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
Most Liked Positive Review
Tension control nice - Needs Improvement
I recently upgraded my Bogen 488RC2 for this new 498RC2. The tension control addition is great. Basically, it is just another thumb screw which applies more pressure to the ball. The effect is that when you untighten the lock handle, there is still some pressure applied to the ball so that you can move your camera and make orientation adjustments easier. Once you make your adjustment, you then lock the ball again. Just don't forget to LOCK the ball like I did. My camera went flopping downward...View full Review
I recently upgraded my Bogen 488RC2 for this new 498RC2. The tension control addition is great. Basically, it is just another thumb screw which applies more pressure to the ball. The effect is that when you untighten the lock handle, there is still some pressure applied to the ball so that you can move your camera and make orientation adjustments easier. Once you make your adjustment, you then lock the ball again. Just don't forget to LOCK the ball like I did. My camera went flopping downward but I caught it in time!One thing I noted is that the base of the head which connects to the tripod was redesigned, and I'm not sure if for the better. On the 488, the base had a slight zig-zag shape to it. The benefit of this, I thought, is that the tripod mounting screws could better grip the head. The 498, however, has a completely flat surface. Under normal conditions, this should not be a problem. However, if you have the pan lock on and you inadvertently apply to much force to pan the head, I wonder if the screws will hold the head in place.Now, my major gripe is with the tilt position of the head. I can't for the life of me understand why Bogen cannot design the head so that when tilted for vertical shots, it will REST at a TRUE 90Â° angle. It is off by a few degrees. I am using a Canon EOS 7D and the built-in leveller also confirms that a true 90Â° is not being achieved. Yes, you can adjust in post, but why do we have to? Bogen should just design the grooves in the head body (and the ball support) to rest at a true 90Â°.For the price[...] you can't go wrong, but if Bogen just made a couple of changes (at no expense, I'm sure), this would be a perfect head for its price class.
Most Liked Negative Review
Manfrotto Midi Ball Head 498
This head is useless. The fine adjustment does not work and small movements can't be made.
Reviewed by 31 customers
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.
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.
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.
It is easy all around use and safe with the double lock that holds your camera in place.
Would highly recommend it
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.
as a casual photographer this head will work for me
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!
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.
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.