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Manfrotto-496rc2.33980187
9.4 out of 10

Manfrotto 496RC2

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Overall 10
10

Solid, simple performer

Bezalelimages, Adorama
17 April 2014
  • Excerpt: This Ball head is a no-nonsense product, it's simple to use, holds a camera very firmly and with great confidence, and is an excellent addition to my newly purchased 055XB tripod legs, overall a very solid platform for all my landscape photography needs, oh and the black finish is very sleek and good to handle/look at.
  • Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Simple to use, Strong Clamp
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Overall 10
10

Great Ball Head

Adorama
23 July 2013
  • Excerpt: This is a fantastic, rock solid ball head. I've used it with a Canon EOS 60D with a 70-300mm L lens attached (which is quite heavy), and the ball head feels very secure. It is super fast to adjust, and the quick release plate is a great feature. It is pretty hefty, but I didn't select it for a travel tripod.
  • Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
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Overall 8
8.0

Decent but not super smooth

Joost, Adorama
16 July 2013
  • Excerpt: Bought this to go with my timelapse rig on a slider. Have only had it for a week but it looks sturdy and locks tight. One issue that worries me a little bit is that it isn't as smooth as some of the other ballheads I have used (Joby ballhead X, Gitzo). Perhaps there is some was to mitigate this but it just feels kind of 'dry' metal-on-metal when rotating, even fully unlocked. This doesn't hurt the performance as far as I can tell but makes me question durability.
  • Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Strong Clamp
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Overall 10
10

Manfrotto quality shines again

Adorama
13 July 2013
  • Excerpt: I bought this a few weeks ago and I am happy with my purchase. I've used it to shoot fireworks, wildlife, and landscape shots. It is very sturdy with a Nikon d90 and a 80-400 zoom lens on it. It has a large range of motion and the quick release is sturdy and easy to use.
  • Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
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Overall 8
8.0

Needed an improvement, but now is great!

winger, Adorama
15 June 2013
  • Excerpt: I changed out the clamp part to an Acra style, (Sunwayfoto) and now this ballhead easily handles my D700 with a 300f/4, or a 24-70f/2.8 very easily. I just have more confidence in the Acra rail type clamp than the Manfrotto QR plate...
  • Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion
  • Cons: Weak Clamp
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Overall 10
10

nice ball head

Adorama
11 June 2013
  • Excerpt: I use this ballhead with a D300 and lenses up to a 70-200 2.8 - still well under the weight limit for this head. The drag control knob makes it easy to adjust the action for different weight gear. Overall, very nice construction and excellent finish.
  • Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
  • Cons: None
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Overall 10
10

Excellent Compact Ball Head!

Cabotf, Adorama
31 May 2013
  • Excerpt: I bought a Dolica B100 tripod about a year ago and had problems with the ball head that came with it. My primary Camera is a Sony A77 and with the 16-50mm zoom, a heavy rig. With the Dolica ball head I was always getting "drift" no matter how hard I tighten it. Now I know some people would say mounting the 496RC to the Dolica is like putting a $1000 saddle on a #100 hourse! Maybe true but it is now "rock solid", easy to adjust quickly and zero drift.
  • Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Strong Clamp
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Overall 10
10

Works like a champ

Tin Man, Adorama
16 April 2013
  • Excerpt: I bought this along with a carbon fiber monopod mostly for travel. The Manfrotto 496RC2 is light weight (for a head), but has enough weight holding capacity for my Nikon D800 and lens. It is easy to adjust while setting up for the shot. It is small and compact enough to use in tight places while giving a good range of motion. I already owned a Manfrotto tripod with a quick release so the fact that I could get the same setup for a monopod was a plus.
  • Pros: Attaches Firmly, Camera Attaches Easily, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
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Overall 6
6.0

It have an Issue with RC2 plate

Tonyarrj, Adorama
3 April 2013
  • Excerpt: It´s a great product, until you try to do Portrait photography. RC2 plate have a loose coupling to the ball head. Tighten the screw doesn´t help. In landscape orientation you can deal with this movement, but in portrait mode the weight of the lens tends to move the camera pointing down forcing you to recompose again and again.
  • Pros: Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
  • Cons: Unstable
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Overall 8
8.0

compact head

moncho, Adorama
12 March 2013
  • Excerpt: perfect for my needs and not expensive...it took me a while to understand the mechanism for clamp it
  • Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
  • Cons: Complicated Controls
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