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Manfrotto MH496-BH Compact Ball Head


Manfrotto MH496-BH Compact Ball Head

Highlights: • Flawless smoothness for precise framing
• Independent panoramic movement for easy landscape shots
• Independent friction control to balance your equipment
• 200PL-PRO plate (RC2 & Arca-swiss compatible)
• Lightweight and strong body holds up to 10kg
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Manfrotto MH496-BH Compact Ball Head
Product Code: MH496-BH
Barcode/EAN: 8024221668186
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For all photographers looking for a portable yet powerful ball head, the 496 aluminium Centre ball head enables smooth and precise camera positioning. The 496 Centre ball head is ideal for anyone looking for a quick and reliable solution that helps frame shots precisely. This tripod head is made of highly resistant, lightweight aluminium, so it is both portable and strong enough to cope with an impressive payload capacity up to 10 kg/22.03lbs. It is the perfect solution for all kinds of mirrorless cameras with zoom lenses and even medium-format DSLRs, ensuring steadiness and safety. This advanced ball head combines practicality with high performanceand features three independent controls that give it the versatility to suit any environment: a main ergonomic knob manages the sphere lock, an integrated friction controlknob adjusts the ball tension so that equipment weight is always perfectly balanced and shots framed effortlessly; an independent panoramic knob keeps the horizon flat and moves the camera horizontally, enabling astonishing landscape shots. Framing on the new 496 is easier and opens limitless options, so you can pursue any angle your mind can think of.

The 496 Centre ball head mounts a unique plate that makes it fully compatible with the world’s most widespread standard camera plates: Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-swissstyle. With this aluminium plate fixed to the camera, all Manfrotto heads and almost all tripod heads on the market featuring Arca-swiss type attachments can be set up rapidly and effortlessly, with no need for disassembly components. 

The 496 Centre ball head’s design makes it extremely easy to set up and lock your camera in any configuration.

Weight400 g

Collection/SeriesBefree Advanced

Safety Payload Weight10 kg


Head TypeBall Head

Top Attachment1/4″ screw

Base Diameter40 mm

Plate Type200PL PRO

Friction ControlYes

Front Tilt-90° / +40°

Lateral Tilt-90° / +40°

Panoramic Rotation360

Base Type39 mm

Ball LockingYes


Easy LinkNo

Independent Pan Lockyes

Independent Tilt Lockyes

Maximum Working Temperature70 C

Minimum Working Temperature-30 C

Pan Bar IncludedNo

Pan DragNONE

Quick ReleaseYes

Working Height11.5 cm

Tilt DragNONE