Excerpt: I've only had it for about two weeks but during that time I have had a lot of fun using it and glad it is solid and stable and reliable to use specially since the quick release plate and its respective locking mechanism are what hold the camera to the rest of the tripod.
Pros: ball head, fair price, very stable, easy to use
Summary: This is a great introductory tripod head because it has a large range of motion (back 45 degrees more than one of the other big name brands) and is affordable. It's also great for carrying around in a backpack because it is relatively small and light, despite feeling very solid in use. The only thing I wish it had was a level, because with all the range of motion on the ball it becomes difficult to make sure you aren't on an angle, especially at night.
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Large Range of Motion, Lightweight, Small, Strong Clamp
Summary: I purchased the Manfrotto 560B Fluid Video Monopod equipped with a 234RC Swivel/Tilt Head with Quick Release a couple of years ago. I soon found the 234RC Head to be of limited use when using larger/heavier lenses. When changing the orientation from landscape to portrait, the adjustment lever was very difficult to access and wouldn't tighten well enough to hold the lens firmly in place. I installed the 494 Mini Ball Head w/RC2 QR Plate, and it was a perfect fit.
Summary: I wanted a ball head for it's simplicity after struggling with a 3-way design and I'm really glad I did. I went for the smallest, lightest model I could find in the Manfrotto range to go with my Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 carbon tripod. It easily carries a Pentax K7 DSLR with 55-300mm lens and is very quick to adjust, even in the dark, as I found out last weekend at a fireworks display.
Pros: Compact, Easily Adjusted, Lightweight, Locks In Tight
Summary: Alles super. Kein Grund zu meckern... eigentlich. Aber dennoch: Das Teil ist schwer. Wohl der Preis dafür, dass es gut ist. Ein Gewindeadapter hätte man als Service mitliefern können. Wer sowas nicht hat: bestellen!
Schnelle Lieferung. Passt auch so, wie ich es mir vorgestellt hatte.
Hans-Peter Anderer, Amazon
4 weeks ago
Summary: Bin beim Gewicht optimieren, sprich minimieren auf diesen Kugelkopf gekommen. Zudem sollte die Verwendung der PL 200 Platte möglich sein. Wie es sich bewährt wird sich dann im Dezember zeigen. Die Ausführung ist jedenfalls durchdacht und solide.