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I bought this head after intensive research for use with my many medium format Pentax cameras.
At first I thought it was great ,set up with Pentax 6x7 and 600mm lens ,locked up tight and did every thing it should .
Due to the difficulty in getting film ,and getting it processed in Australia I put the tripod and head away for a few years .
Finally Pentax came good with a Pentax 645D and I could use all my big lenses again , imagine my horror and disgust when pulling the super head out and discovering that it would no longer lock up.
I contacted the supplier who told me even though it had had minimal use it was out of warranty,
he would give me a discount on buying another one (as IF) .
A local supplier Importer didn't like the fact that I said I was pissed off with Manfrotto and would not even look at it because I didn't purchase the head off him.
Now I am in contact with the Australian importer who has one pulled to pieces on his work bench and is awaiting manfrotto's reply as to why it has failed ?every thing inside he said looks to be in order .
Over $400 in Australia
Wouldn't touch with a 40 foot pole