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Nice upgrade, but I'm still looking for something else.
on July 12, 2014
I think it's good, and better than the other Manfrotto head I was using (3031, which is the video/traditional pan/tilt style), but after using it for a while, I have the following complaints:
* The friction knob is pretty much useless, as it has too little range of adjustment between being fully tight and completely loose and doesn't stay where it's set.
* I wish that it had some sort of a level (I'll have to get a hot shoe level I guess).
* The bottom plate (where it joins with the tripod) does not have grooves like the other head does, so with enough torque (not even a lot), it can twist free. This is even after tightening the three immobilizing tension screws as much as I dare.
* The pan/pan lock is not as useful as I thought it might be, particularly because there is no built-in level, and I paid more for this feature over the 496RC2, but pretty much never use it.
Save your your money and get the 496RC2 or save up for the MH054M0-Q2.