Manfrotto Heavy Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release Adapter and Plate

Manfrotto Heavy Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release Adapter and Plate

Manfrotto Heavy Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release Adapter and Plate

B&H # MA393 MFR # 393
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Product Highlights

  • Supports Telephoto Lenses with Camera
  • Easily Tilt and Lock Lens in Place
  • 3 Height Settings for Lens and Camera
  • Load Capacity: 44.1 lb
  • 357PL Quick Release Adapter
  • Safety Catch for Quick Release Plate
  • 357PLV Quick Release Plate
  • 1/4"-20 Mount, 3/8"-16 Mount
  • Non-Slip Surface
  • Removable, Anti-Twist Index Pin
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Manfrotto 393 overview

  • 1Description

The Manfrotto Heavy Telephoto Lens Support is designed to allow a telephoto lens and camera combination weighing up to 44.1 lb to be easily tilted and locked into place. It features a swing positioned inside a frame that can be attached to tripods or other support systems with a 3/8"-16 mount. Pushing a lens and camera placed on the swing raises the front of the lens upward, while pulling the lens and camera points the front of the lens towards low-angle subjects.

A telephoto lens with an integrated foot or lens collar that is compatible with a 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 mount can be connected to the included 357PLV Quick Release Plate, which measures 2.2 x 5.5 x 0.5" and has a rubberized, non-slip surface. The quick release plate and the attached lens can then be set and locked within the 357PL Quick Release Adapter at the center of the Manfrotto Heavy Telephoto Lens Support's swing, which is attached to both sides of the frame using two screw-in locking knobs. While loosened, both locking knobs allow a lens and camera placed on the swing to be pushed and pulled until the desired angle is obtained. The locking knobs can then be tightened, preventing further movement of the swing.

Before a telephoto lens is secured to the Manfrotto Heavy Telephoto Lens Support, the locking knobs can be fully unscrewed and removed from the frame, which also detaches the swing. Three pairs of threaded screw holes each along both sides of the swing allow it to be elevated or lowered relative to the frame. Higher swing positions can provide a lens and camera with additional height when needed, while the lowest position can be maintained to help maximize stability.

Heavy Telephoto Lens Support
  • 44.1 lb load capacity
  • Features a swing positioned inside a frame that can be attached to tripods or other support systems with a 3/8"-16 mount
  • Designed to allow a telephoto lens and camera combination to be easily tilted and locked into place before the lens is focused on a subject
  • Pushing a lens and camera placed on the swing raises the front of the lens upward; pulling the lens and camera points the front of the lens towards low-angle subjects
  • Swing can be elevated or lowered within the frame
  • Higher swing positions can provide a lens and camera with additional height when needed, while the lowest position can be maintained to help maximize stability
  • Durable, aluminum-alloy construction
357PL Quick Release Adapter and 357PLV Quick Release Plate
  • Quick release adapter with RC3 quick release clamping lock
  • Safety catch for clamping lock prevents quick release plate from accidentally disconnecting
  • Quick release plate measures 2.2 x 5.5 x 0.5" and has a rubberized, non-slip surface
  • 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 mount
  • Removable, anti-twist index pin
  • Durable, aluminum-alloy construction
UPC: 719821288657
In the Box
Manfrotto Heavy Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release Adapter and Plate
  • 357PLV Quick Release Plate
  • 357PL Quick Release Adapter
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Product Registration
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    • 1Description

    Manfrotto 393 specs

    Head Type Tilt Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male, 3/8"-16 Male
    Load Capacity 44.1 lb / 20.00 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels None
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Material Aluminum
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Panning Range 360
    Dimensions : 2.0 x H: 6.7" / : 5.0 x H: 17.0 cm
    Weight 4.0 lb / 1.8 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.88 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.8 x 9.6 x 4.4"

    Manfrotto 393 reviews

    Heavy Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release Adapter and Plate is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 179.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid support for heavy gear :) I had been looking for a gimbal head for some time, but had been reluctant to pay the typically high prices for such units. Which led me to the Manfrotto 393, a very affordable and useful gimbal head. Tilt & pan are very smooth and can be adjusted. Another great feature is the way the lens plate engages with the head - once it slides in part way, it can't slide out unless released by the users, so you don't have to worry about your gear falling off while you are locking the plate to the head. So far, I have been using this atop Manfrotto 055XB legs and with a Nikon 200-500mm zoom w/D800 body and everything has always been quite solid with smooth pan & tilt.
    Date published: 2016-08-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I use this product primarily for bird and wildlife photography in conjunction with my Nikon D7100, a Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4D ED-IF Lens, and a 1.4x teleconverter. The camera and lens combination mounts and balances extremely well. I was somewhat concerned because the tripod collar on the lens has received reviews of being flimsy and unstable. That is definitely not the case with the 357PLV Quick Release Plate. Lens attachment is very secure and stable with no movement or yaw. The gimbal head is well constructed and made of very sturdy materials. Setup is quick and easily adjusted to give you fingertip control of panning and tilt.
    Date published: 2013-10-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product I am sixty-eight years old and have been photographing wildlife and nature for over twenty years. At my age it was getting harder to hand hold my long telephoto lens to get good shots of birds in flight. Finally I decided to get a gimbal head, and since I have a Manfrotto tripod I went with the 393 Manfrotto head. I will tell you that it works really well. On my last trip to Conowingo dam on the Susquehanna river to photograph the eagles I was able to successfully track them in flight and get excellent photos. I would recommend this product to anyone because it is relatively cheaper than most gimbal types, and it works. The only con I can think of is that it is a bit on the heavy side.
    Date published: 2014-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Option compared to Wimberley Just got this for Christmas. Considered Wimberley and Jobu, but the price of those was just far beyond what I wanted to pay. I use the 393 with my 50D and 100-400 zoom and I'm very happy with the performance. Very smooth on both axes, allows for great improvement in my BIF shots. Was using my normal ball head before and always had to worry about the camera/lens falling over, not so with the 393. Once you get it balanced, it just stays there. Save $200-$300 and get this vs Wimberly if you're just a hobbyist like me. Obviously, the pros might be better served with the higher priced model, but I'm a very happy photog!
    Date published: 2010-01-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new birding companion Bought this to use on my bird photo outings, it is used with the Tamron 150-600 mm zoom lens. Superb match, and saves a lot of wear and tear on my back when tracking the in flight birds. I use this in the U configuration. I found that adjusting the lens a little further back on the quick release plate gave me the clearance I wanted/needed for the lens controls to be easily accessed. I have done quite well over the years in learning how to track the birds off the tripod, and get decent photos. This gimbal head however, has increased my keepers by 50%. Well worth the price, and my back is much happier now. Great device, with very little downside, if anything it is heavy, but then again it really needs to be to support the large variety of lenses out there.
    Date published: 2015-10-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got big rigs? You need this I have a couple of big lenses. A Nikkor 80-400mm and a Nikkor 200-500mm. Either of these paired with a full frame camera (mine is a D810) and you can toss the gym weights. Don't get me wrong, you can shoot these lenses handheld well but for night and/or landscape photography you quickly discover that a sturdy tripod is a must. The Manfrotto 393 is simple, elegant and designed to bear a hefty weight. I considered several other heads, including ball and gimbal designs. I already have a ball head, I didn't want another and gimbal heads, although would serve the purpose well, were too pricey for me. This head is a complementary beast to my lenses, strong and super smooth in operation. Where you point it. there it stays. No drifting, no nose dive, nothing. I paired it with a Benro A2580F Classic tripod. I also liked the fact that it came with the quick release plate. What a concept I didn't have to buy it separately like I had to with my Acratech. I have lost the anxiety I had when using my big rig on lesser heads. Highly recommended. If I could give it more than 5 stars I gladly would.
    Date published: 2016-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Value and great performance=Smart I use this with my Canon 500mm f/4 USM IS lens to shoot birds and other wildlife. Hands down the best buy you can make for long lens support. I have taken wonderful photos with it. Why spend $$$ for the Wimberly or Sidekick and expensive ball head? Unless you are pro and depend on this for a living or wealthy and don't care, you're wasting hard-earned money in my opinion. Buy a quality lighter weight ball head for your other lenses and just take them on and off (takes about 10 seconds to change) Make sure to use it in the U position and you can't go wrong.
    Date published: 2009-02-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from WISH I KNEW ABOUT THIS PRODUCT YEARS AGO The 393 H.D. GIMBEL HEAD from BOGEN/MANFROTTO makes my life a dream, point it up it stays there, pan it oh so nice, no jerking .... The best I have used for wild life , race boats, & surfers...It is a wee bit heavy , but who cares it's on a tri pod... For long lens it's the BEST... I use a 70-200 2.8 canon zoom lens with a 2x also from canon on my 40D now I have an 640mm lens that sharp as a tack.. called B&H the sales man found this gimbal for me , as always the folks at B&H are the best ... THANKS GUYS
    Date published: 2008-07-28
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