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Manfrotto492LCD Micro Ball Head
 
4.7

(based on 121 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (102)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

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

 

Shank!

I got a lemon. When I lock the head the thing still pans. I wasn't sure if it was a design flaw or a lemon. Tried to call Manfrotto but no answers and...Read complete review

I got a lemon. When I lock the head the thing still pans. I wasn't sure if it was a design flaw or a lemon. Tried to call Manfrotto but no answers and got the run around. Pretty surprising because I'm a heavy user of Manfrotto stuff. Way before, when it was called Bogen. Returning it. I hope the next one is okay.

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3.0

Nice, But Mine's Defective

By John

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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".

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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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5.0

It does the job

By andrewn51

from Santa Fe, NM

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Using it to attach a Ninja monitor/recorder to Canon C100 Mk II. Nice positive grip action with no slippage. Control easy to use.

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5.0

Solid

By Piti

from San Juan, PR

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Using it for an external monitor and its just strong and solid. Love this product.

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5.0

Simply a great product

By 247 Creative Studio Inc.

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

After looking for a while for a strong ball head for my on camera lights and Monitors, I purchased this head after input from a great and knowledgeable B&H salesman. It is well built and performs flawlessly.

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2.0

Started Out Good But Failed After Several Months of Service

By Dave S.

from Orange County, CA

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

In July 2015 I purchased a Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head and it worked great up until a few months ago. Now, as far as I can tell, it's impossible to fully tighten it up anymore. I have the hot shoe fastened securely to my camera cage and the ball head fastened tightly with the lever but the whole middle section of the device is still loose to rotate. I've spent an hour fiddling with it, trying to adjust the one screw at the bottom of the hot shoe but it didn't work. Have searched the internet but haven't found a way to fix the problem

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5.0

Sturdy solution

By Ed

from Winter Park, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Ever since I got an Atomos Shogun, I have looked for Ball heads to connect the Shogun to the cage of the Panasonic GH4. The Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head is finally a sturdy connection that gives me adequate confidence. I don't want the Shogun to flop in the wind or to suddenly move while I pan or tilt. The lever for tilting the unit as well as the locking wheels are large enough that you can secure them by hand without using pliers or other devices.

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5.0

Excellent

By Jesucaro

from Bronx ny

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

Very good excellent product

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5.0

Worth every penny

By DW

from RVA

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

This is a great product. It's extremely well-built Sollitt and I'm confident that it will hold my expensive gear safely. It's a bit pricey but worth it

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4.0

nice

By sifteri

from cliffside nj

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

nice

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5.0

Rock Solid

By Craig

from Sedona, AZ

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

The build quality of this adaptor is excellent, providing rock solid support for any attached monitor.

A little more expensive than other brands, but well worth it.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

nice

By sifteri

from ny

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

best

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5.0

great ball head

By gecofilms

from santiago, Chile

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Firmly
  • Good Stability
  • Strong Clamp

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video

    Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

    I use this with my Shogun and my Odyssey7Q, is great

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    3.0

    Mehhhhh...

    By Studio Cast One

    from Canada

    Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

    Ok, the ball itself locks properly, but the shoe mount rotates after a firm push, I've seen better. Manfrotto, pull your socks up!

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    5.0

    Best Ball Head Shoe Mount. Period.

    By Brendan

    from Rhode Island

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everything

      Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

      Absolutely the best ball-head shoe mount. The footprint is a little larger than normal but with good reason, it doesn't fail. I have tried tons of ball mounts and none properly bear weight and eventually all fail. Had one of these for about 6 years and still love it. Added 2 more to my kit for b-cam and backup.

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      5.0

      don't waste time on cheap versions

      By pro photographer

      from east tennessee

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Setup
      • Efficient

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

        after going through several inferior versions of ball head/hot shoe mounts, the rep at B & H showed me this one...it is pricey, but well worth every penny...it is rock solid and stays put where adjusted...I will never waste time with other models that just cause more trouble than they are worth...

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        5.0

        The best way to put a small monitor on your camera

        By Dan McComb

        from Seattle

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Holds Locked Position

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Mounting Lcd To Cold Shoe

        Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

        If you're trying to mount an LCD on a cold shoe, why not start where you'll end up? This thing weighs a ton, but it does what its supposed to - securely grips your LCD in the position you want with just a light twist. No need to crank on that thing, it just works.

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        5.0

        Perfect Ballhead

        By RocketTom

        from El Segundo, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy Setup
        • Efficient

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

          I use this to mount an Atomos Ninja 2 to the top of my Nikon D750. I have another unit that is not as bulky or heavy - but it just doesn't measure up.

          I don't have to over-tighten the unit for it to hold and I have yet to experience anything slipping. It's one of those things that if it works, you simply don't have to think about it. And that's what this is - get it, and forget it.

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          2.0

          Would not lock tight on the hot shoe.

          By L Bosak

          from PA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Name Brand

          Cons

          • Bad Design
          • Expensive

          Best Uses

          • Trashcan

          Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

          The ball head locked fine, very sturdy but the hot shoe nut is a bad design. Not sure if it was a defective part or not. The single nut lock on the bottom would not lock and the entire ball head swiveled and seemed to get worse with adjustment. I returned the unit and purchased one with a double lock nut on the bottom.

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          5.0

          Manfrotto = Great Quality

          By Photo/Video Fanatic

          from Massachusetts

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about Manfrotto 492LCD Micro Ball Head:

          After enjoying my Manfrotto before tripod for awhile no decided to spend the money on this ball head to hold my new Atomos Ninja Blade external video monitor/recorder. It is easy to readjust just need to make sure you tighten it enough but works awesome. I highly recommend this ball head to mount on the DSLR for video lights, external video monitor/recorder, etc.

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