Manfrotto 405 3-Way, Geared Pan-and-Tilt Head with 410PL Quick Release Plate

Manfrotto 405 3-Way, Geared Pan-and-Tilt Head with 410PL Quick Release Plate

Manfrotto 405 3-Way, Geared Pan-and-Tilt Head with 410PL Quick Release Plate

B&H # MA405 MFR # 405
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 16.5 lb
  • 3 Independent Movements with Locks
  • Snap-Lock Controls for Fast Movements
  • Integrated Incremental, Geared Movements
  • 90° Forwards and 30° Backwards Tilt
  • Up to 90° Portrait Angle Tilt
  • 360° Rotation, Three Bubble Levels
  • RC4 Quick Release Cam Lock
  • 410PL Quick Release Plate
  • 1/4"-20 Mount, 3/8"-16 Mount
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This 405 3-Way, Geared Pan-and-Tilt Head from Manfrotto has a load capacity of 16.5 lb and can be attached to tripods or other support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount. It includes an integrated RC4 quick release cam lock and a 410PL Quick Release Plate. RC4 compatible quick release plates such as the 410PL can removed from the head by pulling the cam lock's spring-loaded lever, which also allows the plate to be instantly reattached.

Cameras or accessories that are compatible with a 1/4"-20 or 3/16"-20 mount can be connected to the 410PL Quick Release Plate, which measures 2.5 x 3.3 x 0.5" and has a rubberized, non-slip surface. The head can be rotated 360°, tilted 90° forwards or 30° backwards, as well as 90° sideways for portrait orientation. Each of these three movements function independently of each other and have individual, snap-lock knobs with easy-to-turn, fluted grips. Turning each snap-lock knob allows the corresponding movement to be rapidly adjusted, and once the knob is released, the adjustment is locked into place. An additional, rubberized knob set within each snap-lock knob allows incremental, geared adjustments, which help to ensure that any device mounted to this 405 3-Way, Geared Pan-and-Tilt Head is precisely positioned relative to the subject.

To further promote fast and repeatable device positioning, this 405 3-Way, Geared Pan-and-Tilt Head also includes dedicated angle scales for each movement that are designed for easy visibility.

405 3-Way, Geared Pan-and-Tilt Head
  • 16.5 lb load capacity
  • Compatible with tripods or support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount
  • Can be rotated 360°, tilted 90° forwards or 30° backwards, as well as 90° sideways for portrait orientation
  • Rotation, backwards and forwards tilt, as well as portrait orientation tilt each function independently of each other and have individual snap-lock knobs with easy-to-turn, fluted grips
  • Turning each snap-lock knob allows the corresponding movement to be rapidly adjusted, and once the knob is released, the adjustment is locked into place
  • An additional, rubberized knob set within each snap-lock knob allows incremental, geared adjustments
  • Dedicated angle scales for each movement that are designed for easy visibility further promote fast, repeatable, and accurate device positioning
  • Integrated, RC4 quick release cam lock
  • Two bubble levels for landscape orientations and one bubble level for portrait orientations
  • Durable, aluminum-alloy construction
410PL Quick Release Plate
  • Compatible with Manfrotto RC4 quick release cam lock
  • Measures 2.5 x 3.3 x 0.5" and has a rubberized, non-slip surface
  • 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 mount
  • Durable, aluminum-alloy construction
UPC: 719821193500
In the Box
Manfrotto 405 3-Way, Geared Pan-and-Tilt Head with 410PL Quick Release Plate
  • 410PL Quick Release Plate - for RC4 Quick Release System
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Product Registration
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    Manfrotto 405 specs

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    Head Type Pan & Tilt Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male, 3/8"-16 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type RC4
    Load Capacity 16.5 lb / 7.48 kg
    Number of Bubble Level(s) 3
    Material Aluminum
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Lateral Tilt -90 to +30
    Vertical Tilt -30 to +90
    Panning Range 360
    Physical
    Base Diameter 2.36" / 6 cm
    Dimensions H: 6.3" / H: 16.0 cm
    Weight 3.53 lb / 1.6 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.96 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.3 x 9.6 x 8.9"

    Manfrotto 405 reviews

    405 3-Way, Geared Pan-and-Tilt Head with 410PL Quick Release Plate is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 83.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best head I own. I think you need a ball head on some jobs and a geared head only when adjustments are the main job you want the head to perform. I have used this head for about 5 years and have had no trouble at all. This head is not for sports unless your locked on a spot where the action takes place. I put a quick release plate on my LCD projector and I can get the image trued up to the screen very fast using this head. Even with heavy cameras and long lenses this head is a pro workhorse. 43 years a pro, and this head is on my tripod more than any of the 25 heads I have. This is an alignment head not a one knob pan tilt speed head. I am currently buying a second 405. Expertise: 43 years pro
    Date published: 2007-12-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Geared Head for the Ages!!! Purchased the 405 Pro Digital Geared Head primarily for architectural related work. My other standard sized ball head had difficulty holding the weight of bigger lenses. This thing is so solid in its build and also extremely smooth with every function. Whether you use the quick release or the incremental adjustment knobs, the Manfrotto 405 looks and works beautiful. Mind you, this is not a small item. So be mindful if you're looking for some that you can just stroll around with, this might not be it. But if you want sure-fire support when doing architectural or even landscape with a longer, heavier lens, this is the equipment for you. Would buy this 100 times over!!
    Date published: 2013-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A necessity for a pro I rarely write reviews but I have to rave about this product. I already owned a nice Manfrotto ball head however, being an architectural photographer, I thought a geared head would be something really nice to have. And oh boy! It made my work so much easier! Setting correct camera position is a breeze with both coarse and fine adjustment knobs. To help you there are also the scale and a bubble on each of the x, y and z adjustment knobs. My camera does not slide anymore under the weight of heavy lens and I do not even need an L-bracket for the vertical position! I love sturdy construction with fine finish: clearly item was designed and manufactured with great attention to details. It is very heavy though - which I personally consider a benefit - but if you have to haul your equipment on a long hike you might reconsider.
    Date published: 2015-11-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Architectural Head Ever! I own several different types of tripod heads (geared and ballheads). Even though the 405 Pro is not the most compact or lightweight head, it is incredibly easy to accurately fine tune levels. It operates very smoothly. I love the short handles, as they do not catch on things like the longer handles. Even though it is about the same size and weight as the older Manfrotto 808RC4, this head is in a class all by itself. IMO it is an OUTSTANDING head - especially for architectural photography where leveling is super critical. Worth every penny!!
    Date published: 2014-02-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Manfrotto Reliability In Question I've had the new 405 for less than 6 months and the quick release lever fell apart in my hand. I've been using Manfrotto products for going on 15 years. Product reliability until now has been stellar. However, this is the first new Manfrotto product that has failed me in less than 6 months and the second new Manfrotto product that has failed in less than a year. I fixed the quick release myself but I purchased the QR spare parts because I see this being an issue in the future. The other was a Manfrotto tripod that failed in less than a year and I sent it in for repairs. I don't know if this is the beginning of a downward reliability trend for Manfrotto. I can't afford and won't tolerate lapses in performance in my business.
    Date published: 2017-03-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product The precision adjustment capability is perfect for architectural photography, both exterior and interior. It's better to take a perfectly aligned shot than to fix it in Photoshop. The only caveats are: 1. It's very heavy. If your tripod isn't on a level surface, you may have to anchor it securely. 2. The quick release clamp is not the Arca-Swiss type. (Fortunately, it's larger.) If you want to use an L-plate that requires an Arca-Swiss clamp, it's possible to mount one on either the included camera plate or on the clamp itself.
    Date published: 2010-04-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Geared Head-Worth the Price This geared head is incredibly precise and well worth the price. I am an architectural photographer and love the way this head works. With any other head it took time to make the camera perfectly level. Even then some corrections had to be made in postproduction. This head, however, allows for very fast and very precise adjustments. Leveling a camera with this beauty is effortless and time saving. The only limitation of this head that I did notice is it's limited movement to point the camera up.
    Date published: 2015-08-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Precise for macro/ product/landscape This head was intended to replace my Manfrotto 255 geared head which I used for all of my macro/super macro images. The D800 with the RRS focusing rails, and light system produced a slightly unstable base. The 405 not only handles all of the weight of my camera + accessories but its own additional weight I believe helps stabilize my shot. (I also hang a bag on the tripod post). The continuous release option handles easily, and takes it out of geared mode, it is easy and allows for rapid non-macro/landscape image capture. (I would still recommend a Wimberly type head for live animal/bird photography.) On the down side due to the increased bulk I have to remove it from the tripod when traveling not a big deal. Overall I really found this to be exceptionally well built & worthy of the Manfrotto name.
    Date published: 2013-10-17
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