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Manfrotto496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release
 
4.6

(based on 397 reviews)

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    (272)

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    (100)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (353)
  • Attaches firmly (345)
  • Large range of motion (298)
  • Strong clamp (289)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (33)
  • Complicated controls (15)
  • Small range (8)
  • Weak clamp (8)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (305)
  • Night shots (249)
  • Portraits (224)
  • Travel (195)
  • Home (165)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (202), Semi-pro photographer (91), Casual photographer (40), Pro photographer (40), Photography student (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (281), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

First Pro-Rated Tripod Head

This is the first time I had to purchase a tripod head. It's been great and easy to work with since I got it. It is a solid construction, easy to manipulate positions,...Read complete review

This is the first time I had to purchase a tripod head. It's been great and easy to work with since I got it. It is a solid construction, easy to manipulate positions, and stable. It attaches to my Manfrotto tripod snuggly and makes it appear they are just one piece. It's a great addition if you're working with a camera setup thats under 8lbs. I have mounted a Nikon D300s with battery pack (MB-D10), SB-800, and 70-200mm VR II and it didn't strain to hold it up at all.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Great for Macro

I bought this ballhead to use with a smaller tripod for macro shooting. The main selling feature for me was the fact that this ballhead was 'shorter' than my main ballhead & would...Read complete review

I bought this ballhead to use with a smaller tripod for macro shooting. The main selling feature for me was the fact that this ballhead was 'shorter' than my main ballhead & would therefore help me get as low to the ground as possible. Overall it works fine, but it is not ideal for macro shooting. I shoot with a Nikon D90 and my macro lens is a Nikon 105mm 2.8 - which together weigh no where close to the weight of the advertised load capacity. I quickly became frustrated with this ballhead because it would continually track downward. It was extremely difficult to get it adjusted for a macro shot because of this & once you got it 'locked down' it would continue to slowly track downward. This might not be as much of a problem with wider angled shots, but with extreme close ups it was a real pain. The quick release plate would also sometimes shift when locking it in place which caused it (and thus, the entire camera) to wobble. I found myself taking it off and putting it back on several times before it would seat securely with no wobbles. For a multipurpose ballhead it would probably work fine, but for tight shots it just doesn't perform well.Also keep in mind that it does not have a separate panning feature which would definitely be of concern when shooting landscapes.

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5.0

Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head

By Eli

from Boulder, Colorado

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
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

    I am a professional photographer. My career depends on good equipment. A piece of equipment that is an extension of me is my tripod.I have used ball heads on my tripods since the 1980s. I have always used Bogen/Manfrotto tipods AND heads. The 496RC2 is great, user-friendly, and reliable. Efficiency is of utmost importance when I'm using my tripod and this head allows me to be quick and exacting. For its size, it does an amazing job at holding my 2.8 lens and my 300mm lens tight and secure for my next shot. The quick release feature is indeed quick, which is what we as professionals need. I once tried a competitor's ball head and did not like the fact that it did not have two open slots for vertical shots. Vertical shots are so easy with my 496RC2.Eli Vega, Colorado I can't think of anything negative to say

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    5.0

    You'll love it.

    By Usmale

    from Florida

    Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

    Not a necessity but makes life easier and you'll be happy you bought it.

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    5.0

    Excellent Ball Head

    By Chas

    from Hillsboro, Ohio

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion

    Cons

    • Little Heavy On A Monopod

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

    I use this head on my tripod and monopod with great success. The adjustable friction makes it easy to adapt from small to large lenses and from monopod to tripod use. The quick-release-plate is quick, easy and solid; well designed.

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    4.0

    Perfect Head

    By Nick TK Pinto

    from South Florida

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

    • Needs Arm

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Portraits
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

    We use this product on our Manfrotto tripod, as well as our Konova slider. It fits perfectly on both, giving us full range of motion. Very easy to use plate as well as fasteners. Only thing I would have liked to see with this head would be an arm, which would allow for a more fluid range of motion. Other than that this is a great product, very versatile, especially at its price.

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    5.0

    Monfrotto does it again.

    By Banksar

    from Nanuet, NY

    Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

    A strong piece that easily handles my D200 with a Sigma 50-500mm lens. A definite bargain at the price. The head fits nicely to the Manfrotto 55XB.

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    3.0

    Not a Design Improvement

    By Nature Girl

    from Raleigh, NC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion

    Cons

    • Complicated Controls
    • Small Knob Hard To Turn

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

      I bought this to change out the head on a spare tripod. The tripod head on my primary is a 488RC2 which is no longer made. I found this design to be much more difficult to use. The smaller knob is very hard to tighten and loosen if you do not good finger strength. On those cold mornings when fingers are stiff, forget it. The quality is good and it does the job of holding the camera secure but I prefer the older design.

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      5.0

      Great Ball Head for Manfrotto Monopod

      By Penny

      from Blythewood, SC

      Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

      Solid construction, durable, and easy to get on and off the monopod, and love that it comes with the quick-release adapter. Great product at a reasonable price.

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      5.0

      Perfect for my monopod

      By Ryan H

      from Midland, MI

      Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

      I bought this ball head for several reasons... -it was light-it was inexpensive-it was rated to be able to handle my Canon 6d/grip and 70-200 2.8 IS II-most importantly I was told it would allow me to keep the quick release plate on the foot of my 70-200 collar. For some reason the foot was too big to be able to fit into some of the other tripod heads I had so when this one worked out I was extremely pleased. Panning on my monopod didn't matter to me so the fact that this one won't do that wasn't a big deal.

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      5.0

      Great product

      By chico

      from edison, NJ

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

      very goof product

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      5.0

      it holds my 70-200!!!!

      By niwrem

      from San Francisco

      Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

      as my headline states, it does a great job at being stable when I have my heaviest lens 70-200 mounted. the build quality is good. I want to add that I have used it to the extreme at the beach, rain, snow and it served me well so far so I'm happy with it

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      5.0

      Great product

      By Nebraska photo lover

      from Lincoln NE

      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

        Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

        I love my new tripod head. It is used for my digital SLR as well as my smaller medium format cameras and I have been having a blast. It has so many different options when used with my new tripod. Highly recommended.

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        5.0

        Great Ball Head!

        By picknik123

        from Richmond, VA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

          This ball head has been a great product for the price. It is sturdy and easy to adjust, which were my main points when I was browsing models. It handles larger cameras and telescopic lenses easily. This is definitely a great bang for the buck!

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          5.0

          Happy with Purchase

          By RTaylor

          from Portland, 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
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

            This is my first ball head, and I've used it for about a year now. Very easy to use and no more lens creep in portrait mode! I use this with a Canon 6D/24-105mmL combo as well as a 2.3 lb. 70-300mmL combo with a tripod collar. Easy and simple. Not very flexible for videos, however.

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            4.0

            Nice head but no seperate pan / tilt loc

            By Lance

            from Phoenix, Az

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No Seperate Pantilt Lock

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

            This is a good head, but lacks the ability to lock the ball (tilt) adjustment while still permitting panning. The 498RC2 is a better choice if you need the ability to pan without desturbing the tilt setting.

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            3.0

            OK but not completely satisfied

            By Auto

            from Altoona, pa

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

            • Weak Clamp

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

              When i have my longest lens extended, there is play in the quick disconnect plate and locking mechanism.Might have been served to buy this ball head without the quick release plate

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              3.0

              have some reseverations w/ this

              By Auto

              from Altoona, pa

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion

              Cons

              • Weak Clamp

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                I like product except for slack/slop in the Quick release plate and locking devise.

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                5.0

                Solid, Solid Tripod Head!

                By Sandy Tripod

                from Santa Cruz, CA

                About Me Photography Student

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                  my first ballhead and will never go back to other kinds of heads. had this head for over a year and this thing is a champ, very strong durable and can take a beating. took this in dust storms in the desert dropped in the sand at the beach plenty of times, just blow off the sand and keep truckin. very nice firm knobs that you really trust your camera setup on.i have used the nikon d7000 with the 70-200 2.8 vrII with this head and it worked great just maybe keep it level with a lens like that, don't point it up or down to much, but straight on worked perfect. [$] bucks is a little pricey but well worth every penny, you don't want to put your nice setup on a cheap tripod head and have it fail. Manfrotto is the way to go!

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                  4.0

                  A good buy!

                  By Topher the traveler

                  from Waretown, New Jersey

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                    I bought this ball head to pair with a tripod I bought at the same time. I feel this is a quality ball head for its size and it was obtained a a fair price. I bought both the tripod and ball head based on size, weight, and price. After mounting it on the tripod and trying it with my camera I can say I am quite happy with the results. For its size it does a good job and it allows me to take it in my luggage where my other two tripods and heads would not fit.

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                    5.0

                    Love it!

                    By tioppu

                    from Seattle

                    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
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                      easy to set up and use.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Easy to use

                      By David Guerrieri

                      from New York, New York

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

                        The Manfrotto compact ball head is easy to use and very versatile. For fashion photography I find it easy to change position, its locking mechanisms are strong, and mounting the camera is quick and easy.

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