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Manfrotto MH054M0-Q2 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release

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  • Attachment: 3/8'' attachment type
  • Independent pan lock: Yes
  • Lateral tilt: -100deg. / +40deg. head tilt
  • Load capacity: 10 kg / 22.05 lbs
  • Material: Magnesium
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Manfrotto MH054M0-Q2 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release + Manfrotto Quick Release Plate with Special Adapter (200PL) + Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 055 Aluminium 3-Section Tripod with Horizontal Column (Black)
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The best Manfrotto pro ball head, dedicated to 190 carbon fiber tripods. An extremely precise ball head, providing extra smooth movements thanks to state of the art materials and technology. Innovative and unique features like the exclusive 90-105deg. portrait angle selector allows for better camera control for advanced precise settings. Innovative, compact, ergonomic, powerful and made of lightweight magnesium- it is the ideal tool for durability, high performance and accuracy. The new magnesium Q2 quick release system is compatible with RC2 standard plates and offers increased ergonomics, speed and reduced weight.

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  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.5 x 4.9 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0049F194S
  • Item model number: MH054M0-Q2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 1, 2011

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Cameron Scholtz on February 22, 2012
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This is my first ball head. Well that's not entirely true. I actually bought the Manfrotto 496RC2 before this one. The 496 was nice for the price. It didn't impress me though. The ball itself seemed kind of small. Maybe it was just me but it seemed a little overpowered when my Canon 7D was mounted with a large lens. The safety release on the 496 appeared to be an afterthought on Manfrotto's part. The whole unit just seemed kind of "no frills". I think this made worse by the fact that I had it mounted on the 190CXPRO3 carbon fiber tripod. Please don't take this as bad review of the 496 -- it's not. The 496 is great for it price range.

Anyway, I digress. Back to the 054! Literally a few days after I received my 496, Amazon offered me 5% off the Manfrotto MH054M0-Q2 054 magnesium ball head. At $185 it was a lot more expensive that the 496 and I wasn't sure if it'd be worth the extra $$. I went ahead and tried it though. I'm glad I did. It is awesome!

The first thing I noticed about the MH054M0-Q2 is, well -- everything! Hahah The 054 is a BIG upgrade from the 496; better by almost every metric. It's got two bubble levels, built-in panning control with degrees dial, 90 - 105 degree portrait angle selector. The ball is super smooooth! It feels so much nicer and precise than the 496. And the ergonomics are great. The levers are larger, the magnesium head itself has a nice textured surface. And it looks sexy...if a ball head can look sexy lol. I'm referring to the red lining around the ball and the red portrait select lever and the fact that all pieces and knobs are finished in textured matte black (unlike some bare aluminum pieces on the 496).
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By baj2k on May 12, 2012
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This is a really great ball-head. I needed small, lightweight, rugged, reliable, a panorama axis, level indicators, quick release capable, and support at least 15 lbs (it's rated at 22-lbs), this ball-head has that all and then some. I use it with my carbon fiber Feisol CT3441T tripod and it can collapse and fold up, with the ball-head installed, to about 18" in length and about 1.8kg or ~4 lbs. (tripod & ball-head combined). It all fits inside the Feisol tote-bag with the ball head installed. Size, weight, and ability to fit on my tripod with ball-head attached inside it's tote-bag were also must haves for me. I like to do urban and back-country hiking shoots and believe me every pound counts when you're hiking the hills of San Francisco or the foothills of the Sierra's.

The only problem is on the larger lenses where the Manfrotto 200PL-14 RC2 Rapid Connect mounting plate has to go on the lens collar then the MH054M0-Q2's quick release lever hits my Canon 7D's battery grip so you can't clamp in the lens. I have to loosen the RC2 on the lens collar and spin it 90 degrees then clamp it into the MH054M0-Q2 and then rotate the lens back 90 degrees to re-tighten the RC2. PITA... I can live with this since I don't always use the battery grip and when I do I'll just have to be extra careful. I don't want to be fumbling around attaching my Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 and Canon 7D and drop it and watch $3k go up in smoke... For standard lenses with my "gripped 7D" this is not an issue since you attach the RC2 to the "grip" and not the lens collar so the Quick Release lever isn't blocked by the "grip". I knocked off 1 Star for this (I wanted to just drop it a 1/2 star but you can't... so to me it's really 4.5 Stars).

Overall I highly recommend this ball-head.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Philip Lawrence on February 24, 2012
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After quite a bit of debate on what I wanted as my own starter tripod & head, I decided to go for this one. It was slightly higher priced than the others I was looking at, however it was worth it.

Pros:
+ Solid construction and feel
+ Portrait slider, which keeps it at either 90°, or slightly more (to 105° or 110° I believe). This comes in pretty handy more often than not for me.
+ The twist locks are easy to grab and identify when looking into the camera
+ Minimal, if any, drooping once locked. The tripods I had borrowed in the past were older and thus always sagged once locked - which is very annoying
+ Quick release is solid, both the plate and the holder on the ball itself are very sturdy unlike some plates I've borrowed in the past.
Side note, some people have said that the quick release doesn't work too well with battery grips. On my T3i + grip, it is just fine and doesn't get in the way of any of the buttons.
+ Double bubble levels in easy-to-see locations.

Cons:
- More of a minor gripe: the panning takes a bit of work to move when unlocked, but that is also because it is relatively new.
- The quick release has gotten harder to open more recently, requiring a little bit of force to get the plate to unlock from the head.

Overall, I'm very satisfied with this tripod head and would highly recommend it.

UPDATE 11/29/14: Added one more con (QR harder to release). I'm still very pleased with this product nearly 3 years later. The locks still hold the ball strong (camera + battery grip + lens is usually around 3-4 lbs)
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