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Manfrotto 496 Center Ball Head with 200PL-PRO Quick Release Plate

BH #MAMH496BHUS • MFR #MH496-BHUS
Manfrotto 496 Center Ball Head with 200PL-PRO Quick Release Plate
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 26.5 lb
  • Height: 4.5"
  • Weight: 14.1 oz
  • Up to 90° Portrait Angle Tilt
This 496 Center Ball Head with 200PL-PRO Quick Release Plate from Manfrotto features an integrated RC2 quick release cam lock and a 200PL-PRO quick release plate. It features a load capacity of 26.5 lb and can be attached to tripods or other support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount. By loosening the head's primary locking knob, the ball-and-socket joint can be quickly swiveled, angled, fully tilted, or returned to its upright position. A recessed dial set within that locking knob can be rotated to apply tension control to the ball-and-socket joint's movements. Along the opposite side of the ball head, a secondary locking knob controls the ability to rotate the head 360°.
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Manfrotto 496 Ball Head with 200PL-PRO Plate Overview

This 496 Center Ball Head with 200PL-PRO Quick Release Plate from Manfrotto features an integrated RC2 quick release cam lock and a 200PL-PRO quick release plate. It features a load capacity of 26.5 lb and can be attached to tripods or other support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount. By loosening the head's primary locking knob, the ball-and-socket joint can be quickly swiveled, angled, fully tilted, or returned to its upright position. A recessed dial set within that locking knob can be rotated to apply tension control to the ball-and-socket joint's movements. Along the opposite side of the ball head, a secondary locking knob controls the ability to rotate the head 360°.

496 Center Ball Head

  • 26.5 lb load capacity
  • Compatible with tripods or support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount
  • Uses ball-and-socket joint to help maximize pan-and-tilt flexibility
  • Ball-and-socket joint provides 360° of swivel control, is tiltable down to a 90° angle, and can be locked into place
  • Integrated RC2 quick release cam lock and a 200PL-PRO quick release plate
  • Primary locking knob allows ball-and-socket joint to be quickly swiveled, angled, fully tilted, or returned to its upright position
  • Secondary locking knob allows head to rotate 360°
  • Dedicated tension control dial for the ball-and-socket joint's movements
  • Durable, aluminum-alloy construction

200PL-PRO Quick Release Plate

Compatible with Manfrotto RC2 quick release cam lock and select Arca-type quick release clamps
UPC: 719821423911

Manfrotto 496 Ball Head with 200PL-PRO Plate Specs

General
Head TypeBall Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Female
Camera Mounting Screw1/4"-20 Male & 3/8"-16 with Bushing
Quick Release Plate TypeArca-Type, RC2
Load Capacity26.5 lb / 12 kg
Number of Bubble LevelsNone
Friction ControlYes
Independent Pan LockYes
MaterialAluminum
Pan & Tilt Range
Lateral Tilt-90° to +40°
Vertical Tilt+90° to 0°
Panning Range360°
Physical
Base Diameter1.6" / 40.6 mm
DimensionsH: 4.5" / H: 11.5 cm
Weight14.11 oz / 400 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6 x 6 x 4"

Manfrotto 496 Ball Head with 200PL-PRO Plate Reviews

Basic but gets the job done

By Holly
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-18

This is my second Manfrotto ball head, and in all honesty, my first model (468MG) is better (has more range). But it cost twice as much in unadjusted 2011 dollars, so I would expect that. The important thing is that this head perfectly meets my needs, which are simple: This is part of a fixed overhead photography rig in my studio, one in which I will need only minor plane adjustments in daily use. A head that cost twice as much would've been a waste of money. Probably my only complaint is that the locking tab is plastic; metal would make me feel more secure. We shall see how that holds up. Also, I appreciated the extra quick release plate that came with it - you can never have too many spares.

I didn't know I needed it until I tried it

By Will
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-10

I have been using the ball head that came with my 1st tripod and knew it wasn't great but thought it was fine. I recently got to handle a Manfrotto tripod with this ball head and I was sold. This is on a completely different level of equipment. Well built, smooth, and professional looking; I will be using Manfrotto going forward.

Very good and compact tripod Head

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-10

Very good and compact tripod Head

Simply amazing

By Angeles Itzel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-15

The dedicated levers are great for adjusting the movement while shooting, facilitating accurate framing. The material quality remain the characteristic of the brand.

I Would Recommend This.

By Thom
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-03

At first I was surprised at how tight the ball was. I was thinking that I might need to grease it to get it to work. However, I stayed with it, and eventually the ball broke in. It's smooth and positive. I use it with my Canon 5D Ml IV with a 70-200 and 24 -105 lenses. It's solid as a rock. I now love it so much I bought one for my girl friend.

Great product

By Jerry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-08

Easy to change heads, holds weight well,

Used on a Monopod

By Terry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-13

This is replacing a smaller older Manfrotto ballhead on a monopod. Heavier and sturdier. Very pleased with it

Works Very Well

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-17

Used this with my new Manfrotto 290 monopod. First time with a ball head and I found it easy to use.

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