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Manfrotto492LCD Micro Ball Head
 
4.8

(based on 70 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (24)
  • Professional quality (19)
  • Compact (18)
  • Adequate weight capacity (15)
  • Stable base (13)

Cons

  • Large footprint (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Improve viewing angle (10)
  • Independent films (10)
  • In the studio (6)
  • Organization (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (18), Experienced (16), Professional artist (8), Semi-pro photographer (4), Business owner (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (16), Personal (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (23)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Durable, does what it's supposed to do

This thing is a tank. I haven't been using it very long, but the thing supports my AF100 with decent sized lenses at it at extreme angles. I thought this was incredible, because...Read complete review

This thing is a tank. I haven't been using it very long, but the thing supports my AF100 with decent sized lenses at it at extreme angles. I thought this was incredible, because that setup is probably pushing about 7.5 pounds. I use it in combination with my metal Gorillapod, you just need a 1/4" adapter to go with it, so I use the Pearstone 1/4-20 F to SHOE MOUNT F ADAPTER - PEAFF1420. What a great combination. When you loosen the head lock, it will spin left to right and of course the ball head will move anyway you want it to. Very secure and very versatile. It is a bit on the heavier side for it's size, but that's because it's made out of quality materials.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Use only if you have lots of space

If you have lots of space and don't mind the weight, it is a very good device. It is well built, heavy & strong. It has a huge footprint. It is not...Read complete review

If you have lots of space and don't mind the weight, it is a very good device. It is well built, heavy & strong. It has a huge footprint. It is not flexible, the side lock down knob cannot be moved to a different orientation, like in the back or front. Other similar devices like this allow you to re-orient the lock down knob.

I was going to use this with my camcorder to hold a Datavideo recorder. I couldn't mount it, because the large knob is SO BIG - it got in the way of my microphone. Unfortunately, I'm returning it.

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5.0

Worth its price!

By Juan

from West New York, NJ

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        Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

        If you are using an expensive monitor, then this is something that you will absolutely need.

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        5.0

        Just right

        By D Nomer

        from El Dorado HIlls, CA

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              Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

              This is just the right size to hold a 7" monitor on my rig. It is somewhat extra sturdy for that purpose, which is just what I want. I can use it in a cold shoe or screw down.

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              5.0

              Expensive but worth every penny

              By Scotty

              from Texas

              Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

              Before this I used cheap imitations from @ and @. Spent between $ and $. I broke very single one of them. I gave up and spent the $ for this mount and it is awesome. Great adjustability and with a moderate crank of the handle, it holds its position. Great product and worth the money!

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              5.0

              Solid

              By Aytek

              from Tampa, FL

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              Pros

              • Bright
              • Easy Setup
              • Efficient

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                I think it's one of the best one out there, you pay bit more but you will use it forever, good stuff.

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                5.0

                492LCD Micro Ball Head by Manfrotto

                By OneManTV

                from Chicago

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                Pros

                • Easy to use
                • Solid

                Cons

                • Cost
                • Weight

                Best Uses

                • Compact Monitor Mount

                Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                I like it when I can abuse my gear without worry of something coming loose or failing. This micro ball head mount is one of those things I could not go without on a job. It is a bit on the heavy size but it comes with piece of mind; I attach my ninja blade on this and it won't budge.

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                5.0

                Rock Solid

                By Video Pro

                from Nottingham, MD

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                Pros

                • Easy Setup
                • Efficient
                • Strong
                • Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Interviews
                  • Shooting B-roll

                  Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                  I use this Manfrotto shoe mount adapter on top of my Sony camcorder to hold my new Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220 light. They were meant for each other. The adapter that comes packaged with this light is to lightweight to hold the light firmly when moving the camera around. This Manfrotto adapter can hold it, no problem. You will never have to worry about anything you use with this adapter getting loose or falling off your camera. This will obviously save your gear from damage. Thank you Manfrotto for making this adapter, worth every penny.

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                  5.0

                  Nice & Sturdy

                  By Adrienne Nicole Productions

                  from New York, NY

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                  Pros

                  • Easy Setup
                  • Efficient

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                    I used this to affix an iPad to a camera for use as a TelePrompter. This ball head is much sturdier than cheaper models & it didn't waver one bit. I suggest purchasing this to affix any equipment you need to fit into your camera's 1/4" shoe.

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                    5.0

                    huge step up

                    By rob

                    from minneapolis, mn

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                    Pros

                    • Easy to use
                    • Solid

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Mounting Anything

                      Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                      b&h originally sent... one which is much cheaper but i almost lost some gear with it - too many moving parts.this is twice as expensive but rock, rock solid. i wont go back.

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                      5.0

                      Well constructed, light weight mount

                      By jdb_astro

                      from West Coast, USA

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                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy Setup
                      • Well Made

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Field Monitor Support
                        • Video recording

                        Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                        I'm using this to mount a 7.7 inch field monitor on top of a Sony A7 camera coupled to a night vision monocular for astro video. With a simple twist of the tension knob, this ball head articulates easily. Very light. Quick to set up and easy to store in a small pouch in my camera bag. Price is a bit high but you get what you pay for.

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                        5.0

                        Don't bother with the cheapies.

                        By Chad

                        from Bakersfield, CA

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                        Alright, i went through FOUR cheaper models to hold my 5.6" field monitor on my camera. Trying to save money, i spent more on the others than i would have if i had just bought this one in the first place. The others might as well go in the trash, i'll never touch them again.

                        The 492LCD Micro Ball Head from Manfrotto does not slip. It holds my monitor perfectly at any angle. On top of that, the crank to loosen it for adjustment is very easy to use. Other models you had to tighten so much just hoping to get it to stick, then i couldn't loosen them. It also makes a solid connection to the hot shoe, tightens perfectly. Very easy to use.

                        The Manfrotto is a bit large and heavy, but if you're looking to hold up a monitor or even a semi-large camera light. I can't imagine finding a better product. I'll deal with the extra few ounces of weight because everything about it makes things so much easier. I actually had one cheaper model that was heavier and still slipped.

                        I have nothing bad to say about it. It deserves the 5 stars i'm seeing as of 3/28/14. Spend a bit more and the difference is amazing.

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                        5.0

                        perfect tool for my monitor

                        By Sam

                        from Skokie

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                        I got one from B&H very sturdy for my 7 inch monitor .

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                        5.0

                        Quick and Easy

                        By Dave

                        from Phoenix, AZ

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                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events

                            Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                            The micro ball head by Manfrotto did a great job of holding my 10" monitor on top of my 7D. The large knobs are great for adjustments and hold tight. A bit pricy, but a clear view of your shoot is worth it.

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                            5.0

                            Built to Last!

                            By Errol

                            from Madison County

                            Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                            I bought this to hold my Switronix torch led bolt light. It is the perfect pair. Built like none other. This is just want I need to keep that heavy light from moving around. The ball head that came with the light is worthless. This is a wonderful piece!

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                            5.0

                            Best LCD Ball Head

                            By Chris

                            from Dallas Tx

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                                  Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                                  A little bigger than the others available but it just works and hold very good.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great for mounting audio recorders

                                  By Ted

                                  from Austin, TX

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                                  Pros

                                  • Solid
                                  • Versitile

                                  Cons

                                  • A Little Heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                                  I use this to mount an audio recorder to a standard light stand. Works great for this purpose. It is just slightly heavy for it's size, but it's not really a problem. Good solid quality.

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                                  5.0

                                  Feel secure attaching equipment

                                  By WaveReflections

                                  from Nashua, NH

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy Setup
                                  • Secure
                                  • Solid

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Monitor Mounting
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                                    I use this ball head to hold my 7" IKAN monitor on top of my HPX250 video camera; it's a solid connection! When you're mounting an expensive piece of gear to the top of another expensive piece of gear, you want it to be safe and secure. This product delivers!

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                                    5.0

                                    STRONG

                                    By Shooting Stars Videography

                                    from Cleveland, Ohio

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy Setup
                                    • Efficient
                                    • Strong

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Documentatries
                                      • Events
                                      • Music Videos
                                      • Performances
                                      • Professional Recording
                                      • Weddings

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                                      If you are looking for a well built Ball Head for you LED or a monitor this is right for you. I purchased the Generay 7500T and the ball head that came with it was so flimsey. I would be shooting and the light would just fall. So I decided to upgrade to this and I totally made the right choice. I know its a bit pricey, but for me it was well worth the cost.

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                                      5.0

                                      A Little price but worth it

                                      By Pedro

                                      from New York City

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy Setup
                                      • It's Good From Every Angl

                                      Cons

                                      • Perhaps A Littler Bulky

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                                        After dealing with other cheaper micro ball head I was recommended this Manfrotto Ball Head, I found it a little pricy but I got it. It's the best I ever had. It's strong, very solid and very secured to hold LCD Monitor or a light. I highly recommended it.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great

                                        By Duality

                                        from Hudson Valley New York

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy Setup
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Events

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                                          I have other brands, and I am constantly checking to see if they are tight. With this product that goes out the window. Strong and secure.

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                                          4.0

                                          Built like a tank

                                          By GC

                                          from Houston, TX

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                                          Pros

                                          • Solid Build
                                          • Strong Support

                                          Cons

                                          • A Little Heavy
                                          • Expensive

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home Studio
                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                                          I bought this as a replacement for the flimsy ball head that came with my on camera light, which appeared unlikely to last more than a few days in the field.The Manfrotto head is designed to support a small LCD monitor mounted on a camera's hot shoe, so it's built solidly and grips tightly. My on camera light will probably break off before this head loosens its grip.It's probably overkill for the way I'm using it. You can get a good, lighter weight shoe adapter - such as the Vello CS-BH2 - for less than half the cost.But overkill was what I was going for, and it gives me the flexibility of using it on heavier equipment down the road.

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