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Manfrotto410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg)
 
4.8

(based on 263 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (213)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (118)
  • Attaches firmly (103)
  • Large range of motion (87)
  • Easy to use (79)
  • Strong clamp (78)

Cons

  • Heavy (48)
  • Heavy / bulky (15)
  • Complicated controls (3)
  • Heavy bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (136)
  • Night shots (76)
  • Portraits (50)
  • Home (47)
  • Travel (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (84), Photo enthusiast (65), Semi-pro photographer (65), Casual photographer (3), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (183), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

If you're questioning getting it, BUY IT

I love this tripod head! I bought a new tripod head because my old one couldn't hold up my canon 7d and 70-200 f/2.8 is mkII and battery grip. This head can...Read complete review

I love this tripod head! I bought a new tripod head because my old one couldn't hold up my canon 7d and 70-200 f/2.8 is mkII and battery grip. This head can hold all of that with a master flash in the hot shoe as well and then some. with that weight this gear head is very precise and steady with no slipping or creeping. When adjusting, you have a choice of precise movements or a quick release to make larger adjustments. The only 2 negative things that I can possibly think of: you can only look up up to a 30 degree angle, however you can just reverse mount the camera/lens on the quick release plate (not a big deal for me). The second negative (shown in photo) is the space in-between the left/right tilt knob (ONLY if you have a full sized body or battery grip)is a little tight especially if you have bigger fingers. I would not use this for sports, action, travel, video, events, or wildlife because it is so precise and has a little too much weight to it for these.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

precision control

I needed a head that could give me precise control on the 3 axes. This is exactly what this head does, and it does it well. However ...
The head won't...Read complete review

I needed a head that could give me precise control on the 3 axes. This is exactly what this head does, and it does it well. However ...
The head won't allow your camera to "look straight up" : one of the buttons hits the central part of the head preventing it to look up more than app 30 degrees.
This wouldn't be so much of a problem if it were easy to mount the camera facing aft on the head, but the mouning plate will only fit one way on the head. The workaround is to unscrew the plate slightly (with a screwdriver or coin), turn it 180 degress, fasten it again, mount the camera back on the head, turn it sideways and up... what a hassle.
Except for this not so clever design, the head works great. I'm pleased with it.

Reviewed by 263 customers

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5.0

One of the best purchases I've recently made

By Philipl

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

I purchased this item at the recommendation of another photographer. It is proving to be one of the most valuable pieces of equipment in my camera bag. I use it for shooting home interiors for use on real estate websites. I recommend this piece of equipment highly.

 
5.0

Love the control

By Fay

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

Love the level of control obtainable.

 
4.0

good geared head

By Greg

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

Only 4 stars due to the slight irritation of adjusting for gears that get out of alignment when using the coarse adjustment.

 
4.0

I would recommend this as a good gear head

By Scott

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

This is a great gear head. The only reason for 4 stars is I wish they gave you options for what type of camera mounting plate it came with. I use Manfrotto quick release plates on all my cameras and long lens and this plate is not the right kind for that application. I had to buy a different mounting plate and attach it on top of this one. Kind of awkward to get use to the gear head but it works great now.

 
5.0

Begin Here

By Steve

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

This is the first gear head that I have purchased and am quite pleased with the product. I have used ball head leveling for architectural work but having experienced the gear head system, the ball head is now exclusively used for supporting the off camera flash. The 410 does well with reasonably fine adjustments and quick set up time. Some reviews have identified a slight play on one or more of the motions. My 410 has a slight horizontal play (about 20 minutes) but only when moderate pressure is applied to the camera in the horizontal direction. I adapted to it. The tilt adjustments are rock solid. The single bubble level is accurate enough if you allow settling time for the adjustments.

The adjustments are rather tight but functional for my applications. I accept that as part of the no-slip in the leveling plate. The 410PL plate is great for larger pro-body cameras and works well with the Nikon D5. My 410 came (by error) with two 1/4" camera screws and that worked out well. I like the all metal construction and the weight is not too bad when used with a heavier aluminum tripod. Of course, I am not walking very far with this combination but the stability is very good.

If you have a gear head and are looking for a more precise adjusting product, I would suggest the Manfrotto 405. It offers higher finer adjustments and multiple levels for critical camera positioning. I have used the 410 with a 200 mm lens and had no issue but a longer lens may benefit from the finer adjustment of the 405. However, if you are new to purchasing a gear head, this is a good product that is priced well for your first purchase. I would not likely be satisfied with a product at any price that is of less quality than the Manfrotto 410.

 
5.0

Great gear!

By Aleb60

from Orlando, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

I have other heads from Manfrotto but this one is perfect for my stills. Very reliable and easy to adjust after a few clicks! It holds perfectly my D750 with a Micro 105mm lens in every angle I need it.
It's sturdy and I believe it'll last for a long time! Great product for whom is looking for a precise head for shooting stills!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tool for architectural and real estate photography

By Aaron

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

I use this head for real estate photography and other times when I need a long exposure. Previously I've used the Manfrotto pistol grip heads and have also used ball heads. This one is much more stable and precise, allowing me to dial in those critical angles to make real estate and architecture look good.

I was worried about being able to shoot as quickly with this one, and it has slowed me down just a little bit from previous types of heads I've used, but with practice, I think I'll get up to speed. The quick adjustment knobs work well, but sometimes you have to dial the knobs a bit after using the quick adjustment knobs for the gears to "click" into place again.

 
3.0

Buy the 405 Pro

By William

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

Its nice but after some use it becomes very difficult to adjust. I have had this a little over a year and I had to buy the Pro today because this is too loose. If you need to do multiple shots and layer them you cannot touch the head after you begin shooting or the shots won't line up. It now has about 1/16th to 1/8th inch of play after this short time. When I bought it was $269 and now its $219 and I can see why.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everything I'd hoped it would be

By Erich

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

I purchased this (along with a Manfrotto tripod) a few weeks back primarily for architectural/real estate work, as well as product photography. After using it for a few shoots over the last two weeks, I can say that I have zero complaints. It is extremely sturdy, the gears are precise and heavy duty, the locking top plate is super sturdy and leaves me confident in its ability to hold even my heavier primes.

As I side note, it's obvious that one buys this type of head for the ability to fine tune a shot, which wonderful for the type of work I'm doing, but it should be noted that, because of the cams that allow quick swiveling of the three planes, I've also used this on one portrait session. While maybe not quite as quick to adjust as a ball head, it's still quite usable, and quite a bit sturdier than the ball heads I've used.

All in, I couldn't be happier with this purchase.

 
5.0

Highly recommended item for specific purposes

By Yigal

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

I bought that head primarily for mounting a spotting scope and coupled it with the Manfrotto 055 tripod legs. This is a 3-dimension head with very smooth and slow movement, though there is a mechanism of temporary disengagement of geared movement. The final adjustment of spotting scope or camera position (for still life, group portrait, interior, and architectural shooting) is just perfect. That head is not intended for tracking rapidly moving objects; but the rising Moon is easily tracked using two (of the three) knobs. Video panning is possible, but is slow; for such a purpose a fluid head would be more suitable. Moving ships at sea, however, are tracked well using a horizontal shift. The QR plate is wonderful! The head is metal-made and solidly built. The only disadvantages I could mention are the high price and somewhat hard resistance when rotating the knobs with user's fingers. One remark - for unscrewing the QR plate from camera or spotting scope body you should have a giant slot drive screwdriver.

 
5.0

Gets the job done

By Mike

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

Great for lining up distant objects, moon, planets, etc. like the feature that allows you to get aligned near the subject quickly, then fine tune with the dials. A bit pricy but wort it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Precise & Solid

By Kirk

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

I purchased the 410 Junior Geared Head for use in my commercial product photo studio with tilt and shift lenses. I am very pleased with how it complements the movements of these lenses. The adjustments are precise just like on the PC lenses. A small downside is the adjustments are very tight I hope that with use they will loosen some. I did add an additional quick release adapter (as seen in the photo) allowing me to continue to use hexagon shaped quick release plates. The set up works well on my studio camera stand it is accurate & solid.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Wish the mounting was not offset

By KBStudio

from Portland, OR

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

The geared movements are a little stiff but may smooth out with use. However, the mount is not centered over the tripod. Any pans will be offset. Why did they do this? If you are trying to do a precise movement the requires a horizontal pan of any kind, you will be frustrated as the camera is not centered over the mount.

 
5.0

Wow, life just got easier!!

By Steady Shot

from SF, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

This geared head is simple perfect! Great compact design. Paired with the Manfrotto 475b Pro Tripod with Geared Column, my new setup makes it about 1000x easier to set a shot and make the minor adjustments needed quickly and with confidence. I can't believe I shot architectural photos previously without it...huge time saver and excellent control. Well worth the $

 
5.0

Another great product

By Viking

from California

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

Works as expected based on the promotional material and specifications. Excellent for making fine adjustments while posing the shot.

 
5.0

Manfrotto 410 Geared Head

By NJ2VA

from Virginia

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

Heavy but worth it.
Place this head in position and it locks down. No lens creep.
Using it on a Manfrotto 055Pro tripod.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

MAGNIFICENT TIME SAVER!

By E.

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

A must-have for architectural photography. I used the Manfrotto 3-way pan/tilt head for years it was a great tool but heavy and cumbersome to carry/transport. Then a friend suggested Manfrotto's magnetic Ballhead which was much lighter and just easy and simple but the bobbly jumpy head takes far too much time in setting up shots for level accuracy no matter what subject matter it is, especially architecture it was too time consuming and difficult to level. I was spending far too much time in LR using auto correction. And then...third times a charm the 410. MAGNIFICENT. 

1. Huge time saver. Shaved 30 minutes off my normal session time. Once you set the head level and lock it at the bubble mark, you will breeze through setting up each shot. Some reviewers have stated it takes longer to set up shots on this gearhead vs a ballhead, I disagree 110%. This gear head allows you to work much-much-much faster. 

2. Saved tons of time in post production because everything was already level and accurate, and the precision of small adjustments is incredibly easy to get spot on. 

3. Quick release plate is trustworthy and the head is rock solid and the texture of the knobs make it easy and comfortable to handle 

4. Much lighter than I expected based on other reviews Pay the price it's worth it, you'll turn jobs faster so in turn have room for more jobs. 

I wish I had known about this gearhead years ago. Bravo Manfrotto.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I would not hesitate to purchase this product again..

By what? I'm ten?

from texas

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

If you have a large diameter tripod collar you will want to purchase a tripod head spacer.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tripod head, excellent quality. Very happy with it.

By Glen

from Fort Mill, SC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

I've only used it a few times, but I love it.
If you want fine control over the direction the camera points, or if you want to smoothly pan the camera, this is the tripod head for you. I upgraded from a Manfrotto ball head, which was nice but didn't allow for small motions or for panning. This head is sturdy and well made, with no noticeable play in the gears.

I have two minor complaints, but they aren't significant enough to drop my rating from a 5.
First, you need a tool (a quarter or a key) to get the base plate screw tight enough that the camera doesn't slip. The Manfrotto ball head had a bale on the base plate screw that worked nicely. Too bad they didn't carry that feature over to this head.
Second, the knobs that allow free motion are a little stiff. I feel like using the free motion knobs should be a one-handed operation, but I use two hands to make sure the tripod doesn't move from the force required to turn the knobs.
Overall a great head and I'd certainly by it again.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent with One Major Flaw

By Michael

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

The Manfrotto 410 Junior geared head is an excellent product. It makes final adjustment of the camera very easy, particularly if using a longer focal length lens. However, it has one major flaw: it places the optical center of the camera approximately 1 inch to the left of the central axis of the tripod. This means that it is inappropriate for use as a panoramic head – because parallax errors can occur, particularly when making a panorama of an indoor scene.

However, all is not lost. There is an easy solution for those who use an Arca-Swiss type camera mounting plate. Hejnar photo makes a long conversion plate that is designed to place the optical center of the camera directly over the central axis of the tripod. Perhaps someday Manfrotto will see the problem and make a longer plate itself. But in the meantime, panoramic photographers can use the extended plate to solve this problem.

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