REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Manfrotto496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release
 
4.6

(based on 400 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (275)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (100)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (355)
  • Attaches firmly (347)
  • Large range of motion (300)
  • Strong clamp (291)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (307)
  • Night shots (251)
  • Portraits (226)
  • Travel (197)
  • Home (166)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (204), Semi-pro photographer (91), Casual photographer (40), Pro photographer (40), Photography student (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (283), 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.

VS

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.

Reviewed by 400 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head

By George

from Crossville, TN

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
    • Travel

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

    Use the Ball Head with a Canon 60D camera and 24-70mm f2.8 lens. There is no problem with the weight and the head works perfectly.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

     
    5.0

    Great ballhead!

    By Brad

    from Baltimore, MD

    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
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife

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

      Amazing! Simply amazing!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

       
      5.0

      Awesome

      By J Rhodes

      from Tx

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

      Head works perfect!! Couldn't be more happy. I mainly use this for astrophotography and it's perfect!!

      Share this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

         
        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.

        Share this review

         
        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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

         
        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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

         
        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.

        Share this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

           
          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.

          Share this review

           
          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.

          Share this review

           
          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

          Share this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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

          Share this review

           
          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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

             
            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!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

               
              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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                 
                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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                      Displaying reviews 1-20

                      Back to top

                      Previous | Next »