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Manfrotto 410 Mini Geared Head for me?

 
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Jan 11, 2015 22:18 |  #16

Ok guys. You were not kidding about this head. Great piece of quality gear that suits my needs very well. A little heavier and bigger than I had anticipated but still workable for travel.


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Jan 12, 2015 00:29 as a reply to  @ nqjudo's post |  #17

Glad your pleased with your new purchase. You probably will want to get yourself a few more 410PL Quick Release plates for your other lenses.
I have 7 in all which I keep on my 3 bodies and 4 of my lenses. They can be purchased for around 10-15£ each. Good luck.


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Jan 12, 2015 00:36 |  #18

I also have the 410 Geared Head and LOVE it! I have tried Ball Heads but I hate those things!
Give me a geared head any day!!!!!!!!:-)


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Jan 12, 2015 21:18 |  #19

As most of my stuff uses Arca type plates and clamps I just attached an Arca style clamp (pretty cheap) to the 410 plate on my Manfrotto 410 head - works just fine and saves me having to change plates all the time.
There is nothing wrong with the Manfrotto 410 QR plates it's just that they won't fit on the rest of my gear!


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Jan 12, 2015 21:26 |  #20

johnf3f wrote in post #17379798 (external link)
As most of my stuff uses Arca type plates and clamps I just attached an Arca style clamp (pretty cheap) to the 410 plate on my Manfrotto 410 head - works just fine and saves me having to change plates all the time.
There is nothing wrong with the Manfrotto 410 QR plates it's just that they won't fit on the rest of my gear!

I was wondering if a similar modification was possible using the Manfrotto QR system.


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Jan 12, 2015 23:54 |  #21

NQ.
Have been using the 410 Geared Head from Manfrotto with my list of gear below similar to yours with great results.
For BIF the Gimbal head is key.


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Jan 13, 2015 18:43 |  #22

nqjudo wrote in post #17379807 (external link)
I was wondering if a similar modification was possible using the Manfrotto QR system.

Which Manfrotto QR system? They do a number, 6 on the 468 head alone!
The Manfrotto 410 QR system is very good, if a little bulky, but I am not too impressed with any of the others I have tried - though I have not tried them all.


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Jan 13, 2015 20:59 |  #23

johnf3f wrote in post #17381062 (external link)
Which Manfrotto QR system? They do a number, 6 on the 468 head alone!
The Manfrotto 410 QR system is very good, if a little bulky, but I am not too impressed with any of the others I have tried - though I have not tried them all.

I have the older 484RC2 ball head (now replaced by the 494RC2). It uses the standard RC2 plates of which I have a TON. I'd love to repurpose them.


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Jan 14, 2015 16:42 as a reply to  @ nqjudo's post |  #24

I wasn't too happy with the RC2 system but it depends on what you are using. My camera is quite top heavy and weighs 3 1/2 lbs before I put a lens on it! For lighter/better balanced setups the RC2 is probably fine.
Manfrotto do make a separate clamp that takes your plates and can be attached to the 410 QR plate on the 410 Geared head - I used to use to do this myself. Below is a UK listing for it.
https://www.calphoto.c​o.uk …r-with-3157n-plate/MN323/ (external link)


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Jan 14, 2015 17:34 |  #25

johnf3f wrote in post #17382558 (external link)
I wasn't too happy with the RC2 system but it depends on what you are using. My camera is quite top heavy and weighs 3 1/2 lbs before I put a lens on it! For lighter/better balanced setups the RC2 is probably fine.
Manfrotto do make a separate clamp that takes your plates and can be attached to the 410 QR plate on the 410 Geared head - I used to use to do this myself. Below is a UK listing for it.
https://www.calphoto.c​o.uk …r-with-3157n-plate/MN323/ (external link)

Thanks very much for that. I'm going to give it a try to see how it works out. I didn't mind the RC2 for my 5D3 as much as I found the ball head insufficient. I have a few smaller bodies that I think will work much better with the RC2 than the Manfrotto plate. Still can't complain about this head though!


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Jan 14, 2015 17:50 |  #26

Forgot to say that there are a lot of copies on Flea Bay, such as this one:

http://www.ebay.co.uk …ain_3&hash=item​3ceecbc7c5 (external link)

Or this one:

http://www.ebay.co.uk …ain_3&hash=item​3a9eed64ca (external link)

Mine is an original Manfrotto but the 2 above look OK and may be worth a try?


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Jan 14, 2015 19:01 |  #27

johnf3f wrote in post #17382639 (external link)
Forgot to say that there are a lot of copies on Flea Bay, such as this one:

http://www.ebay.co.uk …ain_3&hash=item​3ceecbc7c5 (external link)

Or this one:

http://www.ebay.co.uk …ain_3&hash=item​3a9eed64ca (external link)

Mine is an original Manfrotto but the 2 above look OK and may be worth a try?


Maybe so but I'll probably start with the lightweight stuff ;-)a


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Jan 15, 2015 17:14 as a reply to  @ nqjudo's post |  #28

You probably won't have any issues with the RC2 system, it's just that I find the Arca system more to my liking.
Happy new (Geared) Head! I think you will be very happy with it.

Note: If you ever have to strip it down to clean or re-grease it then this might be handy:

http://www.ground-glass.net/diy/tripod-head-maintenance (external link)


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