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Manfrotto496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release
 
4.6

(based on 457 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (319)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (108)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (376)
  • Attaches firmly (367)
  • Large range of motion (318)
  • Strong clamp (307)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

  • Heavy (35)
  • Complicated controls (15)
  • Weak clamp (9)
  • Small range (8)
  • Unstable (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (321)
  • Night shots (265)
  • Portraits (238)
  • Travel (209)
  • Home (172)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (213), Semi-pro photographer (95), Pro photographer (48), Casual photographer (41), Photography student (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (306), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Ballhead at price point that doesn't bust your stones

This is a good value for the money. It's not snooty enough to satisfy gear head aficionados but it is good enough to simply do its job. When I received the ball head,...Read complete review

This is a good value for the money. It's not snooty enough to satisfy gear head aficionados but it is good enough to simply do its job. When I received the ball head, the allen screw in the top was loose. I tightened it up and now it is operating as advertised. I do my best to buy gear that has a chance of earning its keep and this ballhead is at a price point that it has a chance of making its money back. If you shoot portraits all the time in studio, you probably want a fancier piece of gear but this is fine for now.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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...Read complete review

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.

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5.0

Solid low profile head

By Or the photographer

from Israel

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

This is my second one I use for my monopod with my D4s. really happy with its performance!

 
3.0

Not so compact head after all

By QCY529

from New York

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

Size-about the size of an 12oz redbaxx can
Grip- Tight and secure fit on the quick release plate and the ball joint
Action- Smooth 360 ball movement
Safety- Fair and accident unlocking the release plate can happen
Cons- The ball head is lack of panning movement locking knobs, causing it works a bit weird compared to other Manfrotto heads. What it does is when you unlock the only locking knobs on the head, the ball can move smoothly all 360 degree but at same time you can also spin the body separately like a sleeve wrap around the ball joint assembly, so the actual panning action or swing the camera on the tripod center axial on this ball head are not possible.
Over all I still like the head and recommended it to anyone who needs some thing simple and kind of compact, its build quality and operation are still better then some other brands out there.

 
5.0

well used tool

By FirewallPhotography

from Las Vegas, NV - Grand Canyon, AZ

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

My purchase was to replace a well used tool. I've had the previous compact ball head for more than 10 years and it has traveled the world with me. Alas, it finally succumbed to my brutish hamfisted use. No doubt I would never think of trying a different model or brand. Manfrotto is my tool kit.

 
5.0

Works great for my art use

By Tumbleweed

from Indiana USA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

I use this head to attach a portable 20x26 inch drawing board to my Manfrotto tripod for frequent life drawing sessions. It is compact and performs perfectly, unlike other brand ball head attachments I have tried in the past.

 
5.0

Recommended by outdoor painting artists!

By SWRichard

from San Francisco

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

This was the ball head recommended for use with the tripod that I purchased. It's simple to put on the tripod, and heavy duty enough to fix my prochade painting box with the quick release plate.

 
5.0

Good flexible item

By Richard

from Florida

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

Would buy again if needed.

 
5.0

Quick release system works flawlessly

By Mitchell

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

I use this with a tripod to secure my easel while painting outdoors. It secures my equipment well in adverse conditions and is easy to use.

 
4.0

Great for Heavy Gear

By Dan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

Purchased this product to replace a older ball head that couldn't really handle the weight of my birding gear (Nikon D500 with Battery Pack / Sigma 150-600mm C). So far, everything is working perfectly. I have it mounted on my 25 yr. old Manfrotto monopod.

 
5.0

Great Ball Head for Tripod

By Deborah

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

I had a wonderful old tripod with a horrible awkward handled head on it. My mentor suggested this ball head and it works like a champ. I like the way it holds the camera steady with a minimum of adjustments.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Would buy again

By Charles

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

Works well

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very happy with this purchase.

By Joseph

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

I like the tension adjustment. You can use it to adjust your composition without actually loosening and locking down the head. It's nice when using the tripod to simply assist stabilization in lieu of being totally hands off. The tension setting keeps the camera positioned wherever you leave it. No need to lock it down tight unless you're tripping the shutter remotely.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Delivered promtply as promissed.

By KentB_Photography

from Greenfield, WI

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

No issues. Delivered promptly.

 
5.0

Great buy!

By Nigel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

Very easy to use, versatile tripod head. Used with Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 Aluminum Tripod.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy the 496RC2 again'

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

I am a senior, and I am interested in lighter weight during a photo shoot and the 496RC2 affords me the stability I need with a Nikon D7200 and D810 and the Use of a Sigma 150-500mm. I also like the relative simplicity of its two controls and the 200pl camera plate is compatible with other Manfrotto ball heads. For my purposes this is a very effective ball head.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy again

By Timothy

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

Well built and easy to use with my Fuji XT-1.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice controls, heavy duty, and an easily fixed loose part

By Jon

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

Put this on an Oben CTM-2500 monopod and it's a good match, though a lighter duty head might be best if you're looking for low overall weight.   Used primarily with a Canon EOS7D-MkII and a 100-400mm for sports photography so the heavier duty 496RC2 Ball Head is a good match.

At the first event the set screw holding the top plate was loose.  Once home some thread lock stuff on the threads fixed the issue.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great product

By Kory

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

Excellent ballhead. Great functionality, not too heavy. Perfect for what I needed.

I would've liked this ball head to come with a thread adaptor as I assumed that it would fit onto my gorilla pod but I had to buy a thread adaptor.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Ballhead at price point that doesn't bust your stones

By Joe

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

This is a good value for the money. It's not snooty enough to satisfy gear head aficionados but it is good enough to simply do its job. When I received the ball head, the allen screw in the top was loose. I tightened it up and now it is operating as advertised. I do my best to buy gear that has a chance of earning its keep and this ballhead is at a price point that it has a chance of making its money back. If you shoot portraits all the time in studio, you probably want a fancier piece of gear but this is fine for now.

 
5.0

Sturdy/Compact Tripod Ball Head

By RMB

from Undisclosed

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

Excellent tripod ball head for the money. Well built and easy to use.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just what I was expecting

By lennythexdca

from Michigan

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release:

After years of using standard 3-axis tripod heads this is the break I needed. Works well and supports my Nikon DSLR's with no problems - even when mounted with a 70-300mm zoom

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