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Manfrotto 128RC Micro Fluid Head with 200PL 14 RC2 Rapid Connector Plate

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  • Smooth fluid movement
  • Secure quick release system for easy installation and removal of cameras
  • Adjustable for left or right handed operation
  • Supports up to 8 pounds
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Manfrotto 128RC Micro Fluid Head with 200PL 14 RC2 Rapid Connector Plate + Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod Legs (Black) + VidPro 35 inch Tripod Carrying Case with Strap for Bogen-Manfrotto, Sunpak, Vanguard, Slik, Giottos and Gitzo Tripods
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  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 4.6 x 5.2 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000JLO6RS
  • Item model number: 128RC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

A lightweight fluid head with pan bar and quick release camera plate with secondary security, ideal for cameras up to 4kg in weight. It has smooth fluid movement, pan and tilt locks. This version is black painted. Optional Plates: 200PL- 38. This replaces the Manfrotto 3130. Attachment (bottom): 3/8- Inch female thread; color: black; - 60Degree / +90Degree tilt range; height: 4.53 in.; independent pan lock; load capacity: 8.82 lbs.; material: aluminum; panoramic rotation: 360 Degree; plate type: quick release - with 1/4- Inch screw + VHS pin; weight: 2.20 lbs.; working height: 4.53 in.

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I think, the head is a well made design and very easy to use.
rt66west
Adjustments are easily made even with the pressure knobs fairly tight so there is no wobble once you have attained target.
Lynn Wessman
The head pans and tilts nicely with a mild fluid dampened movement.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert P. Booth on December 29, 2008
I have the same head with the older model designation of 3130 (which uses the older non-notched quick-release plates as well as the newer notched 'N' plate).

This head is heavier than similar-sized heads in the model lineup but holds a 9 lb. camera well and the heft dampens vibration from below better than the lighter models (a plus for working with on-camera mic in certain environments). The fluid action is smooth and improves substantially with use. The overall quality of fit and finish is high.

When used with a Manfotto tripod the base attaches firmly with the use of the tripod's base set-screws (which secure via an inner ring of recessed beveled surfaces on the underside of this head). With that proviso, there is no problem with the head loosening as mentioned in the previous review. The size of the 3/8 inch mounting with beveled surface ring is a match for Manfrotto tripods and this unit is best used with that brand of tripod.

Considering the overall quality and modest price it is a good bet for medium-sized cameras (up to 10 lbs. or so). For smaller cameras, I switch to the Manfrotto 700RC2 which is well suiting to the new generation of "pop-can"-sized cameras (like Canon's Vixia/Ivis series). Both heads are low-cost, simple units.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris Goldthorpe on July 14, 2010
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I bought this head to replace a Manfrotto 3055 ball head which was getting worn out and not moving smoothly. I use the head with a spotting scope, with a camcorder and with a camera. This head is much smoother and easier to use then my 3055 ever was and is about the same weight. Even when using 45x magnification on my spotting scope the movement is very fluid and smooth. The only drawback to a pan and tilt head is that it does not work so well if you need to take a photo in portrait mode, but that is not too much of an issue for me since I use the head mostly for video and for supporting a spotting scope.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P.K. Frary TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 30, 2013
I needed a pan head for DSLR video and choose Manfrotto since their heads are known to offer great bang for the buck. Although the 128RC is one of Manfrotto's more modest designs, it's still made in Italy and demonstrates beefy build and excellent fit and finish. This head is rock solid and ultra smooth during pans. I mated the 128RC to my ancient Gitzo G201 Reporter (a tank of a tripod) and my 5D MK II and 7D HD video pans have never been smoother.This head--although a "small" model--is larger than it looks in the pictures and has a long panning handle, affording fine control and good leverage.

The QR system on this head is actually the new Q2 system, a tweaked version of RC2, and a couple notches better than my prior RC2 heads: the 200PL-14 plate is held tightly on all four sides and has no side to side play. This play is one of the main complaints about Manfrotto's quick lock system--and why some people switch to Arca-Swiss--so it is good to see the QR system getting better with each generation redesign.

As good as the Q2 quick release system is, my other tripod heads and cameras use Arca-Swiss QR and I needed the 128RC to work with the same. The Q2 clamp is integral to the 128RC head and can't be removed like ball head platforms/disks. That doesn't mean it can't be easily converted to Arca: simply screw a Manfrotto 200PL-14 plate into the underside of the Arca clamp, press into the Manfrotto clamp and lock the safety lever. That's it! I used the Desmond Arca / Bogen 3157N Compatible 60mm QR Clamp 3/8" w 1/4" Adapter DBA-01 for Tripod Head, but any 60mm Arca clamp will work as long as it has a long enough screw handle to clear the side of the Q2 head.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By backpacker on December 30, 2009
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a very fluid moving head for your tripod. Movement is consistant when used in all tempratures from sub zero to over 100 degrees. Primary use is spotting scope on backpacking trips and no flaws noted. Extremely stable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Biomedman on August 22, 2013
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I bought this video head for my Tele-Vue spotting scope mounted to a Manfrotto 055X tripod. Once installed and set with the tension I liked, I found that there was a good amount of wobble or vibration on the horizontal axis (panning), but the vertical axis (tilt) seems good. Therefore, I have to tighten up the panning more than I prefer just to minimize the vibration. When fully tightened down it is very stable, but who really uses that way? Unfortunately, I don't have $400 to spend on a high-end head. I'll play with this for a while and see if I will return it. Overall, I'd say it's only average.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. McIver on November 6, 2013
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Good quality product - certainly lighter weight (cheaper) materials than the Manfrotto products of 20+ years ago that I still use often. However, it was a great value / performance point for my HD video camera - which is consumer size / weight.

Not sure how it would handle on the upper end of the weight limits claimed by Manfrotto -- but certainly anything in the < 3 pound camera should work great.

Perhaps this is common - but it did take a little work to secure the head to the main tripod base (mostly because it seemed to keep coming lose if the tension on the pan was too tight). Then I realized my base had some set screws I could tighten down against the head to hold securely. I know not all tripods will come with these -- nor have the same issues on install.
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