Excerpt: I use the 496RC2 as a secondary ball head to my Manfrotto 498RC2. I needed a smaller, lightweight version of the bigger 498RC2 and this is perfect for my needs, and it also accepts the same quick-release plates that my other Manfrotto ball heads use.
Excerpt: The 2 biggest issues are that this sags in portrait orientation and that the cam lever cant move past the camera back in some positions in portrait. It is light and flexible, but the drawbacks caused my to get a more robust head and stick this on a monopod where it is works fine.
Excerpt: I don't have a lot of experience with the professional grade equipment, but this has been great so far! Very stable, easily Adjustable, and tall enough to get a great angle.
The mount tightens up enough to hold my camera stable, and rotates all over for the perfect shot.