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

(based on 272 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (220)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 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 272 customers

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5.0

good unit

By bluefin studio

from new hampshire

Verified Buyer

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

works as expected

 
5.0

the perfect solution

By Babbo

from Berkshire County

Verified Buyer

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

I bought the geared head for a Canon 5D mark iv because I found that a ball head did not allow fine enough adjustments to straighten the camera easily with the built-in level. The geared head allows for precise incremental movements, and I now have no difficulty getting everything exactly true; I turn a knob rather than the whole camera, and as that changes the position in one plane only, anything already level stays level..

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for my use

By James

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Using this for real estate interiors. Fast setup makes it worth the price.

 
4.0

Broke out of the box...but still excited to try it out...

By Kristen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this for real estate photography because of all the positive reviews online. After attaching it to my tripod and snapping my camera in and out of it a few times, it broke. I was very disappointed. My husband was able to fix it, for the time being, and I hope that it will last. I read the instructions carefully to ensure that I do everything properly. So...hopefully that won't happen again. I'm still excited to use it. It seems very smooth and solid now. #sweepstakes

 
5.0

Now I really am ready for this summer's eclipse

By Kevin

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I bought this tripod head in preparation for this summer's total eclipse (August 2017) but now that I've had a chance to play with it a bit, I wonder how I ever made do with a ball head? Precision alignment of the camera is so easy! The Sun fills about 40% of my frame when I mount my long lens, and this head allows me to quickly and precisely center it. Given that the Sun's disk spans only 1/2 a degree, we really are talking about some small adjustments. I have no difficulty positioning the lens to within about a minute of arc (1/60th of a degree), and there's no "sag" when I finish my adjustments.

*** Just a word of warning: Don't point a long lens at the Sun without first mounting a solar filter on it or you'll damage your camera. ND filters aren't sufficient. You need a proper solar filter. ***

 
4.0

Great product for pro photographers

By Ercky

from San Diego, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I would definitely recommend this head to any pro architectural and real estate photographers. It definitely makes your life easier but most importantly helps you switch from horizontal to vertical composition very quickly, hassle free.
Most of the time the vertical of my shots are so straight now that I don't have to correct them in post. I wish I bought it years ago.
It's big and heavy, so you need muscles in your arms and hands to make it work.
The reason why I give 4 out of 5 stars is because I'm sure there is room for improvement to make the unit easier to use and smoother. It does what is supposed to, so definitely a must have.

 
5.0

What a difference

By gdjstl

from St Louis Mo

Verified Buyer

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

Use on a Manfrotto 475B geared pro tripod on a dolly. Great for portrait work. easy to find and capture subject even when moving a bit. Use in Studio only or architectural. Heavy for general use. Came with the quick release lever loose but got on internet and was able to tension and tighten. Quick release plate is larger and very solid than the ball head plate. So much better than moving tightening and then having your camera sag on a ball head.

 
5.0

I made a good decision in purchasing this tripod head.

By Stephen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I am using this tripod head to accurately position/support my camera for architectural photography. The gears feel very precise and sturdy, the quick release (to disengage the gears) feels a little stiff but would prefer stiff than loose. Well worth the money.

 
5.0

Manfrotto heads for the win

By Christian

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

High Quality product, I expect to have this head for many years to come. I know a lot of professionals that use this head for architecture or product and its all metal unlike the new smaller geared head from manfrotto. This head + my gitzo legs = rock solid (but not too fun to lug around)

 
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

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.

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