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Manfrotto492 Micro Ball Head
 
4.5

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (28)
  • Attaches firmly (22)
  • Large range of motion (20)
  • Strong clamp (15)
  • Compact (11)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)
  • Small range (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (21)
  • Landscape/scenery (14)
  • Night shots (13)
  • Home (12)
  • Portraits (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (17), Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (12), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (42)

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

 

Flimsy - No Customer Service at Manfrotto

I've owned this for less than a year and used it fewer than six times and it's already broken. It's already failed me on a location shoot when I needed it most. The ball...Read complete review

I've owned this for less than a year and used it fewer than six times and it's already broken. It's already failed me on a location shoot when I needed it most. The ball head no longer locks in place as one of the internal components is broken (don't know how, I've never dropped it).

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4.0

Must-Have Accessory

By Mistaketz

from Chicago, IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

GoPro applications. Monitor mounts. Great flexibility. Tight construction and great quality.

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1.0

Flimsy - No Customer Service at Manfrotto

By Fishmonger

from New York City

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Flimsy Construction

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

      I've owned this for less than a year and used it fewer than six times and it's already broken. It's already failed me on a location shoot when I needed it most. The ball head no longer locks in place as one of the internal components is broken (don't know how, I've never dropped it).

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Excelent for my 7¨on board Monitor!!

      By Aerovisuales

      from Buenos Aires, Argentina

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

        I use this Ball Head on my Ronin M Gimbal and i really like it because the Monitor get tight in any position and do nos loose easily.
        Nice to have on your accessories bag!!

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        • No

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        5.0

        EXCELLENT PRODUCT

        By Aztecphotos

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

          Small, light weight and compact but gets the job done. I use it primarily for the NCAA basketball tournament with the small Manfrotto tabletop tripod. No downside IMO.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Worked very well.

          By Maurice

          from Montreal - Quebec - Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

            Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

            It was easy to use and handle.
            I found it sturdy and stable after attaching the camera with it<s lens . ( Canon 60-D and Canon EFS 18-200.

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            • No

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            5.0

            492 Micro Ball Head

            By Dylan Saliba

            from Olympia WA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head:

              Very impressive strength when tight. It's only rated for about four pounds, so don't get crazy and put a lot of stuff on it, but it works really well and I'm glad I have it in my kit!

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              • No

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              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.

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                  • 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...

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                                  • 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.

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                                  • 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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                                    5.0

                                    Great Light Stand Head

                                    By PJC Photo

                                    from Fargo, ND

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    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 .

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                                    • 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

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                                      • 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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