The Manfrotto 494 Ball Head is an updated version of the hugely popular 494 and 494RC tripod heads that increases the original payload to an impressive 9kg. Combine this with a quick release socket compatible with the Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-Swiss system and you’ve got yourself a highly versatile tripod head.

Fast Setup and Adjustment

A ball head makes setting up your shot quick and adjustments just as fast. Using the main knob you can loosen and tighten the movement of the head and a dial inside the knob allows you to adjust the friction to help you balance your gear. The other dial on the head allows you to pan the head, perfect for panoramas and smooth video shots.

Hefty 9kg Payload

Designed for medium sized DSLR and mirrorless cameras the Manfrotto 494 can support a payload of 9kg worth of gear. This allows you to mount your camera along with a wide range of zoom and telephoto lenses with confidence.

Lightweight Robust Construction

With an aluminium construction the head offers a well-balanced blend of portability and strength that ensures that it won’t break your back to carry but will also be robust enough to withstand a range of shooting conditions.

Landscape or Portrait Shooting

Featuring a cut-out section, the ball head is able to be angled at 90° to enable you to shoot portrait images and vertical video without requiring an L-Bracket.

Includes Quick Release Plate

The kit comes with a highly versatile 200PL-PRO quick release plate that also boasts an aluminium build just like the head combined with dual rubber inserts to improve the grip on your gear.

Compatible with RC2 and Arca-Swiss Plate Systems

Designed to be as practical as possible the 200PL-PRO is compatible with both Manfrotto RC-style as well as Arca-swiss-style quick release sockets.


330 g


Befree Advanced

Safety Payload Weight

9 kg



Head Type

Ball Head

Top Attachment

1/4" screw

Base Diameter

40 mm

Plate Type


Friction Control


Front Tilt

-90° / +40°

Lateral Tilt

-90° / +40°

Panoramic Rotation


Base Type

32 mm

Ball Locking




Easy Link


Independent Pan Lock


Independent Tilt Lock


Maximum Working Temperature

70 C

Minimum Working Temperature

-30 C

Pan Bar Included


Pan Drag


Quick Release


Working Height

10 cm

Tilt Drag


* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice

  • Manfrotto 494 Ball Head
  • 200PL PRO Quick Release Plate


* Dispatch timeframes are indications only and may vary for multiple quantities. Timeframes are updated regularly during normal business hours.