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Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release

B&H # MA498RC2 MFR # 498RC2
Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release

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Product Highlights

  • Aluminum Construction
  • Load Capacity: 17.64 lb
  • Working Height: 4.9"
  • Weight: 1.34 lb
  • 360° Panning
  • Head Tilt: +/-90°
  • Tension Control
  • Separate Panning Lock
  • Includes Camera Plate
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The Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release is constructed of die-cast aluminum, strong enough to support an SLR camera with a medium lens, and light medium format cameras. It has a single repositionable locking lever for 360° panoramic rotation and ±90° tilt movements, plus a friction control for precise positioning. Cameras are attached to the ball head with the 200PL-14 Plate and RC2 Quick Release 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.

Material Aluminum
Type Ball Head
Load Capacity 17.64 lb (8.0 kg)
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 Female thread
Camera Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
Quick Release Yes, RC2 with secondary safety system and 200PL-14 camera plate
Adjustments ±90°
Panning: 360°
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Tension Control Yes
Ball Sphere Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Bubble Level No
Base Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Dimensions Working height: 4.9" (12.5 cm)
Weight 1.34 lb (0.61 kg)
Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release
  • 200PL Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw and 3/8" Bushing Adapter
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension after Online Registration
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    Manfrotto498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release
     
    4.7

    (based on 306 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (225)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (68)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (262)
    • Attaches firmly (261)
    • Large range of motion (248)
    • Strong clamp (216)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (49)
    • Complicated controls (7)
    • Small range (6)
    • Unstable (4)
    • Weak clamp (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (252)
    • Night shots (210)
    • Portraits (184)
    • Home (142)
    • Wildlife (137)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (165), Semi-pro photographer (81), Pro photographer (25), Casual photographer (22), Photography student (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (233), Yes (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Value for the Money

    The 498 works very well. It has all of the features of more expensive ballheads, but at a very reasonable price. The friction knob can be loosened or tightened to provide adjust movement...Read complete review

    The 498 works very well. It has all of the features of more expensive ballheads, but at a very reasonable price. The friction knob can be loosened or tightened to provide adjust movement depending on what camera / lens you are using. My XSI with a 17-50 lens and battery grip were held securely and didn't flop around when the ball lock lever was loose. The friction allowed me to position my camera and once happy with how the shot was framed, lock the camera in place. One nice note is that the lock that prevents the release lever from opening accidentally has been redesigned. You used to be able to turn the safety on or off, which sometimes meant that one could forget to engage the safety. Now, the safety lever is spring loaded and always engaged, so there's no way to forget to engage it.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Worked well... at first

    I have owned this ballhead for just a little over 4 months. From the time of my purchase and until just recently this head had worked flawlessly. Operation was very smooth. The locking...Read complete review

    I have owned this ballhead for just a little over 4 months. From the time of my purchase and until just recently this head had worked flawlessly. Operation was very smooth. The locking mechanism was rock solid with the QR plate. Not once did my camera ever slide even with my longest lens (70-200.)

    Within the past week my ball head's main tightening lever has failed. The reason it has failed is because the innards of the lever are made of a plastic material.

    If only the manufacturer had made this product entirely out of aluminum then possibly this problem would not have arisen.

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    5.0

    Solid ball head

    By zoltrix79

    from Redmond, WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

          Well built and easy to use. I am very happy with it.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great, basic and very solid ball head

          By Gracie

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • easy to use
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Sturdysolid

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

            Got this unit for my new Induro tripod and really like it. It's very easy to snap on to my camera and quickly releases with one hand. It's quite sturdy which also makes it just a little heavy. Very easy to adjust positioning of the ball head along with a separate panning lever. Camera plate in included and stays tight. Great value! Can't beat the price and service at B&H.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great upgrade

            By mbevphoto

            from SW Illinois

            Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

            The quality and performance of this ball head are both amazing coming from a conventional head. It's very smooth, sturdy and easy to use. I am very happy with it.

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            5.0

            Manfrotto never disappoints

            By mam

            from New York

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                large range of motion is a pro here

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                • No

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                5.0

                Quality product

                By Barry Scott Photography

                from Schwenksville, Pa

                Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                Built well. Easy to use. I use it on my Manfrotto 055xpro3 tripod and it's a good match.

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                4.0

                Excellent Ball Head

                By Larry Barsh

                from Studio City, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots

                    Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                    The ball head itself is just what I needed, however, it did not fit well on the Velbon tripod legs because the female fitting on the ball head was ⅜ inch and the male screw on the Velbon tripod was ¼ inch. It would be nice if an adapter were included with the ball head for legs with a different fitting than Manfrotto uses. The mounting plate was also larger than that on th Velbon. Good excuse for buying more professional tripod legs anyhow.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great simple small head.

                    By Middy

                    from Ann Arbor, MI

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                      Quick to use. I shoot hundreds of panos and this is the fastest and most solid head I have used. Also very small and intuitive.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Upgrade

                      By Gustave

                      from The Woodlands, TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                        I replaced the original ballhead that came with my old Manfrotto tripod because of the additional adjustments offered by the 498RC2 Midi Ball Head. Perfect for my requirements in the field.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great product

                        By John

                        from Naples, Fl.

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                          great product to have if you shoot real estate photography.
                          I am very pleased with the results.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Ball Head for DSLR

                          By Iowa Photographer

                          from Iowa City, IA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                The 498RC2 ball head is solidly built and I expect it to perform well in the field for many years, like my other Manfrotto equipment has. The diameter of the mounting surface (the bottom of the head) is approximately 60mm, which fits my Manfrotto 3001N legs perfectly. It also has pan capability, which has turned out to be much more useful than I anticipated.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Very Good Ballhead

                                By KC

                                from Gaston, SC

                                Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                When I received this ballhead I was impressed with the weight of it. This is heavy, but not too heavy. It is solid and well made. It holds my Canon 60D and Sigma 18-250 lens very well and is easy to re-position. I am very pleased with it!

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                                5.0

                                Very easy to use

                                By Nightowl

                                from Escondido, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability
                                • Strong Clamp

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                  I own a three handle head as well, but this head is much easier to use. I use my Sigma 150-500 and my Sigma 70-200 with no trouble at all.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Compact and easy to use

                                  By Johnny Rotten

                                  from Phoenix Az

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                    easy to use and compliments my tripod.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great head for my tripod!

                                    By somacoul

                                    from Boston, MA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • None

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                    Perfect match for my tripod!
                                    I am very happy with my purchase

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Ok, I guess.

                                    By Samuel

                                    from Mission, Tx

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Firmly
                                    • Large Range of Motion

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                      Not as smooth for tilting as I expected.

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                                      • No

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                                      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      3.0

                                      Too heavy

                                      By asppro

                                      from Baltimore

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                      It's too big and heavy.

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                                      5.0

                                      Learning to love Tripods

                                      By Pyropi

                                      from OC

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                      This Tripod Head is remarkable. I use my tripod more often now that I have this device.

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                                      4.0

                                      Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done!

                                      By Matt

                                      from Ventura, CA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Firmly
                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Large Range of Motion

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                        I use this ball head primarily for my smaller lenses. Like the title says, it's nothing fancy but is sure does get the job done. I put my canon 7D with a grip, plus a 70-200mm 2.8 II on there and it worked quite well. For the money, I think its a pretty good buy.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Manfrotto 498c2 Midi Ball Head

                                        By greased_monkey

                                        from USA

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Good Stability

                                        Cons

                                        • Heavy

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                        I had a good tripod but needed a ball head that would not creep with the big tele lens on the camera. This did the trick and for a good price.

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                                        • No

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                                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        3.0

                                        Excellent for a year.

                                        By Max

                                        from Birmingham, Al

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Firmly
                                        • Large Range of Motion

                                        Cons

                                        • Weak Clamp

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                        Worked well for about a year of almost daily use. I do real estate virtual tours and the ball head locking mechanisms have started to loosen on their own. Not sure why-the tripod hasn't had any accident, etc. It is just annoying that they have to be re-tightened every second or third room.Looking to replace it as I need constant results and whenever the mechanism is loosing tension for no reason it is time to move on.

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