Manfrotto 496 Compact Ball Head 496 with Standard Platform, Maximum Load: 13.2 lbs/ 6 kg

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About Manfrotto 496

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. 496 - 496RC2 (will replace the 486 and 486RC2) This compact ball head is strong enough to load a 35mm SLR camera with medium-weight lenses and light medium format cameras. Max load: 13.2 lbs. (6kg)

The Manfrotto 496 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Manfrotto 496: Attaches firmly, Large range of motion and Stable

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Attaches firmly (4),Large range of motion (4),Stable (4)

Manfrotto 496 Features

  • 496 - 496RC2 (will replace the 486 and 486RC2) This compact ball head is strong enough to load a 35mm SLR camera with medium-weight lenses and light medium format cameras. Max load: 13.2 lbs. (6kg)
  • 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 496 Reviews

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4.8

(based on 5 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Excellent Product. However there is some information that should have been in the item listing: Height:3-13/16", 92MM Base Diameter:2-5/16". 59mm Mounts on:3/8-16 Stud (Does NOT come with ¼-20 adapter)

Reviewed by 5 customers

 
5.0

Just What I wanted

By

from Chicago  -  Pro Photographer

I wanted a small ball head to use when hiking and this fits the bill. It works well the movement is smooth and adjustable, and once locked down is quite sturdy. There is a bit of creep if you camear is heavy to one side or the other of the ball, but I have used a tilt pan Gitzo head that was far worse.

 
4.0

Works Great

By

from Arizona  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I contemplated the quick-release version and decided to go with this one instead. I used it to shoot youth soccer and it worked great. I did not experience the 'grinding' that others have mentioned. It was a little stiff at first but loosened up after a couple of minutes.

 
5.0

Solid, Simple, Easy to Use

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from Los Angeles, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Solid and easy to adjust. Manfrotto quality. I went with the non-quick release version to keep the weight and complexity down. I like not having to leave a QR plate attached to my OM-D all the time, and it only takes a few seconds to attach/detach the camera in any event. If you anticipate needing to quickly attach/detach your camera from the tripod, then look to the 496RC2. Be aware that this head attaches to the tripod with 3/8" threads. I have a Slik Tripod and it uses 1/4" threads. So you may need a 1/4" to 3/8" bushing depending on your tripod brand. This isn't a fault of the Manfrotto head of course, just something to be aware of.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Additional information

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from Atlanta, GA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Excellent Product. However there is some information that should have been in the item listing: Height:3-13/16", 92MM Base Diameter:2-5/16". 59mm Mounts on:3/8-16 Stud (Does NOT come with ¼-20 adapter)

 
5.0

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from boise idaho  -  Photo Enthusiast

great product

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