Manfrotto 405 Geared Head

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Few pho­tog­ra­phers who en­counter the Manfrotto 410 geared head will end up want­ing some­thing stur­dier, but if you do the 405 cer­tainly fits the bill. It’ll sup­port a 7.5kg pay­load and still al­low you to make minute ad­just­ments for the per­fect com­po­si­tion.

Like the 410 you get three knobs to ad­just pan­ning, lat­eral and lin­ear tilt, plus each con­trol can be in­stantly dis­en­gaged from the gears should you need to make swifter ad­just­ments. The 405 is also no­tice­ably more er­gonomic to use that its baby brother, mak­ing it a very sat­is­fy­ing piece of kit.

The ex­tra out­lay over the 410 isn’t so ap­peal­ing, though, es­pe­cially as it’s still not an ideal panorama plat­form. How­ever, if you reg­u­larly give your heads a beat­ing, this is the bet­ter bet.

You’ll pay plenty for this geared head, but it’s as tough a piece of kit as you’re ever likely to need

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