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Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release

B&H # MA494RC2 Mfr # 494RC2
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Product Highlights
  • Aluminum Construction
  • Quick Release with Camera Plate
  • Load Capacity: 8.82 lb
  • Working Height: 3.35"
  • Weight: 0.71 lb
  • 360° Panning
  • Head Tilt: +/-90°
  • Tension Control

The Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head w/RC2 QR Plate is a lightweight ball head that's perfect for smaller cameras (maximum load--8.82 lb). It's got a quick-release plate, a newly designed friction control knob that allows micro movements without engaging the head-locking mechanism, and a locking mechanism that will lock the head in both the +90°/-90° tilt position and the 360° panning position.

Material Aluminum alloy
Type Ball Head
Load Capacity 8.82 lb (4.0 kg)
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 Female thread
Camera Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
Quick Release Yes, RC2 with 200PL-14 camera plate
Adjustments ±90°
Panning: 360°
Separate Panning Lock No
Tension Control Yes
Ball Sphere Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Bubble Level No
Base Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Dimensions Working height: 3.35" (8.5 cm)
Weight 0.71 lb (0.32 kg)
Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release
  • 200PL-14 Rectangular Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension after Online Registration
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    Manfrotto494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release
     
    4.5

    (based on 121 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (76)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (37)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (99)
    • Stable (96)
    • Large range of motion (79)
    • Strong clamp (75)
    • Lightweight (4)

    Cons

    • Small range (5)
    • Complicated controls (4)
    • Unstable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (64)
    • Travel (58)
    • Night shots (53)
    • Wildlife (41)
    • Portraits (40)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (54), Semi-pro photographer (35), Pro photographer (20), Casual photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (93), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Simple and functional

    Got this head for a set of Gitzo Mountaineer 1127 MK2 Sport Carbon Fiber legs. The 494 head is the perfect size for those legs. I love Manfrotto ball heads of this type because...Read complete review

    Got this head for a set of Gitzo Mountaineer 1127 MK2 Sport Carbon Fiber legs. The 494 head is the perfect size for those legs. I love Manfrotto ball heads of this type because of their simplicity; just one lever unlocks the ball, no large protruding handle like the grip heads. Made of sturdy materials and lightweight.

    The only possible con would be the friction knob. The older generation of heads (488, 486, 484) didn't have this and I wish it wasn't added to Manfrotto's newer heads. It's an extra knob that just gets in the way. Not a big deal in the end since the knob is small.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Soon developed a loose QR locking lever

    Mine developed a problem after only 3 or 4 days of use. First I noticed the plate was wiggling a little in the quick release seat. A little later I realized that this was...Read complete review

    Mine developed a problem after only 3 or 4 days of use. First I noticed the plate was wiggling a little in the quick release seat. A little later I realized that this was because the quick release locking lever was a little loose (it was able to move vertically a little). Not having experience with this type of QR system before, I continued to use it: being sure to lock down the lever with a little force seemed to keep the plate from moving. However, eventually the locking lever stopped springing into place as it should and I realized a had a real problem. On closer inspection the screw holding the locking lever to the head was loosening a little with each locking cycle. I tightened it but it kept loosening.

    I will have to send it in for repair. Seems like a simply thing to keep this from happening, and I have not read anyone else who has had this problem. So maybe it was just a one time problem with my head.

    Reviewed by 121 customers

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    5.0

    Good Head

    By Chris

    from Lexington KY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

      Great basic Tripod Head. The plate is smaller than an older Manfrotto product I have, therefore sometimes I have to change plates for different tripod heads. Plate stays in place VERY WELL!

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      • No

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      5.0

      494 Mini Ball Head with quick release

      By drarp

      from Bellbrook, OH

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

          I use it on my Manfrotto 294C4 monopod. It gives me a wide range of movement. The separate friction knob allows fine positional adjustments and keeps the camera from flopping over when the lock is released. Easily supports my D7100 with a Nikon grip and a Nikkor VR 70-300 zoom lens. The quick-release plate allows me to remove the camera and use the monopod as a walking stick. The head is die-cast aluminum.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Nice ball head for the price

          By Plane Michael

          from Fot Worth, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          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 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

            Planning to use this ball head primarily on a table dolly for the Nikon D5100. Thought I would test the friction out using my much heavier D80 with 18-200 Nikkor lens (3lb 2.7oz). Minimum torquing on the friction lock holds camera firmly in position. I'm a huge fan of the Manfrotto QR design as it holds the camera plate nicely and engages the safety latch for extra security. Looks like I'll need to invest in a hot shoe level to set the camera up just right.Will be curious to see how the friction on the ball holds up over time but if it's anything like some of the other Manfrotto products I own, I'll have a trouble-free piece of equipment

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            • No

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            5.0

            Holding my 70-250 lens with no problems

            By Skeat

            from Monument, CO

            About Me Casual 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
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

              I have only used the ball head several times but the instructions where easy to understand and the head performs as I expected. Especially because it is a Manfrotto. Look forward to hiking with it.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Very happy

              By Ryan

              from Utah

              Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

              This is a very high quality ball head and B & H offered excellent service.

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              3.0

              Quick Release Plate coming loose.

              By dpber11

              from Charleston, SC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Large Range of Motion

              Cons

              • Weak Clamp

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Travel

              Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

              As with the most popular negative review listed for this product, I am also experiencing the exact same problem with the release plate coming loose in the locked position (when camera is mounted on tri-pod). The screw can only be tightened so much and it will work for a day before coming loose again. I will have to get it fixed or be forced to buy another product. I've had this product for about 4 months and typically use it once every 2 weeks for a few hours.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Not bad for the money

              By Dobrin

              from New York

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability

              Cons

              • Small Base

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                I use this on a monopod. It's quite good except that the base is a bit too small.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Nice Little Ball Head

                By Alrec

                from Ann Arbor, MI

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                I bought this ball head to use on a small carbon fiber tripod. Nice because it accepts the same shoe as the tilt head on my monopod. Feels very solid and easy to adjust.It would be nice if it were a little lighter but you can't have everything.

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                5.0

                Good Support!

                By PJC

                from Fargo, ND

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                      Purchased this head for quick adjustments with my Lastolite Ezybox II light box! It seems to be the perfect match! It can easily handle the weight of the box, bracket, and the two strobes without any difficulty! I prefer the ball head to the supplied swivel bracket as I can move it from a light stand, to a monopod, or t-pod for support easily with the Manfrotto QR system. Also it's much more stable than the swivel support! Adjustments in any direction are a quick 1/2 turn away! You'll need a Manfrotto 014-38 Rapid Adapter, and Manfrotto 119 Short Adapter Spigot (currently less than $15 for both) to mount it to most light stands, but that's it! I've paired my with the Avenger A0025B leveler stand, and 10LB Manfrotto weight. A supurb combo for any conditions!

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                      5.0

                      Works as advertised

                      By Ed-O

                      from Chicago

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                        I bought this ball head to use with my slider so I can mount my camera in either horizontal or vertical configuration. I use both a DSLR and a Handycam for Broll video and the ball head holds the heavier DSLR nicely in its grip.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great compact ball head.

                        By K

                        from San Francisco, CA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                            Compact, simple to use, durable. What more can you ask for?

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            I Like

                            By Jack

                            from Perth, Ontario, Canada

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Complicated Controls

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                            Somewhat difficult to get used to especially when used in conjunction with the Manfrotto 243 window clamp, makes it a little too high. Provides a steady, firm mount in game preserves and roadside wildlife photography

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                            5.0

                            Perfect for accessories.

                            By Lightchaser

                            from Cedar City, UT

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                              I originally bought the 496 and returned it for this one, it is a bit smaller and fits on my Joby focus gorilla pod perfectly, although I don't use it for my camera and haven't tested it with my pro body and zooms, it holds a manfrotto super clamp and a Lastolite trigrip difflector wonderfully also set up small soft boxes. I am very confident it will hold my camera just fine if I ever need it to.

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                              4.0

                              Works well

                              By DrO

                              from Visalia , CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                I use this headbon top of a monopod which I use for supplemental support for the camera, while my main tripod is holding a 600 mm lens. It is rock solid!

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                                5.0

                                494 Mini Ball Head w/RC2 QR Plate/

                                By Joyce

                                from Florence, OR

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                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
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                  This is just what I was looking for. I have a travel tripod and the head that came with it was to hard for me to use. With the 494 I can adjust the knob just for me. Love the ball head, its the only way to get those great unexpected shots!I also use the Mini Ball Head with my monopod.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Value

                                  By Mike

                                  from Iowa City

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                    I have had extremely good luck with Manfrotto gear - and this ball head works very well. I use it with my gorillapod focus flexible mini-tripod.

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                                    5.0

                                    Best compact ballhead

                                    By Ben

                                    from Minneapolis, MN

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Firmly
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Strong Clamp

                                    Cons

                                    • Small Range

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                    I am disabled, so I have to have equipment that is both lightweight and easy to use with my limited mobility and strength. This ballhead fit the bill perfectly; it's compact, lightweight, and the tightener works great. It actually is better than expected, being more stable. The friction tightener makes changing camera positions so much easier because the camera doesn't just flop all over when loosening the main tightener. If I had known how good Manfrotto was, I would have spent a little extra for their stuff right away - it's made my shoots go much smoother!

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                                    4.0

                                    small but useful

                                    By tumbled

                                    from florida

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                        Small head but works ok on monopod with small 4/3 camera

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        sturdy and versatile

                                        By dnelson

                                        from castro valley, ca

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Firmly
                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Strong Clamp

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home
                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Travel
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                          Well made, quick release head. Using on monopod and table dolly. Did not include bushing for mounting on 1/4" mounts, but fortunately I had one from an older head.

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                                          4.0

                                          A great basic ball head.

                                          By Phil

                                          from Bellingham, WA

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attaches Firmly
                                          • Good Stability
                                          • Strong Clamp

                                          Cons

                                          • No panning ability

                                          Best Uses

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

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                                          This is the second one of these I have bought. I have some huge Slik legs and I got this head to go on those but now I have bought some lighter Manfrotto legs and got a second head for those legs. The only downside I see is the lack of and independent panning ability. My Slik legs has a swivel on it for panning but the cheaper MF legs do not. This makes multi shot panoramas tricky. Otherwise, strong, versatile and light. A great head.

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