Manfrotto 410 Junior geared head review

Manfrotto 410 Junior geared tripod head aims for high-precision adjustments with ease of use and a sturdy build

Manfrotto 410 Junior geared head
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

From landscape and architectural photography to studio work, there are plenty of shooting scenarios that demand highly precise positional adjustments when your camera is mounted on a tripod. This 3-way geared head from Manfrotto is engineered with just that in mind. We like that it’s sturdily built and easy to use, while its micrometric control knobs enable very fine adjustments in all three planes. It’s a solid performer with a competitive purchase price.


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    Solid aluminum construction

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    Easy to use

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    Good value for money


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    Quite heavy

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    Only one bubble level

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    Non-standard quick-release plate

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The Manfrotto 410 Junior geared head solves a problem. Many of us typically reach for a ball head when we’re shooting with a tripod, but they can be frustrating. When you need to make fine adjustments to keep everything on the level, or to shoot from a very specific angle, you can often find that a slight sag after tightening the locking knob can put everything on the skew. 3-way heads tend to offer a finer degree of control but can suffer from the same problem.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.