Acquisition of a Ballhead for a New Tripod


After a long and tedious research on the Internet, I finally decided to acquire a tripod and its corresponding ballhead.  It was not an easy task, considering I’m not a professional photographer and the zillion of options out there.  Pinpointing the best one is almost impossible, plus there is always the monetary constraints factor.

After a tiresome screening I made up my mind and settled for a Manfrotto 496 RC2 ballhead with a quick release plate.  The tripod was a Manfrotto 190 XProB 3 section aluminum pro tripod.  Manfrotto is an Italian company who specializes in manufacturing high quality photographic equipment.

The selected ballhead is medium size, light, with quick release–perfect for amateurs and professionals. Strong enough to take 35mm SLR or DSLR with medium lenses, and light medium format cameras.  It has a single indexed “ratchet” locking knob for 360° pan and +90° -90° tilt movements.

It’s equipped with a 200PL quick release camera plate system with a secondary safety catch.  Camera plate has 1/4″ male thread.  Head to tripod attachment is 3/8″ female thread. Material used is all aluminum construction and black finish.

Its main specifications are:

  • Supports up to 13 pounds
  • Repositionable locking lever for most comfortable use.
  • New ergonomic design.
  • New friction control for better control.
  • Quick release system features a new style secondary lock.
  • Price:  $79.00

Below are several pictures of the Manfrotto ballhead purchased on-line through Amazon.com.  Here we go.

Snapshot of the Manfrotto ballhead box with the manufacturer’s logo and name. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
In this picture you can easily read the name of the model of the ballhead and the name of the countries where it is marketed, (e.g., Canada and the United States). Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Tomorrow I plan to post the pictures of the Manfrotto tripod itself.  We went to Amador Causeway this morning to experiment with the new tripod, but the day was overcast, dark and rainy.  Took some pictures of the  Gehry Museum which I positively know will need to be post processed to make them decent enough to share with our readers here.  Not very happy, but I know better days will come in the upcoming week.  Perhaps taking pictures at night will be the day I inaugurate my new gear.  Good Day.

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2 thoughts on “Acquisition of a Ballhead for a New Tripod”

  1. Is that a Frank Gehry museum there? Some of his work I really, really like, and some is so-so. But I didn’t know there was one of his buildings in Panama City. I’ll look forward to that. I’m not even going to do a search — I’ll just be patient. 😉

  2. In 1975 Frank Gehry married Panamanian Berta Isabel Aguilera, his current wife. So he was kind enough to design a building for us, maybe influenced by his wife. It is not totally finished yet.

    Starting tomorrow I will post several pictures I shot last Sunday. The museum has a very interesting and original design with an unorthodox structure and striking bright colors. Some people like it, other don’t. It happens all the time with original artists who create “out of the box”.

    Patience is a wonderful word to keep under your pillow when you go sleep at night. 🙂

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