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Manfrotto054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release
 
4.7

(based on 160 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (126)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (133)
  • Attaches firmly (117)
  • Large range of motion (116)
  • Strong clamp (106)
  • Locks in tight (12)

Cons

  • Heavy (18)
  • Complicated controls (3)
  • Weak clamp (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (122)
  • Portraits (102)
  • Night shots (97)
  • Travel (67)
  • Home (63)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (82), Semi-pro photographer (36), Pro photographer (20), Casual photographer (10), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (145)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Loose Screws

four stars because of the two screws holding the swivel latch that secures the camera mounting plate to the head keep coming loose and need re-tightening to the point now that the two screws now...Read complete review

four stars because of the two screws holding the swivel latch that secures the camera mounting plate to the head keep coming loose and need re-tightening to the point now that the two screws now need to be replaced. Maybe some red lock-tight added to the threads would help with the problem. I'm trying to get replacement screws from Manfrotto.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Solid but with a large flaw

This was a great product at first and it is still in many ways. The controls for adjust work well in the hands and the bubble levels are extremely useful. There is much bad...Read complete review

This was a great product at first and it is still in many ways. The controls for adjust work well in the hands and the bubble levels are extremely useful. There is much bad to be said of this; however, I found that having to push two levers simultaneously to unlock the head was a little cumbersome, but not a deal breaker - one just becomes accustomed to it. One of the deal breakers for me was that the plate became loose after a while and would shake and jitter. Of course, this makes a head useless and while I'm sure something could have been tightened - I didn't want to have to worry about it. I opted for a head where you tighten the plate in instead of a locking system as this one has.

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5.0

Workss as advertised

By coryginger

from Silver Spring, MD

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Adjusted
  • Smooth Movement

Cons

  • Has No Set Screw Holes

Best Uses

  • Home
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Outdoors
  • Portraits
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

The head operates smoothly and securely locks down the camera with minimal effort. The friction setting, as it came from the factory allows perfect fluid motion. It is adjustable if not to your liking. This head is easy to learn and easy to use. The odd thing is that this head has no set screw holes, it just attaches to center bolt on the tripod.

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4.0

Works for me

By Mike

from Chicago

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Adjusted
  • Locks In Tight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Outdoors
    • Travel

    Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

    I haven't used it much yet. I am not a pro so for me a top of the line arca swiss or such is out of the question. It easily holds my 5DmkIII with a 70-200 f2.8L in place and that's all I need right now. My one beef, and it's not important to me is the red piece of plastic that stops the movement at 90 degrees, or lets it go to to 100 deg. When I adjust the tension to where I prefer it ( a little tight ) you can't move the lever that moves the plastic sleave. I just leave it in the 100 degree position. If you like the movement more free and loose, it shouldn't be a problem

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    5.0

    As always Excellent

    By Jay

    from Outer Banks, NC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easily Adjusted
    • Lightweight
    • Locks In Tight
    • Smooth Movement

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

      Only the second ball head I had to purchase the original one I sold after 10 years.

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      5.0

      Great versitile head

      By Prodigynumber1

      from Orlando, FL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Locks In Tight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fine Art
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Studio

        Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

        This is a great ball head. It is sturdy enough to handle the weight of larger systems, but it's not too bulky or heavy. The addition of the adjustable tension is a plus. I also love the fact that it uses the same quick release plates as my older CR2 head.

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        5.0

        Great piece of equipment

        By Iron Guru

        from Los Angeles,CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Adjusted
        • Lightweight
        • Locks In Tight
        • Smooth Movement

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

          Smooth action and solid grip will surely make it more enjoyable for any photographer. Exellent design and solid build scream quality.

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          5.0

          Great Tripod Head

          By LLPhoto

          from Md

          Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

          I got this to go with my Manfrotto MT190XPRO 4. It fits nicely on the tripod with no obstruction of the nobs on the head or the swivel level on the tripod. I really like being able to adjust the friction setting. It was easy to set it so I could move my camera around smoothly but also would just flop if I let go of the camera. The other great feature is the 90/110 selector. It make going right to portrait, if the tripod is level, fast but also allows you to be off level but still have room to work with. Great purchase.

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          5.0

          Great Ballhead!

          By Mike

          from Las Cruces, NM

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Adjusted
          • Lightweight
          • Locks In Tight
          • Smooth Movement

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

              Had an older ballhead which I wore out. This has some new features that make it superior to my last. I love the pressure adjustment to keep the ball head from just flopping around when you release it. Also is narrower at the base and my camera doesn't hit it and not allow a full 90 degree rotation. Also like the vertical rotation stop that gives you a 90 degree rotation or remove for more.

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              5.0

              One of the best tripod heads I've used..

              By Twobirdsflyingpub

              from U.S.A.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Adjusted
              • Locks In Tight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Outdoors
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                The scope of my digital photography is such that I use long focal length lenses. I needed a tripod head that could provide an absolutely stable platform for my cameras at a price that didn't require taking out a second mortgage. This Manfrotto ball head filled that need. B&H Photo's pricing was competitive an the shipping was prompt with excellent order process reports.

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                5.0

                Solid Support

                By joekodak

                from Huntersville, NC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Adjusted
                • Good Footing
                • Lightweight
                • Locks In Tight
                • Smooth Movement

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                  I bought the 054 to mount onto the Manfrotto 190XPro4 legs and it's a good match. The large ball head can be adjusted in tiny increments and the knobs are a nice size for my large hands. The panning feature is something I missed with a previous ball head (cheap one) that I bought and returned a couple of years ago. This one will easily hold my Canon 5DMkiii with any sized lens. The feature for rotating the head to a portrait orientation is really nice.

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                  5.0

                  Power to proform

                  By Randy

                  from Norfolk, VA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Footing
                  • Locks In Tight
                  • Smooth Movement

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Outdoors
                    • Portraits
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                    Ease of use with new dial directional help makes using this very easy. This has plenty of strength to handle just about anything you put on it. Gotta love the Q2 QR system. Make using on other tripod and my monopod very easy to switch around.

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                    5.0

                    Manfrotto ball head with tripod is Great

                    By LJ from NY

                    from Yonkers, NY

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Adjusted
                    • Good Footing
                    • Locks In Tight
                    • Smooth Movement

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                    this tripod rocks, in fact I had it on the rocks at a birding event. It did it very beautifully. Yes it is a little heavy but I want a tripod that holds my Canon pro cameras without worry. It is sturdy, efficient, a power house that held my 150-600 lens without any problems. It's fluid head works great with just a flip of your hand you are shooting in different angles. This is a great tripod at a great price point. I recommend this to anyone that carries heavy equipment it works.

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                    5.0

                    wonderful ball head

                    By arkaybee

                    from utah

                    Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                    This head is a little heavier than i expected but it is very strong and stable. It rotates smoothly and tightens down like a sailor in a storm.

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                    5.0

                    Great Flexibility AND Sturdy!

                    By mrjcall

                    from Asheville, NC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easily Adjusted
                    • Lightweight
                    • Locks In Tight
                    • Smooth Movement

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Outdoors
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                      Needed something for my longer lenses and this head fits the bill perfectly allowing me to comfortably and securely use my 70-200.

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                      4.0

                      Unbelievably smooth

                      By injectorhead

                      from New Orleans

                      Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                      This head is better than advertised. Super smooth and easy to operate. I highly recommend.

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                      4.0

                      Smooth action

                      By Sp2pilot

                      from Peoria, AZ

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Adjusted
                      • Lightweight
                      • Locks In Tight
                      • Smooth Movement

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Outdoors
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                        This ball head moves so smoothly!

                        The tension knob doesn't really provide a noticeable difference though.
                        I'm using this with the Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 tripod, which may not be the best combo together. Sometimes the tripod head gets in the way of turning the knobs on this head. Minor problem though.

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                        5.0

                        Easy To Use And Solid

                        By Bill

                        from Yorkville, IL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Adjusted
                        • Lightweight
                        • Locks In Tight
                        • Smooth Movement

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Outdoors
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                          I wanted a Ball Head that combined good weight capacity and easy operation. So far this is doing the job.

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                          5.0

                          Perfect match with my tripod

                          By photovoice

                          from arizona

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Complicated Controls

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                          Online chat was of great help in guiding me to the right fit between the Manfrotto ball head and my existing carbon fiber tripod along with price considerations. I wanted to keep weight down and stability high and this ball head does just that with ease of movement. I cannot figure out the function of the small knob but will keep trying. I purchased a different ball head from another site and had to return it as it did not fit my tripod. Having someone knowledgeable at P&H is a tremendous benefit to making the correct decision. I will definitely keep buying from them.

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                          5.0

                          Works well

                          By jarhead8000

                          from Philadelphia

                          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 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                            This ball head is stable and works well for all my photo needs!

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            A great ball head

                            By algraz

                            from NJ

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                                This is my first ball head, so I cannot compare it to other brands/models, but can safely say that it does the job very well, it holds my D700 with 28-70 2.8 very firmly in all positions, easy and quick to set, and it is much lighter than my older three way head. I will update my review if things change, but for now I am very happy with the purchase

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                                4.0

                                New to Ball Heads

                                By rman0987

                                from Chicago Suburbs

                                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
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                                  First time using a ball head. It's taking me a little getting used to time to feel more comfortable with it. It seems well built, and once I get used to it I think I will like it. No arm sticking out like the other heads. Less of a chance to bump it.

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