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Magnesium Photo-Movie Head
Q5 Quick Release
360 Panoramic Rotation
7 kg Load Capacity
Developed to simply be the best and most ideal solution for the 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
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 degrees / +90 degrees
Head Bowl: 60mm
Lateral Tilt: +90 degrees / -20 degrees tilt range
Load Capacity: 7 kg / 15.43 lbs
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
Rated 4 out of
Wild Isle from
3.75 stars"After two weeks of heavy use I have a few comments about this head
- It's solid as you'd expect from Manfrotto, built like a tank.
=- the adjustments are fairly intuitive and Well placed for good ergonomics
- I don't really find that the friction controls add much in the way of fine tuning, maybe I have to use them more but I find the action of the pan and tilt to be smooth enough for most uses without fiddling with the friction.
- the head has a movie/photo mode lever that is supposed to snap into place when you move it from one to the other. Mine snap locks when I move up from photo to movie but not the other way - one of the videos shows it locking both ways so mine's faulty
=- the plate sticks when sliding it onto the head and it takes too much fussing with the locking knob and release button to get it into place almost every time.
- there's a little clip supplied to attach the pan bar to when not in use. The rubber band to keep it attached to the tripod leg broke within a couple of days. A covered spring-wire would be better or even a hose clamp style gizmo.
If I hadn't needed it so badly for a job I would of sent it back for a replacement, assuming the plate issue is unique to my unit which is my main gripe.
But overall I'm happy with it and it does the job but given the above faults/shortcomings, it's definitely exactly the right tool for me and I look forward to many years of video/still shooting with it."