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Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 055 MAG Photo-Movie Head with Q5 Quick Release System for Tripods and Cameras
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- Designed to work as a fluid video or camera head with just the flip of a switch
- Built in quick release system
- Pan bar easily removable when using as regular photo head
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The Best Solution For The New HD DSLRs with Embedded Video Functions
The Manfrotto heads range offers a wide selection of different models to tailor the equipment according to any specific need and application. Thanks to Manfrotto’s broad experience each model of head is specifically designed to effectively and efficiently satisfy the requirements of our customers, always insuring the best result.
Choosing the right head is fundamental in order to get the best results, as well as considering the equipment used and the kind of photo you are going to shoot. Any photographer knows how diverse shooting situations are, varying from Macro-photography to architecture, sport, portrait, panorama and many others. Within the Manfrotto head range you will always find the right solution to your requirements. Although they vary in technical solutions, materials, dimensions and payloads, all the Manfrotto heads are characterized by the same high level of quality and innovation.
Excellent materials, innovative solutions and attention to ergonomic detail are common key aspects to Manfrotto heads, providing not only exceptional results but a unique shooting experience. Detail is designed to always guarantee the best way to take the best image in any situation with any equipment.
MH055M8-Q5, 055 Magnesium Photo-Movie Head with Q5 Quick Release.
The new photo-movie head is the best solution for the new HD DSLRs with an embedded video functionality. With a single product it is possible to take advantage of an extraordinary Photo Head and a Fully Featured video head. The Manfrotto photo-movie head is the right product for all those photographers utilizing the new functionalities of their video DSLR- for producing high quality multimedia photo/movie contents using a single support, and without accepting any compromise either in photo or in video mode.
The innovative photo-movie head is developed to simply be the best and most ideal solution for the new HD DSLRs with embedded video functions. With a single product it is possible to take advantage of an extraordinary Photo Head and a Fully Featured Video Head. The unique Photo-Movie selector makes switching from shooting photos to videos quick and immediate, experiencing the best of both worlds. In Photo mode the head provides the speed and maximum freedom in all directions, like a ball head combined with an incredibly precise, smooth and controlled movement never experienced before thanks to the fluid cartridges and an adjustable counter balance control. In Video mode a fully featured video head allows for a precise and fluid movement for pan and tilt with all of the typical video settings, including friction control. The pan bar is reversible for right or left hand users and it can quickly be removed and fixed on a tripod leg thanks to the included rest clip.
Front Tilt -90° / +90°
Head Bowl 60mm
Lateral Tilt: +90° / -20° tilt range
Pan Drag: continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
Panoramic Rotation: 360 degrees
Spring Loaded Counter Balance: proportional / free / off
Tilt Drag: continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
Load Capacity: 15.43 lbs / 7 kg
Weight: 45.06 oz
Working Height: 5.31 in
Quick Release (QR) Plate: 2 included Compatible with most cameras & camcorders
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The innovative photo-movie head is developed to simply be the best and most ideal solution for the new HD DSLRs with embedded video functions. With a single product it is possible to take advantage of an extraordinary Photo Head and a Fully Featured video head. The unique Photo-Movie selector makes switching from shooting photos to videos quick and immediate, experiencing the best of both worlds. In Photo mode the head provides the speed and maximum freedom in all directions, like a ball head combined with an incredibly precise, smooth and controlled movement never experienced before thanks to the fluid cartridges and an adjustable counter balance control. In Video mode a fully featured video head allows for a precise and fluid movement for pan and tilt with all of the typical video settings, including friction control. The pan bar is reversible for right or left hand users and it can quickly be removed and fixed on a tripod leg thanks to the included rest clip. Technical Specifications: Front Tilt -90° / +90°; 60mm Head Bowl; Lateral Tilt +90° / -20° tilt range ; Load Capacity 7 kg 15.43 lbs.; Material magnesium; Pan Drag continuously adjustable from 0 to max level; 360 degrees Panoramic Rotation; Spring Loaded Counter Balance proportional / free / off; Tilt Drag continuously adjustable from 0 to max level; Weight 45.06 oz.; Working Height 5.31 in.
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Not sure what I am going to do with this. Anyone here want my slightly used Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 055 MAG Photo-Movie Head for cheap? I would feel too guilty selling this on Ebay knowing they will not like it. I should have spent more time reading over the reviews here before ordering this, so I hope this will help someone else make the right decision.
- The quick release plate screw can fall out if you're using the smaller screw for DSLR only during storage if you're not careful.
- Although you can reverse the handle (to right handed), you're not able to tighten the release plate slider screw on the side because it hits the camera body.
- Lastly, the alum. handle is a little cheap for the mag. head.
It would be a five star if those were fixed.
- The dual use is awesome for the hybrid user. If you only want photo, don't get this one.
- Construction is rock solid. Feels amazingly solid.
- Easy to use (after the initial "training" on it)
- Can be heavy at times but your trade off is that it covers many functions.
- Somewhat awkward shape (if you try to put into a tripod bag it will need to be wide enough)
- Quick Release lock is too close to the base of your camera, it's hard to tighten
- Handle bar is quite long and no shorter option is available. (I wish it was half the size, might have to cut it myself)
I think arguably the worst thing about this is the Quick Release plate included. It's a long base with super short bolts so they are hard to tighten. The tighten lock for the plate needs to be about an inch lower than it is. I had to buy the Manfrotto 120 Converter Plate Converts Tripod Head screws from 3/8-Inch to 1/4-Inch - Replaces 3054 to use as a "riser" and this does cause some additional shake at times. Other than that big quirk, functionality wise this head can do tons.
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Very smooth pan and tilt - the friction control work like a charm++
The quality is amazing and the head is very solid which gives a professional touch.
Im using it most with my 5d3 for video footage and the results are fantastic!
DId I say that is amazing?? I will say it many times again!! Highly Recommended++++
Leider ist der Foto/Videokopf im Vergleich mit einem "normalen" Videokopf von Manfrotto ziemlich groß und auch um einiges schwerer. Der Hebel wäre meines Erachtens besser an der rechten Seite angebracht. Ganz nett ist die Gegengewichtsfunktion. Hier kann man eine Kamera mit einem großen und schweren Objektiv in einer stabilen Position halten. Die wichtigste Funktion des Stativkopfs ist wohl das Umschalten zwischen Video und Foto. In der Fotoposition sind Hochkantfotos möglich. Einen normalen Videokopf kann man nicht seitlich umklappen. D.h. man kann keine Hochkantffotos machen. Die Verarbeitung des gelieferten Stativkopfs war leider auch nicht dem Preis entsprechend. Ich habe das Teil wieder zurück geschickt..
Nach einer Reise mit vielen Fotos und Videos und der Erkenntnis, dass zwei Köpfe einer zuviel sind, habe ich mich entschlossen, dem Produkt eine zweite Chance zu geben. Und siehe da, die Verarbeitung war dieses mal einwandfrei. Ja, das Teil ist etwas schwerer und auch größer als ein "normaler" Videokopf. Aber, zwei Köpfe - einer für Video und einer für Foto - sind zusammen doch schwerer. Abgesehen von der Fummelei beim Wechsel. Die Schwenks und Tilts laufen einwandfrei. Es bedarf allerdings einer kleinen Eingewöhnungszeit, d.h., man muss bei dem neuen Kopf ein paar mal hin und her und hoch und runter schwenken, dann läuft alles glatt.