Manfrotto 494RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release Replaces Manfrotto 484RC2
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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 ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall I'm happy with it, I just have 2 major problems.
1 The ball movement makes me think sand somehow got in the ball housing. Read more
This little narrow-based ball head fits perfectly on an inexpensive carbon fiber travel tripod, which came with a cheaper head. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John G. Pendleton
This is a light weight ball head, I use it for my D810 with a 18-200 mm lens. It is made in Italy, contrary to another review that stated it was made in China.Published 4 months ago by tande
these work nice with my Panasonic AG:AC90 video cameras that we have set not to move.Published 6 months ago by Russell
Does all I need it to do! QR plate didn't last long, but that was easily replaced.Published 8 months ago by Miami Fever
This is a terrible ballhead for the price. Manfrotto over charges consumers based on their somewhat established brand label. First of all, the ball action is either all or nothing. Read morePublished 12 months ago by E. KANG