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Manfrotto054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release
 
4.7

(based on 154 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (121)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 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)
  • Lightweight (8)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (118)
  • Portraits (99)
  • Night shots (97)
  • Travel (64)
  • Wildlife (61)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (80), Semi-pro photographer (36), Pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (9), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (141)

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

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

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            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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                    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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                          5.0

                          Great Ball Head

                          By Wally

                          from Atlanta

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          This is a very stable ball head even with my Canon 1Dx and 70-200 lens with 2x extender mounted.
                          The adjustable ball tension works great.

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                          5.0

                          Exceeded Expectations!

                          By Chris Tucker

                          from Las Vegas, NV

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Smooth motion
                          • Strong Clamp
                          • Well Built

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Portraits
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            Wasn't too sure at first if this ball head would be strong enough to handle the weight of the equipment, but it's far exceeded my expectations. I shoot with the Canon 5D Mark III with their 70-200 f/2.8 L II lens being my largest lens. Thought I was going to need one of the larger ball mounts according to a lot of other reviews regarding this particular ball head, but B&H assured me that it would be strong enough, and sure enough this tripod head does the job. It also have a very smooth motion and is well built. Everything you would expect from Manfrotto.

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                            5.0

                            A++++++++++

                            By Not

                            from Tn

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

                            Love it light weight and levels are great

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                            5.0

                            Better than advertized

                            By billnikon

                            from Pennsylvania

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife

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

                              The 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 quick release is used mostly on a Manfrotto heavy duty monopod. I use this rig in conjunction with my Minolta 400mm 4.5 with an Sony A77 with a Minolta 1.4 multiplier giving me a 840mm lens. I find that the ball head handles the lens beautifully. The friction adjustment keeps the lens from falling forward. I have 2 quick release plates, one for the Minolta 400mm and one for my 300mm 2.8 Nikon. The 300mmm Nikon is heaver than the Minolta 400 but the head handles both with ease. I use this rig to photograph game ducks. To travel from one location to the next I tighten everything down on the ball head, place the lens over my shoulder letting the monopod stick out in front. I travel to my next location and just set the monopod onto the ground and I am ready to start shooting. I also put this head on my 190 manfrotto tripod. Again, I use it in the same way, when I travel I simple put the legs together extended, place the lens over my shoulder, and walk to my next location, spread the legs and set it on the ground and I am ready to shoot. I am over 6 foot tall and the ball head adds height to the tripod up to where I don't have to bend over. I prefer this size of ball head because it handles the larger lenses without difficulty. Start out by playing with all three adjustments and get used to using them without looking at them. After a short time you will become proficient at quickly adjusting the head to your specific requirements.

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                              5.0

                              Easy to use and lightweight. I like it.

                              By gd

                              from Albuquerque, NM

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel

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

                                I have several tripod heads but as I don't use them every day they are sometimes cumbersome. I Just got this head and loved the weight and size right away. It's easy to pack and easy to use. I used it to shoot some landscapes and did some closeup work and had no issues.

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                                5.0

                                Great Ball Head

                                By Landscape Lover

                                from Largo, Florida

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                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 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                                  This is the first Ball Head I have used - in the past a tilt/pan. I haven't had the opportunity to use it a lot yet, but so far I love it. It really is simple & user friendly. The quick release is great & locks the camera on firmly. It is great for portrait use & landscape including doing panorama's.So far I find this to be a great Ball Head for the price.

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