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Manfrotto055 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release
 
4.8

(based on 17 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 (8)
  • Portraits (6)
  • Home (4)
  • Night shots (4)
  • Weddings (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Rock Solid Ball Head

By Hammercamera

from Long Island, NY

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

I purchased this ball head to replace a joystick head for my main non-travel tripod. I immediately noticed how steady my camera and my main lens (Nikon D5100, 18-300 telephoto) are when taking shots, even as I experiment with some macro photography. I highly recommend this ball head.

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5.0

Great Ball Head

By Rommel

from New York

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

heavy duty and very sturdy ball head for my Manfrotto 055 CF tripod.

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5.0

Ergonomically Intuitive

By CrewsPhotography

from Sherman, Texas

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    This ball head is solid, well constructed and a joy to use. The controls are perfectly placed and intuitive. Though slightly heavier than my previous ball head, the 055 offers excellent stability along with security. The safety release is a must have feature. My previous head did not have the safety release; twice I found myself twisting the wrong knob nearly allowing my camera to slip off and crash to the ground.

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    5.0

    Is this the best ball head for large SLR

    By Ron

    from Texas

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          A ball head should simply hold your camera where you want it. It is nice if it has panning features, which the 055 does. The 055 does exactly what it is supposed to do. When you clamp down on the ball, the camera stays put. No creep, no movement at all. I've owned several other ball heads and they would all creep a little, especially the offset ball type. Some of them were considerably more expensive than the 055. There are many quality ball heads that cost twice as much, but they can't work any better than this one!Right now I have it mounted on an old Manfrotto 3033 aluminum tripod. Solid as a rock, but the whole thing, with the 055 head, weighs in at 11.0 pounds...ugh. I'm looking at the MT057C3 legs, which should shave 3 pounds off my burden. This should be a great combination.

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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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              • No

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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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                                    • No

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