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|Independent Leg Spread||Yes|
|Load Capacity||15.4 lb (7 kg)|
|Maximum Height||63" (160 cm)|
|Maximum Height w/o Column Extended||53.1" (135 cm)|
|Minimum Height||3.5" (9 cm)|
|Folded Length||32.2" (59 cm)|
|Leg Lock Type||Flip|
|Weight||4.4 lb (2 kg)|
|Head Mount Thread Size||3/8"-16|
|Center Column Type||Rapid, faceted, removable|
|Center Column Sections||1|
|Load Capacity||13.2 lb|
|Weight||5.3 lb (2.4 kg)|
|Folded Length||27.2" (69 cm)|
|Minimum Height||7.5" (19 cm)|
|Maximum Height w/o Column Extended||587 (145 cm)|
|Maximum Height||67" (170 cm)|
|Camera Mount Thread Size||1/4"-20, female|
|Tripod Mount Thread Size||3/8"-16|
|Weight||0.9 lb (420 g)|
|Head Type||3-way pan/tilt|
|Load Capacity||13.2 lb (6 kg)|
|Maximum Height||3.9" (10 cm)|
|Quick Release Plate||Yes, 200PL|
Works great for stills or any other situation where you need can quickly position the camera in any way you'd like (landscape, portrait, dutch angle, etc), lock the head in place firmly and quickly and leave it alone till you need to need to reframe.
Fine, relatively cheap (I got mine in kit with 055 tripod). It is such stable in most applications, but 300 mm lenses (on digital) mlu activation is recomended.
lightweight, sufficient for generall usage
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.
I purchased the 496 compact ball head to reduce the weight of my hiking pack and couldn't be happier. It's half the weight of my old Manfrotto grip ball head (which I still love), and plenty solid enough to support a heavy dSLR with medium telephoto lens.
I had a wonderful old tripod with a horrible awkward handled head on it. My mentor suggested this ball head and it works like a champ. I like the way it holds the camera steady with a minimum of adjustments.
I like the tension adjustment. You can use it to adjust your composition without actually loosening and locking down the head. It's nice when using the tripod to simply assist stabilization in lieu of being totally hands off. The tension setting keeps the camera positioned wherever you leave it.
No issues. Delivered promptly.
Very easy to use, versatile tripod head. Used with Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 Aluminum Tripod.
I am a senior, and I am interested in lighter weight during a photo shoot and the 496RC2 affords me the stability I need with a Nikon D7200 and D810 and the Use of a Sigma 150-500mm.
Well built and easy to use with my Fuji XT-1.