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Manfrotto Junior Geared Head

by Manfrotto
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
RRP: 204.95
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 61 x 19 cm ; 1.2 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Item model number: 410
  • ASIN: B000JLI4Q2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Nov 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

Product Description

MANFROTTO Rotule 410 Cremaillere Junior

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tool 31 Jan 2010
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I have various heads for my tripods but this is the one that will travel with me in future unless weight is a major problem. The ball heads that I have ( manfrotto & Giottos ) can move after setting making it difficult to get and maintain exact framing. Additionally they have a habit of loosening during adjustment so that the overall position of the camera is lost. A planned holiday to the arctic to photograph the Aurora led me to buy the geared head as I though that it would minimise fumbling in the dark and ease the framing issues - also its tight lock on a frame would allow remote (huddled against the wind with hands in pockets) operation of the camera once the original setup was done.

In practice the head realised all of my expectations. It is sturdy, allowed quick initial positioning followed by precise alignment and problem free movement of the frame in all 3 axes. The geared controls worked easily with gloves in temperatures down to -10degrees C. This is called a "Junior Head" and I worried that it might be lightly made or the gearing be sloppy - not so! It is extermely solid and well built with no backlash on the gearing. I was using the relatively weighty combination of a Nikon D300 with an 18-200 Nikkor lens and never felt any need for a sturdier platform ( when combined with Velbon Sherpa 6300 tripod ). Some reviews have commented that the head does not allow you point the camera at high elevations - just extent the centre pole of the tripod a little and mount the camera on on the base-plate the opposite way from that indicated and Bob's your proverbial. NB This head is referred to as the "Junior Geared Head" or the Manfrotto 410 geared head head - both terms now seem to refer to the same product. It is an excellent buy.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars three legs and a funny head 6 Aug 2009
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"Over the years I have used many different tripods and tried various types of heads. On more than one occasion I've missed the shot through trying to get the framing spot on! You know what I mean, fiddling around with a tripod head that's got a will of it's own. (and it always wins) I tried a ball and socket head but found it frustrating to achieve spot on framing, as when I tightened it I always got some movement. The same thing happens, albeit to a lesser degree when using a pan and tilt, nevertheless you do get movement. Am I to fussy, well having spoken to many other photographers, I don't think so! So I got fed up fighting with my tripod head while the light that you could kill for fades and the air suddenly turns blue! So I've invested in a Manfrotto Junior geared head. What a fabulous piece of kit, spot on framing in an instant! It's a pan and tilt configuration with large circular knobs that let you get rough framing and then you release them and turn the geared slightly smaller knobs for precise framing! It is so quick and easy to use. I have tried it out whilst taking landscape, still life and close-up/macro work and am over the moon. Another positive is the weight it's only very slightly heavier than a conventional pan and tilt head. I just wish that I had purchased one years ago!...............Tony Perryman"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Gear 12 April 2009
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Simply fantastic! Before I bought it, I was a little concerned that it may not work properly with my Nikon D300, MB-D10 battery pack and Sigma 150-500 lens. I needn't have worried, it's still as smooth and firm as ever, even when moving such a relatively heavy load. As they say round here, I'm as chuffed as a butty with it!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The 410 3-way head is a magnificent piece of kit for the money, and is sufficiently well made to replace the larger 405 geared head in most circumstances. Now, do be aware that it isn't so quickly adjusted for portraiture as a nice ball head, but for landscape work, also precision set-ups in the studio, including macro, it really is terrific. Manfrotto are to be congratulated on making such a good product available at what is a relatively low price.

An improvement I can suggest is to supply the head with TWO quick-release plates instead of just one, and for BOTH plates to come with 1/4" and 3/8" camera screws.

UPDATE after extended use:-

A second improvement I can suggest is in regard of shooting UPRIGHT PICTURES by tilting the camera on to its side....

In this mode the side-to-side tilt adjustment of the head becomes restricted to right-tilt only, because all the tilt range is used up in the act of rotating the camera platform anti-clockwise by 90 degrees. This means the tripod ITSELF has to be perfectly level before upright orientated shots can be got level.

Take note: most common pan and tilt heads are restricted in precisely this same way.

Nevertheless, this really isn't a tolerable omission in an item of this quality. It should be capable of tilting somewhat OVER-centre when being swung into the upright orientation, in order to give modicum of sideways tilt adjustment to BOTH sides...

--(left and right, instead of only right)--

... moreover, I cannot see any mechanical limition that prevented it from being done..

... so I think the lack of this facility is enough of a criticism to merit 3 stars instead of a full 5 for the head as a whole.

In my case, at least a 1/3rd of my shots are taken as upright (portrait) orientated pictures, so I do expect to have the full range of geared tilts available in horizontal AND upright shooting modes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect upgrade from the 804RC2
I've been shooting with the "kit head" the 804RC2 for the last 3 years and after a mate showed me his 410 I was hooked and had to have one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. George Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Manfrottto Junior Geared Head
I purchased this as a head for my second tripod as I have two different weighted tripods depending on the location I intend to photograph. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MT
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Macro work.
I have used this head on a few occasions since purchasing it and found it holds my heavy lens and body well and solidly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by F.J.Sheppard
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute necessity for landscape/interior photographers!
First off this isn't a fast tripod head. If you're looking for something that adjusts in a blink of a second, you probably should head out to the ball-heads. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mattias Grenhall
5.0 out of 5 stars Manfrotto Geared head
This is a lot bigger than i thought and i must admit better quality than i could ever imagine, the movement in the pan and tilt joints is nothing short of astounding, for the price... Read more
Published 2 months ago by bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb for Digiscoping
Would like to have given "TEN STARS" for this superbly designed and manufactured item......which takes the frustration out of digiscoping target alignment.
Published 4 months ago by John Chance
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Precise Head
Heavy and well-built head as one would expect from Manfrotto. Unlike the 410PL accessory plate this is a genuine article. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Simon Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb piece of kit
This is an extremely substantial piece of kit that I use for my William Optics ZS71 telescope. It's rock solid without any play whatsoever. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for general photography
Got this as a gift, very happy - have been using it for ages, all good so far. This tripod head is heavy and large, but something tells me the 405 is even bigger.
Published 6 months ago by mezastel
5.0 out of 5 stars xmas present
my wife brought this for me for christmas to help me with my photography e.g. weddings and landscape love this item
Published 7 months ago by MR P A ROWE
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