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Manfrotto Heavy Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release Adapter and Plate

BH #MA393 • MFR #393
Manfrotto Heavy Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release Adapter and Plate
Key Features
  • Supports Telephoto Lenses with Camera
  • Easily Tilt and Lock Lens in Place
  • 3 Height Settings for Lens and Camera
  • Load Capacity: 44.1 lb
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.
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Manfrotto 393 Overview

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

Manfrotto 393 Specs

General
Head TypeTilt Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Thread
Camera Mounting Screw1/4"-20 Male, 3/8"-16 Male
Load Capacity44.1 lb / 20 kg
Number of Bubble LevelsNone
Independent Pan LockYes
MaterialAluminum
Pan & Tilt Range
Panning Range360°
Physical
Dimensionsø: 2.0 x H: 6.7" / ø: 5.0 x H: 17.0 cm
Weight3.97 lb / 1.8 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.995 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.9 x 9.55 x 4.35"

Manfrotto 393 Reviews

Pros and Cons

By William
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-02

I've used the Manfrotto 393 for over a decade. Mostly with a Nikon 200-400 f4 and a Sigma 300-800 f5.6 on various cameras. It's a simple effective design, but it lacks precision. Loading a lens onto it is easy if you lock down the knobs that allow tilt. The plate is large and has safety catches to keep a lens from sliding off during loading or unloading. But the lever that tightens the plate to the gimbal often is at a bad angle when you want to remove the lens. The tilt knobs never seem to really lock down the lens securely to prevent movement. And there is nothing that prevents the gimbal from turning in a panning motion. The last straw was a couple of weeks ago, I was photographing falcons, in flight and with their nesting box atop a building, during a windy day. I had to constantly hold the lens to keep the wind from blowing it off target because there was no way to increase the pan resistance. This is a good deal for the money if you don't need a lens support that locks down tight or has a pan lock feature. It's held my heavy lenses with no worry it would fail. But I recently switched to a Benro GH2, and am much happier with it.

Fantastic!

By Kenneth
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-14

This heavy duty lens support is the single greatest photographic investment I've ever made. It took a little getting used to, but after the first few weeks, I fell in love with it. When you point your camera at a target (like a bird feeder or a birdbath), and walk away, or if you use a remote release, it stays pointed where you left it. Tracking birds or aircraft in flight, or cars on a race course, is smooth and consistent. My rig weighs over 12 lbs. and this support handles it without batting an eye. I did have to tighten the bolt once after about 6 months of use. It's a good idea to check them every few months, although I have had no problems since.

Extremely sturdy!

By Ronald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-16

I put my Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600 - a very heavy combo. No problems. Works very well. Also works great with my binoculars mounted onto it. Quick release adapter and plate makes for quick mount and release.

Absolutely great gimbal

By Kalliat
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-18

This Manfrotto gimbal is a great compliment to my Manfrotto Tripod. It fits beautifully and works perfectly for my heavy lenses as I pursue wildlife and bird photography as my hobby. The service from B&H towards this purchase was a delight and the product arrived on time.

Great investment.

By Will
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-12

Using this for my EF 600mm F/4 IS. It allows me to move this hulk around with ease. I love it.

Industrial-Strength Support When You Need It!

By Timothy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-09

Despite using a sturdy Manfrotto tripod with RC2 head, my Canon 90D w/battery grip & Sigma 150-600mm lens combo still experienced nagging vibration under windy conditions in the field. This rugged gimbal has addressed that problem completely! While not the lightest piece of kit to pack around, once adjusted it's steady as a rock and holds my gear firmly in place now. While lacking a pan lock, I find I can successfully crank the pan knob down to restrict lateral movement for still shots, but find it's just right for smooth video panning. Overall - a great product!

Thank you Graziano!

By Kurt
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-04

I love this heavy duty gimbal head, the beauty of its simplicity, and how the 357 sliding plate allows for perfect balance of almost any rig. I own several of these heads and use them right side up on my Manfroto tripods, and upside down for nature photography from my truck (see the attached image), since its weight capacity is unaffected by direction of use. I've also added a a number of images captured with the inverted Graziano Ferrari head on my roof-rack rig. And there are thousands more images captured with this head on my Flickr account https://www.flickr.com/photos/dah_professor/

Solid and Smooth

By Bruce
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-30

Very solid construction and smooth operation. Using it with a telephone 600mm zoom. As you extend or retract the zoom you have to rebalance the camera and lens to the new photo length. Not that hard to do but you need to remember changing the lens length changes the balance point. You can also just tighten the friction knobs a bit and that will usually hold the lens in place too. In the photo they show the mount above the lens I have it under the lens.

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Asked by: Roberto
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Answered by: Manzell L.
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