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

4.6 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
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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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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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Product Dimensions 13.6 x 4.6 x 5.2 inches
Item Weight 1.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B000JLO6RS
Item model number 128RC
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4.6 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #276 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripod & Monopod Accessories > Camera Mounts & Clamps
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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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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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 and my 70D video pans have never been smoother. This head--although one of their smallest models--is larger than it looks in the pictures and has a long panning handle, affording fine control and good leverage.

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
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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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I am very pleased with this addition to my Bogen / Manfrotto lineup. It mounted right to my 25+ year old Bogen 3020 tripod and 681 monopod w base, another reviewer said he needed an adaptor. I primarily got this head to use with my spotting scope but I will also be using it with my Nikon D80 and 7000. It is very well made, the exception is my other RC2's are all metal, this release lever is plastic, similar to the release tabs on my tri and monopod. It does however have the locking spur to keep from accidentally releasing the RC2 which is missing on some other heads. I would rather see Manfrotto not scrimp and make this out of metal also. It pans and tilts as smoothe as butter, another reviewer said it was too tight but loosened up with time, mine is great. Another reviewer said it tipped on him and he thought his camera was top heavy. My D80 with a 70-210 / 18-108 / 18-200; and the heavy Tokina 12-24 showed no signs of drift or tipping. I also like the ease that the pan arm can be rapidly removed. This will make it much easier to get in my Manfrotto bag for storage and transportation. For $75.00 and change; with free shipping and a $10.00 rebate; if you ever wanted a fluid head now is the time to get one. Another winner from Manfrotto...........
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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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