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Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release

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  • Supports 35.3 lb (16 kg)

The Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Magnesium Hydrostatic Ballhead with Rapid Connect 0 System (RC0 Quick Release) is designed to meet the demands of professional photographers who require a light weight head but at the same time want to support heavy camera loads up to 35 lb.

The 468MG series uses a hydraulic system to lock the ball mechanism in place. Using hydraulics instead of a mechanical system produces a super-tight lock from a minimal turn of the locking knob, without sacrificing the smoothness of the ball's movement when unblocked. To keep weight low, the head is made of magnesium; and to provide smooth movements the 1.5" (approx.) aluminum ball is Teflon coated. The oversized ball locking knob allows for easy control even when using gloves.

This head further offers a range of handy features: independent pan and tilt locks with a 360° pan movement; +90/-90° tilt movement; a graduated engraved panoramic base; and a calibrated adjustable friction control on the main knob.

The 468MGRC0 version uses the RC0 Hexagonal Quick Release Plate system for fast, secure locking and flexible positioning even with heavy loads.

Magnesium cast head, with 1.5" (approx.) aluminum ball, Teflon coated
Independent pan lock, with calibrated 360° panning bed
Oversized ball locking knob
Maximum Camera Supported Large format
Load Capacity 35.3 lb (16 kg)
Height 5.3" (13.5 cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes (horizontal & vertical)
Tension Control Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 1.9 lb (860 g)
Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release
  • RC0 Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3-Years after Registering Online or by Mail
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    Manfrotto468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release
     
    4.8

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (16)
    • Large range of motion (16)
    • Stable (14)
    • Strong clamp (12)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (7)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (10)
    • Portraits (10)
    • Night shots (8)
    • Wildlife (7)
    • Travel (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (4), Professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Extremely well built and tough

    I purchased this head for two reasons. One, I wanted to easily change from landscape to portrait orientation and this head does that very well. Second, I wanted a head that would be...Read complete review

    I purchased this head for two reasons. One, I wanted to easily change from landscape to portrait orientation and this head does that very well. Second, I wanted a head that would be able to support the gear I intended to use with it, namely the Canon 1Ds MK III and an array of lenses, some of which are very heavy.

    This head replaces the joystick type head that although works very well too, it just does not have the necessary strength to support my gear as required.

    I highly recommend this head for those who want fast orientation changes and need the additional strength this head supplies to support today's heavy professional gear.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good, but not perfect

    I really wanted to love this head, but I can only say that I like it.

    Things I love:
    * The level bubbles (horizontal & vertical orientations) - very...Read complete review

    I really wanted to love this head, but I can only say that I like it.

    Things I love:
    * The level bubbles (horizontal & vertical orientations) - very useful for panning
    * Quick release - works will
    * 360 degree panning
    * Pan lock
    * Intuitive controls

    Things I like:
    * The octagonal mounting plate (though at 2 7/16" across it is BIG)
    * The hydrostatic control

    Things I'm disappointed about:
    * The fact that there is just a bit of drift after tightening it down, especially with a long focal length lens (the extra weight of the lens combined with the higher magnification combine to frustrate careful image composition)

    Based on the last point I'm sad to say that I'm looking to replace this head with something else - likely an Arca-Swiss Z1...

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    5.0

    Light And Easy

    By Bob

    from Port Washington WI

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Tripod Function
    • Solid/Sturdy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

      I purchased this head along with a Manfretto Carbon Fiber Tripod. Even though there are multiple ballheads to choose from, I chose this one primarily because I already have an investment in numerous hex quick release plates such as used with this ballhead. The levers used to control movement and friction work extremely well and are just what I have come to expect from Manfretto.

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      5.0

      Sturdy moderate weight ballhead

      By Mike B

      from Toledo, OH

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well
      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Portraits
        • Travel
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

        This ballhead holds large SLR bodies and long lenses firmly. It's easy to position and easy to adjust the tension in a wide range of temperatures. Very sturdy and takes abuse.

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        5.0

        Great Ballhead

        By Jakub

        from Clarks Summit, PA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

          I only have positive things to say. Once I got the feel for the hydrostatic control I really like it. Very light turns of the knob completely lock the ball. Adjusting the traction/resistance in open position is easy and very precise. Setting it just right is critical for quickly moving subject, like a small bird jumping from one twig to another. Two cutouts in the base permit wide range of quick adjustments from low to high subject. The stability to weight ratio is impressive. Finally, I was able to keep my hex (RCO) quick release plates including the custom Kirk all-metal, no soft padding plate I use with my 300mmf/2.8. Big step up from my old Bogen 3038 super heavy head.

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          5.0

          Exactly what I needed

          By Championship Photography

          from Lubbock, Tx

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits

          Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

          Great control, handles the weight of my canon 5d mark II and 70-200 l series. Love it.

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          5.0

          Great all-purpose bullhead

          By rmz

          from montana

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

            Perfect for full-size DSLRs and telephoto lenses. Tension knob makes it easy to make perfect adjustments. Easily goes to vertical orientation. Lightweight and portable. Bubble levels are a big plus.
            Solid platform.

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            5.0

            Just Fantastic

            By Old Man

            from Clayton, Indiana

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Holds large loads
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

              I have been using an old Manfrotto ballhead for about 20 years and decided to upgrade. Why did I ever wait so long? This is like day and night difference. Adjustments are easy and effortless. No creep after lockdown. Holds the real large loads without worry and if you set the tension right, no flop of your lens. The engraved panoramic base is very smooth and has its own lock. If you are thinking about one of these, get off the fence and just get one. You won't be sorry.

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              5.0

              Expensive, but worth it!

              By Don

              from Oklahoma city, OK

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Travel
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

              I bought this head because I've been a long time user of the RC0 Quick Release system, and didn't want to have cobble together my own RC0 release and ball head combo. Glad I went with this product -- besides the benefits of the RC0 Quick Release, the hydrostatic control is fabulous. I use it primarily with long glass -- 400 & 600mm lenses. The hydrostatic control allows me to set the tension perfectly so the camera/lens combo is easy to move, but will just sit there when I let go of it. And yet, it's still easy to clamp it down tight if I need to. I really appreciate the swivel lock, too. Easy to use, locks tight.

              If there was anything I'd like to see changed, it's the length of the stem between the ball and RC0 Quick Release. Could probably stand to be a little bit shorter. Otherwise, it's a great head.

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              5.0

              Works very well

              By Linda

              from Tampa, FL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good for lefty
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

              • Complicated Controls

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

              I have used other ball heads and found out there are 2 things that others were not able to solve. First, the manfrotto heads have the 'U' on 2 sides of the head, this is quite useful should you happen to be left-handed because it will allow you to do what is most likely more natural in terms of the controls overall being on the left. The second issue is often the wrong knob (the one holding the camera on the quick release) was being unscrewed instead of the one for the ballhead. With the unique style of quick release, this is never an issue with this ball head. Please note, once you get the hang of the quick release mechanism, it is no longer "difficult" to do. Very happy with my purchase.

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              5.0

              468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Q

              By KMC

              from Henderson, NV

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

                Well built. Love the two levels. The hex quick release is very secure. No drifting even with heavy equipment. I've used it with a 4x5 view camera with ease. I use it with the Manfrotto 055MF3 MagFiber sticks, and I am very happy with this combo.

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                5.0

                Excellent Balhead

                By Chris

                from Chattanooga, TN

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

                  I use this ballhead with my Nikon D300, shooting antiques. This is my second one that I have owned and I love the versatile movements of the head and the fact that I can put it in any position and be assured that it will stay in place. It is very stable and easy to use.

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                  4.0

                  Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead

                  By mikec

                  from Minneapolis, MN

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Large Range of Motion

                  Cons

                  • Weak Clamp

                  Best Uses

                  • HDR Photography
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots

                  Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

                  Heavy duty well built, like the Hex quick release as opposed the rectangular design. Bubble levels for both horizontal and vertical shooting are very useful. Controls are easy to use. I agree with previous reviews that complain of a slight drift after tightening. Makes tight framing a little difficult with longer lenses. I would rate at five stars if not for this problem.

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                  3.0

                  Good, but not perfect

                  By Tirage

                  from San Francisco

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Large Range of Motion

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Weak Clamp

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

                  I really wanted to love this head, but I can only say that I like it.

                  Things I love:
                  * The level bubbles (horizontal & vertical orientations) - very useful for panning
                  * Quick release - works will
                  * 360 degree panning
                  * Pan lock
                  * Intuitive controls

                  Things I like:
                  * The octagonal mounting plate (though at 2 7/16" across it is BIG)
                  * The hydrostatic control

                  Things I'm disappointed about:
                  * The fact that there is just a bit of drift after tightening it down, especially with a long focal length lens (the extra weight of the lens combined with the higher magnification combine to frustrate careful image composition)

                  Based on the last point I'm sad to say that I'm looking to replace this head with something else - likely an Arca-Swiss Z1...

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Heavy duty

                  By Ika Sv

                  from batavia IL

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Adjusted
                  • Good Footing
                  • Locks In Tight
                  • Smooth Movement

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

                    I use this product with 055 carbon legs, it adds quite a weight but well worth it

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                    4.0

                    Excellent

                    By AndrewF

                    from Australia

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Adjusted
                    • Locks In Tight

                    Cons

                    • Rough Movement

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoors
                    • Sports
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

                    It's a Manfrotto, it's superb. Having said that, coming from having always used fluid heads, going to a ball head is a big jump, and does have a noticeable disadvanage that I was not expecting. The movement is rough, and not at all smooth. To have the pretension tight enough the moment you let g it doesn't fall, you have it so tight, if you haven't weighted the tripod, you can't move it.
                    Used with a 3.6kg telephoto setup.

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                    4.0

                    Built like a Sherman tank!

                    By jnuss

                    from Palm Harbor, FL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Long Exposures
                    • Stabilization

                    Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

                    I previously owned a MX-1000 aluminum combo tripod and head. The product was very light weight and portable but lacked the muscle power to steadily hold my heavy equipment: a Bigma and Nikon D300. I therefore was looking for a replacement outfit with a priority on stability.
                    I ended up with this ballhead and Bogen's 055CXPRO4 legs. Goodbye camera shake! I now have a very stable platform. However, if you're on a long hike with this head, better have a bag or strap. It's HEAVY! However, it will take a lot of weight without blinking an eye.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Quality

                    By flmedic

                    from North Florida

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

                        Very Impressive ballhead. I use it on a SLIK tripod and I love the combination. You must pay more upfront for Bohiergen/Manfrotto products but I have not yet been disappointed with any of their gear that I own.

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                        5.0

                        Bogen 468MGRCO Ballhead

                        By Dickie

                        from Nashville, TN

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Long Exposures

                          Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

                          Use with carbon fiber while hiking. Simple, easy to use controls. Locks in tight with all of my equipment.

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                          5.0

                          I would buy this product again!

                          By Globe Trotter

                          from Germantown, WI

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Long Exposures
                          • Stabilization

                          Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

                          I use this product for landscape and travel photography. It's extremely durable!

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                          5.0

                          A very professional peice of Kit

                          By This Boy

                          from Australia

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Long Exposures
                          • Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

                          I bought this head unit to use with the Slik Pro 815 CF-II Carbon fibre tripod. This ball head is very easy to use, has more then enough strength to hold my DSLR and i feel confident with it holding my Sinar 4x5 view camera also. The tension control is easy to adjust allowing a good range of movement. The dual spirit levels are also very welcome. A great ball head. The only con is the weight, the head weighs about as much as the tripod itself, but worth it for the stability.

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                          5.0

                          Bogen Hydorstatic Ballhead

                          By Shelb23

                          from Houston, TX

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits
                            • Stabilization

                            Comments about Manfrotto 468MGRC0 Hydrostatic Ballhead with RC0 Quick Release:

                            I use this product in my studio for shooting portraits and I LOVE IT! I used to have these antiquated rotator brackets that were difficult to turn. The new ballhead is smooth as silk and very easy to use.

                            No complaints!

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