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(From company literature) Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head. Manfrotto's 405 Pro Digital Geared Head is designed especially to meet the more exacting, time-sensitive needs of today's busy professional digital photographers who shoot with medium format or 35mm camera/back payloads up to 16.5 lbs.


The 405 utilizes large, easy-to-grip knobs that provide smooth, positive, geared control through 360 degree pan and -30 to 90 degree frontal and lateral tilt.


In addition to its 3-D geared functions, the 405 also incorporates a unique feature that allows you to instantly disengage the gears and rough position the camera by hand, then instantly reengage them for ultra-precise final alignment.


The 405 comes complete with quick-release plate, 1/4"-20 and 3/8" camera mounting screws, and 3/8" tripod mount.


Suggested Tripods:

• PRO GEARED TRIPOD [ 475 ]
• PRO GEARED TRIPOD [ 475B ]


Specifications:

  • Pan: 360 degrees
  • Tilt: -30 to +90 degrees Lateral Tilt; -30 to +90 degrees Frontal Tilt
  • Height: 16 cm / 6.3 in.
  • Quick Release: Yes
  • Camera Mount: 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16
  • Tripod Mount: 3/8"-16
  • Maximum Load Capacity: 7.5 kg / 16.5 lbs
  • Weight: 2.4 kg / 5.3 lbs

Keywords: Manfrotto Panhead Quick-Release


bfischer

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 15
Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head review by bfischer
Review Date: 11/28/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $440.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: very solid, knobs for gear override, smoothly and precisely working adjustments
Cons: heavy (1.6 kg), pricey

I've spent a lot of time using a cheap MA 141RC because I could not decide whether I'm into ball head style of working or geared head. Finally after trying different ball heads I ordered an MA 405.


When I use a tripod, I'm into architecture, scenic, macro and still wildlife, so I don't require rapid movements. A geared head is ideal for my range of application. The MA 405 is very solid and has a relatively small footprint. The method for releasing the gears to quickly adjust the head is solved perfectly.


There is one caveat: Before buying an MA 405 make sure, your camera viewfinder is aligned perfectly with the film or the sensor (rotation-wise).


BTW: The weight is 1.6 kg and not 2.4 as stated above.


 






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