Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate

Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate

Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate

B&H # MA496RC2 MFR # 496RC2
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Height: 3.9"
  • Weight: 14.82 oz
  • Two-Sided 90° Portrait Angle Tilt
  • Ball-and-Socket Tension Control
  • RC2 Quick Release Cam Lock
  • 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate
  • 1/4"-20 Mount, Non-Slip Surface
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Manfrotto 496RC2 overview

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This 496RC2 Compact Ball Head from Manfrotto features an integrated RC2 quick release cam lock and a 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate. Compatible quick release plates 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 a compatible quick release plate from accidentally disconnecting.

The 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate 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 496RC2'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 200PL-14 quick release plate, which measures 1.7 x 2.1 x 0.4" and has a rubberized, non-slip surface.

496RC2 Compact Ball Head
  • 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
  • Dual, ball-and-socket joint notches enable two-sided tilt control
  • Integrated RC2 quick release cam lock
  • 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
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: 719821311225
In the Box
Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact 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 496RC2 specs

    General
    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 13.2 lb / 5.99 kg
    Number of Bubble Level(s) None
    Friction Control Yes
    Independent Pan Lock No
    Material Aluminum
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Lateral Tilt -90 to +90
    Physical
    Ball Sphere Diameter 1.38" / 35 mm
    Dimensions H: 3.9 x W: 2.4" / H: 10.0 x W: 6.0 cm
    Weight 14.82 oz / 420 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 4.8 x 3.7"

    Manfrotto 496RC2 reviews

    496RC2 Compact Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 465.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Pro-Rated Tripod Head This is the first time I had to purchase a tripod head. It's been great and easy to work with since I got it. It is a solid construction, easy to manipulate positions, and stable. It attaches to my Manfrotto tripod snuggly and makes it appear they are just one piece. It's a great addition if you're working with a camera setup thats under 8lbs. I have mounted a Nikon D300s with battery pack (MB-D10), SB-800, and 70-200mm VR II and it didn't strain to hold it up at all.
    Date published: 2010-01-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Ball Head I tried several different Giottos heads and was dissapointed (the knobs were easy to confuse which did what and the head would droop under weight. I was going to get the larger version of this Manfrotto head, but found that this one supported more than enough weight (Nikon D300s, Grip, Flash, and most lenses, combined only weight 9lbs). Plus, there is only two controls on this (verses 3 on the larger model). In reality, you only need the one knob to tighten and loosen. This is a great desing and well built. Awesome price as well.
    Date published: 2010-02-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast, solid & dependable This was a replacement head for a similar model which lasted me for well over 10 years! The spring in the quick release/lock part broke. Manfrotto advised me over the phone of the problem. However, the part was not available in the U.S. and would have to be shipped from Italy. I decided for not too much more money to replace the entire head. If I get 10+ years out of this one, I'll be more than happy. This ball head is quick to maneuver and adjust and, being very used to its working style, it was a simple choice to stay with a ball head style and this model. Manfrotto - one of the best!
    Date published: 2016-05-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Does the job I bought the 496RC2 after consultation with a helpful gent in the tripod department of B&H and after a little research and reading on my own. The ball head offered everything I was looking for without the overcomplexity of a pan-tilt head. The weight and setup I'm using, Manfrotto 055XB tripod with a Canon 7D with a 70-200mm lens is fine and doesn't overweight the ball adjustment. The plate can be a little tricky to load on or take off and horizontal movement can be a little difficult at times also but generally I'm satisfied with my purchase. Its B&H, I've rarely been steered wrong by the fine folk there.
    Date published: 2012-02-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent ball head, works perfectly! As an aspiring semi-pro photographer I spend most of my time with hand-held shooting. However, a recent interest in night photography has required the use of a tripod. While exploring night photography I pulled out my cheapy tripod which made me nearly lose interest in night photography because it was so cumbersome. Knowing I was going to be taking a vacation last weekend, I ordered the manfrotto tripod several days ahead - it arrived just in time and I took it with me. The shots I came home with were unbelievable. The ball head made it easy to adjust the camera into some creative positions that I had never thought of. I highly recommend it!
    Date published: 2013-04-07
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Great for Macro I bought this ballhead to use with a smaller tripod for macro shooting. The main selling feature for me was the fact that this ballhead was 'shorter' than my main ballhead & would therefore help me get as low to the ground as possible. Overall it works fine, but it is not ideal for macro shooting. I shoot with a Nikon D90 and my macro lens is a Nikon 105mm 2.8 - which together weigh no where close to the weight of the advertised load capacity. I quickly became frustrated with this ballhead because it would continually track downward. It was extremely difficult to get it adjusted for a macro shot because of this & once you got it 'locked down' it would continue to slowly track downward. This might not be as much of a problem with wider angled shots, but with extreme close ups it was a real pain. The quick release plate would also sometimes shift when locking it in place which caused it (and thus, the entire camera) to wobble. I found myself taking it off and putting it back on several times before it would seat securely with no wobbles. For a multipurpose ballhead it would probably work fine, but for tight shots it just doesn't perform well.Also keep in mind that it does not have a separate panning feature which would definitely be of concern when shooting landscapes.
    Date published: 2012-05-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth All The Research I spent weeks researching different heads for my current tripod legs and considered ease of use, reputation, weight, functionality and value. Then made a trip to my local camera store to compare the winners side by side. The Manfrotto won hands down in all categories. It's rock solid even with my 70-300 lens and the ball is smooth as silk. I put this on top of my 30+ years old Vivitar tripod legs and it works great. I considered the 498RC for the separate panning lock but for the small amount of panning I do the head can be rotated on the shaft with no problem. If you're thinking about a great ball head at a great price this is it!
    Date published: 2013-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality From all tripod heads I already had, this is really good. Really worth every dollar spent on it. For non pro photographers, it's very important to understand that this head do not have handles, so all setting is done by handling your camera, than locking the head (but this can be done easily). I'm using it with my new Canon 7D with IS lenses and Canon 430EX flash, that is not a light combination, and this really works very well with it. I bought 2 of these heads, and I'm using them with the 055XPROB Aluminum Tripod by Manfrotto, and also the 681B 3 Section Monopod by Manfrotto. The extensive line of accessories and the very good quality of materials and construction makes this a very good choice.
    Date published: 2011-03-01
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