Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head

Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head

Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head

B&H # MA494 MFR # 494
Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head

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  • Load Capacity: 8.8 lb
  • Height: 3"
  • Weight: 7.8 oz
  • 1/4"-20 Mount
  • Two-Sided 90° Portrait Angle Tilt
  • Ball-and-Socket Tension Control
  • Non-Slip Platform
  • Aluminum-Alloy Construction
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The Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head has a load capacity of 8.8 lb and can be attached to tripods or other support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount. By loosening the 494 Mini Ball Head's locking knob, its ball-and-socket joint can be quickly swiveled, angled, fully tilted, or returned to its upright position. An additional knob opposite the locking knob can be rotated to apply tension control to the ball-and-socket joint's movements.

Cameras or accessories that are compatible with a 1/4"-20 mount can be connected to the 494 Mini Ball Head's rubberized, non-slip platform.

  • 8.8 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
  • Dual, ball-and-socket joint notches enable two-sided tilt control
  • Rubberized, non-slip platform with 1/4"-20 mount
  • Locking knob allows ball-and-socket joint to be quickly swiveled, angled, fully tilted, or returned to its upright position
  • Dedicated tension control knob for the ball-and-socket joint's movements
  • Durable, aluminum-alloy construction
UPC: 719821311195
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Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Product Registration
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    Manfrotto 494 specs

    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type No Quick Release
    Load Capacity 8.8 lb / 3.99 kg
    Number of Bubble Level(s) None
    Material Aluminum
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Lateral Tilt -90 to +90
    Ball Sphere Diameter 1" / 25.40 mm
    Dimensions H: 3.0 x W: 1.6" / H: 76.2 x W: 40.6 mm
    Weight 7.8 oz / 221 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.5 x 3.5 x 2.7"

    Manfrotto 494 reviews

    494 Mini Ball Head is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 44.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good small ballhead I would gladly trade the friction adjustment knob for a pan on/lock instead, but otherwise it is a pretty good ballhead for its size. Don't expect the power of a much larger ball, and you'll not be disappointed. I'm using it on Manfrotto's 732CY compact carbon fiber tripod with a Canon Rebel SL1, and with that camera and a Tamron 16-300 it is strong enough. I had previously over-shot in my effort to downsize, and I had a Giotto micro ball head that was just not up to the task.
    Date published: 2016-05-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 494 Mini Ball Head does the job I recently purchased a Giottos QU305B Mini Table Top Tripod and was looking for a small ball head to go with it. I have a Nikon D700 and planned to use the tripod/ball head combo when traveling. The Manfrotto 494 caught my eye because of its load carrying capacity and small size and its friction adjustment. I added a Manfroto 088LP Female 1/4-20 to Male 3/8 Thread Adapter with Flange and mounted a Kirk KIQRC10 1 Standard Quick Release Arca Swiss. The thread adapter allows me to mount the Ball Head to the tripod and still remove it easily. The ball head is just the right size for the tripod. This set up holds my D700 with a 17-35 f/2.8 lens with no problem and together only weighs 1 lb.
    Date published: 2012-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very convenient, but too small for 7D Very well constructed and looks very nice. Very stable and knobs are easy to turn. However, I think I should've gotten a bigger one for my 7D. It's still usable, but when the camera is tilted, I need to tighten really hard to make it not move.
    Date published: 2010-07-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mini Ball Head 494 by Manfrotto When I originally order this product, I wanted it for a Nikon Pro Staff Tripod. Once I received the Mini Ball Head, it would not work, in fact not even close. I called B&H Photo explaining the situation and they did have options: I could return the product; I could exchange for another Mini Ball Head; or talk with the Sales Department. The problem solved as I decided to get the Manfrotto 293 3-Section Aluminum Tripod. For all your Photographic problems, B&H people are excellent to work with for all your photo needs. In addition, the prices are very competitive. Thanks B&H
    Date published: 2013-07-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lightweight option The 494 is a great basic head for lightweight cameras/lenses. The ball is held very securely when tightened and is easy to reposition due to the adjustable tension. Like all low-end Manfrotto heads, the ball movement is less than smooth, but this is offset by the unit's light weight. Lateral movement is more limited than on some competitor's products, though it is still possible to attain most shooting positions by leveraging the front and back vertical grooves. The simple spin-on camera platform is easier to use than may be first apparent. Simply loosen the head and tension controls, tilt the platform over, and spin the screw into the base of the camera. In my opinion this makes much more sense with lighter gear than using a mini QR plate. My only negative comment is that Manfrotto should put some sort of knurling or rubberized grip on the edge of the camera platform to assist in snugging the platform to the camera.
    Date published: 2010-11-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works fine with Manfrotto BeFree Just received the 494 as a replacement for the stock QR ball head on the BeFree. My D800 and D700 (and several lenses) have old style Kirk plates. Mounting a compatible Kirk base to the QR plate would work but it's awkward. I substituted the QR plate that comes with the BeFree for the Kirk L brackets and had trouble coupling it to the QR base in the light (unfamiliarity) and would not have figured it out in the dark. Test run with the 494 and the D800 with the 28-300 lens extended and it seems rock solid with no crepitation. The BeFree is perfect for informal travel needs when I'm not packing the large tripod. Note: The tripod still fits (barely) into the zipper case with the 494 and a Kirk base plate attached.
    Date published: 2015-01-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and Secure This ball head is a little smaller than I expected, but works fine for my needs. In addition to being able to move the ball, the main part of the base can rotate on the bottom plate when the clamp is loosened. I use it with an RRS clamp on a Manfrotto 680B monopod and it is very secure with my Canon 1D series and up to a 70-200 lens.
    Date published: 2013-01-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stronger than it seems. I bought the 494 Mini Ball head to use on my 680B monopod and 3121B sticks. When asked in store if I thought I'd need a bigger head, the salesman locked the ball-head off and proceeded to lean his full weight on it. The head didn't move at all. I'm using this with a Canon 5D Mark II, battery grip, and so far the biggest lens is my 24-105mm 4L, and I haven't had any problems. I can leave it locked for quite some time, during long exposure shots at night, and be fine. We have yet to see if this will decline over years of use, but I'm optimistic it won't. I would have liked the 494 to have come with some kind of threading adapter, though--I have a smaller monopod that is lighter and just a little taller, but it has a 1/4-20 screw on it.
    Date published: 2011-04-05
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