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Manfrotto055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (7)
  • Portraits (6)
  • Home (4)
  • Night shots (4)
  • Wildlife (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

"Very high quality, functions perfectly"

By New Era Media

from Australia

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Build quality
  • Compact
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video

    Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

    I own the 055 and 057 ball heads. Both are simply the best ball heads I've ever owned. I use them heavily in harsh weather and dust and they've never let me down. Highly recommended for a professional or semi-pro user.

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    5.0

    precision and robustness

    By Rafael Guerra

    from Valencia Venezuela

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

      It's more than I expected, is a versatile head and make any movement you need

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      4.0

      way too heavy

      By scott800

      from fresno, ca

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

      This ball-head is much bigger and heaviwer than it looks in the photo. On top of a tripod, it works great but i had purchased this for use on a slider system. For this use it is too bulky and heavy to use. great secure hold on qr plate, though. Independant panning does make it useful for video in a pinch.

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      5.0

      Worth the expense

      By cmfears

      from Hopkinsville, Ky

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

        At first I was hesitant to spend $ + on what I considered to be a block of metal. However after biting the bullet, I have been beyond pleased. Excellent quality, and peace of mind knowing that my camera and long lens are secure.

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        5.0

        Great product

        By H

        from Florida

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

        Great product for serious photographer.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Very very nice!!

        By Kurt

        from Montreal, Qc

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

          Wished I had not bought the three pan and tilt, ball head is so much better.

          Looks and feels like it will last forever. The panning 360 is stiff even when the locking knob is fully loosened and, as another reviewer had remarked, the tighten knob on the Q5 quick release block seems awkwardly positioned - works great on a long lens mount but prevents you from centering the camera body on the mounting plate (the body gets in the way) but not a problem if mounting the camera to the edge of the bracket.

          This is definitely the way to go. Three way pans are great for stills and landscapes when you've the luxury to fiddle with three handles; but this ball head will do it all and quickly. I also love the true 90 degree portrait tilt - No L bracket needed.

          I use a 70-200mm and not much tension was needed to keep it in position.

          I prefer this Q5 system over the other models - just feels like more metal to rely on and that much safer.

          I simply love it!

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          5.0

          fantastic quality

          By Valy

          from Toronto, ON Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

            Easy to use, reliable, sturdy, smooth action, quick camera/lens mounting with Q5 Quick Release.
            Works very well with my new Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 tripod.

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            5.0

            Yep, it works with my Canon 500mm f4 L

            By dan

            from Chattanooga TN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                I purchased this ball head to support my Canon 500mm f4 IS L lens. I considered a gimbal head but decided against it for several reasons. I thought a gimbal might be more susceptible to vibration, I did not want to be changing heads when I am not using longer lenses, and I thought a gimbal would be award to pack while hiking. The compact design of a ball head seemed to address my concerns. The lens and camera balance well and the ball design allows free pan and tilt movements and just enough friction to stabilize the lens and camera. I wish the mounting plate were slightly longer but it is just long enough to attach two screws to the foot of the lens if the rubber stopper is removed. The head is strong enough to be locked down at any angle and remain rock solid. Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase.

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                5.0

                Awsome ball head!

                By Bangoo face

                from Houston Tx

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                      Built like a tank. Fits my gitzo 3 series pretty well. I had to return the q5 version for rc4 since q5 quick release seem to work for video camera better.

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                      5.0

                      Manfrotto - 055 Magnesium Ball Head -Q5

                      By Bob

                      from Saint Paul, MN

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                        Sturdy, easy to use, reliable, smooth action, quick camera/lens mounting with Q5 Quick Release

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Product!

                        By mark

                        from Peoria IL

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                          this product is very sturdy and easy to use. i like that i can adjust the position of the camera on the head especially when we use a heavier lens.

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                          5.0

                          Great quality and stable ball head

                          By P2 Media L.A.

                          from Los angeles, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits
                            • Sports/Action

                            Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                            Manfrotto does tend to cost a lot more than other brands but its always guaranteed to work as advertised. This ball head supports my Nikon D300 attached to an extended battery and a 70-200mm VR II lens. That is a lot of weight to hold when I position the camera lens pointing down at the floor to shoot.

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                            4.0

                            Bilt very very sturdy

                            By t2

                            from Reno/Tahoe

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Complicated Controls
                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Manfrotto 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release:

                            We are a Pro Video prod. co. Use Manfrotto stix and fluid heads based on bang / buck. Needed a ball head for DSLR vertical shots (ever notice how you can't turn a DSLR vertical on a fluid head?).
                            This piece is built like a tank and almost as heavy (good thing its mag. not steel!) Takes real getting used to if youre used to fluid heads. Eventually learned how to get fine adjustments. There are only plastic friction plates so no use at all for video ... but that's not why we bought it. The top plate is interchangeable with the 501 fluid head so we love the entire line.
                            If we knew more about ball heads maybe this one gets 5 stars ... but we find it a bit stiff and hard to adjust ... still can't figure out two knobs!

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