Manfrotto XPRO ball head

The choice of heads for your tripod is quite amazing, a look through the Manfrotto website has an incredible range for all kinds of purposes. Often photographers buy their tripod and head as a kit and the two parts stay joined for ever. My Manfrotto 055 tripod dates from the late 1980’s!

It doesn’t have to be this way, the tripod head changes and moves forwards as do photographer’s requirements. Manfrotto’s new XPRO ball heads are ideal combined with the 055 and 190 series tripods and can support loads up to 10Kg.

Manfrotto press release

Manfrotto, world leader in the photography and imaging equipment and accessories industry, announces the launch of the new XPRO BALL HEAD.

Manfrotto XPRO ball head

Manfrotto XPRO ball head available with 200PL fitting (left) and Arca-Swiss fitting (right)

Designed for passionate, advanced hobbyist photographers and experienced professionals, the new XPRO Ball Head completes the XPRO Heads range that is dedicated to the new 190 and 055 tripods. It ensures three essential features to photographers: extreme precision, thanks to its Triple Locking System; portability, with the magnesium body; simplicity and convenience, thanks to its 200PL and Top Lock camera plates.


Introducing a new sphere lock mechanism, and triple locking system, the XPRO Ball Head is a state of the art head in the Manfrotto Center ball heads range. The triple locking system guarantees the camera position stability and avoids drifting. It consists of 3 wedges which apply pressure to the sphere to lock it in position, as the ball lock lever is rotated. The new polymer rings mean that photographers can count on extreme accuracy, and together with the sphere’s PTFE treatment the head ensures smooth, accurate and less jerky camera movement. The innovative sprung system means that, should the lever butt against something during the locking movement, it is possible to pull the lever and rotate to avoid any interference and reposition so it is ready for use.

Finally, the levelling bubbles help the user level compositions precisely reducing post production work.


Its magnesium alloy body, together with the new hollow sphere, enable the XPRO Ball Head to guarantee high payload performance while maintaining an extreme light structure.
It weighs a mere 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs), but can support up to 10kg (22 lbs) of payload.


XPRO ball head with 200PL plate

XPRO ball head with 200PL plate

To match various needs, the XPRO Ball Head comes in two plate versions, each with a specific plate. The 200PL is the most common Manfrotto plate: its compact size and lightweight aluminium construction allow it to stay constantly attached under the camera and it is ideal for advanced hobbyists who look for a practical, easy to use product. The Top Lock is an innovative solution for experienced professionals, who need to feel totally secure even when using heavy and expensive high-end camera gear. 

 XPRO Ball Head with Top Lock and MSQ6PL

XPRO Ball Head with Top Lock and MSQ6PL

The XPRO Ball Head is available in two versions that are distinguishable by the coloured finish on their magnesium body: the black version comes with the 200PL, while the grey version comes with the safe and rapid Top Lock System, the MSQ6PL (Arca-Swiss compatible) plate.

The new XPRO Ball Head’s design follows the iconic new styling that unites Manfrotto’s entire offering for advanced hobbyists and professionals, while boasting groundbreaking technology, further proof of Manfrotto’s commitment in research and development.

The XPRO Ball Head with 200PL is priced at £114.95, with the XPRO Ball Head with Top Lock and MSQ6PL priced at £159.95. For more information, please visit

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