The Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release is constructed of die-cast aluminum, strong enough to support SLR or Digital SLR cameras with a medium lens, and lightweight medium format cameras. It has a single repositionable locking lever, ±90° tilt movement, plus a friction control for precise positioning. Cameras are attached to the ball head with the 200PL-14 Plate with 1/4'' male threads. The head to tripod attachment has 3/8'' female threads. Additionally, the Quick Release has a safety system to prevent an accidental detaching from the head.