Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head w/RC2 QR Plate

Model #494RC2

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General Information

Material Aluminum alloy
Type Ball Head
Load Capacity 8.82 lb (4.0 kg)
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 Female thread
Camera Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
Quick Release Yes, RC2 with 200PL-14 camera plate
Adjustments ±90°
Panning: 360°
Separate Panning Lock No
Tension Control Yes
Ball Sphere Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Bubble Level No
Base Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Dimensions Working height: 3.35" (8.5 cm)
Weight 0.71 lb (0.32 kg)
User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
11 January 2018

I really like this ballhead for its light and simple use. I am using it on an equatorial mount that has about an eight pound capacity so this makes a nice match. The 90 degree notch on each side is also handy.

7 June 2011

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.

  • +

    ball head, fair price, very stable, easy to use

  • -

    few minor (personal) quirks

B h photo.34921152
5 March 2018

Being 78 years of age but still trying to do outdoor photography, I need a tripod/head package that's LIGHT. This ball head does the job, perfectly. I especially like the ability to adjust tension on the ball so my camera doesn't fall over when I adjust its position.

B h photo.34921152
7 September 2017

It's Manfrotto, need I say more?

B h photo.34921152
28 July 2017

I use several of these, and like to have one on each unit, rather than having to move it from tripod to tripod, etc.

B h photo.34921152
24 July 2017

Very sturdy. It holds my 5D MarkIII very steady. Love the quality of Manfrotto heads.

B h photo.34921152
5 December 2016

So glad to get this ball head just in time for our night photography! It is made in Italy and not China made that the original tripod and ball head package came with. I lost a tiny piece of the old China-made when I dropped my tripod.

B h photo.34921152
3 November 2016

Easy to use and sturdy. Not for heavy lens. A little harder to use if you have a battery pack on your camera.

B h photo.34921152
24 October 2016

Got this for my monopod. Friction and locking controls work great. Smooth ball movement. But release for plate is frustrating and often requires two hands, leaving no way to properly hold the about-to-be-released camera.

B h photo.34921152
25 July 2016

You can really crank down on this one.

Product Highlights
  • Aluminum Construction
  • Quick Release with Camera Plate
  • Load Capacity: 8.82 lb
  • Working Height: 3.35"
  • Weight: 0.71 lb
  • 360° Panning
  • Head Tilt: +/-90°
  • Tension Control
In The Box
  • Manfrotto 494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release
  • 200PL-14 Rectangular Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension after Online Registration
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