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ManfrottoMH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate
 
4.2

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (32)
  • Attaches firmly (14)
  • Large range of motion (13)
  • Strong clamp (9)
  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

  • Heavy (19)
  • Unstable (4)
  • Complicated controls (3)
  • Cumbersome (3)

Best Uses

  • Video (19)
  • Movies (17)
  • Stabilization (17)
  • Portraits (15)
  • Landscape/scenery (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (14), Pro photographer (13), Semi-pro photographer (8), Aspiring film maker (7), Film professional (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (52)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works exactly as advertised!

Ignore all the miswritten negative reviews you see around here, whoever wrote them never read the instructions. First, the video handle works for both left and right hands you simply have to flip...Read complete review

Ignore all the miswritten negative reviews you see around here, whoever wrote them never read the instructions. First, the video handle works for both left and right hands you simply have to flip it from one side to the other. There is no reason to lose any of the camera screws if you dont need the large one just leave it threaded in the hole. It gets it out of the way and keeps the smaller screw from falling out....DUH. The Neck that holds the camera has ZERO flex, in fact it could probably hold 3 times the heads rated weight without any strain. It doesnt have 2 knobs for locking perpendicular and up and down movement, the little one is the friction control, the big one is the lock, RTFM please! No its not as simple to use as a simple ball head but unlike ballhead it will hold the biggest DSLR with an 8lb 300mm nikon lens in any angle or any wierd orientation you wish. For video mode it pans and moves up and down superbly smoothly. The counterweight feature is excellent to maintain your vidoe camera "light" on the mount. The fact is, its simply spectacular for both video and photo very strongly recommended. If you need to mount a 50 pound HD video camera this is not for you, but its not meant to be either. Lastly a little advice for those "proffesionals" that write silly reviews, before you review something please know how to operate the device, a good place to start is to read the manual, its only 4 pages.....Sheesh

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great concept, still not there

The product came yesterday and after testing it out, I'm sending it back. I come from a video production background and I have recently, within this past year, started to do more...Read complete review

The product came yesterday and after testing it out, I'm sending it back. I come from a video production background and I have recently, within this past year, started to do more photography. I thought this was a great concept being able to utilize both since I do shoot both at times.

Unfortunately, the product excels from a photo standpoint, but the video side is very poor when compared to other heads such as the 501 or 504. The pan bar is very flimsy and seems to get in the way of the head when tilting. You have to use a flat head screwdriver or quarter to change the position of the pan handle. This is very inconvenient as they easily could have incorporated an adjustable lever.

Once you get into your motion of panning or tilting, the overall smoothness is great, but starting your move it's not smooth and the friction levels do not change much.

If this is a start of newer products to come from this, I'll be looking forward to seeing what they come out with next.

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5.0

Strong and easy to use

By v1kt0r

from anaheim ca

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

    I bought this head because i'm Nikon user n sometimes need to record smalls videos for wile and soothing my photos so is really great option

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    1.0

    caution - not a profession strength head

    By photo

    from NYC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Didn't Hold Up To Travel
    • Had High Hopes But

    Cons

    • Can Take Professional Use
    • Didn't Hold Up Very Long
    • Internally Weak
    • Not Rigorous - Weak

    Best Uses

    • Didn't Hold Up

    Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

    used 10 -12 times - head becomes stiff and not as fluid- sent in for repair - a small knob is broken - plastic part does not grab the metal part for turning - head doesnt have a scratch on it - repair is not covered under warrantee - even though it seems to be an internal problem - cost for repair 330 dollars
    almost the cost of the head itself- i own leica,hassy,nikon,- done over 2200 assignments for the NYTImes - This is the first time in my professional career
    that a piece of equipment has had such horrible premature death . This Tripod head does not seem to be designed for profession use - or at the very least can't sustain - by its design - actual professional use - maybe in a studio but in my use not for free range -

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    4.0

    Excellent Multi-purpose head

    By Jim Rendant

    from Plano, Illinois

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion
    • Versatile Photo Video

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Complicated Controls
    • Heavy
    • Poor Instruction Manual

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

    This is replacing my old Bogen Head as well as a recently purchased ball head. The Manual is terrible but check out the U TUBE video from Monfroto. This video explains it all.Shooting horizontal photographs at ground level is difficult due to the bulky design of the head. See the attached imageI have seen reviews saying it looks cool however it is about functionality and versatility. This will make a great addition to a photographers tool box.I immediately purchase a second QR plate for my Hasselblad and with the pin at the front of the QR plate, it adds stability and provides a secure attachment to the camera for vertical shots.

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    5.0

    Versatile Tripod Head

    By CoalPhotoman

    from Tuscaloosa, Alabama

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

      Very well made tripod head that gives dslr video a nice smooth movement through each shot. It doubles seamlessly into a photography head that has a great locking mechanism that pivots from portrait to landscape. I've found the fine tuning knob for the pivot tension great for vertical angles when shooting videos. This has been an all around great tripod head.

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      5.0

      Its Manfrotto! Cool new design...

      By shawnmon

      from cincinnati, oh

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

        Two in One. Photo and video with one tripod head.

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        • No

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        5.0

        An elusive product FOUND.

        By Johnny G

        from Fort Wayne, IN

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Decreases Gear
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Solves Problem
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Video

          Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

          This product is the solution to the problem for shooters of both stills and video. For years I trucked two tripods from job to job because my superior video tripod with fluid head locked my camera down well for horizontal images, but when I needed to switch to vertical shooting, it was a no go and I had to switch to the stills tripod. I'm pleased that this head simply replaces my Fluid 501 video head on the great Manfrotto tripod legs and I now have ONE tripod that performs exceedingly well for both horizontal and vertical stills, as well as for fluid video. Thank you, Manfrotto.

          Some comments are correct in pointing out that the fastening clip, release plate, and camera can sometimes conflict when locking down. It takes only a little experimenting to suss out proper placement and you are good to go.

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          4.0

          Opinión MH055M8-Q5

          By Dan

          from Ciudad de México

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

            Excelente producto. Los materiales y los acabados destacan por su calidad y detalle. Se trata de un diseño que aporta un uso práctico y rápido, aunque algunas funciones requieren algo de tiempo para dominarlas (como aprovechar la opción de movimiento vertical a partir de encontrar el punto de equilibrio de la DSLR). Con todo, es sin duda al día de hoy, una de las mejores opciones para la captura de video con DSLR. Actualmente manejo este cabezal con el trípode Oben AC-1410 (lamentablemente descontinuado) y me funciona perfectamente bien.

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            2.0

            Not a good Photo nor Video Tripod head

            By Alex Ojeda

            from El Paso, Texas

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Amateurish
              • Falls Short
              • No Good

              Best Uses

              • Entre Level
              • Hobbie

              Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

              I bought this tripod head thinking I wont be needing to change tripods while shooting video and taking photos, or that I would be able use the same tripod for both photo and video, and boy was I wrong.
              I would suggest to chip in a bit more and get a good Video Tripod Head, a fluid one, and also buy a dedicated photo tripod head to do photography.
              This one is no good for either one. It falls short on both unless, maybe, if you are using it as an entry level one.
              This tripod head is good for jerky video on pans and tilts and taking much longer to get it somehow right, and then straight to the stabilizer software. When using it to do photography you'll get frustrated all the same but on its own unique way.
              I hope I save somebody some money and time. Invest somewhere else.

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              4.0

              Awesome head

              By dirtbag

              from frisco, co

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Smooth head
              • Sturdy

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Pan Handle Pops Off
              • Weak Clamp

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

              Super smooth head for video.
              Very easy to use in photo mode as well.
              Big range of motion.
              Lots of bubble levelers so you really can lock it in to what you want.
              Very good head for someone shooting alot of video/photo off one camera.

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              3.0

              Great for dSLRs

              By K

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Complicated Controls
              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

              I wish it would close down with a tripod to a slightly more compact size, as it's a pain to have to unscrew the handle when packing up, but otherwise, this works great for photography and for video.

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              1.0

              Quality problem

              By Harold

              from Sarasota, Florida

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

                Cons

                • Unstable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

                  On paper this seemed like a good solution for a video tripod head that was compact and sturdy. It started out great, but after a few hours of shooting lacrosse games, the plate that attaches the head to the tripod came loose and the camera began to wobble. It got progressively worse. I looked to see if it could be tightend with no luck. I emailed Manfrotto asking if there was a way to tighten the plate. It took three days to get a response that I should return it to their service department. Instead, I contacted B&H and they quickly accepted a return with full refund. I have other Manfrotto products and I'm happy with all of them. I think this one has a design problem.

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                  5.0

                  Give it a chance

                  By Dave

                  from Southern CT

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

                      I bought this head because I didn't want to try and change heads while in the middle of a shoot. I am adding video to my architecture work and this is the only head on the market for both. Take a moment to learn to use it. Forget the fact that it is heavy. i have a large and sturdy tripod to begin with so the weight is really no different than my regular photo tripod head. It takes a little getting used to using a ball head and I will admit that the arm is in the way but all in all it worked as advertised. The transition from Photo to Video was seamless. Had I t do it again this is the one I would buy.

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                      4.0

                      Great duel function head

                      By Toshio

                      from California

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Multifunction
                      • Quick and easy to use
                      • Smooth movements

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

                      It is a great product for portrait and wedding work. The fluid movements are very smooth and can be used for stills and video in that mode. the tightening plate screw is not designed DSLRs, since the camera may sit over the screw handle and the screw is blocked by the camera. I replaced the screw with a hex head screw so I can still hand tighten, but it fits under the camera. It is not a good head for commercial work, where you need subtle adjustments. I have two for different tripod.

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                      5.0

                      Great Multi-Purpose Head

                      By Zach

                      from Sacramento, CA.

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

                        Does the job well for all of you photo/video hybrid shooters.

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                        5.0

                        Very versitle & smooth.

                        By Crash Blevins

                        from Knoxville

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Adjusted
                        • Locks In Tight
                        • Smooth Movement

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Portraits
                          • Video

                          Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

                          I use this at work for photos & videos.
                          I really like the "counter balance" feature; when recording a video you do NOT have to lock the head, possibly causing camera-shake.

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                          5.0

                          Great for a DSLR video shooter.

                          By Eric

                          from Ohio

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Adjusted
                          • Locks In Tight
                          • Smooth Movement

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Outdoors
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

                            I use the MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head on all my video shoots, and it holds up fantastically.

                            It is well constructed and offers outstanding fluid motion in every direction.

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                            • Yes

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                            4.0

                            Great multi purpose head!

                            By Travis_808

                            from Honolulu, HI

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Multi Purpose
                            • Smooth Movement
                            • Solid build

                            Cons

                            • Flimsy Setting Switch
                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

                            I wanted a head to shoot videos but be able to shoot pictures in landscape and portrait. If this is what you're looking for, look no further. I don't know why people hate on this head so much. The only complaints I have are the weight which I already knew before I purchased it and, It would be nice to have a lock on angle when switching from portrait to video also the switch which does this feels flimsy at best the last 2 complaints are what got this 4 stars.

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                            4.0

                            So far so good!

                            By browndog77

                            from Oange, Ca

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Adjusted
                            • Smooth Movement

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Outdoors
                            • Portraits
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

                            kinda heavy but for what it is, it's perfect! Great multi use product and is great for both still and video production!

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                            3.0

                            Not there yet

                            By Klondike Alex

                            from Klondike, Yukon, Canada

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Hybrid Photovideo Action
                            • Locks In Tight

                            Cons

                            • Difficult To Adjust
                            • Flimsy

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

                              I bought this tripod head thinking it would be the best way to combine photography and video with a DSLR.

                              But I should have trust some of the previous reviews out there.

                              2 main issues with this head.

                              1. The quick release locking knob bumps in the DSLR body when you try to mount the camera in the center of the head which makes it impossible to lock in this position. To actually lock the camera in place, the plate needs to be moved quite a bit forward. This is not a huge deal, but it means you cant adjust the balance of the camera by moving the plate back and forth. There is only a forward mounting position. Now this can be fixed using a rising plate between the camera body and the QR plate.

                              2. The pan handle. Well its flimsy. With a bit of tension on the drag, you might actually notice the handle flex before the pan. Manfrotto decided to use a mechanisme for this arm that made it unusable for me. Having to use a coin to adjust the angle of the arm was still acceptable, but no matter who much I tightened it, the arm kept on rotating in the socket. This part of the tripod looks like its experimental and shouln't have made it on the shelve. I returned this head to B&H especially because of this bad pan arm mechanism.

                              The other thing about this arm is that, yes, you can unmount the arm and mount it the other way around so it becomes a right hand pan arm, but then you end up facing the face of the head and you lose sight of the bubble levels, the photo/video lever , the pretty rulers are backwards and all the control are now backwards. That is not the same as just moving the handle from one side to the other, its reversing the whole unit.

                              I think this head is a nice step towards a new generation of hybrid pan heads, but its not there yet. As for the pan and tilt action, I can't say I pushed my tests too much this way, my pan handle kept on swinging so... I just sent it back.

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                              5.0

                              Amazing

                              By Frank

                              from Philadelphia, PA

                              About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Movies
                              • Stabilization

                              Comments about Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head With Q5 QR Plate:

                              Works perfectly, costs a little more than I'd have liked but it was well worth every penny.

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