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Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release

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Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release

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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 26.5 lb
  • Plate with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 Screws
  • Working Height: 5"
  • Weighs 2 lb
  • 360° Pan with Independent Pan Lock
  • Friction Adjustment
  • Lateral Tilt: -100° / +40°
  • 90 - 105 Degree Portrait Angle Selector
  • 2 Spirit Levels
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The Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release is a sturdy, professional ball head with separate controls for tilt, pan, and friction that enable precise positioning. With a 26.5 lb load capacity and a large-area camera plate with 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20 screws, the durable head is suitable for just about any camera.

The 055 head's lateral tilt ranges from -100° to +40°, and pan is a full 360°. With the head's independent pan lock, its state-of-the-art materials and technology that enable smooth movements, plus the degree markers around the base, the 055 is well-suited for precise panoramic photography.

The head's quick-release mechanism is the redesigned RC4 system, which offers a large contact area for attaching cameras with long lenses and other heavy equipment.

Material of Construction Magnesium alloy
Type Ball head
Load Capacity 26.5 lb (12 kg)
Dimensions Working height: 5.0" (13.5 cm)
Ball Sphere Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Base Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Adjustments Panning: 360°
Lateral tilt: -100° / +40°
Quick Release Yes, with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 camera screws
Friction Control Yes
Independent Pan Lock Yes
Tripod Attachment 3/8"-16
Spirit Level Yes, 2
Finish Smoke
Weight 2.0 lb (1.0 kg)
Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release
  • 410PL Quick Release Plate - for RC4 Quick Release System
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Extension Warranty after Registering Online
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    Manfrotto055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release
     
    4.8

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (21)
    • Strong clamp (21)
    • Attaches firmly (20)
    • Large range of motion (20)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (18)
    • Night shots (15)
    • Wildlife (13)
    • Portraits (12)
    • Travel (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (5), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (21)

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Better than expected

    By PLPD

    from Cazenovia ny

    Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

    So happy I bought this vs the more expensive heads. Works better than expected and perfect for my D810

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    5.0

    Superb Ball Head

    By Chuck

    from Brevard, NC

    Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

    This was purchased in concert with the Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 tripod, and I couldn't be more pleased. This is my first ball head and learning to attach and operate it was easier than expected. It is extremely well-designed and appears to be very durable. I particularly like the friction calibration mechanism for the ball movement, which enables fluid, but stable, positioning. I hesitated in buying the large RC4 release plate, but am glad I did. It adds an extra element of rock solid stability for the 300 mm telephoto, and the release mechanism is simple and quick. However, it is a little bulky to leave on the camera. The single-lever lock allows for a fast, precise and secure positioning of the camera, with no post-lock movement at all. Great piece of equipment.

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    5.0

    Better than expected

    By mlofoto

    from Charlotte,NC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commercial

      Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

      This head really works well and I use a 5dM3 with 70-200f2.8 lens so it's a little overloaded but it's holding tight.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Larger Platform Ball Head

      By cocopics

      from NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

        I needed a ball head with a larger platform for my D200S when attached to my larger lenses and my Zeiss scope which I have a Nikon adaptor for. Works well with Nikon and lenses...haven't tried it yet with scope but will update review when I do. the attachment of the removable platform was tricky at first but once you take off put on a few times it is much easier and quicker to do

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Manfrotto ball head

        By Galen

        from La Verne, California

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

        I bought this to work on my 055pro tripod. I just did a shoot in death vally. Lots of hiking. It worked perfectly with a 5D Mark III, batterie grip and batteries. Very solid and easy to use.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Huge platform

        By unclemikey

        from Richmond VA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large For A Carry Around
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

          Solid as a rock but it surprises me that this is the recommended head for the Manfrotto 055CXPro4. I bought the tripod because it is very light weight. The 055 Ball with RC4 quick release weighs as much as the tripod. I like the friction addition as it makes it easier to adjust on the fly. I'll get used to this because it is made very well and will hold more than the 26LB rating. In fact I think it would hold a Ford 150. Truthfully, I would not get rid of this ball head but I'm thinking it is too big for the 055CXPro4 and will most likely get a 055midi from Manfrotto. I'll use this one on one of my studio tripods instead.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent Ball Head

          By James R

          from Chicago IL

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

            This is my first ball head. All operations are silky smooth. Locks up tight. All controls are easily accessible. The RC4 quick release plate offers a very nice purchase area for my Canon 70 200 mm lens holds it rocksteady in any position. The 90° portrait angle is a very nice addition. You will find that the construction of this head is of excellent quality. You can pay two or even three times more but why would you? You need shop no further this is the one to own. I have absolutely no cons. So go ahead and buy it already. As always B&H is a pleasure to do business with!

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            4.0

            Great Head, So So Quick Release Plate

            By MPPNO

            from New Orleans, LA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • Quick-release Plate

            Best Uses

            • Portraits
            • Travel

            Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

            It is well made and perhaps more than needed for a DSLR. It is extremely well finished and locks tightly. I did not give it 5 stars because the rubber padding on the quick-release plate buckles up when I tighten down on long lens collars. It holds long lenses better than my old pentagonal plates, but will still move with a little pressure. It requires a tool (or coin) to attach, but needs a screwdriver to tighten enough to prevent slipping.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Quality product

            By Glenn

            from Washington D.C. area

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

            I use this head with a heavy rig, Sony A850/vert. grip with a 70-400 lens and it seems to handle it fine. The locks are sturdy and I have not experianced any slipage. Haven't had it long enough to offer any in depth openions yet but I do like it so far. (2 weeks of ownership). Plate release is just a bit clunky, mostly my not being used to it yet.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Ball Head

            By Kushal

            from Anchorage, Alaska

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

              I love this head. So easy to use and stable. I use a 1DX with a 70-200 MM 2.8 without any issues.

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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great action

              By THOP

              from Augusta, Maine

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Lever Jams Up

              Best Uses

              • When You Don't Want Shake

              Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

              I bought this ball head to attach to an older aluminum manfroote tripod. Apparently it was designed with medium format cameras in mind, however I am shooting with a d7000. The action of the ballhead itself is great, especially because you can adjust the tension when using longer glass.
              The quick release plate comes on and off with your thumb and finger pushing in a button and pulling the lever out. Sometimes the lever gets jammed against this release button when it is opened too far. I feel it is something I am willing to cope with. Most importantly, it holds my 70-300 no problem in the portrait position at any angle (as long as you tighten the screw on the bottom of the camera very tight). Overall, I'm using it and happy.

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Stellar Ball Head

              By Jason

              from Oxbow, Saskatchewan

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

                Just got this and it's great. Works slick. Lots of control with it and the ball holds tight.

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Ball Head

                By AndyGot

                from Hudson, FL

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

                Used for viedo and still shoots. Very easy to use and moves very smooth in all direction. The RC4 quick release is prefect for my use.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Sturdy Ball Head

                By Cash

                from austin, tx

                About Me Pro Photographer

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

                  This ball head is a beast. The plate locks in nicely, the pivot is smooth and offers excellent control. I am using with my D600 and Manfrotto 055XPROB legs and I'm very happy with results. I feel like it could hold way more than 26.5 lbs but that's what it's officially rated at.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Quality and Craftsmanship

                  By Old Pete

                  from Cadiz, KY

                  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
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

                    This ball head is extremely versitle and well designed. So far I have not found any cons.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Versatile tripod head

                    By robd1

                    from Perth, Western Australia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Friction Not Precise

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

                    A simple operating head which is smooth and ideal for stationary or mobile subjects. Can set the amount of friction as the situation demands and can be locked easily with one control in any position. My options were the Cullman equivalent which may be as good if not better in that the locking mechanism seems to be less of a turn and the friction control more precise. It is also very smooth. The Cullman controls are a knob type with the friction control a smaller knob in the centre which is convenient compared to double lever types for the Manfrotto and a separate friction control

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent engineering

                    By Johny boy

                    from Saba Caribbean

                    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
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

                      I wanted a ball head that was precise and very well made for my panoramas, i got it . I would absolutely recommend this.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Smooth

                      By RL

                      from Washington, DC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

                        Solid construction with smooth ball rotation. I love the 90 degree slide adjustment. This is my first head purchase and so far it's awesome.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        A Rock

                        By vmantaxi

                        from Richmond, VA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots

                        Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

                        I mainly bought this for time-lapse work. This thing is rock solid. The knobs do not take too much pressure to secure it's position. Im currently mounting a Merlin Telescopic Head along with my 5D Mark II with no problems. Holding it in your hand, it feels like a grenade. If you are looking for a rock solid support system with superior build quality.. then click buy now.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        good product

                        By JLDIJDYI

                        from san diego ca

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release:

                        good product

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