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Manfrotto 496rc2 or 498rc2

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Mar 27, 2011 00:41 |  #1

Hey everybody, I am looking for a ball head for my Manfrotto 055xprob tripod. I am not sure if I should get the 496rc2 or the 498rc2. I am aware that the 498rc2 has a designated panning knob lock. Is that necessary? How would I be able to pan with the 496rc2? The 498rc2 costs almost twice as much as the 496rc2!

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Mar 27, 2011 00:52 |  #2

Designated panning is very nice.

You can't really pan with the 496 in the same manner since you would have to loosed up the ballhead and at that point it would be easy to not keep it even as you "pan" .

Panning is definitely a must if you are going to do any video, and it would be a nice feature to have for panoramas and the like.

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Mar 27, 2011 02:07 |  #3

I went with the 498rc2, great head, handles all my kit very well, although on the limit with the 70-200 + 2x. Interestingly the head weighs as much as the legs!!


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Mar 27, 2011 02:11 |  #4

i would have recommended a giottos for the price of the manfrotto 498rc2. I forget which model that I had used, but it's built a lot better than my 494rc2 and has the panning too.

I returned it because it made my tripod feel unbalanced.

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Mar 27, 2011 03:24 |  #5

If I had to choose between your options, I would say 498RC2. If you are willing to get a non-Manfrotto ballhead, I would strongly recommend the HorusBennu LX-5.

It can be had for around $100 on ebay.

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Mar 27, 2011 03:26 |  #6

I don't think I would buy a head that couldn't pan. It would have to either have a panning base or a panning clamp.

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Mar 27, 2011 08:12 as a reply to  @ klr.b's post |  #7

I personally would not buy either. I had a 498RC2 and found it more trouble to use.

1. it's very heavy. The 055XPROB is a heavy tripod to begin with. I have one and love it, but adding to the weight was just adding insult to injury.
2. I could not get it to lock onto where I pointed it when I used my larger lenses
3. The quick release plate wasn't all that quick. I must be all thumbs as the co-ordination with the release lock then the release latch.. Too much for me.

I'd take a look as some of the ebay Arca Swiss ball heads like this thread or this thread.

You don't need to go Manfrotto head just because you got the legs.

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Mar 27, 2011 08:41 |  #8

No problems with the 498RC2 and my 550D + Grip + 70-200

A little droop without a tripod collar, but once I started using one it balanced out nice.

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Mar 27, 2011 12:34 as a reply to  @ GooseberryVisuals's post |  #9

If you get either of the manfrotto ballheads, replace the RC2 clamp with a RRS multimount QR clamp and put a RRS L bracket on the camera body. You will be glad you did. ;)

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