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Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head 498 with RC2 Rapid Connect Plate, Maximum Load: 17.6 lbs/ 8 kg

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About Manfrotto 498RC2

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.

498, 498RC2, 498RC4 (will replace 488, 488RC2 and 488RC4) With solid aluminum construction, this head is the ideal support for all traditional or digital small or medium format cameras. Max load: 17.6 lbs. (8kg)

The Manfrotto 498RC2 is commonly used for Home, Landscape/scenery, Night shots, Portraits, Sports/action, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Manfrotto 498RC2 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Manfrotto 498RC2 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Manfrotto 498RC2: Attaches firmly, Large range of motion, Stable and Strong clamp

Manfrotto 498RC2 Features

  • With solid aluminum construction, this head is the ideal support for all traditional or digital small or medium format cameras. Max load: 17.6 lbs. (8kg)
  • 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 positioning and in the 360° pan movements.

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4.4

(based on 30 reviews)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great product

I bought this midi ball head 498 RC2 for my new Manfrotto 055 CXPRO3 tripid. Together they weigh less than 5 lbs. This is a good head for what I need it for. My longest lens is the Nikon 70-300 mm. lens. I like the quick release plate— makes taking the camera off the tripod easy and quick. The controls work flawlessly and it does the job. No creeping or slipping seen. I belong to an active camera club and use this for night photography, landscape photos, sunset and sunrise photos and wild...

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I bought this midi ball head 498 RC2 for my new Manfrotto 055 CXPRO3 tripid. Together they weigh less than 5 lbs. This is a good head for what I need it for. My longest lens is the Nikon 70-300 mm. lens. I like the quick release plate— makes taking the camera off the tripod easy and quick. The controls work flawlessly and it does the job. No creeping or slipping seen. I belong to an active camera club and use this for night photography, landscape photos, sunset and sunrise photos and wildlife photos.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not sure yet

As the tripod purchased along with this head has a missing bolt and you can't find a replacement for it (neither am I) was only able to use this a couple of times,I am reserving judgment.

Reviewed by 30 customers

 
3.0

I expected more!

By

I have paired this ballhead with the Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber. As tight as I put the camera on ballhead, it still creeps each time. It is not as accurate as it should be. It creeps each time no matter what I do. Once it creeps, it stays in place. From that point on, everything is very good about the ball head. It is pretty easy to maneuver. For the price, it seems reasonable. I did expect more from it and expected there not to be any movement but there is.

 
5.0

Great buy in a ball head

By

This head is a workhorse in a mid-sized ball head. ,Great capacity for the price, smooth operation, positive locking, and separate panning lock. And a choice of QR plate options too. The extra height over the 486 series comes in very handy for taller photographers when used on slightly short tripods.

 
5.0

Exactly what I was looking for

By

This Midi ball Head fit my purpose. I really like the locking features with the handle like knob instead of the regular turn knob. I would recommend this Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head. And also, I loved Adorama's competitive price.

 
5.0

Great Ball Head

By

It is easy all around use and safe with the double lock that holds your camera in place.

 
5.0

Great Ball head!

By

Would highly recommend it

 
5.0

Outstanding

By

well built, easily attaches to manfrotto tripod, love all the adjustments and holds my heavy camera in place very well. no complaints, it's a great purchase.

 
5.0

fits my needs

By

as a casual photographer this head will work for me

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great until it broke

By

It worked great until the tripod I had it on fell over while stowed. The tripod fell over onto a hardwood floor and was not extended. The locking mechanism in the ball head no longer functions, though the friction knob still works so I am able to use that to lock the head. When I shake the ball head I can hear bits rattling around inside it. I did not expect the ball head to break from falling such a short distance. Be careful with it!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not sure yet

By

As the tripod purchased along with this head has a missing bolt and you can't find a replacement for it (neither am I) was only able to use this a couple of times,I am reserving judgment.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

well made and sturdy

By

A little heavy, but it's not intended to be a lightweight ball head. I wouldn't recommend carrying it into the woods, but otherwise it's great, and at a reasonable price.

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Laura K  What does this ball head weigh? I am looking for solid, but lightweight gear to take on hikes.
DR. N  The ball head weights 30 oz., which is a bit hefty for hiking. Then again, I don't know what type of equipment it will be married to, and whether this level of support is needed. That would seem to be the more important question. That said, it's a high quality piece that will easily support my Nikon 7100 with a Nikon 70-200 F2.8 (i.e., HEAVY) lens, and control it with easy motion. Mounting and dismounting on the connector plate are easily done, yet secure. I like it, but most on my shooting is in a theatre. The bigger question is...what are YOU going to be putting on it?
Laura K  I have a Nikon D7000 and the largest lens I would be using is a Nikon 70-300.
Laura K  What does this ball head weigh? I am looking for solid, but lightweight gear to take on hikes.
DR. N  The ball head weights 30 oz., which is a bit hefty for hiking. Then again, I don't know what type of equipment it will be married to, and whether this level of support is needed. That would seem to be the more important question. That said, it's a high quality piece that will easily support my Nikon 7100 with a Nikon 70-200 F2.8 (i.e., HEAVY) lens, and control it with easy motion. Mounting and dismounting on the connector plate are easily done, yet secure. I like it, but most on my shooting is in a theatre. The bigger question is...what are YOU going to be putting on it?
Laura K  I have a Nikon D7000 and the largest lens I would be using is a Nikon 70-300.
JOY P  DOES A QUICK RELEASE PLATE COME WITH THIS BALL HEAD?
JEROME D  I believe it did.
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