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Manfrotto054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release
 
4.7

(based on 168 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (132)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

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 (18)

Cons

  • Heavy (19)
  • Complicated controls (3)
  • Unstable (3)
  • Weak clamp (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (125)
  • Portraits (107)
  • Night shots (97)
  • Travel (67)
  • Home (66)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (85), Semi-pro photographer (36), Pro photographer (24), Casual photographer (10), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (150)

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

Strong & Reliable

By AntsAreCool

from Boston, MA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Adjusted
  • Fast
  • Locks In Tight
  • Professional Quality
  • Reliable
  • Smooth Movement
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Outdoors
    • Portraits
    • Wildlife

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

    Great head to replace my pistol grip that was having trouble. I liked the idea of a ball head tripod mount so you can keep one hand on the camera and one to adjust the angle. This head locks TIGHT too. Holds my Canon 5D with a 70-200MM lens in place without having to crank down the tightening knob. I can tell this will last me a long time. Very happy with it, you can always rely on Manfrotto products! Also, B&H shipped it fast!

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Perfect for me

    By Stillgirl77

    from Clarksville, TN

    Verified Buyer

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

    This is exactly what I was looking for an needed. Solid product

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    5.0

    Good for Photo

    By DTM

    from NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Stable, quick, convenient and adjustable. It can be used to pan with adjustable drag, but is not a video head, so video shooters should avoid it. For stills, its great.

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          5.0

          Very Efficient Design | Smooth Ball Movement

          By OneBoredMF

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Outdoors
            • Portraits
            • Weddings/Events

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

            Outstanding design in terms of visual appeal and functionality. Ball head adjustments are very efficient. Minimal user efforts are required to affect large changes in camera position. Minute, exacting adjustments are also made possible by the fine-adjustment knob if that's more your style. The head is very customizable and I would expect it to meet most users' requirements. The 2 main knobs (ball lock & pan release) are ratcheted, allowing you to position them to your liking. The ball locks very securely into place even when the main knob is not yet at its tightest position. [My load: Canon 5D Mark II, 24-70 f/2.8 I]. Ball movements are very smooth. Panning is even smoother.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Quality head

            By Pin

            from Philadelphia

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Locks In Tight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Outdoors
              • Portraits

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

              For general 35mm work i tis ideal. Seperate controls for vertical and horizontal. Locks firmly, which is most important

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              4.0

              Adjusting the tension takes some getting used to.

              By Falco57

              from Springfield, VA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Outdoors
                • Portraits
                • Wildlife

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

                This is my first intro to a ball head. The action is smooth and one can lock it down well, at least with 5 lb. of camera. One compliant is that there is little margin for setting the tension to hold the camera where it can be moved with a little pressure vs. loose enough for the camera to quickly move.

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                5.0

                Total Satisfaction

                By Roch

                from Baton Rouge, LA.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Adjusted
                • Locks In Tight

                Cons

                • Slips Out Of Position

                Best Uses

                • Indoor Macro

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

                Mounted my Velbon Super Mag Slider on with my D600 and 105 mm Micro with no trouble at all. Camera and slider stayed put.

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                1.0

                Good basic control, but massively over weight.

                By AMC Photo

                from Iowa

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Basic Controls Good
                • Locks In Tight

                Cons

                • Difficult To Adjust
                • Heavy
                • Jerky Movement
                • Top Heavy On Intended Pod
                • Unstable

                Best Uses

                • Portraits
                • Studio Main

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

                054
                Witnessed immediately that this 054 would iron mallet over weight the small 190 tripod I wanted to use it with.
                Just simply over weight for a head intended for a small 190 tripod. I can not believe Manfrotto suggests this gets paired with MT190X3 Aluminum Tripod Just like a field axe. This is nothing against B&H photo BTW. Just a notice that Manfrotto needs to look at these and re think the size and weight factor. Maybe a 044 series that has a significant weight reduction as well as not using plastic internals that definitely will break down over time.

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                5.0

                Workss as advertised

                By coryginger

                from Silver Spring, MD

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                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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                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  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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