Manfrotto 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head with 410PL Quick Release Plate

Manfrotto 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head with 410PL Quick Release Plate

Manfrotto 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head with 410PL Quick Release Plate

B&H # MA468MGRC4 MFR # 468MGRC4
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 35.3 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
  • Two Bubble Levels
  • RC4 Quick Release Cam Lock
  • 410PL QR Plate, 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Mount
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Manfrotto 468MGRC4 overview

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This 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head from Manfrotto includes an integrated RC4 quick release cam lock and a 410PL Quick Release Plate. RC4 compatible quick release plates such as the 410PL can removed from the head by pulling the cam lock's spring-loaded lever, which also allows the plate to be instantly reattached.

The 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head with 410PL Quick Release Plate features a ball-and-socket joint that utilizes pressurized fluid, which helps to provide a 35.3 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 or 3/16"-20 mount can be connected to the 410PL Quick Release Plate, which measures 2.5 x 3.3 x 0.5" and has a rubberized, non-slip surface.

468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head
  • 35.3 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 RC4 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
  • One bubble level for landscape orientations and one bubble level for portrait orientations
  • Durable, magnesium-alloy construction
410PL Quick Release Plate
  • Compatible with Manfrotto RC4 quick release cam lock
  • Measures 2.5 x 3.3 x 0.5" and has a rubberized, non-slip surface
  • 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 mount
  • Durable, aluminum-alloy construction
UPC: 719821246749
In the Box
Manfrotto 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head with 410PL Quick Release Plate
  • 410PL Quick Release Plate - for RC4 Quick Release System
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Product Registration
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    Manfrotto 468MGRC4 specs

    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male, 3/8"-16 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type RC4
    Load Capacity 35.3 lb / 16.01 kg
    Number of Bubble Level(s) 2
    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 / 700.25 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.8 x 4.9 x 4.1"

    Manfrotto 468MGRC4 reviews

    468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head with 410PL Quick Release Plate is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 18.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite of the Manfrotto ball heads The qualitative difference between this head and the other 468MGRCs is the size of the platform/QR plate - it is the only factor that gives this particular head the highest load-bearing rating. It locks down very firmly and very quickly and will not be budged. If I had to pick a beef - the tension adjust on the fixing knob doesn't seem to do much; I'd like a little more of a range of tightening thresholds so that I can ease over to vertical format a little less abruptly. This is the only ball head I use anymore - much faster and more solid than even the Linhof. Rigidity is superb - absolutely no flex when it's fixed.
    Date published: 2008-06-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works For an 8x10 Camera I spent several months on and off looking for a head light and small enough for backpacking while being stable enough for a 16-pound camera. After using it for several months now, I feel I made the right choice. There is no play in the quick-release plate where it connects to the head. When tightened, the head locks securely with no fear of slipping. The drag adjustment is necessary for a large heavy camera like mine so it won't get away from me while I adjust it. While my use may be considered quite demanding, I'm giving it 4 stars because the padded QL plate is a bit too small and causes the camera to rock a bit. Also, the 1/4 screw supplied was way too short for the camera and I had to buy a 2nd plate, drill it out and put in my own screw. All in all, for more demanding users, it is the best combination of compactness, light weight, speed of use, rigidity and price that can be found.
    Date published: 2008-11-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Upgrade This is a great ball head. It cost a little more than my last head but worth the extra $$$. I say this because it does the most important thing, it holds the camera stable, does not more, after you have focused in on your subject.
    Date published: 2008-04-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from much better than expected used for a medium format and view camera. The hydrostatic system allows to freeze with two fingers my view camera and in a secure way. The mounting plate is awesome, a little bit big for my medium format but it fits so well with the large format. i bought few month before a Gitzo 1784 QR and the system of the Manfrotto is so much more soft and doesn't hurts the fingers when i release the plate. Just the best purchasing i did these last months
    Date published: 2011-04-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really like this ballhead I've owned this for about two years and I like it more and more. Used with a Nikon D800e, Hasselblad and 4x5 view camera, it's well made, smooth and doesn't budge once locked down. It's a little heavy (so four stars rather than five) but I still take it with the Gitzo GT253 on many day hikes. Quick release is difficult to use until you realize that you move the lever first and push the button second, then it's great. I would buy again.
    Date published: 2012-11-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ballhead for the price Very solid performance, the RC-4 Plates are lightweight and very strong. I am able to support 3 different formats, with the ease of interchangeabilty without worrying if the camera will hold or not. When the plate locks, a quick tug, and i'm ready to shoot!!!
    Date published: 2008-06-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stable, rigid and Easy-to-use It's really easy to use, and very stable once the position is locked. It's the best to take panoramic photos. Stitching becomes extremely easy when photos are taken with this support. However, it is not as light as it should be a trekker ballhead, but it is worth having it wherever you go.
    Date published: 2009-01-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use. So far I have to give this head 5 stars. It's very easy to use much unlike the old head I was using. It stays where it is locked and does not move while locking. I can also use the plate from my old head with this ballhead.
    Date published: 2013-10-19
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