Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release

Manfrotto 496 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Kit

Manfrotto 496 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Kit

B&H # MA496RC2K (B&H Kit)
Manfrotto 496 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Kit

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Manfrotto 496 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Kit Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release Manfrotto 200PL Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw and 3/8" Bushing Adapter

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Product Highlights

  • 1x 496 Compact Ball Head with RC2 QR
  • 2x Quick Release Plates
  • Load Capacity: 13.23 lb
  • Weighs 0.92 lb
  • Friction Control
  • 360° Pan
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Manfrotto 496 overview

  • 1Description

The Manfrotto 496 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Kit was put together by B&H to offer photographers a medium duty, lightweight solution with features normally found on expensive ball heads. The 496 has +/-90° tilt movement and 360° panoramic rotation. Featuring aluminum construction, the low-profile head weighs in at just 0.92 lb yet can handle cameras weighing up to 13.23 lb. Friction control allows you to adjust the ball tension based on the weight of the camera for safe and easy handling. Additionally, the 496 kit comes with 2 rubber-coated, non-skid quick release camera plates.

  • Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release

    The Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release is constructed of die-cast aluminum, strong enough to support SLR or DSLR cameras with a medium lens, and light medium format cameras. It has a single repositionable locking lever, ±90° tilt movement, plus a friction control for precise positioning. Cameras are attached to the ball head with the 200PL-14 Plate with 1/4'' male threads. The head to tripod attachment has 3/8'' female threads. Additionally, the Quick Release has a safety system to prevent an accidental detaching from the head.

    UPC: 719821311225
  • Manfrotto 200PL Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw and 3/8" Bushing Adapter

    The Manfrotto 200PL Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw and 3/8" Bushing Adapter is the replacement quick release plate for all heads that use the RC2 (3157N) system. The plate comes with a 1/4"-20 camera screw and a 3/8" bushing adapter, and is compatible with 35mm and standard thread-mounted medium format cameras.

    RC2 Quick Release System
    UPC: 719821345015
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  • 1Description
  • Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release
    Material Aluminum
    Type Ball Head
    Load Capacity 13.23 lb (6.0 kg)
    Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 Female thread
    Camera Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
    Quick Release Yes, RC2 with 200PL-14 camera plate
    Adjustments ±90°
    Panning: 360°
    Separate Panning Lock No
    Tension Control Yes
    Ball Sphere Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
    Bubble Level No
    Base Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
    Dimensions Working height: 3.94" (10 cm)
    Weight 0.71 lb (0.42 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 4.8 x 3.7"
  • Manfrotto 200PL Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw and 3/8" Bushing Adapter
    Materials Aluminum
    Weight 1.43 oz (40.5 g)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 2.6 x 2.0 x 0.5"

Manfrotto 496 reviews

496 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Kit is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Replacement Head I am in the process of standardizing my adapters on all of my common equipment. This head is for my walk-around tripod with a 3 lb. camera and lens. Performance has been quite good with consistent tension, stable and smooth movement and very positive lock when needed. The RC2 plate works well with several different application's and I now leave them attached to all of my cameras and lenses.
Date published: 2016-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Typical Manfrotto Ruggedness I now have several Manfrotto tripod heads and have NEVER been disappointed in their performance. For me, they're the gold standard when it comes to build-quality and reliability. This model 496 RC2 is no exception. Solid and rock-steady, I'm using it with confidence in a very challenging photographic application that places a great deal of stress on its construction. It's been excellent! The kit's extra RC2 plate is a convenient plus.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended; top Manfrotto quality! This ball head is excellent! It is much sturdier than I expected, perfect for everything from my mirrorless digital to my larger medium format film cameras, and everything in between.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love em! Well constructed, easy to use, heavy duty
Date published: 2017-04-28
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