera plate
Friction Control Yes
Independent Pan Lock Yes
Tripod Attachment 3/8"-16 Female thread
Spirit Level Yes, x3
Finish Smoke
Weight 2.0 lb (1.0 kg)
Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release
  • Quick Release Camera Plate 200PL-14
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Extension Warranty after Registering Online
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    Manfrotto055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release
     
    4.7

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (14)
    • Attaches firmly (13)
    • Large range of motion (12)
    • Strong clamp (11)

    Cons

    • Heavy (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (14)
    • Portraits (13)
    • Night shots (12)
    • Wildlife (8)
    • Weddings (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (17)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Impressed

    I recently bought this ball head to work with a Manfrotto Super Clamp for use on an African photo safari later this year. I will use it with a Canon 60D and a Canon...Read complete review

    I recently bought this ball head to work with a Manfrotto Super Clamp for use on an African photo safari later this year. I will use it with a Canon 60D and a Canon 100-400L lens, so I am not stressing the maximum load capacity of 26.5 pounds. Right now (winter time) I have it set up on a tripod inside to start working with it. The camera feels very secure on the ball head with the Q2 quick release. It is a little heavier and bigger than I anticipated – my fault having bought sight unseen from B+H. But that's not a bad thing, as it gives me confidence that my camera isn't going anywhere while mounted on it – very stable. In hindsight I could have purchased the 054 w/Q2 but the prices were about the same, so I bought up. It's about 5¼ inches tall and about 4 inches at its widest point between knobs. The barrel of the ball head is about 2⅝ inches at its midpoint. The base is marked in degrees at 30 degree intervals for reference. The controls are very easy to operate and intuitive. Motion is very smooth. You can adjust the azimuth and ball knobs angle by pulling them out and rotating/repositioning them as desired. Quality, fit and finish are excellent. As my first Manfrotto purchase, I am impressed.

    The supplied instructions are in several different languages and apply to 054, 055 and 057 heads w/o a quick release and to the 054 and 055 with the Q2 quick release. It consists of both drawings and text.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Safety catch flaw

    First, nice head. Very strong and smooth. But it has a flaw with the safety catch. By design, the only thing that keeps the latch from opening all the way is a...Read complete review

    First, nice head. Very strong and smooth. But it has a flaw with the safety catch. By design, the only thing that keeps the latch from opening all the way is a safety catch that you have to push down to allow the latch to open completely. Here's the flaw, when the camera is in place that safety catch is pushed down by the plate allowing the latch to open completey. I've played and played with it trying to see if there was something I was doing wrong but I was not. The safety feature doesn't work when the camera is on the head and I release the latch because the safety catch is already in the down position...it simply doesn't stop the latch from opening. A deal breaker that causes an instant return.

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    5.0

    Best One So Far

    By Jack

    from dallas, tx

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Adjusted

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Portraits
    • Video

    Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

    easy to use, very stable, accurate, quick on & off
    works great for HDR, Panos, Portraiture

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Product

    By Rick

    from Corona,CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Adjusted
    • Locks In Tight
    • Smooth Movement

    Cons

    • A little heavy

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Outdoors
    • Portraits
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

    I use the 055 Magnesium Manfrotto ball head with my Manfrotto tripod, love how well it is made and how reliable and easy to use it has been for me. Use it mostly for outdoor photography, very happy with the product.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Nice Ball Head but I had some issues

    By Phil

    from Baltimore

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Secure Locking

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

      This is now my main ball head.It works smoothly and locks in place quickly and firmly.I had a manufacturing issue with the pan assembly. When I first used it the assembly began to separate from the ball head. I was going to return it, but I discovered that a set screw had not been tightened. I was able to fix the problem and now it works fine.

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      3.0

      Safety catch flaw

      By Bob

      from El Cajon, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Bad Safety Latch
      • Slow Panning

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

        First, nice head. Very strong and smooth. But it has a flaw with the safety catch. By design, the only thing that keeps the latch from opening all the way is a safety catch that you have to push down to allow the latch to open completely. Here's the flaw, when the camera is in place that safety catch is pushed down by the plate allowing the latch to open completey. I've played and played with it trying to see if there was something I was doing wrong but I was not. The safety feature doesn't work when the camera is on the head and I release the latch because the safety catch is already in the down position...it simply doesn't stop the latch from opening. A deal breaker that causes an instant return.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Awesome Head! Strong and Stable

        By Desert Photographer

        from Phoenix, AZ

        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
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

          If you need a high quality, large ball head for heavy, professional, gear than you should definitely consider this head.

          I've been very happy with it so far, it's super strong, smooth and very sturdy. Also like the size of it, I use it with the Induro Alloy 8M AT413 Legs (if you need a set of big legs, these are awesome) and the ball head and legs work beautifully together as if they were made to go together.

          The ball head locks really well and it doesn't creep once locked. I also like the fine adjustment knob, it allows you to leave the ball unlocked and adjust the tension with the fine knob, comes in handy when shooting moving subjects, I leave just enough tension to allow movement in the ball without letting the camera fall forward or wander.

          Also has two levels, a portrait angle selector and it's degreed all the way around and has full 360 degree panning with a solid pan lock and a built in indicator arrow so you know how far you've turned. Not to mention that it's capable of holding 26.5lbs!

          I use other Manfrotto products together with this head/plate combo as a sort of support kit; I use the 200PL Quick Release Plate with the 323 RC2 Quick Release Adapter + the Q2 L Bracket + the 223B Telescoping Flash Bracket and when you mix them all up you can create a support system that has quick release plates in a couple different spots which makes it easier to alter your setup mid shoot and yet it's very strong and stable.

          I shoot a 5D3 W/Grip, 70-200f2.8L IS II, 24-70f2.8L II, 16-35f2.8L II & 600Ex RT Speedlite

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          5.0

          055 Q2 is a Perfect Ball Head!

          By Kathy

          from Fort Myers, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

            Bought this to go with my Manfrotto 055 tripod. Had a fluid head and wanted a ball head also.

            Very solid easy to use head. Like the quick release plate. Not too heavy.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Wow!

            By foto mac

            from Wairarapa, New Zealand

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

            Just purchased the ball head after years of using a three way pan head on my 055 Pro B.Much easier to control than I anticipated - I'd expected adjusting it to be tricky.Flexibility is great, but, boy, is it heavy!

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            5.0

            Impressed

            By Jeff

            from Northern Virginia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Smooth
            • Stable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

              I recently bought this ball head to work with a Manfrotto Super Clamp for use on an African photo safari later this year. I will use it with a Canon 60D and a Canon 100-400L lens, so I am not stressing the maximum load capacity of 26.5 pounds. Right now (winter time) I have it set up on a tripod inside to start working with it. The camera feels very secure on the ball head with the Q2 quick release. It is a little heavier and bigger than I anticipated – my fault having bought sight unseen from B+H. But that's not a bad thing, as it gives me confidence that my camera isn't going anywhere while mounted on it – very stable. In hindsight I could have purchased the 054 w/Q2 but the prices were about the same, so I bought up. It's about 5¼ inches tall and about 4 inches at its widest point between knobs. The barrel of the ball head is about 2⅝ inches at its midpoint. The base is marked in degrees at 30 degree intervals for reference. The controls are very easy to operate and intuitive. Motion is very smooth. You can adjust the azimuth and ball knobs angle by pulling them out and rotating/repositioning them as desired. Quality, fit and finish are excellent. As my first Manfrotto purchase, I am impressed.

              The supplied instructions are in several different languages and apply to 054, 055 and 057 heads w/o a quick release and to the 054 and 055 with the Q2 quick release. It consists of both drawings and text.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Easy.

              By Darla

              from Cairo, Egypt

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Weak Clamp

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits

              Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

              I replaced a video head on my Manfrotto 3021BN sticks. This head works perfectly with my older model sticks. Solid pairing. After a week of using this ball head, I'm very happy. I've been shooting outdoors in sub-zero temperatures, and I find it very easy to release and lock down. It stays in place with the weight of a Nikon D700 and wide angle lens. The only reason I gave this 4 stars is the the quick release clip levers seem a little cheap.

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again and again

              By Diksand

              from Pretoria, South Africa

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits

              Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

              I don't know why I have not had one od these forever!

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              • No

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              5.0

              A piece of equipment

              By German Paz

              from Cabarete, DR

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Heavy

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

              Very solid and stable, rotates very smooth and precise. A little bulky and heavy for my taste but not too much to regret buying it.

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              5.0

              multi purpose

              By ron

              from toronto, canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                    easy to use
                    great for any usages: wildlife and landscape

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great ball head

                    By EC

                    from Toronto

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                      I got this head along with the 055xprob legs. This is the first tripod/head I've owned so I don't have anything to compare it to, but here's my opinion anyway.
                      Together, they make for a great combo. The quick release plate is easy to operate and locks securely. The ball moves smoothly and the pan and the portrait mode function really comes in handy.
                      Although I spent a bit more than I would have liked on this head, I have no regrets and after having used it for a while, I would say that it was well worth the price.

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                      5.0

                      Good but not so much with a heavy lens

                      By Mark

                      from Peoria IL

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Slight creep

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                      I think this is a good product, but i noticed a slight drop of my focus point after securing the screw. I had a rather heavy lens on my camera at the time, so I exchanged this head for a Manfrotto Magnesium Ball Head with Q5--adjustable head.

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                      5.0

                      excellent product

                      By cobra03

                      from las vegas, nv

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • None Yet

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                      very stable. solid product.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      ...perfect

                      By oneANT

                      from Australia

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                        Installed on a 055cxprob3 and of course it fits perfectly on a 055 Tripod. Larger than the 054 its size is a determination of the weight you deem is required for your camera body and lens weight. I like that you can set your own custom control positions and the controls are well designed and can be operated without looking. The grip is firm and gives confidence. Well designed ...well made.

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                        5.0

                        rock solid !

                        By photo Al

                        from Santa Maria, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Easy to adjust
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Machining finish
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                        Mounted this ball head on my Manfrotto 3401B tripod and this combination is solid as a rock. Have a Nikon D200 with vertical grip ( 2 batteries. ) and a 24-120 f4 VR lens attached and the head stays in the position its locked with absolutely no movement. The separate adjustment and pan knobs are easy to use and positioned perfectly. The fit and finish on this head are flawless.

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                        4.0

                        High quality head but little big

                        By EPCalif

                        from San Francisco, CA

                        Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                        This head is the same quality as the 054 series but bigger. In fact the base of the head is bigger than the 055 tripod mount. So after installing it it doesn't seem to look and feel very good. I am kind of surprised that this head is designed for 055 tripods. The 054 head fits the 055 tripods perfectly so I am staying with the 054 head.

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                        Manfrotto -  200PL Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw and 3/8" Bushing Adapter
                        • You Pay: $17.50
                         
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