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08-10-2015, 08:08 AM   #16
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+1 for the 405. Combined with a geared tripod center column plus x/y axis geared stage, you will have the ultimate setup for macro work.

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01-28-2017, 07:46 AM   #17
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Hi guys, I recently bought 410 junior head, I started to shoot a lot of real estate photos - 16 houses a week, so a lot of adjusting and playing with the knobs

I love it, but it got really loos on the Y axis, that now it's really pain to center the bubble. I found out that it's a common problem for this head after some time, but I had it like 3 weeks.. I will definitely return it, but I really got used to geared head as my verticals were straight so fast. Therefore I would like to get the 405 head.

Does the 405 have same problems with the axis play? I could not find any long term reviews.
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faze82-- I don't think it's come up on this thread but Chris Hejnar provides Arca conversion kits for both the 405 and 410...bomber equipment, and it certainly makes using an L-bracket easier, which in turn might help you avoid the 410's Achilles heel.


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QuoteOriginally posted by faze82 Quote
Does the 405 have same problems with the axis play?
As a long term heavy user of the Manfrotto 405, mine has yet to show any sign of excessive play on any axis. I have never had to send my 405 in for service. However, I have had to send my Arca cube away for service twice over the years. The exposed internal gearing of the arca cube isn't well suited for windy beaches.



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awesome, do you use it on daily basis? I see one disadvantage of 405, which is the top bubble being in front, not in the back as on 410
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I work with the 405 often, it is extremely useful for commercial product photography due to the degree marks on the head itself which make it easier to document the angle the camera was at when the shot was taken - this allows me to replicate the exact set-up I used for the client which allows for a reproduction for future shoots. though a lot of portraiture I tend to do hand-held, hand shake isn't an issue in the studio.

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I see one disadvantage of 405, which is the top bubble being in front, not in the back as on 410
You can mount the camera in a different orientation that prevents this from being an issue.
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Manfrotto 405 review

Reviews of the Manfrotto 405 head are scarce but I came across a good one on Photography Life (2015):

Manfrotto 405 Pro Geared Head Review - Photography Life

I don't own one myself but swap with a friend who has one as and when needed. It works well upon my Manfrotto 190MFV and 190XPROB upon which I'd previously used my 460MG. Whilst the 405 may be overkill even for my heaviest DSLR and film cameras I much prefer the controls on the 405 - much more accessible and easier to turn and lock than the stubby ones on the 460MG.

Recently though, after undertaking some astral photography I dug out my old Manfrotto 701RC2 fluid head and I have found I much prefer this head as it is not only great for videography but superb for stills too, especially for panning action stills and when using very long lenses for star-gazing imagery. Although the 701 lacks a 90 degree lateral tilt head for portrait orientation, I use an L-bracket with two Manfrotto RC2 (200PL-14) quick release plates attached to permit rapid orientation changes.
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