• Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG Geared 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head , Black
  • Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG Geared 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head , Black
  • Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG Geared 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head , Black
  • Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG Geared 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head , Black
  • Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG Geared 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head , Black
Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG Geared 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head , Black
Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG Geared 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head , Black
Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG Geared 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head , Black
Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG Geared 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head , Black
Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG Geared 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head , Black

Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG Geared 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head , Black

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  • The geared movement allows users to frame images precisely - one micro step at a time - on all three axes
  • Weighs only 1.65 lbs., but can support a payload of up to 8.8 lbs.
  • The xpro geared head features the most common photographic plate in the world

Customer Reviews

Precision instrument.This tripod head suits my purposes perfectly. I shoot architecture and interiors professionally, and I need a tripod head that won't slip out of position. I already have this head on another tripod and this one replaced a head by a different manufacturer on one of my other tripods. This tripod head is solidly built, tightens and untightens into position easily, and holds its position extremely well. The purpose of using a tripod is to get a steady shot. This tripod head is worth every penny.5Quality and Ergonomic designOnly had this a very short time, my initial impressions - Solid build, a bit heavier than I expected, but feels likes it will hold up to some punishment. Really like how easily and securely the camera snaps into place, I think I'll be able to get the camera on in the dark. Panning works beautifully, the levers seem to be ergonomically designed and you can really feel when it locks down. I don't get the friction knob I can't seem to find a setting where it would be useful, but that could just be me not understanding.If you're reading this and its before 9/30/2015 I also purchased Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 4 Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs with Q90 Column (Black) and found there is a rebate of $50/$25 off when you buy this ball head and also one of the 055/190 series tripod legs. If you go to manfrotto.rebateaccess the offer number is 63032 you can see the details.Going on a photo trip next month where I'll give this and the new legs a really good workout, I'll come back and update at that point with more real life experience.5Precise, Nimble Geared Head for Macro and Focus-Stack CompositionsThis is one in a reasonably priced line of Manfrotto geared heads. I own and use the all-metal 405 Junior version that is heavier than this plastic model. The 405 is perfect for heavier camera/lens combos. The weight capacity for this one is about half that of the 405, making it perfect for precise macro and focus-stack applications. Its gears move MUCH more readily than those of the 405 and is, therefore, a positive pleasure to use, even in Winter out-of-doors. It holds my Canon 7DII or Sony a7R paired with the Canon 100mm f2.8 L or Tamron 180mm Macro lenses securely, allowing precise, secure, nimble adjustments for those ever so critical compositional moves. The only negative is the Manfrotto QR clamp -- a design I dislike. For $100 or so extra, I replace it with an industry standard Arca-Swiss clamp made by Hejnar to give my geared heads a professional adjustment flourish compatible with all my lenses.5Almost greatI like that I can use this head with my current quick release, and it does have a nice feel to it. My only beef is the adjustment knob on the bottom.The knob spins below the base of the head which typically isn't a problem on a tripod, but on a slider, it gets in the way when panning. There's a pull and adjust feature to the knob that allows you to softly spin it a quarter turn, then reset and spin it again, but only works when the knob is tightened down; otherwise it's a big pain in the butt.Anyways, would be perfect for my Canon 5D MIII and 24-70, if it just worked better with my slider. I would have bought the next version up, but really loved that I could share the release for this and my other Manfrotto heads.4Perfect for the serious video hobbyist and my Canon Vixia HF G10I've been searching for a long time for a tripod and video head combo to serve my needs as a dedicated video hobbyist. I ended up pairing this head with a Manfrotto MT190XPRO3 tripod, which I also love. The tripod will be a separate review, but let it suffice to say that if you're in the same quandary trying to find a video head and tripod to work well together, give this a serious look.I'm not a pro, nor anything close, but I do have serious amateur needs for video that sometimes approach (semi-)professional. When I do pans and tilts they need to be smooth and controlled. I had looked at heads such as the Manfrotto 502HD, but I'm using a Canon Vixia HF-G10 and it needed a head for a lighter camcorder. Everything seemed like overkill. I was willing to spend the money, but I wasn't using a 10 lb. video cam. And as you probably already know, finding a good match of head to the camcorder size/weight is important.First of all, don't pair this head with too lightweight of a tripod. Other reviewers have complained that when panning this head will lift the tripod right off the floor. Well, it s possible. The fluid motion is stiff, but that s what makes it work so well. You can t make accidental sudden jerky movements. You need to push from side to side (or up and down), and it needs something to push against. A lightweight tripod just won t do the trick. I like to grip the rubber grip on the Manfrotto tripod when doing a pan or tilt to make sure that everything stays solid. Learn to do it and you won't have a problem.The fluid motion is gorgeous, especially for its price range. The pan and tilt adjustments can be tweaked, and locked down completely, but it won t allow you to adjust so loosely that you lose the effectiveness of the fluidity. This is NOT the head that you want if you re going to be trying to video fast sports action, but it s perfect for following a speaker, panning nature shots, or the kids at play.For a camcorder the size of my G10, the two-position tilt fluidity selector knob doesn't have a lot of effect. Changing the selection does make a difference, but not dramatically so. But if you were using a DSLR with a longer, heavier lens I'm sure it would be an important adjustment. I use the "short lens" position.The included bubble level is a must, although it s a little difficult to see. Pack a penlight for low-light situations, or be prepared to use your cell phone's light. When mated with the tripod, the tripod s level and the head's level were pretty close in agreement, but not exactly. This indicated to me that there may have been some minor machining tolerance matchup problems between the tripod plate and head. However, it was certainly nothing to cause a problem. When setting up, I use the tripod level for gross adjustment (it's easier to see) and then tweak the tripod for final adjustment with the level on the head. There is no level adjustment on the head itself.Don t pay any attention to the reviewers who say that this head is made of cheap plastic. Manfrotto doesn t make cheap. The material in question is a polymer. Look it up - it s much tougher than plastic. No, it s not a $1000 head, but it s good quality and with a little common sense will hold up just fine. And the parts that need to be are made of aluminum. You'll appreciate the weight difference.One small complaint is that to adjust the handle position the handle adjustment knob has to be backed off until the meshed teeth disengage completely, and then tightened back down. The teeth lock the handle in place once adjusted, and that s good. But I leave the head attached to the tripod, so when I go to put it away in the bag I have to loosen and swivel the handle down each time. A quick-release system for the handle would have been nice but I can live with it, and it s not enough of an issue to deduct points.There s a quick release plate for the camcorder/camera which I love! I attached the plate to my camcorder and it stays attached. It s not large at all, in fact it's small. With a couple of minutes of practice you can then learn to hold the camcorder with one or both hands and it just pops into place on the head and locks with a spring action. So smooth! Just be sure to have the latch set in the released position before you go to insert the camcorder/plate. To unlock, press down the spring-loaded safety with the thumb and move the locking release lever with the index finger. Lift out with the other hand, or use two hands. It s a two-second process. Great job on this one, Manfrotto!Note that most Manfrotto tripods have a set screw under the mounting plate that you can tighten after mounting the head to help assure that the head doesn t come loose. If you re going to be leaving the head attached be sure to tighten the set screw to avoid headaches later, since the head just screws onto the inch mount. It could come loose during use. While it wouldn t be likely to just fall off, it would cause serious wobble that might ruin a shot.To sum up, you can put less into a cheap head, but you get what you pay for. You can certainly pay a lot more for semi-pro or pro heads, but if you have a small camcorder and don t have pro needs, this may be the head for you. It would also work well for video taken with DSLRs.5Solid and reliableI use this as a ball head on my Fornax Lightrack II for astrophotography on a Slik Pro 700 DX tripod. I most often use a 400mm f/5.6L, and less frequently a 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, on a 5D Mark IV. Astrophotography is an an application that will make every last optical and mechanical deficiency in your equipment painfully evident to you. For a time, I used the Slik version, since I figured they make a good tripod, so the ball head should be good as well. What I found was that several of my exposures were affected by slippage - in most other forms of photography this would be hard to notice since it happens slowly and is slight, so quite possibly you will miss it between exposures. But when you want your stars to be round and sharp over minutes of tracking, you'll notice this rather easily. The move to this has been a significant upgrade and has gotten rid of all the slippage issues.I was initially worried before I purchased this that the knobs would interfere with the body of the tracker, but this has not been the case. Everything about this screams solidity. The quick release plate once tightened on to the lens is a very solid connection. Knob rotation and panning of the head is smooth. Most importantly, everything is secure - once you tighten the knobs, nothing moves, no matter the position or orientation. The fact that the plate is rectangular versus circular gives less opportunity for slip. That's exactly what I wanted, and exactly what I got. Objects at zenith are a bit hard to aim at, but that's something that comes with the application and not a fault of this ball head. The only "negative", and I use quotes advisedly, is that the quick release plate goes in only one way and can initially be a bit hard to mount especially in the dark. But once you get used to it, you'll find it works just fine.If your application is more casual photography, and can afford a few flaws in your shots from time to time, you'll probably save quite a bit by going to something cheaper. If you need something that is absolutely reliable, purchasing this or something like this sooner rather than later will save you a lot of frustration.5This is my edited review after using it for 5 monthsInitially I loved this head, it was working fine for the last 5 months, yes just 5 months. Any head you pay this much should last at least 5 years, especially with limited use like mine. Coming back to the issue, one of the retractable lever handle broke yesterday while I was trying to turn, so making it an unusable piece of equipment. I think the material used for constructing is not good enough to handle it's intended use. About a montha go I contacted Manfrotto and wrote about this issue on their website, I got an auto-reply that they are going to investigate about this, but as of today no one contacted me on this. Check the attached picture.1Looks big on my Manfrotto 560B-1 monopod, but was a good solution for me...firmly holds a heavy lens and full frame DSLRThe tilting mount that came with my Manfrotto 560B-1 monopod would have been fine for 99.9% of shutterbugs, but every since I started using a ball mount for sports shooting with my tripod, I just couldn't do without that multiple-axis freedom of motion once I took ownership of a nice monopod.THIS was the solution. It's big, stout, and confidence-inspiring for sure. Yes, it looks almost too large when fitted to the end of a monopod, but it firmly holds any gear I latch onto it without fear of inadvertent movement when locked down. Also, when I rotate the knob to loosen it, this finely crafted item quickly allows the multiple-axis positioning I desire.One bonus item I did not discern from the item description is the extra, small knob with detents that adds a small amount of user-selected drag to the mount. It acts almost like an all-axis fluid mount, and maintains this drag (or friction) adjustment between securing the ball or releasing it.I am getting another one of these to replace the smaller stock ball mount on my Manfrotto Befree travel tripod. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the ball mount that originally came with it. In fact, that ball mount on the Befree is what got me into really liking how Manfrotto manufactures its ball mounts. It's just that the MHXPRO-BHQ2 XPRO (man, that's a long name) ball mount is that good for my purposes. One of these days I may purchase a newer, lighter weight combination in terms of lenses and camera body, but for now this Manfrotto mount is allowing me to continue using my heavier, older gear while being able to freely point and at the same time gain the stability (anti-shake) benefits that a monopod can provide.By the way, the Manfrotto 200PL plate that comes with this is the genuine Manfrotto article, and locks in securely. There are a lot of red chinese copies polluting the marketplace that look like a real Manfrotto 200PL plate, but I can tell you from personal experience that the red chinese copies generally have dimensional variances and do not lock in as securely as the genuine Manfrotto article. Your gear is too costly to risk by using a reverse-engineered red chinese pot metal item. If you need extra plates, spend the extra $10 per unit and buy only genuine Manfrotto 200PL mounting plates (Amazon offers them at a good price --- product LINK over here...) -->> Manfrotto 200PL-14 RC2 Rapid Connect Mounting Plate with 1/4-Inch 20 Screw - Gray )5Works well but has a couple glaring flawsWhen you tighten down the base on to tripod legs it increases pan drag, then when you tighten the set screw it furthermore increases drag. Seems like a something they should have sorted out during testing, the alternative of knowing but ignoring this issue isn't any better. Also the locking screw for the top plate isn't captured or tethered and could pretty easily fall out and disappear, which would make the whole thing basically useless since you need that screw to lock the plate. Maybe I don't appreciate the price of photography equipment but these seem like pretty basic fixes for a $200 head.3Not an adequate update for a Manfrotto 3055Tried to update an older style 3055 ball head from Manfrotto with this, but after a few weeks of heavy use, I am going back to my rusted old ball head. I had high hopes for this, but for professional commercial real estate photos this is not better. The slight improvements to weight and smoothness of controls are outweighed by the slow knobs and slight movement to the levelness of the head when tightening. I wish they used their old 3055 ball head as a prototype for this instead of rebuilding from scratch.Like my other photography equipment reviews, I have a very specific purpose for my equipment and if yours is not commercial, architectural or real estate photography then IT SHOULD WORK WONDERFULLY FOR YOU.For me, level accuracy and time-not-spent-fiddling-with-knobs are very important, so this is a step backwards. Don't get me started on the switch to the 200pl quick release...3
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Description
  • The geared movement allows users to frame images precisely - one micro step at a time - on all three axes
  • Weighs only 1.65 lbs., but can support a payload of up to 8.8 lbs.
  • The xpro geared head features the most common photographic plate in the world
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Precision instrument.This tripod head suits my purposes perfectly. I shoot architecture and interiors professionally, and I need a tripod head that won't slip out of position. I already have this head on another tripod and this one replaced a head by a different manufacturer on one of my other tripods. This tripod head is solidly built, tightens and untightens into position easily, and holds its position extremely well. The purpose of using a tripod is to get a steady shot. This tripod head is worth every penny.5Quality and Ergonomic designOnly had this a very short time, my initial impressions - Solid build, a bit heavier than I expected, but feels likes it will hold up to some punishment. Really like how easily and securely the camera snaps into place, I think I'll be able to get the camera on in the dark. Panning works beautifully, the levers seem to be ergonomically designed and you can really feel when it locks down. I don't get the friction knob I can't seem to find a setting where it would be useful, but that could just be me not understanding.If you're reading this and its before 9/30/2015 I also purchased Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 4 Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs with Q90 Column (Black) and found there is a rebate of $50/$25 off when you buy this ball head and also one of the 055/190 series tripod legs. If you go to manfrotto.rebateaccess the offer number is 63032 you can see the details.Going on a photo trip next month where I'll give this and the new legs a really good workout, I'll come back and update at that point with more real life experience.5Precise, Nimble Geared Head for Macro and Focus-Stack CompositionsThis is one in a reasonably priced line of Manfrotto geared heads. I own and use the all-metal 405 Junior version that is heavier than this plastic model. The 405 is perfect for heavier camera/lens combos. The weight capacity for this one is about half that of the 405, making it perfect for precise macro and focus-stack applications. Its gears move MUCH more readily than those of the 405 and is, therefore, a positive pleasure to use, even in Winter out-of-doors. It holds my Canon 7DII or Sony a7R paired with the Canon 100mm f2.8 L or Tamron 180mm Macro lenses securely, allowing precise, secure, nimble adjustments for those ever so critical compositional moves. The only negative is the Manfrotto QR clamp -- a design I dislike. For $100 or so extra, I replace it with an industry standard Arca-Swiss clamp made by Hejnar to give my geared heads a professional adjustment flourish compatible with all my lenses.5Almost greatI like that I can use this head with my current quick release, and it does have a nice feel to it. My only beef is the adjustment knob on the bottom.The knob spins below the base of the head which typically isn't a problem on a tripod, but on a slider, it gets in the way when panning. There's a pull and adjust feature to the knob that allows you to softly spin it a quarter turn, then reset and spin it again, but only works when the knob is tightened down; otherwise it's a big pain in the butt.Anyways, would be perfect for my Canon 5D MIII and 24-70, if it just worked better with my slider. I would have bought the next version up, but really loved that I could share the release for this and my other Manfrotto heads.4Perfect for the serious video hobbyist and my Canon Vixia HF G10I've been searching for a long time for a tripod and video head combo to serve my needs as a dedicated video hobbyist. I ended up pairing this head with a Manfrotto MT190XPRO3 tripod, which I also love. The tripod will be a separate review, but let it suffice to say that if you're in the same quandary trying to find a video head and tripod to work well together, give this a serious look.I'm not a pro, nor anything close, but I do have serious amateur needs for video that sometimes approach (semi-)professional. When I do pans and tilts they need to be smooth and controlled. I had looked at heads such as the Manfrotto 502HD, but I'm using a Canon Vixia HF-G10 and it needed a head for a lighter camcorder. Everything seemed like overkill. I was willing to spend the money, but I wasn't using a 10 lb. video cam. And as you probably already know, finding a good match of head to the camcorder size/weight is important.First of all, don't pair this head with too lightweight of a tripod. Other reviewers have complained that when panning this head will lift the tripod right off the floor. Well, it s possible. The fluid motion is stiff, but that s what makes it work so well. You can t make accidental sudden jerky movements. You need to push from side to side (or up and down), and it needs something to push against. A lightweight tripod just won t do the trick. I like to grip the rubber grip on the Manfrotto tripod when doing a pan or tilt to make sure that everything stays solid. Learn to do it and you won't have a problem.The fluid motion is gorgeous, especially for its price range. The pan and tilt adjustments can be tweaked, and locked down completely, but it won t allow you to adjust so loosely that you lose the effectiveness of the fluidity. This is NOT the head that you want if you re going to be trying to video fast sports action, but it s perfect for following a speaker, panning nature shots, or the kids at play.For a camcorder the size of my G10, the two-position tilt fluidity selector knob doesn't have a lot of effect. Changing the selection does make a difference, but not dramatically so. But if you were using a DSLR with a longer, heavier lens I'm sure it would be an important adjustment. I use the "short lens" position.The included bubble level is a must, although it s a little difficult to see. Pack a penlight for low-light situations, or be prepared to use your cell phone's light. When mated with the tripod, the tripod s level and the head's level were pretty close in agreement, but not exactly. This indicated to me that there may have been some minor machining tolerance matchup problems between the tripod plate and head. However, it was certainly nothing to cause a problem. When setting up, I use the tripod level for gross adjustment (it's easier to see) and then tweak the tripod for final adjustment with the level on the head. There is no level adjustment on the head itself.Don t pay any attention to the reviewers who say that this head is made of cheap plastic. Manfrotto doesn t make cheap. The material in question is a polymer. Look it up - it s much tougher than plastic. No, it s not a $1000 head, but it s good quality and with a little common sense will hold up just fine. And the parts that need to be are made of aluminum. You'll appreciate the weight difference.One small complaint is that to adjust the handle position the handle adjustment knob has to be backed off until the meshed teeth disengage completely, and then tightened back down. The teeth lock the handle in place once adjusted, and that s good. But I leave the head attached to the tripod, so when I go to put it away in the bag I have to loosen and swivel the handle down each time. A quick-release system for the handle would have been nice but I can live with it, and it s not enough of an issue to deduct points.There s a quick release plate for the camcorder/camera which I love! I attached the plate to my camcorder and it stays attached. It s not large at all, in fact it's small. With a couple of minutes of practice you can then learn to hold the camcorder with one or both hands and it just pops into place on the head and locks with a spring action. So smooth! Just be sure to have the latch set in the released position before you go to insert the camcorder/plate. To unlock, press down the spring-loaded safety with the thumb and move the locking release lever with the index finger. Lift out with the other hand, or use two hands. It s a two-second process. Great job on this one, Manfrotto!Note that most Manfrotto tripods have a set screw under the mounting plate that you can tighten after mounting the head to help assure that the head doesn t come loose. If you re going to be leaving the head attached be sure to tighten the set screw to avoid headaches later, since the head just screws onto the inch mount. It could come loose during use. While it wouldn t be likely to just fall off, it would cause serious wobble that might ruin a shot.To sum up, you can put less into a cheap head, but you get what you pay for. You can certainly pay a lot more for semi-pro or pro heads, but if you have a small camcorder and don t have pro needs, this may be the head for you. It would also work well for video taken with DSLRs.5Solid and reliableI use this as a ball head on my Fornax Lightrack II for astrophotography on a Slik Pro 700 DX tripod. I most often use a 400mm f/5.6L, and less frequently a 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, on a 5D Mark IV. Astrophotography is an an application that will make every last optical and mechanical deficiency in your equipment painfully evident to you. For a time, I used the Slik version, since I figured they make a good tripod, so the ball head should be good as well. What I found was that several of my exposures were affected by slippage - in most other forms of photography this would be hard to notice since it happens slowly and is slight, so quite possibly you will miss it between exposures. But when you want your stars to be round and sharp over minutes of tracking, you'll notice this rather easily. The move to this has been a significant upgrade and has gotten rid of all the slippage issues.I was initially worried before I purchased this that the knobs would interfere with the body of the tracker, but this has not been the case. Everything about this screams solidity. The quick release plate once tightened on to the lens is a very solid connection. Knob rotation and panning of the head is smooth. Most importantly, everything is secure - once you tighten the knobs, nothing moves, no matter the position or orientation. The fact that the plate is rectangular versus circular gives less opportunity for slip. That's exactly what I wanted, and exactly what I got. Objects at zenith are a bit hard to aim at, but that's something that comes with the application and not a fault of this ball head. The only "negative", and I use quotes advisedly, is that the quick release plate goes in only one way and can initially be a bit hard to mount especially in the dark. But once you get used to it, you'll find it works just fine.If your application is more casual photography, and can afford a few flaws in your shots from time to time, you'll probably save quite a bit by going to something cheaper. If you need something that is absolutely reliable, purchasing this or something like this sooner rather than later will save you a lot of frustration.5This is my edited review after using it for 5 monthsInitially I loved this head, it was working fine for the last 5 months, yes just 5 months. Any head you pay this much should last at least 5 years, especially with limited use like mine. Coming back to the issue, one of the retractable lever handle broke yesterday while I was trying to turn, so making it an unusable piece of equipment. I think the material used for constructing is not good enough to handle it's intended use. About a montha go I contacted Manfrotto and wrote about this issue on their website, I got an auto-reply that they are going to investigate about this, but as of today no one contacted me on this. Check the attached picture.1Looks big on my Manfrotto 560B-1 monopod, but was a good solution for me...firmly holds a heavy lens and full frame DSLRThe tilting mount that came with my Manfrotto 560B-1 monopod would have been fine for 99.9% of shutterbugs, but every since I started using a ball mount for sports shooting with my tripod, I just couldn't do without that multiple-axis freedom of motion once I took ownership of a nice monopod.THIS was the solution. It's big, stout, and confidence-inspiring for sure. Yes, it looks almost too large when fitted to the end of a monopod, but it firmly holds any gear I latch onto it without fear of inadvertent movement when locked down. Also, when I rotate the knob to loosen it, this finely crafted item quickly allows the multiple-axis positioning I desire.One bonus item I did not discern from the item description is the extra, small knob with detents that adds a small amount of user-selected drag to the mount. It acts almost like an all-axis fluid mount, and maintains this drag (or friction) adjustment between securing the ball or releasing it.I am getting another one of these to replace the smaller stock ball mount on my Manfrotto Befree travel tripod. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the ball mount that originally came with it. In fact, that ball mount on the Befree is what got me into really liking how Manfrotto manufactures its ball mounts. It's just that the MHXPRO-BHQ2 XPRO (man, that's a long name) ball mount is that good for my purposes. One of these days I may purchase a newer, lighter weight combination in terms of lenses and camera body, but for now this Manfrotto mount is allowing me to continue using my heavier, older gear while being able to freely point and at the same time gain the stability (anti-shake) benefits that a monopod can provide.By the way, the Manfrotto 200PL plate that comes with this is the genuine Manfrotto article, and locks in securely. There are a lot of red chinese copies polluting the marketplace that look like a real Manfrotto 200PL plate, but I can tell you from personal experience that the red chinese copies generally have dimensional variances and do not lock in as securely as the genuine Manfrotto article. Your gear is too costly to risk by using a reverse-engineered red chinese pot metal item. If you need extra plates, spend the extra $10 per unit and buy only genuine Manfrotto 200PL mounting plates (Amazon offers them at a good price --- product LINK over here...) -->> Manfrotto 200PL-14 RC2 Rapid Connect Mounting Plate with 1/4-Inch 20 Screw - Gray )5Works well but has a couple glaring flawsWhen you tighten down the base on to tripod legs it increases pan drag, then when you tighten the set screw it furthermore increases drag. Seems like a something they should have sorted out during testing, the alternative of knowing but ignoring this issue isn't any better. Also the locking screw for the top plate isn't captured or tethered and could pretty easily fall out and disappear, which would make the whole thing basically useless since you need that screw to lock the plate. Maybe I don't appreciate the price of photography equipment but these seem like pretty basic fixes for a $200 head.3Not an adequate update for a Manfrotto 3055Tried to update an older style 3055 ball head from Manfrotto with this, but after a few weeks of heavy use, I am going back to my rusted old ball head. I had high hopes for this, but for professional commercial real estate photos this is not better. The slight improvements to weight and smoothness of controls are outweighed by the slow knobs and slight movement to the levelness of the head when tightening. I wish they used their old 3055 ball head as a prototype for this instead of rebuilding from scratch.Like my other photography equipment reviews, I have a very specific purpose for my equipment and if yours is not commercial, architectural or real estate photography then IT SHOULD WORK WONDERFULLY FOR YOU.For me, level accuracy and time-not-spent-fiddling-with-knobs are very important, so this is a step backwards. Don't get me started on the switch to the 200pl quick release...3
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Return And Refund Policy
  • Return or exchange requests can be made within 10 days of the delivery date.
  • To return or exchange any items, please email us at info@directnine.uk, clearly mentioning your order number and our customer support team will guide you on the process.
  • To be eligible for return, products must be in the exact condition you received them in. All packaging material must be undamaged and unused with the price tags intact.
  • Orders can be cancelled before dispatch. If the order has already been dispatched, cancellation fees might be charged.
  • Due to the nature of the products that we sell, we will not be able to replace or refund unwanted items if they have been opened or any seals are broken.
  • The refund will not include the import duties or the cost of delivery or return postage.
  • If your refund is approved, then it will automatically be credited to the original method of payment, within 7-10 days.
  • DirectNine reserves the right to alter and enforce this Return and Refund Policy at any time without having to serve a prior notice to users.
Delivery Policy
Shipment tracking ID will be provided after your product(s) is dispatched. The delivery date stated is indicative and subject to availability, payment authorization, verification, and processing. In case your product(s) is not delivered due to an incorrect or invalid address, we will not be able to process any claims. However, we will notify you if it is returned to us.

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