Manfrotto 494RC2 Ball Head Review

The Manfrotto 494RC2 Ball Head has been redesigned to make it easier to use (and replaces the Manfrotto 484RC2).

Manfrotto has redesigned the friction control knob on the side of this fall had to make it easier to make small adjustments without completely with the releasing the friction on the ball had itself. This is a nice feature because it means you’re not have to completely reposition your camera every time you may want to make a small adjustment.

Manfrotto also redesigned the knobs on this ball head to make it more ergonomic and easier to handle.

Personally, I’m a big fan of ball ads for still video shoots and for photography work.  However, if I’m going to be doing a lot of panning or movement of the camera when I’m shooting video, then I prefer a traditional video head.

One nice feature I like about this ball head is that Manfrotto has redesigned the locking lever to allow you to reposition it by simply pulling out the main locking lever and then rotating it into place and then letting it go back towards the body of the ball head.

This model features a RC2 quick release plate including an additional safety system that prevents the accidental detaching of the camera from the head.   If you watch my video review of the MeFoto road trip travel tripod, then you know that this is a nice feature because it prevents your camera from slipping off of the quick release plate when you loosen the attention of a quick release plate itself.

The locking lever securely locks the head both in the +90° -90° ball positioning and in the 360° pan movements.

Now, keep in mind that this is a small ball head only designed to hold up to 8 pounds.

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