Manfrotto 405 Geared Head
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