Manfrotto 494RC2 Mini Ball Head 494 with RC2 Rapid Connect Plate, Maximum Load: 8.8 lbs/ 4 kg

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About Manfrotto 494

Manfrotto ball head family has been completely updated to be more ergonomic and easier to handle. Payloads range from 4.4 lbs (2kg) to 17.6 lbs (8kg). Features include a new friction control knob which allows micro movements without having to engage the head locking mechanism.

The friction control is present in all models except the small 492 head. The locking lever can be moved to the most convenient position, making it easierand quicker to work with this head.

All models featuring the quick release plate include an additional safety system that helps to prevent an accidental detaching of the camera from the head. These new Manfrotto heads are the ideal support for all needs!

The 494 and 494RC2 (will replace the 484 and 494RC2) is available in two different models: one is featuring a standard platform and one featuring a quick release plate. The 494 series is designed to be used with compact, 35mm and small digital cameras. Max load 8.8 lbs. (4kg).

The Manfrotto 494 is commonly used for Home, Landscape/scenery, Night shots, Travel, Wildlife and more.The Manfrotto 494 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Manfrotto 494 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Manfrotto 494: Attaches firmly, Large range of motion, Stable and Strong clamp

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Attaches firmly (12),Stable (11),Large range of motion (10),Strong clamp (9)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (10),Travel (8),Home (7),Night shots (5),Portraits (5),Wildlife (4),Sports/action (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (7),Photo enthusiast (4)

Manfrotto 494 Features

  • The 494 series is designed to be used with compact, 35mm and small digital cameras. Max load 8.8 lbs. (4kg).
  • The new friction control knob allows the photographer to achieve superior control when handling the camera and making micro movements without having to totally lock and unlock the ball head
  • The elliptical lines and curves recall the design of the latest launched tripods. The hollows make the head lighter
  • The knobs have been redesigned to be more ergonomic, easier to handle and more user-friendly. The ergonomic shape allows the user to better lock the ball.
  • A smart repositionable locking lever allows the user to place it in a comfortable position in order to use it in the most convenient way. Just pull it outwards, put it in the best working position and then release it.
  • The models featuring the quick release plate include an additional safety system that prevents the accidental detaching of the camera from the head.
  • The locking lever securely locks the head both in the +90° -90° ball positioningand in the 360° pan movements.

Manfrotto 494 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very good travel head.

I bought this head to use with 190CXPRO4. Tripod for me is mainly for travel purpose, so I wanted light small combination. The largest camera/lens combination for me is 40D/70-200 F4 IS and their combined weight is less than 4lbs. So even with flash and other stuff attached, it is nowhere near this head's maximum weight limit. So for travel tripod/head combo, I didn't need anything bigger than this. Movement of ball head can be smooth depending on how much friction you set, but once the lock ...

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I bought this head to use with 190CXPRO4. Tripod for me is mainly for travel purpose, so I wanted light small combination. The largest camera/lens combination for me is 40D/70-200 F4 IS and their combined weight is less than 4lbs. So even with flash and other stuff attached, it is nowhere near this head's maximum weight limit. So for travel tripod/head combo, I didn't need anything bigger than this. Movement of ball head can be smooth depending on how much friction you set, but once the lock lever is moved, it solidly holds my camera and lens. Only problem is that it is not really for panoramic shooting since loosening the lock lever to pan the head unlocks the ball too. But to take panorama shots, you can always loosen the center column and pan the whole head. Overall, this head is awesome travel gear. It's affordable, small and light. Pretty much all I need. I may buy different head later for different purposes, but traveling this will be on my tripod all the time.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

We'll see

My first one broke after a year and i sent it in for repairs. Despite it being a small problem Manfrotto said I would have to pay full price [$] to replace it. I just bought a new one through adorama. Hopefully the first was a fluke but not impressed with Manfrotto and the way they back up their product.

Reviewed by 15 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super ball-head in a small package

By

from WA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Works great on any tripod, but GREAT on a monopod. Small, easy to adjust, light weight and VERY stable / secure.

 
1.0

Terrible product!

By

from Madison, WI  -  Pro Photographer

The camera twists if on horizontal position and if you try to tighten it it ruins the bottom rubber part of your camera! After the moment of despair during a photo shot the head is all wiggly and it doesn't hold the camera firmly not even on horizontal position. I've tried to contact the support and the have another company taking care of the support. They didn't help me at all.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid, good weight & convenience

By

from Laguna Beach, CA  -  Photography Student

I use this with my D90 and an 18-105 and super-wide angle lens for landscape, artistic and a variety of nature shots. The quick release is solid. It clamps down well. Be careful when you loosen- you aren't going to get any good stitching photos with this ballhead. If this had a panoramic swivel on the bottom and a bubble level on the top, 5 stars. Convenience and quality with great weight and simple-to-use design. Look at the features- there are hardly any. But what it does, it does very well. If you really want more control over motion (such as the example of stitching multiple frames together), get a pan/tilt.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would recommend this to anyone.

By

from Concord, NC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

When out hiking.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

For the Price it's ok.

By

from Baldwin, NY  -  Photography Student

For the price it does what it is supposed to do. I had a hard time with the release, it is a bit hard to get the camera on and off the tripod quickly.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great upgrade to what I had

By

from Central Mass.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I like to photo waterfalls which very often require long uphill hikes. This ball head weighs less than half of the one it's replacing with obvious increase in quality. It is ideal for my purposes. Tom

 
4.0

Works great for monopod & sports combo!

By

from Urbana, IL  -  Pro Photographer

This ball head works really well for my sports photography. I mounted it on top of my monopod and it easily holds my D700+200mm lens. My only slight con would be that the clamp doesn't tighten quite as well as my older model Manfrotto ball head (which they no longer make).

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Secure, Light, Easy to use

By

from Fort Collins, Co  -  Photo Enthusiast

Use this for backpacking, is light, but very flexible and secure.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

We'll see

By

from santa cruz  -  Semi-pro Photographer

My first one broke after a year and i sent it in for repairs. Despite it being a small problem Manfrotto said I would have to pay full price [$] to replace it. I just bought a new one through adorama. Hopefully the first was a fluke but not impressed with Manfrotto and the way they back up their product.

 
5.0

Makes life easier

By

from SE Pennsylvania  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have this ball head mounted on my Manfrotto Monopod. It really makes a monopod easier to use when it is not practical to use a tripod.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
Wayne M  for aluminum tripod
PHILIP M  How do you release the camera head?
John L  Underneath the camera plate release lever is the locking lever. You must first pull it and then you can move the plate release lever. It is a small brass bar with a black cap on it. It shows up very well in the 2nd and last pictures that Adorama have posted of the unit.
todd h  hello, thinking about getting this head for my t2i, with the two lens that I have . the 18/55 and 55/250, and with my manfrotto black basic legs, do you think this is good enough to suport these lens. I dont have to much money to spend. I am a amateurs, just getting started?
RON G  I too are an amature. I have a 100-300mm lens which I have used with this Head a number of times. This setup is very stable and I would recommend it.
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