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Manfrotto410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg)
 
4.8

(based on 242 reviews)

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    (199)

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    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (118)
  • Attaches firmly (103)
  • Large range of motion (87)
  • Easy to use (79)
  • Strong clamp (78)

Cons

  • Heavy (48)
  • Heavy / bulky (15)
  • Complicated controls (3)
  • Heavy bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (136)
  • Night shots (76)
  • Portraits (50)
  • Home (47)
  • Travel (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (84), Photo enthusiast (65), Semi-pro photographer (65), Casual photographer (3), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (183), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Why did I wait?

I use the Manfrotto 410 junior geared head for product photography. I use this head with Vanguard Alta 263AB tripod legs. That tripod originally came with the Vanguard SBH-100 ball head. I...Read complete review

I use the Manfrotto 410 junior geared head for product photography. I use this head with Vanguard Alta 263AB tripod legs. That tripod originally came with the Vanguard SBH-100 ball head. I removed the ball head and replaced it with the Manfrotto 410.

What's great about it ... pretty much everything. If you do any kind of photography which requires precise camera positioning, don't wait -- get this head now. You will wonder how you ever lived without it. Prior to using the geared head, I was using a decent quality ball head. I was getting super frustrated adjusting it because it took a lot of fine motor coordination on my part to make any sort of fine adjustments. And even then, because the ball head had a little bit of "slop" (common with many ball heads!), after I tightened the ball lock and let go of the camera, it would shift down enough to seriously affect the composition. I would do this over and over and over again, spending precious time fine tuning composition to compensate for the imprecision of the ball head. With this geared head, no more. Twist a few knobs, and bam, I'm set.

Another great feature of this Manfrotto geared head is the size of the quick-release plate. Whereas the quick release plate on my ball head was about 1"x1.5", the Manfrotto quick release plate is a good 2"x3". The benefit? Whereas the smaller QR plate on my ball head would require ridiculously tightening to keep it from twisting under the weight of the camera (because of the small size of its gripping surface area), the Manfrotto quick release plate has such a large surface area for grip that it just holds and stays put.

I simply cannot say enough about how much more pleasant the geared head has made my photography.

The not so good ... the quick release plate tightening mechanism is a screw head, rather than a handle-head. You need a large, flat thing to tighten it. It would have been nice to have the flip out handle that you see in some other QR plates. Other than that, I can't think of anything bad.

Overall, I wholeheartedly (and then some) recommend the Manfrotto 410 junior geared head for anyone who needs to make precise adjustments to their camera while shooting. You know who you are.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

precision control

I needed a head that could give me precise control on the 3 axes. This is exactly what this head does, and it does it well. However ...
The head won't...Read complete review

I needed a head that could give me precise control on the 3 axes. This is exactly what this head does, and it does it well. However ...
The head won't allow your camera to "look straight up" : one of the buttons hits the central part of the head preventing it to look up more than app 30 degrees.
This wouldn't be so much of a problem if it were easy to mount the camera facing aft on the head, but the mouning plate will only fit one way on the head. The workaround is to unscrew the plate slightly (with a screwdriver or coin), turn it 180 degress, fasten it again, mount the camera back on the head, turn it sideways and up... what a hassle.
Except for this not so clever design, the head works great. I'm pleased with it.

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5.0

great for precision

By Jon

from RI

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

2 leveling bubbles are a great design feature. Spoiled by video heads that let you level the actual head relative to the legs

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5.0

Ideal for Real Estate!

By Trevor

from Portland, OR

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Preciseness

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Real Estate

    Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

    I'm using a 5D MKIII with a grip and this fits perfect, and makes it incredibly easy to confirm the proper angle / tilt while setting up the ideal shot. This may not be the perfect tripod head for someone who is needing to make quick adjustments, but for real estate / landscape photography where you have the time to make sure everything is set just right, I can't imagine a product that will outdo this one. Well worth the $, indeed!

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    5.0

    EXCELLENT!

    By di Simondi

    from Boston

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Precise
    • Smooth

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Architecture
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro
      • Product Photography

      Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

      I have been using the Manfrotto 410 for about 6 months now. I bought it for real estate and architectural photography, but it is SO nice to work with that I use it for many types of jobs. Also nice to work with is this type of quick release mechanism. Although I once had a problem with the quick release, the repair service was superb - rapid, exacting, and free. The 410 head is strong and stable for 35mm format. It has no problem handling my 5Diii with 24mm tilt/shift or 17mm tilt/shift lenses. The adjustment knobs rotate smoothly and precisely for exacting adjustments, and each has an override mechanism for large changes. Engineering, materials and manufacture are all excellent - one of my favorite pieces of photo gear!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Geared Tripod Head

      By Frjosi

      from Toledo,Ohio

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Good Audio Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

          Why did I wait so long? There's no going back to ball heads!!!

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          5.0

          Does the job well

          By wireless researcher

          from Brooklyn, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

              We mount radio equipment on the pan-tilt unit.

              Stable as anything. Easy to use. No real weaknesses.

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              BEWARE!!

              By Mark

              from Davis, CA

              Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

              Once you use this head you'll wonder how you got along without it! Switched to this head about 10 years ago from the 3047 head. So much faster for minor adjusting. Have 10 of these heads, this is a replacement for one that bit the dust from dropping the tripod/head on concrete. Hated spending the money again, but could not see a better head out there for the money. Hint: we use a vertaflip to shoot verticals, keeps the camera over the center of the tripod.

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              5.0

              Great Tripod Head

              By Pat

              from Young Harris, GA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                The gears on this Manfrotto head enables the photographer to make small and accurate adjustments to get the camera exactly level on the tripod.

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                • No

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                5.0

                1st 30 days I am still happy, no movement at all

                By Jim

                from NC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                  Is it heaver than my other heads, yes, but that is why I got it. I am not sure if I would want to use it for everyday outside lifestyle photography, but for everything else it works very well.

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                  5.0

                  Love this geared head

                  By Rob the studio manager

                  from Benton Harbor, MI

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Architecture

                    Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                    We use this in a large commercial photo studio, and we own at least eight of them. It is a great value; a quality product at a reasonable price.

                    The product is perfect for making tiny leveling adjustments but still allows for quick major moves also. Architecture and set photography require the geared movements.

                    The Junior Geared Head is perfect for our DSLRs and we do use it occasionally with larger cameras, but the step up from Manfrotto is a better option there.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good Macro Head

                    By DelMar_Photog

                    from San Diego, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Precise Control

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                    If you planning on getting this know what you are getting. If you want precise control for studio work, especially macro, it is awesome. Control in 3 axis by geared knobs. Bigger interior knob in each dimension to make a big move, and release to lock again. This is a heavy ball head. I would not use it for field work, unless you want a workout. The quick release plate took a little fiddling to figure out how it worked, not intuitive or easy, but stays put once locked. I got it to do studio macro work, and for that it is very well suited.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good Solid Performer

                    By Studio X

                    from Republic of Vermont

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Solid
                    • Well designed

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Architecture
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                      I've recently gotten back into shooting architecture and controlled landscapes in both digital and film. After struggling with the standard Bogen 3047 3 axis pan/tilt head, I decided to get the 410.

                      It is well made, nicely heavy with the right amount of resistance on the adjusters. I holds my Nikon F3 with the MD4 motor drive and a long lens with great stability. There is no movement from the head.

                      The only downside is I don't really trust level bubbles on tripods or heads as these things get knocked around quite a bit over the years.

                      All in all, a fair price for a quality bit of kit.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Perfect for Real Estate Phtos

                      By Shawn

                      from St.

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                          Previously I used a Manfrotto tilt and pan head for real estate photography. After using the 410 Junior on just one job I was wondering how I ever got along without it. So easy to level and it stays solid in place. Well built and easy to use. It has no problem supporting my Canon 7D and Sigma 10-20.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Works Great

                          By G A B R I

                          from NJ

                          About Me Pro 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 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                            Excellent for heavy gear, well made

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            I love it

                            By mastersr1956

                            from Latrobe, PA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                            • Bulky
                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Astrophotography
                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                            This is my first geared head i have owned. My old tripod and head used to droop down every time i tried to aim it. This holds my gear rock solid.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            excellent

                            By RLPhoto

                            from Burlington, VT

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                                can't beat the security of a geared head

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                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Superior Tool!

                                By di Simondi

                                from Boston, MA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Precise Movements
                                • Smooth Actions

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Architecture
                                  • Interior design
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro
                                  • Product photography

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                                  My primary work is real estate and commercial. I often use wide angle and tilt/shift lenses requiring exact placement. This head does a superb job. It has precise movements and smooth action, saving me time in critical setups.

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                                  • No

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                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Rugged and Servicable

                                  By Jefenator

                                  from Oregon

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Precise

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy
                                  • Stiff Action

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Product Still Life

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                                  After 3 years, one of the axes was developing quite a bit of play, and it was really starting to bum me out. I didn't figure it would be easy to fix the issue.
                                  I figured wrong. Peel the round badge off (it's basically just a big rugged sticker with angle markings I never refer to) and voila! Get a 4mm hex wrench, tighten the adjuster bolt a *tiny* bit, and the play is gone!
                                  Apparently disassembly & re-greasing is also possible - I'll save that for some later time. I'm just super stoked to have my beloved geared head back as new in under 5 minutes.
                                  The sticker even slaps back on and shows no sign of wanting to fall off on its own.
                                  Apart from that, this is my favorite head ever - precise adjusting with NO settling is a huge deal for me. I might have to try the lighter duty version now that one exists (this 410 can be a little overkill for hiking with a mirrorless).

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                                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Why did I wait?

                                  By jyc23

                                  from Frederick, MD

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                                  I use the Manfrotto 410 junior geared head for product photography. I use this head with Vanguard Alta 263AB tripod legs. That tripod originally came with the Vanguard SBH-100 ball head. I removed the ball head and replaced it with the Manfrotto 410.

                                  What's great about it ... pretty much everything. If you do any kind of photography which requires precise camera positioning, don't wait -- get this head now. You will wonder how you ever lived without it. Prior to using the geared head, I was using a decent quality ball head. I was getting super frustrated adjusting it because it took a lot of fine motor coordination on my part to make any sort of fine adjustments. And even then, because the ball head had a little bit of "slop" (common with many ball heads!), after I tightened the ball lock and let go of the camera, it would shift down enough to seriously affect the composition. I would do this over and over and over again, spending precious time fine tuning composition to compensate for the imprecision of the ball head. With this geared head, no more. Twist a few knobs, and bam, I'm set.

                                  Another great feature of this Manfrotto geared head is the size of the quick-release plate. Whereas the quick release plate on my ball head was about 1"x1.5", the Manfrotto quick release plate is a good 2"x3". The benefit? Whereas the smaller QR plate on my ball head would require ridiculously tightening to keep it from twisting under the weight of the camera (because of the small size of its gripping surface area), the Manfrotto quick release plate has such a large surface area for grip that it just holds and stays put.

                                  I simply cannot say enough about how much more pleasant the geared head has made my photography.

                                  The not so good ... the quick release plate tightening mechanism is a screw head, rather than a handle-head. You need a large, flat thing to tighten it. It would have been nice to have the flip out handle that you see in some other QR plates. Other than that, I can't think of anything bad.

                                  Overall, I wholeheartedly (and then some) recommend the Manfrotto 410 junior geared head for anyone who needs to make precise adjustments to their camera while shooting. You know who you are.

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great product

                                  By bsatchfield

                                  from Tampa Bay, Florida

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Precise Movement

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Architecture
                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                                    Well-built, easy to install, good controls, does exactly what it's designed to do. Very good gear head for professional applications.

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                                    4.0

                                    Finally level headed

                                    By P

                                    from North AL

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy to Use

                                    Cons

                                    • Bulky

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                                    Real estate shoots becamea lot faster, and this head saves hours of post-processing. Only complaint was with how hard it was to release the plate when I unpacked. I'm not a complete weakling but finally had to ask for help to move the lever. Since then no other problems. Love the ease in making incremental adjustments. Heavy, but worth it for myintended use.

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