This is a medium size, light ballhead, perfect for amaterus and professionals. It features a friction control knob that delivers precise control without needign to lock and unlock the ball head. A repositionable locking lever allows the user to place it in a comfortable position. The locking lever securely locks the head both in the +90° -90° ball positioning and in the 360° pan positions. This head is designed to hold a 35mm SLR camera with medium-weight lens or light medium format style camera up to 13 pounds. The 496 replaces the Manfrotto 486RC2.