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Manfrotto492LCD Micro Ball Head
 
4.8

(based on 112 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (96)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to setup (26)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • Efficient (19)
  • Professional quality (19)
  • Compact (18)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (7)
  • Large footprint (4)

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (21)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Improve viewing angle (10)
  • Independent films (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (40), Quality oriented (18), Professional artist (8), Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (16), Personal (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

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

 

Shank!

I got a lemon. When I lock the head the thing still pans. I wasn't sure if it was a design flaw or a lemon. Tried to call Manfrotto but no answers and...Read complete review

I got a lemon. When I lock the head the thing still pans. I wasn't sure if it was a design flaw or a lemon. Tried to call Manfrotto but no answers and got the run around. Pretty surprising because I'm a heavy user of Manfrotto stuff. Way before, when it was called Bogen. Returning it. I hope the next one is okay.

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5.0

Worth every penny

By DW

from RVA

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

This is a great product. It's extremely well-built Sollitt and I'm confident that it will hold my expensive gear safely. It's a bit pricey but worth it

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5.0

Rock Solid

By Craig

from Sedona, AZ

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

The build quality of this adaptor is excellent, providing rock solid support for any attached monitor.

A little more expensive than other brands, but well worth it.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

nice

By sifteri

from ny

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

best

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5.0

great ball head

By gecofilms

from santiago, Chile

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Firmly
  • Good Stability
  • Strong Clamp

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video

    Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

    I use this with my Shogun and my Odyssey7Q, is great

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    3.0

    Mehhhhh...

    By Studio Cast One

    from Canada

    Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

    Ok, the ball itself locks properly, but the shoe mount rotates after a firm push, I've seen better. Manfrotto, pull your socks up!

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    5.0

    Best Ball Head Shoe Mount. Period.

    By Brendan

    from Rhode Island

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everything

      Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

      Absolutely the best ball-head shoe mount. The footprint is a little larger than normal but with good reason, it doesn't fail. I have tried tons of ball mounts and none properly bear weight and eventually all fail. Had one of these for about 6 years and still love it. Added 2 more to my kit for b-cam and backup.

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      5.0

      don't waste time on cheap versions

      By pro photographer

      from east tennessee

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Setup
      • Efficient

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

        after going through several inferior versions of ball head/hot shoe mounts, the rep at B & H showed me this one...it is pricey, but well worth every penny...it is rock solid and stays put where adjusted...I will never waste time with other models that just cause more trouble than they are worth...

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        5.0

        The best way to put a small monitor on your camera

        By Dan McComb

        from Seattle

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Holds Locked Position

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Mounting Lcd To Cold Shoe

        Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

        If you're trying to mount an LCD on a cold shoe, why not start where you'll end up? This thing weighs a ton, but it does what its supposed to - securely grips your LCD in the position you want with just a light twist. No need to crank on that thing, it just works.

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        5.0

        Perfect Ballhead

        By RocketTom

        from El Segundo, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy Setup
        • Efficient

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

          I use this to mount an Atomos Ninja 2 to the top of my Nikon D750. I have another unit that is not as bulky or heavy - but it just doesn't measure up.

          I don't have to over-tighten the unit for it to hold and I have yet to experience anything slipping. It's one of those things that if it works, you simply don't have to think about it. And that's what this is - get it, and forget it.

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          2.0

          Would not lock tight on the hot shoe.

          By L Bosak

          from PA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Name Brand

          Cons

          • Bad Design
          • Expensive

          Best Uses

          • Trashcan

          Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

          The ball head locked fine, very sturdy but the hot shoe nut is a bad design. Not sure if it was a defective part or not. The single nut lock on the bottom would not lock and the entire ball head swiveled and seemed to get worse with adjustment. I returned the unit and purchased one with a double lock nut on the bottom.

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          5.0

          Manfrotto = Great Quality

          By Photo/Video Fanatic

          from Massachusetts

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

          After enjoying my Manfrotto before tripod for awhile no decided to spend the money on this ball head to hold my new Atomos Ninja Blade external video monitor/recorder. It is easy to readjust just need to make sure you tighten it enough but works awesome. I highly recommend this ball head to mount on the DSLR for video lights, external video monitor/recorder, etc.

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          5.0

          Amazing On-Camera Mount!

          By XSite Studios

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Setup
          • Efficient

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

            This is another example of exceptional quality from Italy. Works great. Feels great. Looks Great. The Trifecta.

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            5.0

            High Quality

            By Gerrit

            from Tampa, Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy Setup
            • Efficient

            Cons

            • Expensive

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

            This is a great product. It is highly priced but worth it.

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            5.0

            Strong and secure

            By Rob

            from Ione, CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy Setup
            • Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

              I use this ball head to hold my field monitor. It holds its position perfectly and the knobs & ball joint move fluidly - not too loose. Like all the Manfrotto products I've purchased, this ball head is quality made.

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              2.0

              Not so great

              By Vision Rouge

              from Shanghai

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Efficient

              Cons

              • Complex

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

              This is an upgrade from the Manfrotto 482 which was better.

              The common use is to fix accessories as screen to your rig.
              But,
              - it's a bit bigger and heavier than the previous version (which is a killer in some small rig)
              - The locker is only with one side, not both side of the finger
              - And the most annoying thing is the fact that the screw, when completely removed, is in 2 part and con be lost.
              (Before, it was only one part)

              When you ask a newbies to remove the head from the gear, it may be tempted to unscrew it fully and the small locking screw can easily be lost at this time. That means that you will just have to trow it away, it become useless

              This is real life, it happened to me on set.

              Despite the extra size and weight, it a firm lock.

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              5.0

              Best Monitor Solution Going

              By Lionsreplayman1

              from Grand Blanc MI

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy Setup
              • Efficient

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                  Best Built Monitor holder in the game by far, and I've used them all!

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                  4.0

                  A step up from the ball head Mount we had

                  By sonyboy

                  from Salem, NH

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy Setup
                  • Rugged

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Lcd Support

                    Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                    We replaced three ball head mounts that were used to hold a Sony OLED monitor to a PMW-30 camera. The ball head mounts we had were common but had a tendency to loosen up easily causing the monitor to tilt to one side or back and forth. The Manfrotto is far more robust and when tightened properly keeps the monitor secure.

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                    5.0

                    Perfect hot shoe mount for my GoPro

                    By MikeyBNguyen

                    from Richardson, TX

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy Setup
                    • Efficient

                    Cons

                    • Weight

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                      I've been looking for a way to mount my GoPro HERO4 onto my Canon DSLR so that I can record video and take pictures simultaneously.

                      Yes I did consider the cheaper Revo and Vello mounts, but I think the Manfrotto mount is worth the extra bucks. It's very durable and mounting my GoPro or anything with a tripod mount is very easy. And yes, I can turn the mount sideways easily so that I can shoot my DSLR vertically while still recording video.

                      If there's any downside, it's kind of heavy weight about 10 ounces. It's really designed for LCD monitors. And seeing how I have my GoPro mounted onto it and I have a L-class lens with a battery grip on my Canon, carrying this setup around can be quite tiresome.

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                      5.0

                      Worth The Price

                      By Eddie Valiant

                      from Boston

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Secure
                      • Strong
                      • Well-built

                      Cons

                      • none

                      Best Uses

                      • Attaching Heavy Items
                      • Photography
                      • Videography

                      Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                      I've used cheap ballheads in the past but they always seems to break when most needed. Decided to crack open the wallet and let US Grant see some daylight and ordered the Manfrotto ballhead. Definitely worth the price. Solid and strong, holds up a 7" monitor with a heavy battery like a champ. Also works well for the Atomos Ninja2 recorder. I'll order another soon.

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                      5.0

                      Great product worth the price!

                      By Navi

                      from Seattle, WA

                      Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

                      My Atomos ninja blade easily mounts on it and this thing on my camera's shoe mount. Great product

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