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Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Head

Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head

There was nothing wrong with the head on my tripod, but it was so old it didn’t have the same size screw therefore wouldn’t work for me. So I invested in a head as well. Boy am I glad I did! This one has a plate that screws right into the bottom of your camera. So anytime you want to use your camera you just snap it into place… pretty nifty! The compact ball head is awesome you can adjust it to turn any direction any position. Some things just work out I was glad I didn’t place my old head on my brand new Manfrotto legs!

My actual purchase was the 486RC2, but it has been replaced with the 496RC2. I can’t imagine they are that different, but I am sure the newer one must be better in some way.  If you like you can check out my review on the Manfrotto tripod legs 190Xb that I also purchased.

Amazon list price $85.00 plus Free Shipping.

The Official Product Description:

The Bogen-Manfrotto 486RC2 Compact Ball Head is the same as the 486 but equipped with a 3157N quick-release camera plate. The 486RC2 is a direct replacement of the 3413QR and 3055S ProBall and Heavy-Duty Double Action Ball Heads. A strong die-cast construction, precision machined aluminum housing, and an extremely hard phenolic resin ball provides smooth movements across all tilt positions. The 486RC2 features a single ratchet locking knob for 360-degree pan and a double groove for +90 to -90-degree tilt movements. Camera plate has a 1/4-20-inch male thread, and head to tripod attachment is 3/8-inch female. Optional Plates: 200PL-38, 200PLARCH-14, 200PLARCH-38.

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One Response to “Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Head”

  1. I purchased this tripod as a backpackable tripod, because I couldn’t afford a carbon-fiber model. That said, this tripod is great, considering the relatively low price. My setup can be rather heavy, with a Nikon D200 + 80-200 f/2.8 lens, but so far the tripod in conjunction with the midi-ball head, has been very sturdy.The great things about this tripod are the thumb clasps on the telescoping legs (rather than wingnuts), the leg warmers (great at 5am when it’s 30 degrees), and the well built and adjustable pivot points on the legs. I find the ability to have legs go totally horizontal is highly useful.

    Posted by manfrotto 190xb tripod | January 19, 2011, 9:54 am

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