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Manfrotto has a wide range of quality systems for all applications, budgets and camera weights. The video heads they produce offer a variety of technical solutions for camera balancing, drag control, load bearing and tripod mounting.

 

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Manfrotto Professional Photography Heads

Manfrotto 400

Manfrotto 400 Deluxe Heavy-Duty Geared Head

Replacing the classic 3263 Deluxe Heavy-Duty Geared Head, the unique 400 Deluxe Geared Head offers precise geared movement in three directions with fold-away rotating handles for pan and tilt and side to side leveling by a separate handle. In addition, the tension holding the round quick release plate can be released to allow fine adjustment with complete safety. Designed to mount on either studio column stands or larger tripods, this geared head for medium and large format cameras provides the ultimate in fine adjustment and control to achieve the exact framing required. Three 1/4-20" screws for camera attachment are included.


Manfrotto 405

Manfrotto 405 Pro Geared Head

Speed and digital precision are paramount in the latest 405 Pro Digital Geared Head. The 405 provides ideal support and fast, pinpoint positioning for professional medium format or 35mm cameras with conventional or digital backs and payloads up to 16.5 pounds. It utilizes large, easy-to-grip knobs that provide smooth, positive, geared control through 360-degree pan and +90-degree -30-degree frontal and lateral tilt. In addition to its 3-D geared functions, the 405 also incorporates a unique feature that allows you to instantly disengage the gears and rough position the camera by hand, then instantly reengage them for ultra-precise final alignment. Camera attachment: 1/4-20" + 3/8" screw.


Manfrotto 468MG
468MG


Manfrotto 468MGRC4
468MGRC4

Manfrotto 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head

The 468MG family of ball heads incorporates a technically advanced ball locking mechanism using hydrostatic action. The Manfrotto 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head offers an easy-to-use fixed camera platform. Five different 468MG head configurations with interchangeable quick release plates of different shapes and sizes are also available. The body of each head is constructed in magnesium die casting with a two-inch Teflon coated aluminum ball, enabling smoother camera movements. The camera and head will seem like they have become one as the two move in complete unison with no headway effect during the locking phase. The heads also incorporate a calibrated, adjustable tension control allowing the ball tension to be preset for various camera weights.
Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5

Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Video Magnesium Ball Head

The innovative Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Video Magnesium Ball Head was developed to simply be the best and most ideal solution for the latest digital SLRs with integrated HD video shooting. With a single product it is possible to take advantage of an extraordinary photo head and a fully featured video head, experiencing the best of both worlds. The unique Photo-Movie selector makes switching from shooting photos to videos quick and easy. 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. The MH055M8-Q5 is equipped with a Q5 quick release camera plate system with a secondary security lock.


Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5

Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head

The Manfrotto MH057M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head is equipped with a Q5 quick release camera plate system with a secondary security lock. The new Q5 Quick Release system is compatible with standard RC5 plates and offers reduced weight with increased ergonomics, speed, and accuracy, augmented by three leveling bubbles. The Q5 sytem with its sliding plate provides a perfect weight balance for heavy equipment and long lenses. The compact, rectangular 501PL camera plate is included with the MH057M0-Q5. The Manfrotto Magnesium Ball Head is the best Manfrotto pro ball head, dedicated to 057 Series carbon fiber tripods.


Manfrotto MH057M0-RC4

Manfrotto MH057M0-RC4 Magnesium Ball Head

The MH057M0-RC4 is equipped with a 410PL quick release camera plate system. This heavy-duty plate also features a secondary security lock so you can't accidentally release the plate (and camera). The lock stops the quick release lever from opening fully. The 410PL quick release plate system offers a broader footprint ensuring a large stable point of contact between camera and plate, which improves stability with larger heavier camera equipment. The sliding screw adapts to the precise configuration of the camera. The Manfrotto Magnesium Ball Head is the best Manfrotto pro ball head, dedicated to 057 Series carbon fiber tripods.


Manfrotto MH057M0

Manfrotto MH057M0 Magnesium Ball Head

The Manfrotto MH057M0 Magnesium Ball Head is equipped with a traditional fixed platform disc camera attachment. The Manfrotto Magnesium Ball Head is the best Manfrotto pro ball head, dedicated to 057 Series carbon fiber tripods. An extremely accurate ball head, providing extra smooth movements thanks to state-of-the-art materials and technology. Innovative and unique features like the exclusive 90°-105° portrait angle selector allow for better camera control with advanced, precise setting. Innovative, compact, ergonomic, powerful and made of lightweight magnesium, it is the ideal tool for durability, high performance and accuracy.


Manfrotto 410

Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head

Replacing the unique Manfrotto 3275 Junior Geared Head, the extremely compact Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head offers gear movement in three directions: pan, tilt and side-to-side tilt. The head incorporates a quick release camera plate system and is suitable for SLR and medium format cameras. Manfrotto geared heads combine the speed of a ball head and the precision of a three-way head. The extremely compact and light 410 is smallest of the range. Its 11-pound load capacity perfectly matches the range of SLR cameras both analog or digital available in the market. Camera attachment: 1/4-20" + 3/8" screw.


Manfrotto 229

Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Three-Way Head

Replacing the 3039 Super Pro Three-Way Tripod Head, the Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Three-Way Head is able to carry loads up to 26.5 pounds. The 229 is finely machined for greater positioning with smooth, certain action. A quick release plate system enables cameras to be quickly interchanged, or go from tripod to hand-held and back rapidly. The quick release camera plate has a secondary safety catch for added security. Three spirit levels allow you to align the camera perfectly and painlessly for panoramic shots.


Manfrotto MH055M0-Q5

Manfrotto MH055M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head

The Manfrotto MH055M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head is equipped with a Q5 quick release camera plate system with a secondary security lock. The new Q5 Quick Release system is compatible with standard RC5 plates and offers reduced weight with increased ergonomics, speed, and accuracy, augmented by three leveling bubbles. The Q5 sytem with its sliding plate provides a perfect weight balance for heavy equipment and long lenses. The compact, rectangular 501PL camera plate is included with the MH055M0-Q5. The Manfrotto Magnesium Ball Head is the best Manfrotto pro ball head, dedicated to 055 Series carbon fiber tripods. Innovative, compact, ergonomic, powerful and made of lightweight magnesium, it is the ideal tool for durability, high performance and accuracy.


Manfrotto MH055M0-RC4

Manfrotto MH055M0-RC4 Magnesium Ball Head

The Manfrotto MH055M0-RC4 Magnesium Ball Head is equipped with a RC4 quick release camera plate system with a secondary security lock. The 410PL quick release plate features a secondary safety catch and two spirit levels for precise leveling on both vertical and horizontal axes. The camera plate has 1/4-20" male thread. Head to tripod attachment is 3/8" female. The Manfrotto Magnesium Ball Head is the best Manfrotto pro ball head, dedicated to 055 Series carbon fiber tripods. An extremely accurate ball head, providing extra smooth movements thanks to state-of-the-art materials and technology. Innovative and unique features like the exclusive 90°-100° portrait angle selector allow for better camera control with advanced, precise setting.


Manfrotto MH055M0-Q2

Manfrotto MH055M0-Q2 Magnesium Ball Head

The Manfrotto MH055M0-Q2 Magnesium Ball Head is equipped with a Q2 quick release camera plate system with a secondary security lock. The new Q2 Quick Release system is compatible with standard RC2 plates and offers reduced weight with increased ergonomics and speed. The compact, rectangular 200PL-14 camera plate is included with the MH055M0-Q2. This plate features a secondary security lock so you can't accidentally release the plate (and camera) without meaning to. The lock stops the quick release lever from opening fully. The built-in, carefully hand-set bubble spirit level helps make sure your horizons really are horizontal. The Manfrotto Magnesium Ball Head is the best Manfrotto pro ball head, dedicated to 055 Series carbon fiber tripods.


Manfrotto MH054M0-Q5

Manfrotto MH054M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head

The Manfrotto MH054M0-Q5 Magnesium Ball Head is equipped with a Q5 quick release camera plate system with a secondary security lock. The new Q5 Quick Release system is compatible with standard RC5 plates and offers reduced weight with increased ergonomics, speed, and accuracy, augmented by three leveling bubbles. The Q5 sytem with its sliding plate provides a perfect weight balance for heavy equipment and long lenses. The compact, rectangular 501PL camera plate is included with the MH054M0-Q5. The Manfrotto Magnesium Ball Head is the best Manfrotto pro ball head, dedicated to 190 Series carbon fiber tripods.


Manfrotto MH054M0-Q2

Manfrotto MH054M0-Q2 Magnesium Ball Head

The Manfrotto MH054M0-Q2 Magnesium Ball Head is equipped with a Q2 quick release camera plate system with a secondary security lock. The new Q2 Quick Release system is compatible with standard RC2 plates and offers reduced weight with increased ergonomics and speed. The compact, rectangular 200PL-14 camera plate is included with the MH054M0-Q2. This plate features a secondary security lock so you can't accidentally release the plate (and camera) without meaning to. The lock stops the quick release lever from opening fully. The built-in, carefully hand-set bubble spirit level helps make sure your horizons really are horizontal. The Manfrotto Magnesium Ball Head is the best Manfrotto pro ball head, dedicated to 190 Series carbon fiber tripods.


Manfrotto 808RC4

Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Photo Head

The Manfrotto 808RC4 photo head combines features of many existing Manfrotto photo heads into one modernized design. The aluminum 808RC4 3-way head offers fixed counterbalance springs on both the vertical and horizontal tilt for camera control. These counterbalance springs can be turned off or on in three separate positions to meet the individual photographer's needs. The 808RC4, which replaces the existing 3047 and 329RC4 photo heads, can support weight loads of up to 17.6 pounds and features two large, easy to see spirit levels. A new modern handle design allows for ease of use and comfort.


Manfrotto 498RC4

Manfrotto 498RC4 Midi Ball Head With RC4 (410PL) Quick Release Plate

Replacing the 484RC4 midi ball, the Manfrotto 494RC4 Mini Ball Head is the 498 Midi Ball Head equipped with an RC4 (410PL) quick release camera plate system. The 410PL quick release plate features a secondary safety catch and two spirit levels for precise leveling on both vertical and horizontal axes. The camera plate has 1/4-20" male thread. Head to tripod attachment is 3/8" female. With its solid aluminum construction, this head is the ideal support for all traditional or digital small or medium format cameras. It has a new friction control knob plus separate fast action smart ratchet locking knobs for 360-degree pan and the plus/minus 90-degree tilt movements. You can position your camera anywhere in a 180-degree sphere with confidence and ease.


Manfrotto 498RC2

Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head With RC2 (200PL-14) Quick Release Plate

Replacing the 484RC2 midi ball, the Manfrotto 494RC2 Mini Ball Head is the 498 Midi Ball Head equipped with an RC2 (200PL-14) quick release camera plate system. The 200PL-14 quick release plate features a secondary safety catch and a 1/4-20" male thread camera mount. Head to tripod attachment is 3/8" female. With its solid aluminum construction, this head is the ideal support for all traditional or digital small or medium format cameras. It has a new friction control knob plus separate fast action smart ratchet locking knobs for 360-degree pan and the plus/minus 90-degree tilt movements. You can position your camera anywhere in a 180-degree sphere with confidence and ease.


Manfrotto 327RC2

Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head

Replacing the 322RC2, the Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head features a new type of ball joint: an innovative hollow sphere made of stainless steel. A new manufacturing technique was specifically developed to improve the lightness, accuracy and locking strength of the head. Weight reduction, improved performance and optimized ergonomics set Manfrotto joystick heads well above competitors' models and offer photographers products which are lightweight, compact and easy to carry, intuitive and easy to use, yet also extremely precise and sturdy. The 327RC2 has been designed to suit advanced photographers looking for professional tools. Made of sophisticated, high-performance materials with a stainless steel sphere and magnesium body, it offers superior specifications and durability. The 327RC2's ergonomics have been optimized to improve control and precision.


Manfrotto 496RC2

Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head With RC2 (200PL-14) Quick Release Plate

Replacing the 486RC2 compact ball, the Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head is the 496 head equipped with an RC2 (200PL-14) quick release camera plate system. The 200PL-14 quick release plate features a secondary safety catch and a 1/4-20" male thread camera mount. Head to tripod attachment is 3/8" female. The Manfrotto Compact Ball Head is strong enough to take 35mm SLR cameras with medium lenses, and light medium format cameras. It has a new friction control knob plus a smart ratchet locking knob for 360-degree pan and plus/minus 90-degree tilt movements.


Manfrotto 324RC2

Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head

Replacing the 222 head, the Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head features a new type of ball joint: an innovative hollow sphere made of stainless steel. A new manufacturing technique was specifically developed to improve the lightness, accuracy and locking strength of the head. Weight reduction, improved performance and optimized ergonomics set Manfrotto joystick heads well above competitors' models and offer photographers products which are lightweight, compact and easy to carry, intuitive and easy to use, yet also extremely precise and sturdy. Manfrotto joystick heads offer a uniquely ergonomic way of quickly unlocking, composing and locking the camera position, so you can freely and frequently get the perfect shot. The 324RC2 belongs to the latest generation of Manfrotto joystick heads. Design, features and technical specifications have all been optimized to provide the ultimate in intuitive operation, speed of use, ergonomic comfort and high precision.


Manfrotto 701HDV

Manfrotto 701HDV Compact Fluid Video Head

Small and lightweight, the 701HDV fluid video head is capable of accommodating a payload of up to 8.8 pounds. Developed specifically to support the latest prosumer and professional light compact HD camcorders, the 701HDV offers an updated design for improved ergonomics. Redesigned locks and knobs allow for a more solid grip and better control. The 701HDV provides smoother fluid movement thanks to improved internal fluid cartridges. A double pan-bar rosette and a bigger sliding plate optimize the position of the camera in relation to its center of gravity.


Manfrotto 460MG

Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Three-Way Head

Replacing the 3437 head, the Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Three-Way Head is an innovative 3D head unlike any other. Cast from lightweight magnesium, the 460MG can be positioned in virtually any position to get the exact framing of the image. The lock system using spring-loaded conical joints allows greater flexibility than any other 3D head whether mounted on a tripod center column or lateral arm. The rubber grip knobs provide finger tip control and won't poke you in the eye like conventional handles do. The 460MG is the ideal head in combination with the MagFiber line for 35mm SRLs and medium format cameras, both digital and film. The quick release camera plate has a secondary safety catch for added security.


Manfrotto 700RC2

Manfrotto 700RC2 Mini Video Head

The 700RC2 is a compact and lightweight 2-movement head designed principally to support the latest digital video equipment but also well-suited to still photography cameras with medium and long telephoto lenses. The 700RC2 has a fixed length pan bar with padded handle and separate locking mechanisms for the pan and tilt. Smooth and constant movements on both axes are assured by a fixed system of fluid cartridges.


Manfrotto 804RC2

Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Photo Head

The 804RC2 3-way photo head is constructed of ultra-durable and lightweight technical polymer that reduces the weight of the head to a mere 1.74 pounds while retaining the strength and stability to easily withstand the daily rigors of the professional photographer. The lower profile 804RC2 features a spirit level and a fixed counterbalance spring on the tilt motion to help support varying equipment loads of up to 8.8 lbs. Ergonomic and newly designed handles fit comfortably in the hand, while the standard quick release plate fits snugly in the low-profile receiver.


Manfrotto 496

Manfrotto 496 Compact Ball Head

Replacing the 486 compact ball, the Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head is strong enough to take 35mm SLR cameras with medium lenses, and light medium format cameras. It has a new friction control knob plus a smart ratchet locking knob for 360-degree pan and plus/minus 90-degree tilt movements. The 496 features an all-aluminum construction with a black finish. Camera attachment is via a fixed platform with 1/4-inch male thread. Head to tripod attachment is 3/8-inch female.


Manfrotto 494RC2

Manfrotto 494RC2 Mini Ball Head

Replacing the 484RC2 mini ball, the Manfrotto 494RC2 Mini Ball Head With RC2 Rapid connect System 494RC2 is the same as the 494 Mini Ball Head, except that it is equipped with an RC2 (200PL-14) quick release camera plate system. The 200PL-14 quick release plate features a secondary safety catch and has 1/4" male thread. Head to tripod attachment is 3/8" female. The Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head is designed for use with compact, 35mm and small digital cameras. The strong die-cast construction, precision-machined aluminum housing and ball provide excellent smooth movements across all tilt positions. It has a new friction control knob plus a smart ratchet locking knob for 360-degree pan and plus/minus 90-degree tilt movements.


Manfrotto 056

Manfrotto 056 3D Junior 3-Way Photo Head

Replacing the Manfrotto 3025 3-Way Head, the 056 3D Junior Head is the ideal head for 35mm and light to medium format work. Carefully selected materials, plus design and construction techniques combine to help save weight without sacrificing stability or strength. With a separate lock on each axis of movement, this head can be precisely adjusted, and panning/tracking can be achieved on any axis.


Manfrotto 494

Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head

Replacing the 484 mini ball, the Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head is designed for use with compact, 35mm and small digital cameras. The strong die-cast construction, precision-machined aluminum housing and ball provide excellent smooth movements across all tilt positions. It has a new friction control knob plus a smart ratchet locking knob for 360-degree pan and plus/minus 90-degree tilt movements. Camera attachment is via a fixed platform with 1/4-inch male thread. Head to tripod attachment is 3/8-inch female.


Manfrotto 391RC2

Manfrotto 391RC2 Three-Way Photo/Video Head

The Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior Aluminum Three-Way Photo/Video Head replaces the 390RC2 tripod head. The new 3-way aluminum head is designed to allow for both still and video imaging applications. It is equipped with a quick release 200PL-14 camera plate system to allow your camera easy access on and off the head. The 391RC2 uses Teflon friction pads to ensure smooth pan and tilt movements. The pan and tilt features of this head are easily controlled with independents locks. The pan bar is padded with soft not-slip rubber. Although created with the needs of the video cameraman in mind, the 391RC2 is just as adept at supporting scopes, binoculars or still cameras with medium or long tele lenses.


Manfrotto 492

Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head

Replacing the 482 Micro Ball, the Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head is compact, lightweight, and perfect for compact 35mm and point-and-shooot digital cameras. It has a single smart ratchet locking knob for 360-degree pan and plus/minus 90-degree tilt movements. Camera attachment is via a fixed platform with 1/4-inch male thread. Head to tripod attachment is 3/8-inch female. The 492 features an all-aluminum construction with a black finish.


Manfrotto 303SPH

Manfrotto 303SPH Spherical Panoramic Pro Head

The Manfrotto 303SPH is a multi-row panoramic photography head. It has sliding plates to locate the camera over the panoramic axis of rotation, plus a sliding plate which rotates around the front/back tilt axis. This allows the camera to be rotated on both horizontal and vertical axes around the camera/lens nodal point, so multi-row panoramic photo sequences (cubic VR photos) can be taken accurately and easily. Using the 303SPH ensures that software used for photo stitching produces a precisely composed VR environment with minimum post-production intervention or software correction.


Manfrotto 300N

Manfrotto 300N Panoramic Rotation Unit

The Manfrotto 300N panoramic rotation unit allows the photographer to take sequential constant-angle shots around a single axis, an essential part of achieving accurate and easy-to-stitch panoramic compositions. The set positions of the 300N give ample choice of rotation angle and number of photos needed to complete a 360-degree pan and cover the most common requests of panoramic photographers depending on the camera and lens equipment used. To make angle selection easier, a "click-stop" selector screw is included and attached to a safety cable to prevent it from being separated from the head and getting lost.


Manfrotto MS050M4-Q5

Manfrotto MS050M4-Q5 L Bracket With Q5 Quick Release

The Manfrotto MS050M4-Q5 L Bracket is a unique accessory designed for all the professional photographer who would like to quickly and easily flip the camera from horizontal to vertical orientation and back. The Manfrotto L Bracket combines lightness with maximum support. The magnesium structure provides a sturdy yet lightweight solution, providing stability and portability for all types of equipment. Special anti-rotational systems perfectly fit around the camera body guaranteeing a strong and firm grip, keeping stable even heavy professional equipment. The Q5 quick release based on the 501PL plate provides a perfect weight balance for heavy equipment.


Manfrotto MS050M4-RC4

Manfrotto MS050M4-RC4 L Bracket With RC4 Quick Release

The Manfrotto MS050M4-RC4 L Bracket helps to extend the vertical and horizontal range of movement, keeping the camera's weight centered over the tripod and avoiding lens movement when flipping from landscape to portrait position. The L Bracket is adaptable to different models of camera body maintaining high level of precision and ergonomics. The RC4 quick release based on the 410PL plate provides a quick and stable lock for heavy equipment thanks to the large contact area.


Manfrotto MS050M4-Q2

Manfrotto MS050M4-Q2 L Bracket With Q2 Quick Release

The MS050M4-Q2 is equipped with the Q2 quick release plate system. The compact, rectangular 200PL-14 quick release plate fits neatly under still cameras up to SLR (even with tele lenses) or small medium format in size, or under small video cameras or spotting scopes. Its rubber pad gives a good grip without damaging the camera, and its angled sides ensure that it also fits perfectly and tightly. The Manfrotto MS050M4-Q2 L Bracket is a unique accessory designed for all the professional photographer who would like to quickly and easily flip the camera from horizontal to vertical orientation and back. The Manfrotto L Bracket combines lightness with maximum support. The magnesium structure provides a sturdy yet lightweight solution, providing stability and portability for all types of equipment.
 
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