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

Model #496RC2

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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
13 April 2016

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.

  • +

    Well built, stable quick release, light weight

  • -

    Cannot pan

7 January 2014

This is a very well manufactured and designed ballhead. It easily attached to my Manfrotto 190 tripod, I found the locking lever and friction control easily adjusted. Can't wait to get out and use it.

B h photo.34921152
22 October 2018

I bought this head for my camera stand. It's great, fits nice and tight to the stand screw. Super easy to tighten and loosen the head to swivel it into place for vertical or horizontal. Holds the camera tight with the quick release plate.

B h photo.34921152
19 October 2018

Very sturdy ball head and not too heavy. Took this out to shoot landscape and milky way. Love it

B h photo.34921152
3 September 2018

Not too big. Not too small. Not too heavy. Not to light. A great head for a great price. Nothing fancy, but gets the job done every time with any SLR, with any lens.

B h photo.34921152
2 August 2018

I forgot to mention that the 804 head has a quick release on it and that is what was not making a tight fit anymore.

B h photo.34921152
2 August 2018

I've had a 496 ball head for years now. I also own a Manfrotto 804RC2. The 804 head was usually on my tripod. One day I had my Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 400mm lens mounted on the 804 head.

B h photo.34921152
1 June 2018

This is such a sturdy ball head! I use it to hold my painting palette and it doesn't move or come loose. The quick release plate makes it very convenient and fast to set up and tear down my equipment for plein air. Love it!!

B h photo.34921152
9 February 2018

We needed an addition for our slider dolly and the Manfrotto 496RC2 is perfect. It let's us quick change cameras and adjust angles for a wide variety of shots.

B h photo.34921152
28 December 2017

I got this one to use instead of my 3-way pan/tilt head as it is much lighter to carry around. It performs well with a relatively heavy setup (used it with canon 5d, with vertical grip, and with 24-70 lens). Very stable both in horizontal and vertical orientation.

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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