Manfrotto 496 Compact Ball Head

Manfrotto 496 Compact Ball Head

Manfrotto 496 Compact Ball Head

B&H # MA496 MFR # 496
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • 1/4"-20 Mount
  • Ball-and-Socket Tension Control
  • Up to 90° Portrait Angle Tilt
  • Non-Slip Platform
  • Aluminum-Alloy Construction
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The Manfrotto 496 Compact Ball Head has a load capacity of 13.2 lb and can be attached to tripods or other support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount. By loosening the 496 Compact 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 496 Compact Ball Head's rubberized, non-slip platform.

  • 13.2 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
  • 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: 719821311218
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Manfrotto 496 Compact Ball Head
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension after Online Registration
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    Manfrotto 496 specs

    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Thread 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type No Quick Release
    Load Capacity 13.2 lb / 5.99 kg
    Number of Bubble Level(s) None
    Material Aluminum
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Lateral Tilt -90 to +90
    Vertical Tilt -90 to +90
    Ball Sphere Diameter 1.38" / 35.0 mm
    Dimensions H: 3.5 x W: 2.4" / H: 88.9 x W: 61.0 mm
    Weight 12.0 oz / 0.34 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.84 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 4.9 x 3.6"

    Manfrotto 496 reviews

    496 Compact Ball Head is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 36.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, solid ball head. I gave it a 4 because they didn't make it really easy to screw it onto the camera. I don't turn the camera, ever; I usually am given a screw with grippyness on it below the mounting plate. I can see, by this design that they would have to figure out something different; but they should have at least put some grippyness on the outer circle to make it easier to grip/turn by twisting the circlular mounting plate. I loosen up both knobs and twist the circular plate to mount my camera; then I tighten everything back up. And no, I specifically don't want a quick-release mechanism. Other than that issue, it's a great light-weight, solid, ball head.
    Date published: 2014-05-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect ball head for hiking I purchased the 496 compact ball head to reduce the weight of my hiking pack and couldn't be happier. It's half the weight of my old Manfrotto grip ball head (which I still love), and plenty solid enough to support a heavy dSLR with medium telephoto lens. I considered the 496RC2 with quick release plate, but the 496 compact is 100 grams lighter, plus I save more weight by ditching the RC2 plates attached to my camera and telephoto lens. It might not sound like much of a weight saving but every gram counts when when you're hauling your gear up a steep trail. Also, great price and fast delivery (7 days) to Australia!
    Date published: 2017-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 496 Compact Ball Head by Manfrotto Reduces the total length of the tripod by a couple of inches for an easier fit into carry-on luggage. Although a bit difficult to initially screw equipement onto the head, the quick-locking feature and friction knob Manfrotto added make it much easier to adjust heavy equipement. I found it easier to screw the tripod into the base of the equipement, than attempt to screw the equipement onto the head.Easily holds Nikon D300 + Nikkor 300mm lens.
    Date published: 2010-07-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellent ball head for any slr my main concern with this head was handling weight. i use this head with my canon 5d mark II with battery grip with 70-200mm f/2.8 L and it holds just fine. i use this with the manfrotto 577 quick release plate so i can easily move from one head to the next from photo to video work.
    Date published: 2013-04-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Friction and Great Control It can hold a Nikon D3000 with Nikon 70-300mm lens fully extended and not want to drift and you don't have to gorilla grip the tension down and yet the head is small and compact as well.
    Date published: 2010-07-13
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great head but no QR kills The ball head was extremely sturdy, but a lack of quick release causes the item to be very awkward when attaching a camera. Even a thicker platform to hold when mounting a cam would have been more helpful. No quick release kills the product for me, and I'll likely return for one that has that. If you just need sturdy and plan to keep your camera on the head for a while then this might work for you.
    Date published: 2011-10-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid ball head for a slider I have used the Manfrotto 494 lighter version of this for several years with my Canon 5D and never once had a problem. Strong, reliable and easy to use. I bought this anticipating the purchase of a heavier camera. It's the same great product, just able to handle more weight.
    Date published: 2016-11-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Perhaps not the best small hands I'm a wedding phtoographer and I wanted something that made it very easy to switch my camera's orientation quickly. Unforunately, this wasn't the best purchase for me. In the beginning, it worked great. But after using it for less than a year, it stopped holding firm and started to slip or slide downward after I realeased the handle. Very aggravating. I took it in to a dealer and was told there is a little pad inside that had worn away and needed to be replaced. The problem is probably more with me than with the device. I'm petite and I have small hands. My hands get tired of squeezing the trigger, and I inadvertently try to turn the camera without squeezing it 100% of the way. Do this often enough and the pad wears away and you have issues. Just a warning to any other female photographers out there. I haven't had Manfrotto fix it yet for me, so I'm not sure how much that will cost. I'm afraid I'll just have the same problem. I'm switching to Custom Bracket's Pro-E rotating bracket, which you can buy with or without the arm and with which you can simply grab the camera and turn it with an easy click. Hopefully, it will work better for me.
    Date published: 2012-05-29
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