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Manfrotto054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release
 
4.7

(based on 181 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (141)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (133)
  • Attaches firmly (117)
  • Large range of motion (116)
  • Strong clamp (106)
  • Locks in tight (25)

Cons

  • Heavy (21)
  • Complicated controls (3)
  • Unstable (3)
  • Weak clamp (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (132)
  • Portraits (110)
  • Night shots (98)
  • Travel (70)
  • Home (67)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (89), Semi-pro photographer (40), Pro photographer (26), Casual photographer (10), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (159)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Loose Screws

four stars because of the two screws holding the swivel latch that secures the camera mounting plate to the head keep coming loose and need re-tightening to the point now that the two screws now...Read complete review

four stars because of the two screws holding the swivel latch that secures the camera mounting plate to the head keep coming loose and need re-tightening to the point now that the two screws now need to be replaced. Maybe some red lock-tight added to the threads would help with the problem. I'm trying to get replacement screws from Manfrotto.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Knobs Uncomfortable

This ball head is nice and compact, but the knobs are not very comfortable to operate and don't feel like a very natural fit to my thumb and fingers. Also one of the knobs...Read complete review

This ball head is nice and compact, but the knobs are not very comfortable to operate and don't feel like a very natural fit to my thumb and fingers. Also one of the knobs was kind of wiggly-loose; I don't know if that was just the knob or the tightener mechanism behind the knob.

When I'm moving the camera to frame a shot, I don't want to have to take my eye out of the viewfinder to find and work the knobs.

One last thing pushed me to the decision point to return the ball head: when the panning knob is loosened, the movement of the head was stiff and not very smooth. So I returned it to B&H; I think I'm going to get the hydrostatic ball head instead.

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5.0

Sturdy, excellent controls

By Bill

from Clearwater, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

Installed on the Benro COM48CL Combination Series 4 Carbon Fiber Tripod. Nice, lightweight sturdy platform with excellent utility in both elevation and azimuth. With significant weight installed, maintains position effortlessly. Easy to understand and easy to use controls enhance the system. Perfect for my needs.

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2.0

Works great when spring stays put (Design flaw)

By 3d Photography

from Phx, AZ

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Solid/Sturdy

Cons

  • Loose Clamp
  • Poor Design

Best Uses

    Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

    Bought this a while back and had to stop using it as the camera would not stay on. On closer inspection, the spring under the lever for the release mechanism keeps falling out. Finally lost the spring and so the head is not usable. Very sad that I could not use it further. It appears to be a design flaw, as far as I am concern. Still love the brand, just not this particular head.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Perfect

    By Deb

    from Fort Myers, FL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fits Well
    • Improves Tripod Function
    • Solid/Sturdy

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

    this ball head is perfect with the tripod I purchased. Very well made and easy to use.

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    • No

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    1.0

    Fell Apart

    By platterat

    from casper, wy

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Loose Clamp

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

        Lever kept coming loose and after numerous times to tighten it myself I got tired of my camera not being locked in. I sent it back to Manfrotto for repair and they wanted $80 to fix it. Needless to say I will not be buying anymore of their products.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Ball Head, works perfectly

        By DC Commercial Photographer

        from Washington DC

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easily Adjusted
        • Lightweight
        • Locks In Tight
        • Smooth Movement

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits

          Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

          Easy to install on the tripod legs, easy to use, works well, lightweight.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Ease of adjustment, light weight and less bulk.

          By Ron

          from Battle Creek, MI

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easily Adjusted
          • Good Footing
          • Great With My Gh3w Grip
          • Lightweight
          • Locks In Tight
          • Smooth Movement

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Outdoors
            • Travel

            Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

            This is a great head.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Best Head

            By BIGinTX

            from SATX

            Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

            The best head you could get for the money.

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            5.0

            Quick repositions

            By Midwested

            from NWMO

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Adjusted
            • Lightweight
            • Locks In Tight
            • Quick Release Secure
            • Smooth Movement

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Outdoors
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

              My first ball head. Should have bought one 20 years ago. The set up is quick and holds my DSLR with long zoom securely. I've even checked out using the horizontal arm feature of my tripod to see if the ball would hold the camera and 4lb lens while shooting straight down toward the ground. No problem there. Love this thing. Seems well built and does what it claims to do.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great addition

              By KW

              from Washington

              Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

              Very strong with a great range of motion.

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              5.0

              Strong and steady ball head.

              By billnikon

              from Florida

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easily Adjusted
              • Locks In Tight
              • Smooth Movement

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Outdoors

                Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                I shoot slow exposures of water movement, (30-60 sec. exposures). I mount my camera body directly to the ball head using the detachable Q2 quick release. I use wide angles and small zooms. I use Nikon and Sony cameras. I use multiple Q2 releases, one per camera, this way I can quickly change cameras without a hitch. Once the Q2 release is attached to the ball head it is as solid as the tripod. The red plastic insert on the ball head allows the unit to move quickly and steadily without slipping, there is a adjustment for adding tension so that no matter how heavy your camera and lens the movement can be adjusted so the camera moves securely. Two other levers control the pan and the other locks you camera in position once you have it where you want it. Vertical and horizontal shooting is quick and accurate. My tripod sits on sand, boulders and in water, I do not always have time to level the tripod. No problem, the ball head quickly lets me level the camera no matter the position of the tripod. There is a degree marking along the lower part of the ball head allowing for perfect panning. I have been using this product for about 6 months now without a problem.

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                5.0

                Excellent ball head

                By Linfeng

                from Atlanta, GA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easily Adjusted
                • Good Footing
                • Locks In Tight
                • Smooth Movement
                • Solid

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                  I also have a Manfrotto compact ball head 494RC2. It works well, but have some difficulties holding my Canon 6D with Canon EF 300mm F4 L IS. It is noticeable that 494RC2 moves a bit after locking, especially with heavy loading (i.e. >1.5kg). Because of the good experience with Manfrotto, I choose to continue with the brand. I really like Q2 quick release system. It is safe and highly efficient. You don't need a coin to attach 200PL plate to camera. I have been using Manfrotto 054 ball head for half a year now. It turns out to be my favorite ball head. It operates smoothly and accurately even with full frame DSLR and long telephoto lens. The separate pan lock is very useful. Although it is a bit heavy, it feels solid and offers extra stability in long exposure landscape shots. I'm very happy with it and will use it for years.

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                  4.0

                  Quick and Easy

                  By RSteele

                  from Arkansas

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easily Adjusted
                  • Good Footing
                  • Lightweight
                  • Locks In Tight
                  • Smooth Movement

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Outdoors
                    • Portraits
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                    The different designs of the levers and tabs on this Ball Head caught my eye. I wanted something that I could adjust by touch so that I could keep my eye in the viewfinder for composing purposes. Not only does that design feature work perfectly but the tension pressure and adjustments are wonderful as well. I've quickly adapted to this new ball head which means it feels like it works with me for an uninterrupted process. I highly recommend it.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Stable but heavy

                    By geb

                    from Bataan, Philippines

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Locks In Tight
                    • Smooth Movement

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                    CXI use this mostly for landscapes and nature shoots in tandem with the MT190CX tripod I bought this along with. This head is very stable, but the controls need a bit of getting used to. Almost a deal breaker for me is the weight though.

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                    5.0

                    Strong & Reliable

                    By AntsAreCool

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Adjusted
                    • Fast
                    • Locks In Tight
                    • Professional Quality
                    • Reliable
                    • Smooth Movement
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                      Great head to replace my pistol grip that was having trouble. I liked the idea of a ball head tripod mount so you can keep one hand on the camera and one to adjust the angle. This head locks TIGHT too. Holds my Canon 5D with a 70-200MM lens in place without having to crank down the tightening knob. I can tell this will last me a long time. Very happy with it, you can always rely on Manfrotto products! Also, B&H shipped it fast!

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Perfect for me

                      By Stillgirl77

                      from Clarksville, TN

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                      This is exactly what I was looking for an needed. Solid product

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                      5.0

                      Good for Photo

                      By DTM

                      from NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                      Stable, quick, convenient and adjustable. It can be used to pan with adjustable drag, but is not a video head, so video shooters should avoid it. For stills, its great.

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                      5.0

                      Very Efficient Design | Smooth Ball Movement

                      By OneBoredMF

                      from San Francisco, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easily Adjusted
                      • Good Footing
                      • Lightweight
                      • Locks In Tight
                      • Smooth Movement

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Outdoors
                        • Portraits
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                        Outstanding design in terms of visual appeal and functionality. Ball head adjustments are very efficient. Minimal user efforts are required to affect large changes in camera position. Minute, exacting adjustments are also made possible by the fine-adjustment knob if that's more your style. The head is very customizable and I would expect it to meet most users' requirements. The 2 main knobs (ball lock & pan release) are ratcheted, allowing you to position them to your liking. The ball locks very securely into place even when the main knob is not yet at its tightest position. [My load: Canon 5D Mark II, 24-70 f/2.8 I]. Ball movements are very smooth. Panning is even smoother.

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                        5.0

                        Quality head

                        By Pin

                        from Philadelphia

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight
                        • Locks In Tight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Outdoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                          For general 35mm work i tis ideal. Seperate controls for vertical and horizontal. Locks firmly, which is most important

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Adjusting the tension takes some getting used to.

                          By Falco57

                          from Springfield, VA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easily Adjusted
                          • Lightweight
                          • Locks In Tight
                          • Smooth Movement

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Outdoors
                            • Portraits
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                            This is my first intro to a ball head. The action is smooth and one can lock it down well, at least with 5 lb. of camera. One compliant is that there is little margin for setting the tension to hold the camera where it can be moved with a little pressure vs. loose enough for the camera to quickly move.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Total Satisfaction

                            By Roch

                            from Baton Rouge, LA.

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Adjusted
                            • Locks In Tight

                            Cons

                            • Slips Out Of Position

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoor Macro

                            Comments about Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release:

                            Mounted my Velbon Super Mag Slider on with my D600 and 105 mm Micro with no trouble at all. Camera and slider stayed put.

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                            • No

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