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Manfrotto-393.33680993
7.0 out of 10

Manfrotto 393

The MK393-PD is a compact and easy-to-use photo system belonging Read more

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Well engineered

Photo Pete, WEX
5 June 2013
  • Summary: This works extremely well with a Canon 500mm lense on a tripod. Lots of people talk about using this in a U position rather than as a box. I find the manufacturer's recommendation is best as the centre of gravity means the camera and lense is easy to balance. It is bulky which means when it is on a tripod strapped to your bag it can be a bit awkward. I find carrying it head down easier to manage.
  • Pros: Substantial
  • Cons: Bulky
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Overall 10
10

Brilliant With The Big Lens

mack, WEX
12 December 2012
  • Summary: Great price.Seems too loose for Panning Shots but maybe it is adjustable with a key??
  • Pros: Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement
  • Cons: Difficult To Adjust, Heavy, How Do You Adjust For Pan
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Overall 10
10

Perfect for long lenses

Admiral frost, WEX
28 November 2012
  • Summary: Perfect for sport or wildlife bought because two friends use same equipment no regrets at all Weight does let down especially for older enthusiasts
  • Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Smooth Movement
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 10
10

Great long lens bracket

IanL, WEX
22 November 2012
  • Summary: This bracket is great value for money and at a great price. It it's strong in construction but the trade-off is the weight. Not sure I would want to carry it with a camera & long lens attached for any length of time.It provides a great platform for my Nikon 200-400mm lens and D3X with and without a 2x converter fitted.Ignore the illustration from the manufacturer, it works perfectly with the lens sat on the bracket rather than supported by it.
  • Pros: Easily Adjusted, Locks In Tight, Quick To Set Up, Smooth Movement
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 10
10

Photo or Astronomy this mount is a must

Brian., WEX
30 October 2012
  • Summary: This product is perfect for both camera's with long lenses, Birding scopes and telescopes for Astronomy. If a camera is on a monopod with a Pistal Grip you can move the Camera diagonally in one sweeping movement with one hand while operating the camera controls with the other hand. This product is described as a Mono Pod mount. Personally I wouldrather use a pistol grip as previously described.
  • Pros: Compact, Great Balance, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement, Very Tripod Friendly
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Overall 10
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very pleased with this item

no name, WEX
26 June 2012
  • Summary: a well built bit of kit. but please advertisers redo the picture this is not the way the lens attaches to the head it sits on it.
  • Pros: Easily Adjusted, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement
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Overall 10
10

wow!!!!

mr wiggly, WEX
6 March 2012
  • Summary: Great gimal!!! and for the price a bargain it is a bit on the heavy side but other than that it's a great buy.i would not want to carry it around for long though they show it on a monopod have tried it on mine works ok but with a big lens it can be a handful to walk around with.
  • Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 10
10

Well engineered gimbal head

jlrsd9, WEX
25 October 2011
  • Summary: I am very impressed with the quality of this gimbal head, it is well engineered and holds my 500 f4 with ease. The foot is very secure and will not slip out due to the locking pins.The u shape makes focus adjustments trickier than with a Wimberley type head but I simply rest my hand on top of the bracket and adjust focus with two fingers.The u bracket has extra holes for adjustment which I used to attach a flash bracket, I see no benefit in attaching a lens in the way...
  • Pros: Easily Adjusted, Locks In Tight, Secure locking foot, Smooth Movement, Very well made
  • Cons: None
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Overall 10
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Just the job!

BillabongPhotos, WEX
16 April 2011
  • Summary: As good as OS/VR/IS is these days, hand holding at super telephoto zoon lengths is always tricky at the best of times to get sharp photos, not to mention takes little time to knacker your arms. I had previously only ever used a ball head on my tripod, mainly due to their small footprint making them easier to transport, however after discovering first hand the limitations of such a head for supporting a large lens that needs to be able to pan and track smoothly and doing...
  • Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Price, Smooth Movement
  • Cons: No locking mechanism
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Overall 10
10

Does exactly what it says on the tin

23968553, WEX
27 June 2010
  • Summary: I tried a wimberley once, it was very nice but it didn't do any more than the Manfrotto 393. Also,with the 393, apart from being a fraction of the price of the competition one doesn't have to buy expensive adaptor plates.I use mine on a Benbo tripod in the "U" configuration to shoot sports and wildlife. I find it easier to mount my big 600f4 this way. Once mounted and adjusted I don't notice that I'm moving close to 7Kg with no effort.
  • Pros: Easily Adjusted, Smooth Movement
  • Cons: It lacks a spirit level
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