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Manfrotto 393 Heavy Telephoto Lens Support For Monopod


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  • Friction base which enables the bracket to pan on Monopod
  • Also can be used on a tripod
  • Two rubber hand grips plus rubber protection prevents damage to lens when tilted maximum
  • Variable centre height adjustment in three steps.
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Product details

  • Item Weight: 998 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Item model number: 393
  • ASIN: B000LY2ZIK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Jun. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

Specifically developed for use with very long lenses on Monopods. Key features: Friction base which enables the bracket to pan on Monopod, also can be used on a tripod. Two rubber hand grips plus rubber protection to prevent damage to lens when tilted to maximum. Variable centre height adjustment in three steps.

Manufacturer's Description

Specifically developed for use with very long lenses on Monopods

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By brabason on 6 July 2010
I bought the 393 gimbal head from a third party, but I will share my experience with Amazon users.

This is a low cost equivalent of some very expensive other makes. At the same time it works well. The picture and description shows this as a monopod head, technically this is daft. I use it on a tripod (Manfrotto 475B also on Amazon). I use it with a 700mm lens and a heavy dSLR for wildlife photography. Once this combination of camera and lens are mounted in the gimbal head, they can be moved with one finger. It is not necessary to tighten up the movements (as with a ball head); if I aim the camera in any direction it stays there without moving. I can do some panning for moving subjects.

The picture shows the support bracket above with camera hanging from it. It works just as well with the support bracket in the low position, supporting the camera. It is also much easier to set up a heavy lens and camera in this position.

The gimbal head is unsuitable for trekking because it is used heavy photo kit and a sturdy tripod. Go there by car rather than public transport.

Further information

Based on a Navy device for supporting binoculars on moving ships.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K McClelland on 4 July 2010
Bought this after going for a 600mm Canon prime lens. Only when you get one of these lenses onto your usual tripod do you realise just how bad a design a monoball is with this amount of weight.
Once you mount the lens and camera on this head it feels as light as a feather...well almost. I like the feature of the safety lock so when you undo the locking cam the lens and camera cannot go earth bound at a tremedious and worrying speed.
I have no hesitation at reccomending this product and look forward to producting some stunning work.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mungle Estronius Thorquip on 20 May 2009
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Supersonic delivery well inside forecast. Works better than advertised and is a very economical alternative to more well known "gimballing" camera mounts. Recommend both the kit and the supplier to anyone. Get this kit now, it's exactly what you need! Have a look at some web sites at alternative modes of use i.e with both brackets in the lower configuration. Using it the way it is usually pictured is silly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Nov. 2010
I was a bit dubious about buying this odd-looking device, but when I looked at the price of a Wimberley tripod head, I realised that I couldn't justify spending that much on a camera support. And I'm glad I chose this one instead.
It moves very smoothly, it balances my incredibly heavy camera and lens perfectly, and it's rock solid. I've shot at 400mm at 1/8th of a second in windy conditions and still got pin-sharp images. It's incredible! I have no idea why manfrotto market it as a monopod support - mine is mounted on a tripod - as it's a bit big to sit comfortably on my monopod. But I haven't tried using it that way, so maybe it'd work OK.
One word of warning though - this thing weighs a ton. Be prepared for a good workout if you use it to stalk animals through the woods!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Oct. 2011
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Was about to push the boat out and buy a side kick when I stumbled on this. For some reason Amazon and Manfrotto call it a monopod head - I am sure it could be used for that, but is great on a tripod. I have an old Nikon 500mm f4.5 MF lens so find it much easier to use upside down. If you handle one - "upside down" will be obvious, instead of hanging the lens from the mount as it shows in the photo, you put the mount underneath. The gimbal works exactly the same, but you can focus the lens without trying to avoid the head.

Only downside is it is cumbersome to carry about as the tripod has a heavy 8" wide top, but to be honest if you are carrying a 500 or 600mm lens you are hardly likely to be jogging along. Off to find a shopping trolley to lug this and the 500mm around in! Any advice gratefully accepted?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Alderton on 9 Oct. 2012
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Having tried the Opteka gh2 gimbal head and unfortunately had to send it back as it jammed up, I decided to take time and look at the Lensmaster gimbal and also the Manfrotto 393 head.

I decided to opt for the Manfrotto 393 after reading the many good reviews on the product, The Lensmaster looks good and I have no doubt performs well , but being a user of other Manfrotto tripods, monopods and heads, I decided to opt for known quality. As I only plan on using this type of head occasionally, such as at RSPB Bempton or other locations where I am trying to capture birds in flight, I did not want to spend a fortune on a gimbal head - I think this is a REAL BARGAIN!

Admittedly, it is not the most elegant of gimbal style heads but it is no heavier than others and performs really well. it is extremely well built, well engineered and does the job. I use mine on a CXV3 carbon tripod and certainly don't use it in the way the photograph shows , rather with the lens in the cradle not suspended as shown. setting the friction is quick and simple using the two wheels on the side of the cradle, takes seconds.

The head comes with a solid plate with two screws for each of 1/4 and 3/8 inch screw threads so will adapt to any lens / scope combination. It does require a tripod with a 3/8 inch screw to fit onto unless you purchase an adaptor ( elsewhere on amazon)

I currently use mine with a either a Leica Scope or a Canon 50D/100-400 L series with extenders but it would certainly take the weight of some of the much heavier prime lenses out there ( I am saving up for one! :) )

Overall - highly recommended and one that will last for ages.
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