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Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release Replaces Manfrotto 486RC2

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  • Supports up to 13 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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Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release Replaces Manfrotto 486RC2 + Manfrotto 190XPROB 3-Section Aluminum Pro Tripod + VidPro TC-27 Padded Tripod Bag carries 27-Inch Long Tripods
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 5 inches ; 15.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002WN212I
  • Item model number: 496RC2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 10, 2009

Product Description

From the Manufacturer



Medium size, light, with quick release - perfect for amateurs and professionals. Strong enough to take 35 mm SLR or DSLR with medium lenses, and light medium format cameras.  It has a single indexed "ratchet" locking knob for 360° pan and +90° -90° tilt movements. 

Equipped with a 200PL quick relase camera plate system with a secondary safety catch.  Camera plate has 1/4" male thread.  Head to tripod attachment is 3/8" female thread.

All aluminum construction and black finish.




Technical Specs:


Attachment (top) 1/4" male thread


Attachment (bottom)
3/8" female thread


Independent Pan Lock
No


Lateral Tilt
+90°/-90° head tilt


Material
Aluminum


Panoramic Rotation
360°


Plate Type
200PL


Load Capacity
6 kg • 13.23 lbs

Weight 0.42 kg • 0.93 lbs


Working Height
10.0 cm • 3.94 in









Product Description

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 strong enough to hold a 35mm SLR camera with medium weight lenses and light medium format cameras up to 13 pounds. This replaces the Manfrotto 486RC2

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Customer Reviews

A very good tripod head, seems sturdy and well made.
jelmer
The ball moves freely and smoothly right into position, you control the friction using the knob and lever.
FAR
Awesome ball head that fits securely on my Manfrotto 055xprob pro tripod.
Darrell Wagoner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

121 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Pger on January 15, 2010
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I got this from J&R NY through Amazon, along with a Manfrotto 055xprob tripod from Adorama. Excellent service from all parts involved and items arrived earlier than expected. These top notch Manhattan establishments have never dissapointed me (along with B&H).

Originally I was going for the 486RC2 but then I found out that this model was replaced by the 496RC2. Main addition is the friction control knob and I gotta tell you this was an awesome addition. The quality of this head and the Manfrotto tripod is outstanding, you do feel the quality components when you touch them. Friction control is great because you can fine tune it depending on the weight of your camera lens.

I was a little worried about not having a separate panning knob like the 498RC2 but the friction control allows me to have just enough friction so I can pan easily with the main knob without changing the vertical alignment of the camera so its a non issue.

Grazie mille Manfrotto per questo produtto, mi piace moltisssimo!!!

Update 01/19: after some use I just want to comment. This ballhead is all I wanted it to be! However, if you do a lot of panoramas do get the 498 model which has a separate panning head. I found out I don't miss one as I don't do a lot of panoramas, plus I have it on top of a Manfrotto 055xprob which is very tall so I don't need to extend the center column. This allows me to loosen the center column nob a little when I need to pan so it serves me as a panning knob. Also you can do it be releasing a little the friction control knob as I stated above.
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Mike From Mesa on January 27, 2010
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I recently purchased a Manfrotto monopod and, with it, the Manfrotto 234RC head. I found the head to be so well-made and the quick-release plate to hold so well that I decided to buy the 496RC2 for my tripod.

Right out of the box I could feel how well-made the head is. It rotates very smoothly and the ball head moves so easily when the Friction and Lock knobs are open that it is a delight to use. In addition it holds my camera and lens (Canon T1i and 18-200 mm lens) very snugly. The Friction knob allows me to position the camera and then lock it with the Lock knob. When the camera is horizontal I can take extended time exposures (10 seconds or more) with no fear of camera movement. I have seen some camera movement when the ball head is turned so that the camera is vertical, but very little and it is not noticable unless I view the picture 1:1. Considering that my camera and lens together probably weigh 4 pounds and that the tripod I am using is not particularly good, I consider that to be acceptable. I expect to upgrade my tripod anyway and believe even the vertical movement will disappear when I do so.

One word of caution. The 496RC2 does not come with a thread adapter so it will not fit a 1/4 inch screw. I had to take the adapter from my 234RC (which did come with one) and use it on the 496RC2. I also bought an extra one from Amazon so I would have both. If your tripod uses a 1/4 screw you will have to buy an adapter (Gitzo GS5000 - $4.00 from Amazon).
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sanket Daru on September 7, 2010
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Hi,

Even though I read pretty negative reviews claiming that this ball-head is no good for panoramas, I still decided to go for this because it fit my budget and the general reviews were very good.

I would like to let you know that don't get bogged down by the panoramas part. I used my Manfrotto setup (Manfrotto 190XPROB 3 Section Aluminum Pro Tripod) and this ball-head extensively during my recent trip to North-East USA. Produced some really beautiful panoramas of night time New York skyline where each exposure lasted 12 seconds! By the Hudson, the winds were really strong. I guess, this itself proves both the stability of this ball-head and its usability for panoramas.

Definitely, GO FOR IT!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By TrussReviews on January 10, 2013
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This is a video review from the TrussReviews YouTube Channel

This my Unboxing and review of the Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head

Enjoy the video!

PS: For more reviews check out my youtube channel
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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful By approach on July 14, 2010
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This head is certainly lighter than my 488rc2, but with the QR plate folded over, it's only about .25" shorter. So, from a packing perspective, it's nothing to write home about.

The new friction knob is OK. I suspect that if I was keeping this head, I'd come to like it.

The show stopper for me is the panning, which is non-existent. Yes, I know there's no panning knob, but from the reviews and Amazon's description ("the 360° pan movements") I was hoping to be able to carefully pan. But that just wasn't happening with the one Amazon shipped me.

There is a "bearing" between the body and the bottom plate of the head, but it was VERY stiff. So stiff that I ended up moving the ball in the socket instead of rotating the whole head.

If you don't care to make panoramas, this is a decent head. I'd be inclined, however, to look at the 494rc2 instead. It's quite a bit smaller, and significantly smaller than my 488rc2.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jon D. Ritch on April 9, 2010
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Hi everybody!
Ok, right off the bat I have to say, I am a new photographer. I do not have years of experience yet, and this tripod and head are my first I have ever purchased. That being said, buy this thing! I bought this head, the Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release, to put on top of my 190XPRO-B tripod. This system supports my Nikon D90 and 55X200 mm lens rock solid in any position I have tried it. Granted I do not have the highest dollar, heaviest zooms yet, but all of the Manfrotto gear is very well made. I do not have any doubts that this head will serve me for years. I have been an Aerospace Machinist for many years, when I say it is well made I know:) It secures to the tripod very well, it is very simple to use. I seriously had never touched a tripod or a head before, ordered both and could not be happier. I cannot review the weight factor, I am extremely active and they feel like they weigh nothing to me! I think combined it is actually around 5-6 pounds or so. I bungee them to my bike, my pack or just my back and hike for miles with them. Buy this product!
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