Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head

Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head is Light and compact quick release ball head to support SLR or DSLR cameras with a medium lens, and light medium format cameras. The tripod head features a single repositionable locking lever for 360° panoramic rotation, ±90° tilt movement, plus a friction control for precise positioning. Cameras are attached to the ball head with the 200PL-14 Plate with 1/4” male threads. The Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head has Working Height: 3.94″ (100.07mm), Load Capacity 13.23 lb (6.0 kg), and weighs 0,93 lb (0.42 kg).

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info


User Opinions

Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head User Reviews

Good ball head but need the bigger / thicker connection
“This ball head on a 682 legged monopod held my D60 with 18/200 VR2 lense and SB900 flashgun at right angle securely, great head but be careful with the connection, not the standard monopod connection “ – By Ciaran Harrison
Rating: ★★★★★

Manfrotto ballhead can take your photography to the next level
“..I would definitely recommend this tripod head for sports photography. It is however suited to lighter equipment. Also, if this is going to be your only tripod head, I would rather consider the 498RC2 with its panoramic functionality. I use a Canon 7D camera with a Canon 400mm F5.6 lens. In total it is still significantly lighter than the max weight for this tripod head. If you are planning to use much heavier lenses I would not recommend this head. By using this head and tripod I have increased the sharpness of my surfing images significantly, without loosing the freedom of movement. It is also very light, which helps when having to drag the tripod and camera around on the beach and rocks. Previously, I used a manfrotto monopod for surf photography but my images were not very sharp when viewed at 100%. The tripod makes a significant difference.” – By JL Wilkinson
Rating: ★★★★★

Manfrotto ballhead can take your photography to the next level
“…With just one hand, you can with precision turn the cameras in all degrees (360) and set the camera exact position you want. This enables in composing your pictures wonderfully which is so important for a quality picture. You can set the camera up very fast. So, you don’t lose any time particularly when you are taking shots of moving targets like sports action or wild life. Holds the Camera very firmly even when you are uing a heavy zoom lens. You end up spening so little effort to set up the camera that you can focus all your creative energies to get the best picture. On the face of it, it looks pricey but after I have started using it, I feel it certainly worth every dollar.” – By A. Roy
Rating: ★★★★★

It does takes good sweeping panoramas
“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.” – By Sanket Daru
Rating: ★★★★★

Great after a slightly rough start
“Got this Manfrotto 496RC2 to replace the Giottos MH-1002 head on my Giottos 9242 tripod legs. The old head had independant panning but was marginal support for my Canon T1i and 7D… The head now has a silky smooth feel when rotating. It locks tightly and securely supports my 7D kit which can weigh as much as 6-7 pounds. I don’t miss the panning base since I use reference points in the viewfinder to pan. I like the anti-catastrophe quick release which requires a deliberate move to unlock. The preload screw works very well, but as with any ball head, you need to hold the camera, or whatever, before you release the lock lever. I really like this ball head now, and I know how to maintain it if that ever becomes necessary. Not sure what caused my problem, but I’m sure its very very rare. Great ball head.” – By MT Nester
Rating: ★★★★★

Made in Italy not china
“I paired this head with Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod legs. Head itself is quiet big and heavy. It doesn’t look so big on product photo, but it is quiet big, heavy and sturdy head. Very nice Manfrotto quality. Quick release plate has locking lever to prevent accidental falling of equipment. No complaints. Very happy with the purchase.” – By V. Soni
Rating: ★★★★★

Great Ball Head
“The 496RC2 ball head from Manfrotto is a winner. The ball is easily and securely positioned at a wide variety of angles. The machined metal parts are well made with a nice textured finish. The head easily attaches securely to a Manfrotto tripod. A set screw keeps the head from back threading on the tripod. An expensive camera body will be well protected when positioned on the 496RC2.” – By John Finkbiner
Rating: ★★★★★

Exellent Product
“the 496RC2 ball head is an excellent product, quality manufactured, components as advertised, teams up with the 55Pro tripod to create an “all-purpose” combo for me (front & backcountry use). Only thing needed to make this 5 star, for me, would have been more specific instruction on maintenance.” – By mannmtn
Rating: ★★★★☆

Very sturdy for medium loads
“This is a very sturdy ball head that will stand up to medium loads without any problems. I especially like the friction knob which lets me get just the right amount of friction for changing the orientation of the camera quickly when needed. A side note: the first one sent to me had a loose screw connecting the plate to the ball stem…” – By TC Rick
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Features & Specifications

Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head Features & Specifications

The Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head RC2 Quick Release with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate is constructed of die-cast aluminum, strong enough to support SLR or DSLR cameras with a medium lens, and light medium format cameras. It has a single repositionable locking lever for 360° panoramic rotation, ±90° tilt movement, plus a friction control for precise positioning. Cameras are attached to the ball head with the 200PL-14 Plate with 1/4” male threads. The head to tripod attachment has 3/8” female threads. Additionally, the Quick Release has a safety system to prevent an accidental detaching from the head.


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Comment by Rich Hodgkins Subscribed to comments via email
2013-05-08 17:38:42

I found this head lacking. With bubble levels I couldn’t level the head and lock in place. I had to guess where the head would settle by trial and error. I am returning the head tomorrow. If this level of precision isn’t a factor I like the quick release.

 

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