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Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head

B&H # MA492 Mfr # 492
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Product Highlights
  • Aluminum Construction
  • Load Capacity: 4.41 lb
  • Working Height: 2.36"
  • Weight: 0.31 lb
  • 360° Panning
  • Head Tilt: +/-90°

The Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head features a strong die-cast aluminum housing plus a hard, tough ball that moves smoothly into position. It has a single control for complete 360° pans and ±90° tilts, fast even movements, and can be instantly locked off in any position. It is suitable for point and shoot cameras.

Material Aluminum
Type Ball Head
Load Capacity 4.41 lb (2.0 kg)
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 Female thread
Camera Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
Quick Release No
Adjustments ±90°
Panning: 360°
Separate Panning Lock No
Tension Control No
Ball Sphere Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Bubble Level No
Base Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Dimensions Working height: 2.36" (6.0 cm)
Weight 0.31 lb (0.14 kg)
Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension after Online Registration
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    Manfrotto492 Micro Ball Head
     
    4.6

    (based on 41 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (31)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (28)
    • Attaches firmly (22)
    • Large range of motion (20)
    • Strong clamp (15)
    • Compact (7)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)
    • Small range (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (20)
    • Landscape/scenery (14)
    • Night shots (13)
    • Home (12)
    • Portraits (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (13), Semi-pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (11), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (37)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Light Stand Head

    I purchased two of these to aim my Canon 600EX's when working remotely on lightstands. They work excellent! I use them in conjunction with the Quantum Dead Shoe (the best shoe IMO for...Read complete review

    I purchased two of these to aim my Canon 600EX's when working remotely on lightstands. They work excellent! I use them in conjunction with the Quantum Dead Shoe (the best shoe IMO for mounting the Canon flash without damaging the weather seal - and the flashes shoe lock fully works) and have complete direction control with very little weight! They are much faster than umbrella yokes, and if you work with the Lastolite box, I've fitted each head with a Manfrotto 323 RC2 quick release adapter, and attached (with a trip to the hardware store) the QR plate to the Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe Adapter for use with the Ezybox Hotshoe Softbox. Also works great with the Lastolite Strobo! See the photos!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not the greatest for a heavy DSLR

    I have a Nikon d7100 and this ball head will barely hold it in position. Works fine and is easy to use, but, for a DSLR, I'd recommend getting a sturdier ball...Read complete review

    I have a Nikon d7100 and this ball head will barely hold it in position. Works fine and is easy to use, but, for a DSLR, I'd recommend getting a sturdier ball head. This would work perfectly with a mirror less or compact camera.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not the greatest for a heavy DSLR

    By bratliff

    from Atlanta. GA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

        I have a Nikon d7100 and this ball head will barely hold it in position. Works fine and is easy to use, but, for a DSLR, I'd recommend getting a sturdier ball head. This would work perfectly with a mirror less or compact camera.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Value

        By Dan

        from Carl Junction, MO

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Solidsturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

            The first time you tighten it you feel the quality. Have used it effectively with a Canon EX600 on top of a Pocket Wizard. Currently supporting a 7" LCD monitor on top of a sony HXR-NX5U video camera. This is a good example of value: not inexpensive but worth the investment.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Really Tough

            By Thoughtful Mind

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

            • Attaching Camera

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

            I got this mount head to use with Manfrotto 190 XB tripod and man, I'm impressed with it.

            This mount head is really tough and robust, and by the look and feel of it, I think it will last long. This mount head has a screw on top to attach your camera.

            The one thing I really didn't like about this head is that it becomes really hard at times to adjust the screw and attach the camera. I mount needs to be rotated at the bottom and it takes a long time to get it going.

            But once attached, it fits perfectly and the camera sits very tightly with no amount of shake. All in all, a great mount head and I would recommend it.

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            • No

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            5.0

            perfect for flash bracket

            By doug

            from New York, NY

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

              I wanted a ball head for my flash bracket, and this thing works perfectly.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Good ball head

              By Oliver

              from Pickering, Ontario

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

                  Good in almost every way.

                  it's a bit tricky to attach to the camera since the circle platform (not sure if that's what it's called) is not very grippy, and hard to turn. Similarly when tightly screwed onto the camera it's hard to loosen it.

                  Overhall I am happ with it.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Solid, but expensive

                  By Chris

                  from South Carolina

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

                      Well built and hopefully will never need replacing. That is what I told myself when I bought this micro ball head. After receiving it, I believe that will be the case.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      used as monitor mount

                      By Mr. Bill

                      from Des Moines, IA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

                        I use the 492 ball head as a mount for a 7" video monitor on my JVC 790 camera. It works very well giving me the ability to view the monitor at any angle. I see no cons at this time...

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Tiny Tripod Head

                        By Sliegher

                        from Porltand Oregon

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Simple

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

                        Reasonable small tripod head.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        I would buy this product again

                        By HANK

                        from LAS VEGAS === NEW MEXICO

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

                          table top photograpyhy

                          evrrything is great about it

                          even """ the looks """

                          note: with the MANIFROTTO attached to the camera
                          it affords a nice steady hand holder

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                          • No

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Light Stand Head

                          By PJC Photo

                          from Fargo, ND

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

                                I purchased two of these to aim my Canon 600EX's when working remotely on lightstands. They work excellent! I use them in conjunction with the Quantum Dead Shoe (the best shoe IMO for mounting the Canon flash without damaging the weather seal - and the flashes shoe lock fully works) and have complete direction control with very little weight! They are much faster than umbrella yokes, and if you work with the Lastolite box, I've fitted each head with a Manfrotto 323 RC2 quick release adapter, and attached (with a trip to the hardware store) the QR plate to the Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe Adapter for use with the Ezybox Hotshoe Softbox. Also works great with the Lastolite Strobo! See the photos!

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                                5.0

                                Help me adjust my lighting easy.

                                By Joe

                                from Rowland Heights, California

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability

                                Cons

                                • Small Range

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Portraits
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

                                Easy to install and very easy adjusting my ligting .

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                5.0

                                locks tightly and secure

                                By ironfist

                                from michigan

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

                                  Works well for holding a small 5" video screen on a camera rig

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Solid ball head

                                  By Edward

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Strong Clamp

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

                                    I used this head, plus a short pin to 3/4" adapter and a mafer clamp to attach a GoPro to a bunch of different places. I also use this head on a Canon SX20 for timelapses. It's built solid and doesn't slip when it's tightened.

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                                    • No

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Goes with the tabletop tripod

                                    By Sam

                                    from Georgia

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Large Range of Motion

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Night Shots
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

                                      Works well for what it is. I had one for a number of years and gave it away. I just needed another one. Stays in the bag.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Good quality

                                      By Mathieu

                                      from Gatineau, Canada

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Large Range of Motion

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

                                        mated to the table top tripod its a great ball head. Quality is very good.

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                                        • No

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                                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Small and Strong

                                        By Sunbay

                                        from Nyc

                                        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
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Travel
                                          • Video
                                          • Weddings/Events
                                          • Wildlife

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

                                          Great for small tripods

                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          i woud recommend

                                          By big apple al

                                          from nyc

                                          About Me Photography Student

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Night Shots
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Travel

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

                                            very good ballhead

                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No

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                                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            4.0

                                            Does the jjob

                                            By hansolo54

                                            from Melbourne, Australia

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            See all my reviews

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Home
                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Night Shots
                                              • Travel
                                              • Video

                                              Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

                                              I use it with a Manfrotto table-top tripod to hold a microphone for interview. Together they take little space in my backpack.
                                              The combo works well, but I wish the attachment plate on top has got a tightening wheel that can be turned independently. As it is, one has to turn the whole head to tighten. I'm sure they can add this with very little cost.

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                                              • No

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                                              5.0

                                              Compact ballhead

                                              By Jakob Skogheim

                                              from Detroit, MI

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              See all my reviews

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Attaches Firmly
                                              • Good Stability

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

                                                  Does it's job perfectly!

                                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                                  • No

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                                                  5.0

                                                  sm but good

                                                  By Cooks Books

                                                  from Phil

                                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Attaches Firmly
                                                  • Good Stability
                                                  • Large Range of Motion

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Home
                                                    • Video

                                                    Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

                                                    perfect fit for my sons mini camcorder

                                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                                    • Yes

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