Manfrotto 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate

Manfrotto 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate

Manfrotto 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate

B&H # MA468MGRC2 MFR # 468MGRC2
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 22.1 lb
  • Magnesium-Alloy Construction
  • Hydrostatic Ball-and-Socket Lock
  • Lock is Easily Tightened
  • Ball-and-Socket Tension Control
  • Two-Sided 90° Portrait Angle Tilt
  • Independent 360° Rotation with Lock
  • RC2 Quick Release Cam Lock
  • 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate
  • 1/4"-20 Mount, Non-Slip Surface
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Manfrotto 468MGRC2 Overview

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This 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head from Manfrotto includes an integrated RC2 quick release cam lock and a 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate. RC2 compatible quick release plates such as the 200PL-14 can be removed from the head by pulling the cam lock's spring-loaded lever, which also allows the plate to be instantly reattached. The cam lock also features a safety catch to prevent the 200PL-14, or another compatible quick release plate from accidentally disconnecting.

The 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate features a ball-and-socket joint that utilizes pressurized fluid, which helps to provide a 22.1 lb load capacity and an easy-to-tighten locking mechanism. By loosening the 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head's primary locking knob, the ball-and-socket joint can be quickly swiveled, angled, fully tilted, or returned to its upright position. An additional knob 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°.

Cameras or accessories that are compatible with a 1/4"-20 mount can be connected to the 200PL-14 quick release plate, which measures 1.7 x 2.1 x 0.4" and has a rubberized, non-slip surface.

468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head
  • 22.1 lb load capacity
  • Compatible with tripods or support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount
  • Easy-to-tighten hydrostatic ball-and-socket joint that utilizes pressurized fluid, which helps maximize pan-and-tilt flexibility while enhancing load capacity
  • Ball-and-socket joint provides 360° of swivel control, is tiltable down to a 90° angle, and can be locked into place
  • Dual, ball-and-socket joint notches enable two-sided tilt capability
  • Integrated RC2 quick release cam lock
  • 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 knob for the ball-and-socket joint's movements
  • Durable, magnesium-alloy construction
200PL-14 Quick Release Plate
  • Compatible with Manfrotto RC2 quick release cam lock
  • Measures 1.7 x 2.1 x 0.4" and has a rubberized, non-slip surface
  • 1/4"-20 mount
  • Durable, aluminum-alloy construction
UPC: 719821246725
In the Box
Manfrotto 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate
  • 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Product Registration
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    Manfrotto 468MGRC2 Specs

    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type 200PL-14
    Load Capacity 22.1 lb / 10.02 kg
    Number of Bubble Level(s) None
    Friction Control Yes
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Material Magnesium
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Lateral Tilt -90 to +90
    Panning Range 360
    Ball Sphere Diameter 1.38" / 35.0 mm
    Dimensions H: 4.7 x W: 2.4" / H: 119.9 x W: 60.0 mm
    Weight 24.7 oz / 700 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.874 x 5.118 x 4.095"

    Manfrotto 468MGRC2 Reviews

    468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 127.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beware of the COLD Great Ballhead but it cant handle the cold. The Hydrostatic system failed, i.e. froze/burst, while on a trip to China. Manfrotto was kind enough to inform me, after the fact, that it can not be subjected to a temp below -10 degree Fahrenheit. China and many parts of the US get colder than -10F during the winter. It gets even colder when checked on an airline. Manfrotto replaced the Ballhead with a 3-Way Head, model 229, and I'm purchasing an Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 for my lightweight travel Ballhead.
    Date published: 2010-08-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Head Purchased a 498RC2 Midi Ball Head at first thinking that there was not much difference. However, the difference was apparent once a camera and lens were attached. This ball head is really smooth and works well with heavy equipment. It is quite easy to use and well made as well. Thought that the head would not hold or work well with a D2X and 300mm 2.8 combo. However, it worked really well. The ball locking mechanism holds the heavy lens and camera combo tightly. The tension control is really fantastic and adjusts the movement of the ball according to user setting. Hoping to try it out with a 400mm 2.8. Good product, highly recommended.
    Date published: 2010-06-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silky smooth I use this primarily with a canon 100mm macro lens, a 24-70mm and a 70-300mm zoom. The thing that is amazing about this compared with my old Manfrotto head is how smooth it moves and what little effort it takes to lock the camera into place. A gentle quarter turn and the camera is locked! You can adjust the tension so that your camera doesn't flop around when you are moving it which makes it very nice for when you are trying to move it very slightly for macro photography. The only giant drawback is the price. But if you can afford it you won't be disappointed. This is the ferrari of tripod heads.
    Date published: 2008-07-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended I've recommended this ball head to all my students for the past several years. Finally, I purchased one for my professional use.The smooth action, ability to set the friction to fit one's hand strength, and speed in composing the shot make this the ball head to buy - in my opinion.It is durable enough to support my 500mm lens/camera combination and definitely supports any of my students' equipment.I've wanted to buy this ball head since I've been recommending it. 20+ students have followed my advice and purchased them. Now I can lead by example.
    Date published: 2014-03-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock solid ball head. I recently purchased the Manfrotto 327RC2 and found that it wasn't strong enough to support my Canon 7D Mk II with canon 100-400L IS ii lens attached. Late at night after a beer or two I splurged on the 468MGRC2. The next morning I had buyers remorse for spending that much money and I intended to return it. After receiving the ball head I found that I loved the build quality and it held like a rock. I changed my mind and decided to keep it. It's the best ball head I ever owned. It's easy to use w/o too much force to lock it down. I highly recommend this head. My only disappointment is that it doesn't have a bubble level which is not a deal breaker being that my Manfrotto tripod legs have one.
    Date published: 2016-04-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to Work With I started with a Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 tripod, I added the Manfrotto 204SPK3, retractable spiked feet. To complete my tripod I added this ballhead. The friction adjustment makes it very easy to make fine adjustments and the head locks quickly and solidly with minimal effort. I can live with this set up for years to come. The total package is around 5 lbs. and provides a solid base for my photography. This head weighs about a half pound more than the lightest quality heads, but the ease of operation more than makes up for the extra weight in my book. I do not have any exceptionally heavy equipment so I am perfectly happy with the RC2 plate system. It locks securely with minimal play and I appreciate the double safety lock that prevents accidental release.
    Date published: 2013-10-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ball Head-Worth Every Penny At first I was hesitant to pay this much for a ball head, but within 1 minute of attaching my 30D w/300 F4 IS to it, I was convinced it was worth every penny. My previous ball head, the 486RC2 was so hard to lock down, almost got tendonitis. This hydrostatic ball head requires just a small turn, without breaking my fingers. Once it's locked, IT'S LOCKED. I no longer feel like I'm going to strip out the locking mechanism. The additional panning control is nice also since my 486rc2 didn't have that. Now I know what they mean when they say you get what you pay for!
    Date published: 2008-06-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent ball head This is an excellent product. The action is very smooth, the friction and locking knob mechanisms are very easy to use, and it locks solidly with a D700 w/grip and 70-200 f/2.8 on it. I have compared it against the 322RC2 and the newer 327RC2 and this is my favorite. The panorama feature is nice, but there is one small problem with it. If the panorama lock lever (small lever at bottom) is in the unlocked position, the camera will tilt *very* slightly upon tightening the main hydraulic lock. To get around it you just reframe and keep the pano lock lever in the unlocked position as you shoot your sequence. Not a big deal, but it's worth mentioning. For me the flexibility of a ballhead was paramount, and the panorama feature secondary. I gave it five stars because it met my needs perfectly.
    Date published: 2011-03-31
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    Can someone please tell me the diameter of the base on the Manfrotto 468MGRC2 Hydrostatic Ball Head?
    Asked by: bob the builder
    Robert,Mine measures 60 mm (2 3/8 inch).Bill
    Answered by: William I.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Is the ball sphere diameter really 2 inches? It looks much smaller diameter than the base in the picture. I am wondering if the description is a misprint and really should say 2 centimeters instead.
    Asked by: Kenneth W.
    It's a little bit less than 1,5 inches.
    Answered by: ANDREEA C.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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