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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 308 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (227)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (68)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (263)
    • Attaches firmly (262)
    • Large range of motion (249)
    • Strong clamp (217)
    • 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 (166), Semi-pro photographer (82), Pro photographer (25), Casual photographer (22), Photography student (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (235), 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

    A Must have

    By vinniec

    from Syracuse, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        After shooting a number of portraits I realized how cumbersome the standard ball was and thought I'd give this a try. It make adjustments easy and saves time. A definite must have. Spend the extra on the 498 instead of the 494 or 496. It's worth the extra especially if you use long lees.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Nice ball head

        By Jill

        from Jacksonville, Fl

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I like this ball head a lot. I tend to want to pan while using the tripod, so this is perfect for me. I have only used it a few times but I have no complants so far. Seems like nice quality and I hope to have it for a while.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Solid ball head

              By zoltrix79

              from Redmond, WA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

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                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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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                      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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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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

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                                      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.

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                                              • 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 4 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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