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Manfrotto 494RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release Replaces Manfrotto 484RC2

4.1 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
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  • Supports up to 8 pounds.
  • Repositionable locking lever for most comfortable use.
  • New ergonomic design.
  • New friction control for better control.
  • Quick release system features a new style secondary lock.
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Product Description

Size: Head Only

This ball head has been total redesigned for better ease of use. A new design friction control knob allows the photographer to achieve superior control when handling the camera and making micro movements without having to totally lock and unlock the ball head. The knobs have been redesigned to be more ergonomic, easier to handle and more user-friendly. The ergonomic shape allows the user to better lock the ball securely. A repositionable Locking lever allows the user to place it in a comfortable position in order to use it in the most convenient way. Just pull it outwards, put it in the best working position and then release it. This model features a RC2 quick release plate including an additional safety system that prevents the accidental detaching of the camera from the head. The locking lever securely locks the head both in the +90° -90° ball positioning and in the 360° pan movements. This ball head is designed for compact, 35mm and small digital cameras up to 8 pounds. This replaces the Manfrotto 484RC2.

Product Details

Size: Head Only
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 5 inches ; 8.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B002N5CV8Y
  • Item model number: 494RC2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 10, 2009

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This is my first "Expensive" tripod/monopod setup. I own the Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod and the Manfrotto 680B Monopod. I use this ball head on both and it is very flexible in terms of the wide array of angles/movements you can have when using this ball head. At first it is a little weird and takes some getting used to. In the first few minutes I felt like tossing it in the box and returning it, but I gave it a few hours and went out experimenting with it. Its a beauty!

The addition of the friction knob, even though I have not owned the previous version, is a great feature and just adds to the joy of using this ball head. It creates friction on the ball head so that your camera doesn't just fall sideways or forward if you release your grip on it, it might slowly move, but not like a free fall. My setup weighs in at 3 lbs and is the reason I didn't get the 496. I don't see myself owning a 70-200 VR II anytime soon so I don't mind the 8 lbs limit this ball head has.

One feature that stood out and is great is the ability to reset the way the locking knob sits. If the position where the knob sits where it holds your equipment completely steady is uncomfortable you can pull the knob out a little and place it in a more comfortable position. It is a cover over a locking nut, you simply lift the cover and place it in a more comfortable position and it does not come off, It seems to be spring loaded to it pulls back onto the locking nut when you release it.

The double quick release lock is great. It keeps the locking arm open when your camera is not on it so that when you do put your camera snaps right in. Its also gives you the "safety" feeling that your camera wont just fly off if you accidentally pull the locking arm with your finger or sleeve.
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Beautifully made, sturdy ball head, love the variable friction, allows measured movement with out fussing with the head, quick release does take some getting use to, but is more than sturdy. Thread size is 3/8" so if mounting to 1/4 tripod, buy adapter
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By CC on August 22, 2010
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I have the RC496 that I use on the Manfrotto 190CX3 tripod, the RC494 I use on a monopod and the 492 for a general utility ballhead for off camera flash etc. and I love them. They are all well made, excellent products. They lock securely are easy to use and make my photography more enjoyable. You can spend hundreds of dollars on ballheads like Arca Swiss and others and for huge lenses like the 500 or 600mm or the 2.8 70-200 zooms these are the heads to buy but for the ordinary hobbist photographer using mid range zooms or the variable aperture zooms in the 70-300 range these Manfrotto heads are all you need at a reasonable price.
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After buying my first pieces of Manfrotto I have to say:
I had so many different (not Manfrotto) Tripods in my life and always thought I save money, because Manfrotto is a bit pricey. No doubt about that. But when I add all up I spent way more money by not buying Manfrotto in the first place. TOP quality! OMG what did I miss in the past 15 years! It's sturdy, it is well designed, it is really thought through - and here's an engineer talking.
Save money by buying good quality.
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I purchased this product to use with a D7000 and a Manfrotto monopod and have been very impressed at its strength and durability. It is just the extra stability I needed to capture still images in low light situations. The lock is strong and stable even with the camera angled at a tilt. While not professional grade, this product provides a more than adequate solution and especially good value for money as compared to the cost of professional level equipment.
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I wanted a small ball head for my monopod and landed on the 494RC2: petite, solid build and good fit and finish. The body is cast aluminum with stainless hardware and a phenolic resin ball. Phenolic resin is a plastic used for pool balls, so it's pretty darn tough. The body is attractively finished in matte black. Cast aluminum--old timers call it "pot metal"--isn't as strong as machined aluminum but shouldn't be a concern as long as you don't dash your gear on the rocks. The double drop slot is a real time saver if you shoot a lot of steep angles and verticals.

The ball rotates reasonably smoothly under moderate loads but isn't as smooth as the similar sized Gitzo G1177M. I swabbed a wee bit of silicone on the ball with a Q-tip and it helped a little. Drag is controlled via the small knob and helps prevent the ball from flopping around during fine adjustments. This ball is small compared to the housing and a design of less housing and more ball would probably result in a smoother ride. Nevertheless, it works fine for the limited movements I need on my monopod and table top tripod.

The QR platform isn't as easy to use as other Manfrotto ball heads I've owned. You need to open both the release and lock levers with a single finger--and not lock it open--but I found such operation fiddly. The spring loaded safety lock can be locked open but isn't an easy task: pull firmly downwards and twist a half turn. That tiny brass lever hurts my finger! My other Manfrotto heads only need a gentle twist to lock, clicking into a notch.

I compared the 494 to the nearly twice as expensive
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