Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with 200PL-14 QR Plate

Model #496RC2

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Specifications

General Information

Material Aluminum
Type Ball Head
Load Capacity 13.23 lb (6.0 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: 3.94" (10 cm)
Weight 0.71 lb (0.42 kg)
User Reviews
Pentaxforums.34752456
13 April 2016
8.0/10

The Manfrotto 496RC2 is a basic ball head that is OK on a tripod, but works very well on a monopod. The lack of a panning feature makes this head useless for panoramic landscapes where stitching photographs together is needed.

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    Well built, stable quick release, light weight

  • -

    Cannot pan

Pentaxforums.34752456
4 July 2011
9.0/10

The 496 model apparently incorporates a number of improvements over older models, and it will hold more weight than the 494RC2. The new friction control knob allows improved control when handling the camera and making micro movements without having to totally lock and unlock the ball head.

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    Smooth movement, firm engagement, friction control knob

  • -

    No level on the tripod head

Pentaxforums.34752456
6 May 2010
8.0/10

I had this head some time and liked it very much - easy to handel and not to heavy - but finally I replaced it by a 498 because that can carry my heavy 6x7 camera

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    Small and easy to handle for DSLR

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    Not solid enough for 6x7

Wex.33757758
22 May 2016
10/10

The horizontal centre column feature is really useful and very easy to use. The ball head has adjustable friction as well as a lock. The ball head is much quicker to position than a 3 way head and locks very solidly.

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    Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement, Versatile

Product Highlights
  • Aluminum Construction
  • Load Capacity: 13.23 lb
  • Working Height: 3.94"
  • Weight: 0.93 lb
  • 360° Panning
  • Head Tilt: +/-90°
  • Tension Control
In The Box
  • Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact 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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