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Manfrotto 498RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release Replaces Manfrotto 488RC2
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- Supports up to 17 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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|Package Height||4.3 x 5 x 8 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.85 pounds|
From the Manufacturer
|Larger size, light, with quick release - perfect for advanced amateurs and professionals. With its solid aluminum construction and phenolic resin ball, this head is the ideal support for all traditional or digital small or medium format cameras. It has a single indexed "ratchet" locking knob for 360° pan and +90° -90° tilt movements. |
Equipped with a 200PL quick release 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.
|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 ||8 kg • 17.64 lbs|
|Weight||0.61 kg • 1.34 lbs|
|Working Height || 12.5 cm • 4.92 in |
Top Customer Reviews
Great Construction and ease of use. Bottem lever adjusts pan and top lever operates the ball head. Great range of motion and it locks the plate solid.
If you want one lever to control pan and tilt the 496RC2 has both in on lever that is a little quicker to manipulate than the 2 levers on the 498RC2. Having said that the 498RC2 is far supirior if you want to do panoramic shots. Lock the camera position and then you can move the pan as you please and have a solid panoramic shot.
This new model 498RC2 requires some fine adjustment which is provided. A heavier lens will take more friction on the smaller knob. Aim and give a slight tighten on the larger adjustable level for solid no slip positioning. This new head is only a little lighter than the Joystick but I like it better for the no slip and smoother positioning. Separate lower lever for pivot is nice for multiple horizontal shots not on the Joystick.
The RC2 quick connect/disconnect camera mount works well even if it looks less finely machined than the rest of the ballhead. And Nice little safety locking lever so you are less likely to drop your camera when mounting or removing.
Over all I prefer this 498RC2 to the Joystick because it is smoother with little or no slip. Using the camera and lens to pivot and aim is easy once you get used to it after using the Joystick. For the money I prefer this ballhead to the MUCH More Expensive "Right Stuff" ballheads. Pros will disagree. Perhaps if you need to use a ballhead for hours everyday then you need to pay for the Right Stuff. I am pleased with this new Manfrotto 498RC2 and will sell my Joystick.
This is a top rate head. The ball is not as free to move as some heads, so you need to use the panning lock to get a descent range. You don't get a good full fore-aft, and side to side freedom. But i'm nit-picking even mentioning that.
Over all, a great head. The locks are firm and don't slip. They don't require too much friction to lock them, and I trust them with my gear attached (more than I can say about some tripod/head configurations I've used in the past).
I have to add that the controls are not in the best position. If you set it up with the arrow pointer on the panning mechanism nearest you (so you can read it) the ball lock is on the right side. Now, as I shoot, my right hand is on the grip/shutter, so my left hand needs to be operating the ball lock. So I have to have the whole thing backwards, not a big issue, as I don't read the panning marks anyway, however the panning knob is now in front of the camera in this position and is hard to get to as the friction knob is in the way.
Am I the only person to notice this? I have to remove a star to ergonomics I'm afraid. Otherwise a top rate head.
The 498RC2 worked fine for a while, then started slipping / sagging / drooping after 2 years of light use. You think you have the thing set, then the framing totally changes. Shooting the moon, I watched the weight of a 60D and 70-200mm (far under rated load) drag it down. I seriously only used it for a few astronomy shots and a waterfall. It never saw anything close to abuse or even professional use.
Then the locking lever completely broke. A spring flew out from underneath the broken plastic cap. I still have the parts. Also added a pic in the customer images.
The tension knob still holds a camera in place but I wouldn't walk away from it. It bounces all over the place before settling into place when framing a shot.
I got 2 years of acceptable use out of it. Maybe more if I had stuck to lenses under a pound...? Looking through the reviews, I am not the only one to have the locking lever snap off leaving a handful of plastic. Thing is - I used the tension knob most of the time... Dunno.
Definitely not rated for 1-2kg, much less 8kg or whatever is advertised.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best purchases I've made for my photo studio. I love the RC2 quick-release system and have those plates on all my cameras. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marc A.
Had my 5D3 dropped when holding on the shoulder with a tripod, can't trust it too much, luckily was on the grassy area, no damage to the camera.Published 3 months ago by gMan
The Manfrotto 498RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release is really nice. It is well made, everything works smoothly and the weight is right for traveling. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J.Payne