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2.0 out of 5 stars over rated, 15 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head with Friction Control (Electronics)
I had several issues with this head. Firstly the plate, being metal, does not fit onto the head with absolute security and tightness. With a heavy telephoto I got a distinct wobble, which immediately defeats the purpose of spending good money on a tripod head. I've not had this problem with even the cheapest of tripods.
Secondly, I believe the friction control is basically redundant; an unnecessary feature I could live without, perhaps only included to justify the expense. The model this head replaced did not have it.
Thirdly, whilst not using the head over the winter, I stored it inside the house and after a couple of months the 'safety button' (also pretty much redundant) became stuck in the up position. I had to pay to return it to Manfrotto for a warranty repair, but they don't tell you upfront whether they'll charge you for it. They said the inner workings had become corroded (whilst stored inside!), and said this was my fault. However the mighty powers that be at Manfrotto grudgingly decided to repair it for free before returning it...to the wrong address.
On a final note, I used this head with the 190 tripod and frankly it made for a heavy combination that you would not want to carry around for long. In summary, the combination was heavy and unstable and overall less satisfying than the cheapo Velbon that was replaced by it.
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Initial post: 28 Oct 2012 12:13:51 GMT
J. Carter says:
Initially, I had the same problem with a (slightly) loose quick release head. However, it can tightened with a hex/ allen key- the hole is under the axis for the release lever.
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