Manfrotto X-Pro 3-way head

Manfrotto X-Pro 3-way head

4 posts
8 Feb 2015
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Anyone got (or used) one of these for precise camera levelling?

I've got their basic three-way head but getting the camera perfectly level on the tripod (using the built-in spirit level on the 6D) is somewhat tricky as my head allows the camera to flop over too easily (esp. in portrait orientation) while tightening the movement, and the tightening can also introduce a slight movement as well.

This head I've linked to has a friction control which I'm assuming would massively reduce my problem.

I had been contemplating the Manfrotto 405 geared head but at ~£330 is quite a lot of money, is fairly heavy and arguably overkill if the X-Pro 3-way head would solve my problem (I'm not interested in the 410 geared head, even though it's dirt cheap)
Posted 8 Feb 2015
modjo30
Photographer
modjo30
I brought one 2 weeks ago when Amazon had them on offer for £74.99, the friction controls do help for more precise movements. I had no trouble levelling it although not used in portrait mode yet. It's very well made and has a very high quality feel to it, i couldn't be happier with it.
Although if you want to photo the night sky you need to reverse the mounting plate because the standard vertical movement doesn't go very far if wanting to point it upwards.

Posted 10 Feb 2015
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Thanks for the reply. For £75 I may just hang on and buy one if it goes cheap again (i'll confess I didn't look at Amazon prices), the handy thing is that it uses my most common mounting plate (which is as good as permanently bolted to all my cameras), and the fact it folds up slightly will help it fit in my tripod bag easier.

Posted 10 Feb 2015
Edited by RedChecker 10 Feb 2015
modjo30
Photographer
modjo30
Sorry is way £79 , it actually only went to £89 on 29th Jan, you can keep track of Amazon prices using camelcamelcamel website, http://uk.camelcamelcamel.com/Manfrotto-MHXPRO-3W-Pro-Way-Head/product/B00ICFIV7E
that shows you the history of price changes for the xpro head

Posted 10 Feb 2015
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