This Manfrotto 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head features a ball-and-socket joint that utilizes pressurized fluid, which helps to provide a 35.3 lb load capacity and an easy-to-tighten locking mechanism. By loosening the 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head's primary locking knob, the ball-and-socket joint can be quickly swiveled, angled, fully tilted, or returned to its upright position. An additional knob set within that locking knob can be rotated to apply tension control to the ball-and-socket joint's movements. Along the opposite side of the ball head, a secondary locking knob controls the ability to rotate the head 360°.
The 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head's rubberized, non-slip platform includes a 1/4"-20 mount inside a spring-loaded 3/8"-16 expansion sleeve. When securing cameras, lenses, sport optics, or accessories that feature 1/4"-20 female accessory threads to the ball head, the expansion sleeve is automatically depressed, allowing those devices to be firmly attached. For items with 3/8"-16 female accessory threads, the expansion sleeve remains engaged and provides a reliable connection point that is reinforced by the 1/4"-20 mount.
An integrated thumbwheel under the ball head's platform allows both the mount and expansion sleeve, or the mount alone, to be screwed into a corresponding accessory thread. This permits a camera, lens, or sport optic to be attached to the 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head while it is simultaneously pointed in the subject's direction. To further promote fast and repeatable device positioning, the ball head's platform is engraved with an angle scale along its outer rim.