If you are looking for a small and affordable ball head for your DSLR stop right there - you just found it! The 488 from Manfrotto - Bogen is a remarkable piece of equipment for the price. Our photographer here at the Villa clued us in on this product when he purchased one for our studio.
This ball head, although small, is remarkably strong - it can hold up to 17.6 Lbs, which comfortably hold our studio's Nikon D300 or equivalent camera. The height of the head is 4.25 inches and it has a 3/8" female thread to connect to your tripod. The best part of this head is that it has a tilt of -90 degrees +90 degrees and a pan of 360 degrees, which has its own independent lock from the actual ball that holds your camera. This is great for producing panoramic shots. We liked the 488 over the 486 for its extra weight support and independent lock lever for the pan. If the pan is not important to you, then the 486 is an even cheaper alternative, but we figured for an extra 30 dollars the feature is worth it.
We didn't find any faults with the head, except that it could be a bit too heavy, but then again, that's what gives it its strength.
To sum it all up the Manfrotto - Bogen 488 RC2
is an easy to use affordable ball head that attaches firmly to any camera, features good stability, and a large range of motion.
- Provides great stability
- Solid construction
- Great pan controls
- Somewhat heavy
WHERE TO BUY
We found the best prices at:
at $107.00 with free supersaver shipping.
, one of our favorite shops, has it for $110.00 + shipping.
has it for $109.95 plus shipping.