Excerpt: I have paired this ballhead with the Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber. As tight as I put the camera on ballhead, it still creeps each time. It is not as accurate as it should be. It creeps each time no matter what I do. Once it creeps, it stays in place. From that point on, everything is very good about the ball head. It is pretty easy to maneuver. For the price, it seems reasonable. I did expect more from it and expected there not to be any movement but there is.
Excerpt: This Midi ball Head fit my purpose. I really like the locking features with the handle like knob instead of the regular turn knob. I would recommend this Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head. And also, I loved Adorama's competitive price.
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
Excerpt: This head is a workhorse in a mid-sized ball head. ,Great capacity for the price, smooth operation, positive locking, and separate panning lock. And a choice of QR plate options too. The extra height over the 486 series comes in very handy for taller photographers when used on slightly short tripods.
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Economical, Extra Height, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Light weight, Strong Clamp
Excerpt: It worked great until the tripod I had it on fell over while stowed. The tripod fell over onto a hardwood floor and was not extended. The locking mechanism in the ball head no longer functions, though the friction knob still works so I am able to use that to lock the head. When I shake the ball head I can hear bits rattling around inside it.<br /><br />I did not expect the ball head to break from falling such a short distance. Be careful with it!