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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|Item Dimensions||5.16 x 4.57 x 13.58 inches|
|Item Weight||1.95 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||2.15 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The quick release (QR) system on this head is the 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 so it's good to see it getting better with each redesign. If you don't want a QR system, the 128LP is the same head as the 128RC but sans RC2. The 128LP has an advantage insomuch as the camera can be shifted within the 2-inch mounting slot for better balance on the vertical axis.
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. Nevertheless it's easy to convert to Arca: screw a Manfrotto 200PL-14 plate into the underside of an Arca clamp, press into the Manfrotto RC2 clamp and lock the safety lever. That's it! I used the ...Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have been on fast track learning about tripods. Am doing multiple video interviews with Sony 4K videocam. Read morePublished 20 days ago by wreckords33
I use this all the time.
It's television worthy. I have filmed several productions with it. Even 20 feet up a tree attached to a camera arm. For the price? Read more
great head! here is a video of a hunt that I self filmed using this!
Edit-a few months later on. I raised my rating a bit after using it a lot.
If I had to do it over again I would get the LP model with the 1/4" screw mount and... Read more
Amazing quality video head. I have compared it with the 502HA and XPRO and chose the 128RC for my non professional use. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SMLTMS