Manfrotto XPRO Ball Head with Top Lock review

Clever design touches and an attractive price add to the appeal of this capable Manfrotto XPRO ball head

5 Star Rating
Manfrotto XPRO Magnesium Ball Head review
(Image: © Angela Nicholson/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

It doesn’t look as smart as some other ball heads, it lacks that high-end engineering appearance and looks a bit plasticky, but the XPro Ball Head is very well thought through. The control knobs are ideally shaped, there’s a safety catch to prevent your camera from taking a nosedive and it’s easy to lock your camera in the right position without it drooping.


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    Ergonomic control knos

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    Three level bubbles

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    Broad base


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    Plastic appearance

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    Plastic control knobs

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    Shallow hex socket in the release plate

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Manfrotto employed new design ideas and fresh technology to produce the XPRO ball head. Its body is made from magnesium alloy and has a triple locking system with three wedges that lock the ball in place. Grease-free polymer rings are also employed to ensure smooth movements.

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Angela Nicholson

Angela has been testing camera gear from all the major manufacturers since January 2004 and has been Amateur Photographer’s Technical Editor and Head of Testing for Future Publishing’s photography portfolio (Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-PhotoPractical PhotoshopPhotography Week and Professional Photography magazines, as well as the Digital Camera World and TechRadar websites). She is the founder of SheClicks - a community group that encourages and supports female photographers.