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ManfrottoMH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release
 
4.5

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Large range of motion (14)
  • Stable (14)
  • Attaches firmly (11)
  • Strong clamp (9)

Cons

  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (10)
  • Portraits (9)
  • Night shots (8)
  • Wildlife (8)
  • Sports/action (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

"Super heavyduty yet super precise"

I was amazed with the robust build of this ballhead,yet when i held it, the weight was surprisingly light. The knobs were easy to turn and very precise!Yes!i will want to...Read complete review

I was amazed with the robust build of this ballhead,yet when i held it, the weight was surprisingly light. The knobs were easy to turn and very precise!Yes!i will want to buy this tripod again and again...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Massive & Chunky

Big and sturdy, chunky feeling release plate. Has basically all the features you would need, but it's a bit heavy. Pairs well with an 057 tripod. Adjustable handles are a nice touch,...Read complete review

Big and sturdy, chunky feeling release plate. Has basically all the features you would need, but it's a bit heavy. Pairs well with an 057 tripod. Adjustable handles are a nice touch, as well as levels. Pretty smooth and functional. Not the most precise engineering, but for 98% of uses it is fine.

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1.0

horrible ball head with fitment issue

By jc

from Chino Hills, CA

About Me Casual Photographer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Flimsy Construction

Best Uses

    Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

    the ball and plates was using a key ways and screw those 2 pieces together, and mine was not fitting well, so i have a loosing plate that moves around, when i email them, they just completely ignore, horrible manufacture...

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    4.0

    Manfrotto Magnesium Ball Head

    By SubmarineSound

    from Southern California

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

      I'm using it for stills and video
      Its easy to level quickly and panning is smooth
      Its fairly heavy which is good to damp vibration but not so good on long hikes

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      • No

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      5.0

      Solid Solid Solid

      By Astro Shooter

      from Vancouver Canada

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Quiality
      • Solid
      • Well designed

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

        This head is what I was looking for and it has delivered, perfectly. Solidly build, all the right features. Features like the adjustable levers, the 90 degree stop and the levels, outstanding. Worth every penny.

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        • No

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        5.0

        The best of the best

        By New Era Media

        from Australia

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Build quality
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

        I've owned many ball heads in the past. This is the best out there in my opinion. The build quality is top notch. I use mine heavily in dusty environments, extreme heat and in rain and it's never let me down. A blast with the air compressor cleans it up nice. You will always have control with this ball head, even with a Canon 1DC, 70-200mm lens and monitor attached.

        It can become heavy if you're carrying it around the field all the time. This is why I purchased the 055 model as well.

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        5.0

        Manfrotto always builds quality stuff

        By Dave

        from Washington, DC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

          I needed this for my monopod and slider system. Great design, very easy to use, super solid!

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          • No

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          3.0

          Massive & Chunky

          By PrimeTime68

          from White Plains, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

          Big and sturdy, chunky feeling release plate. Has basically all the features you would need, but it's a bit heavy. Pairs well with an 057 tripod. Adjustable handles are a nice touch, as well as levels. Pretty smooth and functional. Not the most precise engineering, but for 98% of uses it is fine.

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          • No

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          4.0

          "Rock Stable"

          By Jeanie Peanie

          from Venice, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

          Excellant companion to the 057 3-section carbon fiber tripod w/ rapid center column. My first priority was stability and this combination met my expectations. Easy to use with an ergonomic design. Alittle on the heavy side but well worth it.

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          5.0

          Solid, easy to adjust. Perfect head.

          By Me

          from Nunavut (northern Canada)

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

          No flaws at all. Rock solid, quite easy to adjust. Can't ask for more.

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          • No

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          5.0

          "Super heavyduty yet super precise"

          By alfred

          from Bataan, Philippines

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Precise

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

            I was amazed with the robust build of this ballhead,yet when i held it, the weight was surprisingly light. The knobs were easy to turn and very precise!Yes!i will want to buy this tripod again and again...

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            • No

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            5.0

            Massive Head

            By Lindy

            from Los Angeles, Ca

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

              I bought this Ball Head to support a heavy teleprompter. It surpassed my expections & functioned perfectly!

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              5.0

              Outstanding

              By Luis Urena

              from Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

              Originally i thought of giving this product a 4 start rating, but in allhonesty, it deserves the 5 star rating. My only concern originally was weight, but compared to the small ballhead I had originally, the weight was expected.Accuracy with this ballhead is amazing. it is very smooth, easy to use, and allows you to have very accurate shots without the fear of it moving. This was specially the case when using heavy zoom lenses and my 7D. No issue at all and was able to do proper focus stacking without any issues.I deffinitely recommend it.

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              5.0

              So easy & Durable

              By Drumvannelle

              from Dubai - UAE

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                This head is so easy and handy especially at situation where you just need change aim while holding the camera. It also very convienent to store where you don't need unscrew any part to fit in your cary case unlike other traditional heads. It is also very sturdy unlike other known ball heads.

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                4.0

                Everything I wanted

                By Jono

                from Gold Coast, Australia

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                  This was exactly what I was looking for. The ball head mechanism is strong and can hold my canon 7d with a 100-400mm on it with out slipping on portrait mode. The levels in the quick release have certainly helped my landscape photos and the ability to adjust the knobs to where you need them to be is just brilliant. The only reason why I didn't rate this as 5 star is becasue the base of the quick release head can get a little fiddly depending on how you have it attached to your camera. Overall this is a great tripod head.

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect Ball Head for sliders

                  By Don F

                  from Leominster, MA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                    I use this ball head on my slider for DSLR video.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    It is a worthy product.

                    By KMD

                    from Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

                    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
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                      Sometimes it is difficult to qualify excellent products. This ball head is easy to be used, is beautiful, is sturdy and is very stable. When you put your hands on it, it will speak for itself.

                      I use it with a Manfrotto 117B tripod and I can say that, they work nice together. These devices are heavy, weighting 9.0 kg when in bag for transportation. They are absolutely still when in use with medium weight equipments and it is easy to find the system balance moving the plate back and forward.

                      I love them so much because they always give me completely still pictures. They are perfect when there is no need for moving them from place to place very frequently or for carrying them in hands to a further distance.

                      When I was searching for a tripod and a ball head, I wished something more massive for perfect and still pictures and I got it. In the place where I live, there is no option for buying good carbon fiber tripods, so I could not compare them at all and thus I decided to buy this one and I would do it again without any hesitation, because they have helped me to reach my purposes and I am very glad with them.

                      I consider them a good choice, although heavy.

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                      5.0

                      I will like to buy this again.

                      By Eugene

                      from Surrey BC Canada

                      About Me Semi-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
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                      This gear is very useful and stable. I enjoy to take pics with this gear in my tripod.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Solid.

                      By Teddyfil

                      from NJ

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                      This ball head is absolutely solid. i bought it to stabilize DSLRs on short tracks that are basically portable dollies. And i wanted a ball head that would be able to hold it and stay ABSOLUTELY solid during the entirety of the track.

                      Also used for photography, and is just wonderful at both applications.

                      It does the job quite well, but in being solid, it can be a little big and heavy for a ball head. That is more of a testament to it's stability, less of a con.

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