March 19th, 2015
Several weeks ago Lee pointed out a new three way geared tripod head that Manfrotto released. For a long while the Manfrotto 405 and Manfrotto 410 have been the standards for this kind of tripod head. The beauty of this kind of tripod head is that you can easily and precisely level your camera on all three axises – a must for real estate and interior photographers.
This head appears to have two major differences as compared to the 405 and 410. First, it’s made of “Adapto technopolymer” (plastic) rather than metal. Second, in addition to precise adjustment made with the three knobs you can make larger movements by pushing the knobs against the knob housings. Also, the price appears to be about $60 USD less than the 410 which used to be the cheapest three axis geared head.
It’s always tough to tell if new versions of gadgets like this are a good thing or not. Lucky a couple of PFRE forum members got their hands on this tripod head and have tested it for us. Their reviews are mixed. They say this new head works well but they both prefer the solidness of the existing metal heads. Thanks FotografieBerg and Object&co_Mario for the review!