Trying the Manfrotto 400 Gear Head for my 8x10 and 11x14 View Cameras

July 02, 2016  •  1 Comment

I have been using a RRS BH-55 head for my 8x10 and 11x14 large format view cameras for years.  The head is a wonderful piece of equipment, but it is a little challenging with bigger cameras to do simple things like base leveling, etc.  

I have been using the smaller Manfrotto 410 junior gear head for medium format and 4x5 for several years and I have really liked it.  So, I eventually saved up and got the huge 400 model for my bigger cameras.  

The photo is deceiving in portraying the size of this gear head and the weight is substantial at 2.6kg (5.7 lbs).  I am certain that I will not have any movement or shake issues with this head.  I will be mounting the head on my Gitzo 5541LS carbon fiber tripod legs.  

I will follow up with another article after I have used the new 400 head in the field and let you know what I think.  

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Kerim Suner(non-registered)
I just watched your initial review of the Manfrotto 400 Head, thank you for sharing it. I am currently looking for a sturdy head for my 20x20 camera which weights around 17kg (37 lbs) with the lens. According to the Manfrotto specs. its maximum load capacity is 10 kg (22 lbs). I know that they usually state those numbers with a high safety margin. I would like to ask how much your heaviest camera weights and if you had any problems with it.

Thank you in advance

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