Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with MSQ6PL Quick Release Plate

Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with MSQ6PL Quick Release Plate

Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with MSQ6PL Quick Release Plate

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Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with MSQ6PL Quick Release Plate

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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 33.1 lb
  • Height: 5.9"
  • Weight: 2.87 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
  • Independent 360° Rotation with Lock
  • Up to 90° or 103° Portrait Angle Tilt
  • Ball-and-Socket Tension Control
  • Three Bubble Levels
  • MSQ6PL Quick Release Plate
  • 1/4"-20 Mount
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Quick-Release Type: Q6/MSQ6PL

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Manfrotto 057 overview

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This 057 Magnesium Ball Head from Manfrotto features an integrated Arca-type clamp and a MSQ6PL Quick Release Plate. Arca-type compatible quick release plates can be attached or removed from the clamp by tightening or loosening the clamp's locking knob. Within the recessed surface between the clamp's jaws is a retaining pin, which prevents an installed quick release plate from accidentally sliding off when the clamp is opened.

The 057 Magnesium Ball Head with MSQ6PL Quick Release Plate has a load capacity of 33.1 lb and can be attached to tripods or other support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount. By loosening the 057's primary locking knob, its ball-and-socket joint can be quickly swiveled, angled, fully tilted, or returned to its upright position. Toward the ball head's base is a secondary locking knob that controls the ability to rotate the head 360°. An additional knob opposite the secondary locking knob can be rotated to apply tension control to the ball-and-socket joint's movements. Finally, a two-position slide-switch at the base of the ball-and-socket joint allows it to be tilted down to either a 90° or a 103° angle before it is locked into place using the primary locking knob. The ability to tilt the ball-and-socket joint down to angle beyond 90° can be used to quickly level a camera placed on this 057 Magnesium Ball Head without having to adjust the tripod the ball head is connected to.

Cameras or accessories that are compatible with a 1/4"-20 mount can be connected to the MSQ6PL Quick Release Plate, which measures 2.8 x 2.2 x 0.4".

057 Magnesium Ball Head
  • 33.1 lb load capacity
  • Compatible with tripods or support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount
  • Uses ball-and-socket joint to help maximize pan-and-tilt flexibility
  • Ball-and-socket joint provides 360° of swivel control, is tiltable down to a 90° or 103° angle, and can be locked into place
  • Integrated Arca-type clamp on top of on the ball-and-socket joint is compatible with Arca-type quick-release plates
  • Retaining pin on the clamp prevents a quick release plate from accidentally sliding off when the clamp is opened
  • Primary locking knob allows ball-and-socket joint to be quickly swiveled, angled, fully tilted, or returned to its upright position
  • Secondary locking knob allows head to rotate 360°
  • Dedicated tension control knob for the ball-and-socket joint's movements
  • Two-position slide-switch at the base of the ball-and-socket joint allows it to be tilted down to either a 90° or a 103° angle before it is locked into place using the primary locking knob
  • Two bubble levels for landscape orientations and one bubble level for portrait orientations
  • Durable, magnesium-alloy construction
MSQ6PL Quick Release Plate
  • Compatible with Arca-type quick release clamps
  • Measures 2.8 x 2.2 x 0.4"
  • 1/4"-20 mount
UPC: 719821348368
In the Box
Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with MSQ6PL Quick Release Plate
  • MSQ6PL Quick Release Plate for Q6 Top Lock System
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Product Registration
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    Manfrotto 057 specs

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    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type Q6
    Load Capacity 33.1 lb / 15.01 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 3
    Friction Control Yes
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Material Magnesium
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Lateral Tilt -103 to +40
    Vertical Tilt -40 to +40
    Panning Range 360
    Physical
    Ball Sphere Diameter 2.56" / 65.0 mm
    Dimensions H: 5.9 x W: 3.1" / H: 150.0 x W: 80.0 mm
    Weight 2.87 lb / 1.3 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 5.2 x 4.2"

    Manfrotto 057 reviews

    057 Magnesium Ball Head with MSQ6PL Quick Release Plate is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty decent head I love stable this head is without feeling really heavy. I would not call it substantial but that's just because it doesn't feel like its a solid block of metal, and yet that makes it so much easier to travel with. The included plate does not have any soft or rubber on the top so you are attaching a smooth metal plate to whatever you are attaching this too, which worked out fine for me but I also have a different brand arca plate that I use with this and it snaps in just fine and stays tight when locked down and wont slide off because of the locking mechanism, but it needs more wiggling to get off the head as it seems to be a hair wider than the Manfrotto plate. All in all I would say this is a great ball head.
    Date published: 2015-07-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from HIgh Quality This is a very sturdy ball head. High quality and good value for money.
    Date published: 2016-04-20
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ball Head: Good. Q6 Quick Release plate: Bad. I use this with my Manfrotto tripod legs and my Nikon D7000. My heaviest lens is the Nikon 105mm macro. I use my tripod probably once a month for family portraits and sometimes macro work. The ball head: This works well. Holds steady and seems rock solid. I do not recommend the Q6 Quick Release for attaching to cameras similar to the Nikon D7000. The plate is metal and very smooth. When I screw it onto my camera as hard as I can with my fingers, I can twist the camera which is especially annoying when in portrait orientation. I experimented with adding some rubber in between the camera and the plate and that has helped but I haven't found a really good solution yet. My guess is that the Q6 Release Plate was designed for something other than the way I am using it.
    Date published: 2017-05-09
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Camera did not lock -- Fell from tripod! I recently used this on my Gitzo tripod, loading a Canon 5D Mark III and 16-35mm 2.8L lens for an indoor shoot of a city skyline. I put the camera body on the ball head, making sure it connected. I tightened the lever to lock it tightly in place. I moved the tripod and the camera fell off!!! When I thought about it later, I realized that when trying this ball head out at home, I had to be extra careful to ensure that the camera/lens was locked in place, because sometimes it felt like it was locked, only to find out it was not. Luckily, the fall was against a glass window and the drop was not far. My lens hood took the brunt of the fall and was destroyed. Also, this is not Arca-swiss compatible. I have Arca-swiss plates that would not fit, so I had to buy Manfrotto plates. I'm seeking to return this ballhead and the additional plates I ordered today. Will spend the extra $$ for a RRS 55 ballhead. An expensive lesson.
    Date published: 2014-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tripod Head This head has worked consistently great for me for the last 2 years of very heavy use. No issues what so ever.
    Date published: 2015-12-07
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