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Manfrotto492LCD Micro Ball Head
 
4.5

(based on 139 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (110)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to setup (26)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • Efficient (19)
  • Professional quality (19)
  • Compact (18)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (7)
  • Large footprint (4)

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (21)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Improve viewing angle (10)
  • Independent films (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (40), Quality oriented (18), Professional artist (8), Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (16), Personal (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Durable, does what it's supposed to do

This thing is a tank. I haven't been using it very long, but the thing supports my AF100 with decent sized lenses at it at extreme angles. I thought this was incredible, because...Read complete review

This thing is a tank. I haven't been using it very long, but the thing supports my AF100 with decent sized lenses at it at extreme angles. I thought this was incredible, because that setup is probably pushing about 7.5 pounds. I use it in combination with my metal Gorillapod, you just need a 1/4" adapter to go with it, so I use the Pearstone 1/4-20 F to SHOE MOUNT F ADAPTER - PEAFF1420. What a great combination. When you loosen the head lock, it will spin left to right and of course the ball head will move anyway you want it to. Very secure and very versatile. It is a bit on the heavier side for it's size, but that's because it's made out of quality materials.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice, But Mine's Defective

I'm no stranger to both B&H and Manfrotto products. I purchased this Micro Ball Head to mount a Zoom H4N portable recorder to the hot shoe on my Canon 70D in order to...Read complete review

I'm no stranger to both B&H and Manfrotto products. I purchased this Micro Ball Head to mount a Zoom H4N portable recorder to the hot shoe on my Canon 70D in order to better see the audio settings on the recorder's small LCD while shooting HD video. My hope was that, by tilting the recorder at an angle, I could better monitor and adjust the audio settings. I have friends and family in the music business and was asked to shoot some video at an upcoming nightclub performance. I even read the instructions ! Sadly, after attaching the small ball head to the DLSR, I could not get the mechanism to tilt no matter what I tried. I tried to gently twist it, turn it, loosen it all the way, added a drop of WD-40.....nothing could make it budge, and I decided to return it as I didn't want to risk damaging it by applying too much brute force. It just shouldn't be that difficult. I applaud B&H for the ease of exchange, but I'm pretty sure I got a "lemon". Disappointed since I have a slew of Manfrotto equipment, but gave it 3 stars due to the defect. Once my return is processed and I receive a replacement, I will gladly review again.....for now, it's just "okay".

Reviewed by 139 customers

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1.0

Not work

By Rawley

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Poor quality!!

 
5.0

There was a bad lot, works great now that I fixed mine.

By Michael

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Three years ago I purchased one of these swivels and I love it. It works perfect and is solid, like many of the older reviews state. I would lock down the ball and the pan direction as needed. Then I purchased a second unit a year ago, and that unit had the pan direction loose swivel problem noted in some of the other reviews. I took the unit apart and discovered that the yellow brass screw that is in the bottom at the cold shoe head is just a little bit too long. It is unable to fully tighten the the square machined cold shoe fitting to the black mating part as needed to prevent the swiveling problem Because this screw is made of brass, a soft metal, I spent a few minutes sanding the threaded end on some sand paper, making the bolt about .050 inch shorter. Then Ireassembled the unit, tightened the brass screw using pliers and screwdriver and all is working now as expected. So, if you have the inability to fully tighten yours down and it swivels in the pan direction you have a factory defect and need to return it or rework it yourself.

 
2.0

Was great for about a year then started spinning!!

By Shane

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

It was fantastic, holding our Shogun nice and stable and now the black section just spins on the silver screw. The ball head still locks just fine but its basically unusable once you tilt the camera since it throws the balance off and the Shogun whips around like a Tilta-whirl ride.

So it went from a 5 to a 2. Did it strip? Doesn't make sense.

 
1.0

Absolute Piece of Junk

By Karel

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Safe your money for something else. This is absolutely useless piece of heavy junk. Although, attached and tightened to the camera, it spins around like a Russian figure skater . Never ever Manfrotto again.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

The rotating cold show is a show stopper. Otherwise great

By Mathew

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

The ball mechanism is fantastic - it works as it should. Some folks have complained that the thread mount should have a locking collar, but that's never bothered me. The shoe mount, however, is problematic. Sometimes this locks down fine, at other times it spins freely. This seems to be a very common problem. So far I haven't seen any solutions, or any responses from Manfrotto. That flaw has taken the product from 5 stars to 1.

 
5.0

No words can describe how good and reliable this thing is

By Rubens

from San Jose California

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Simply awesome! worth the money DO NOT buy the Vello brand, trust me i wasted my money.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Doesn't live up to its name.

By Thomas

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

I've had quite a few Manfrotto tripods and ball heads and have been very satisfied with them. So, when I was hunting for a micro ball head for my EVF and field monitor I was excited to find this beefy one from them. Unfortunately I discovered that this product doesn't live up to the quality Manfrotto is known for. I had the same problem listed in other reviews. The head spins freely on the shoe mount and cannot be tightened. Have since replaced with one made by Elvid and have found it to be much better.

 
5.0

Ultra Solid & Stable

By Saint Kelley

from North Carolina

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

I have used cheaper version of this product from other companies, but have always been disappointed with their performance....usually flopping over at the worst time with whatever I had attached to it. This product is not cheap...in fact very expensive...but it is the best and I would recommend. Side note: first one B&H sent me was defective, but they quickly replaced it and am very happy with second.

 
5.0

I would buy it again

By Larry

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

I had several of these ball heads from different manufactures but they were not solid. I put a TORCH LED 220 light on them and they did not do a very good job of securing the light. The TORCH is a heavy a light - so I purchased the 492 - so far it has been a tank. Very strong and durable made a world of a difference.
Great Ball head

 
4.0

Strong, heavy

By Packard

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Works great, heavy. Not much foot room - I had to return it because my built in camera cage cold shoe mount was too thick for this to fit. Will work fine on a thin cold or hot shoe mount.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Seems solid...but it's not.

By Ben

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

My last ball head was a $15 piece of junk so when it broke I couldn't really complain. So I figured I'd go with the bigger company and spend some more $ for a better product. This ball head is really solid and heavy in your hand which made me think I had gone the right direction. However, when you mount it to a hot/cold shoe and tighten it, the head still spins 360 degrees no matter what. It feel like it is stripped on the inside and I JUST bought it. Really disappointed with it. I'd stay away.

 
5.0

I ordered some more

By Tom (Chev)

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Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

This is exactly what the doctor ordered. I mount a Ninja 2 on top of a Nikon body, and this thing just works. No ifs ands or buts. Holds on to stuff nice and tight.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME -- COMPLETE TRASH

By Nick

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

If you're looking for a low-quality piece of gear that straight up does not tighten onto hotshoes, or work, period. Then go with this piece of garbage. Disspointed Manfrotto would put their name on a product this low quality.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Constant 360º rotation detrimental to product usability

By Ryan

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Upon first inspection this feels looks like a high quality product. After attempting to place it in the hot shoe mount of a DSLR I found the product to be unsatisfactory. The locking mechanism for the ball head works fine but the hot shoe mount and silver ring (at the base of the product) have no way of locking rotation while in use. 

The problem appears to stem from the small square shoe mount rotates when in fact it should not. The shoe mount appears to be attached by a screw in to a post which is inserted in to the interior of base of the head itself through the center of the locking collar (silver textured ring). 

When the locking collar is touching the base of the head (black part) the shoe mount doesn't rotate, but the distance between the locking collar and shoe mount is to great to mount anything. Once the locking collar is separated from the base of the head the shoe mount rotates freely making this product unusable for mounting anything to a camera that may be moving. 

I want to like this product, I own a couple of larger manfrotto heads that I like very much. But for me I'm going to return this and try something else. I don't think this problem is exclusive to the ball head I received but something that has not been addressed in the manufacturing of the product.

 
5.0

Beefier than the mount sent with my video light.

By Jim

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Love this little micro ball head. I bought it to replace the connector that came with my video light. It's heavy duty and works well.

 
3.0

Is this great or not so great?

By Ken

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

I ordered two and one arrived as a dud (the ball head was totally locked and would not move at all). Now the "working" one is totally loose in the middle. I can mount it to the camera, but it rotates.

I love the form factor of this ball head, but these issues are deal breakers. Being a one-man video crew, I carry only what I need to use. This is a pretty hefty accessory to carry around and not use.

 
5.0

I really love the quality

By Leoddy

from Ecuador

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Perfect price to the quality and utility

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

2nd Time Is A Charm

By John

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Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

My first Manfrotto Micro Ball Head was a dud (I gave it only 3 stars at first), but the replacement arrived today and I tried it out right away. I'm upping my rating to 5 stars for a couple of reasons : (1) this thing is well built and works as intended and (2) B&H made the return easier than Amazon......can I say that here ?

While it is weighty, it holds my Zoom H4N digital recorder tightly atop my Canon 70D at the angle desired to help me monitor sound levels in the field. Fit and finish are just what you'd expect from Manfrotto, and I expect to get many miles out of this little gadget. Spend a few extra bucks and get the best. Highly recommended.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice, But Mine's Defective

By John

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Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

I'm no stranger to both B&H and Manfrotto products. I purchased this Micro Ball Head to mount a Zoom H4N portable recorder to the hot shoe on my Canon 70D in order to better see the audio settings on the recorder's small LCD while shooting HD video. My hope was that, by tilting the recorder at an angle, I could better monitor and adjust the audio settings. I have friends and family in the music business and was asked to shoot some video at an upcoming nightclub performance. I even read the instructions ! Sadly, after attaching the small ball head to the DLSR, I could not get the mechanism to tilt no matter what I tried. I tried to gently twist it, turn it, loosen it all the way, added a drop of WD-40.....nothing could make it budge, and I decided to return it as I didn't want to risk damaging it by applying too much brute force. It just shouldn't be that difficult. I applaud B&H for the ease of exchange, but I'm pretty sure I got a "lemon". Disappointed since I have a slew of Manfrotto equipment, but gave it 3 stars due to the defect. Once my return is processed and I receive a replacement, I will gladly review again.....for now, it's just "okay".

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's perfect!

By Ricky

from coconut grove, florida

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

This is my second one. I am very happy with it. It's very sold and very well made.

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