This time we are not talking about a conversion plate but for a unique new clamp designed specifically to fit the Manfrotto 490 and 050 series of ball heads equipped with an RC2 or RC5 quick release.
The QR Clamp
|Jaw Length:||60 mm (2.37")|
|Height:||21 mm (0.84")|
|Safety Stop Relief Grooves:||Two 2.6mm deep|
|Material:||6061-T6 Aluminium, Black hard coat anodized|
The Hejnar PHOTO FM496RC2 Arca compatible QR Clamp design is based on the well known Hejnar Photo F62A Quick Release Clamp with an entirely redesigned bottom surface in order to match the specific Manfrotto heads.
|FM496RC drawing with detailed dimensions (Click to enlarge).|
Mounting the Clamp On a Manfrotto Ball Head
Unlike the converter / adapter + clamp solutions, now having to deal with only a clamp makes the process of introducing one of the newer Manfrotto ball heads into the Arca-Swiss compatible world, a far easier job.
As an example the Manfrotto 496RC2 head is used for illustration below.
|All one needs to do is to unscrew and remove the original RC2 platform from the ball head stem, using the provided with the clamp Allen hex wrench.|
|Align and match the slots at the clamp bottom with the island and bosses on top of the Manfrotto ball stem...|
|Then, screw in and tighten the existing flat-head screw. So simple!|
Update Nov 2015
The latest FM496 Quick Release clamp version follows the trend all Hejnar QR clamps by now, which sport decimal scales on both clamp jaws and a knurled screw-knob with a diamond pattern.
|Updated Hejnar Photo FM496 top side showing decimal scales and knurled knob.|
|Updated Hejnar Photo FM496 bottom side showing special anti-twist bosses for Manfrotto ball head stems.|
Further the compatibility list has been updated with all the latest Manfrotto® models.
Manfrotto® 494 / 496 / 498 RC2 ball heads.
Manfrotto® 054 / 055 / 057 RC2 and RC5 ball heads.
Manfretto® MHXPRO-BHQ2 ball head
Manfrotto® BeFree Tripods
I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos & Drawings ©2012 and 2015 Chris Hejnar / Hejnar PHOTO
Price and Availability:
Current price for the FM496 QR Clamp is US$ 70.00 (+Shipping where applicable) and is available from the Hejnar Photo online store
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