Manfrotto MK190X3-BH Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 Compact Ball Head

Model #MK190X3-BH

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Center Column Sections 1
Center Column Type Rapid, faceted, removable
Center Brace No
Spiked Feet No
Head Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 4.4 lb (2 kg)
Material Aluminum alloy
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 Sections 3
Leg Lock Type Flip
Independent Leg Spread Yes

Head and Legs

Load Capacity 13.2 lb
Maximum Height 67" (170 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 587 (145 cm)
Minimum Height 7.5" (19 cm)
Folded Length 27.2" (69 cm)
Weight 5.3 lb (2.4 kg)


Head Type 3-way pan/tilt
Material Aluminum alloy
Load Capacity 13.2 lb (6 kg)
Maximum Height 3.9" (10 cm)
Quick Release Plate Yes, 200PL
Camera Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20, female
Bubble Level Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 0.9 lb (420 g)
User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
27 July 2016

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.

19 March 2014

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

  • -

    quite unprecise

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.32817553
2 weeks ago

My purchase was to replace a well used tool. I've had the previous compact ball head for more than 10 years and it has traveled the world with me. Alas, it finally succumbed to my brutish hamfisted use. No doubt I would never think of trying a different model or brand. Manfrotto is my tool kit.

B h photo.32817553
23 May 2017

I use this head to attach a portable 20x26 inch drawing board to my Manfrotto tripod for frequent life drawing sessions. It is compact and performs perfectly, unlike other brand ball head attachments I have tried in the past.

B h photo.32817553
20 May 2017

I now have several Manfrotto tripod heads and have NEVER been disappointed in their performance. For me, they're the "gold standard" when it comes to build-quality and reliability. This model 496 RC2 is no exception.

B h photo.32817553
18 May 2017

This was the ball head recommended for use with the tripod that I purchased. It's simple to put on the tripod, and heavy duty enough to fix my prochade painting box with the quick release plate.

B h photo.32817553
17 May 2017

Would buy again if needed.

B h photo.32817553
10 May 2017

I use this with a tripod to secure my easel while painting outdoors. It secures my equipment well in adverse conditions and is easy to use.

B h photo.32817553
9 May 2017

Purchased this product to replace a older ball head that couldn't really handle the weight of my birding gear (Nikon D500 with Battery Pack / Sigma 150-600mm C). So far, everything is working perfectly. I have it mounted on my 25 yr. old Manfrotto monopod.

Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Max Height: 67"
  • Min Height: 7.5"
  • Folded Length: 27.2"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 5.3 lb
  • Ground Level Adapter
  • Quick Power Leg Locks
  • Easy Link Attachment
  • Compact Ball Head with QR Plate
In The Box
  • Manfrotto MK190X3-BH Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 Compact Ball Head
  • 200PL Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw and 3/8" Bushing Adapter
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension upon Online Product Registration
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