For surf photography: Definitely made the right choice
JL Wilkinson, Amazon
26 May 2010
Summary: I finally decided on this item after a lot of research. I was looking for a new manfrotto tripod head to use for surf photography. Must say I am very happy with my final choice. I have also seriously considered the 498RC2 model but have decided against it as it is significantly heavier and I do not really have the need for the added panoramic functionality.
Good ball head but need the bigger / thicker connection
Ciaran Harrison, Amazon
9 May 2010
Summary: This ball head on a 682 legged monopod held my D60 with 18/200 VR2 lense and SB900 flashgun at right angle securely, great head but be careful with the connection, not the standard monopod connection
Summary: Hi everybody! Ok, right off the bat I have to say, I am a new photographer. I do not have years of experience yet, and this tripod and head are my first I have ever purchased. That being said, buy this thing! I bought this head, the Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release, to put on top of my 190XPRO-B tripod. This system supports my Nikon D90 and 55X200 mm lens rock solid in any position I have tried it.
Summary: I usually do not review products but I have relied on reviews on Amazon for many of my buying decisions, so it seemed important to express my opinion here in order to suggest an important point. The question is... would you really entrust expensive camera equipment to the Quick Release? I own the 486RC-2 version of this head. In my opinion the quick release is not sufficient for any "heavier" camera gear.
Summary: I recently purchased a Manfrotto monopod and, with it, the Manfrotto 234RC head. I found the head to be so well-made and the quick-release plate to hold so well that I decided to buy the 496RC2 for my tripod. Right out of the box I could feel how well-made the head is. It rotates very smoothly and the ball head moves so easily when the Friction and Lock knobs are open that it is a delight to use.
Summary: I got this from J&R NY through Amazon, along with a Manfrotto 055xprob tripod from Adorama. Excellent service from all parts involved and items arrived earlier than expected. These top notch Manhattan establishments have never dissapointed me (along with B&H). Originally I was going for the 486RC2 but then I found out that this model was replaced by the 496RC2. Main addition is the friction control knob and I gotta tell you this was an awesome addition.
Summary: Chose this Ball head for my Tripod as its a good size and a lot of my friends have already got them and rate them. It's a very strong Ball head that once locked is impossible to move so I would say will hold any Camera with any Lens no problem. Because the Ball Head is so simple it's makes it quick to use and lock ready for the next shot, I can even just use the friction adjustment for quicker composing of the camera without having to lock it.
Pros: Compact, Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement
Summary: I use the product with a Joby Gorillapod and it is well suited for travel photography. It's light and sturdy and locks into place well. The only criticism I have, is that it may not be adjustible enough for all situations, but so far in taking landscape/cityscape photos, it has done exactly what I bought it for without complaint. A very good ball head. My camera is a Nikon D7000+batterygrip and 18-200vr lens attached. It holds this steady without any give.
Pros: Compact, Easily Adjusted, Lightweight, Locks In Tight