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Manfrotto 222 Joystick Head Replaces 3265


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  • Unique joystick style ball head
  • Built in quick release
  • Quick positive locking action
  • Adjustable friction


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 21.5 x 8.5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0018QOGNW
  • Item model number: 222
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 1, 2008

Product Description

Versatile, quick and easy to use. Just grip the handle and you can position your camera anywhere within a 180° sphere. Supplied with quick release camera plate with secondary safety lock, built-in bubble level and tension adjustment. Made of cast aluminum. Ideal for 35mm cameras with short or medium focal length lenses. Camera attachment: 1/4” This replaces the Bogen Manfrotto 3265

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Customer Reviews

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About the only downside is the weight: It is very heavy.
J. McBride
All you have to do is squeeze the trigger on the grip and the camera can be moved easily about.
Lancelot
I like that it can allow a 90 degree angle - so the camera faces straight up or down.
A. Drefahl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Learning All The Time on March 10, 2010
I love my joystick head! It is very intuitive, squeeze the trigger, move it around, and then release it when you've got the camera where you want it. While initially I could move my 5d and 70-200 lens around with this tripod head, even after releasing the trigger, a few twists of a screw made it completely stable. Highly recommend....
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. King on May 7, 2010
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I've never particularly liked ball tripod heads before, but a friend purchased this one and with our first day of shooting in the field, I was convinced I had to try this out. The best thing about this product is that it simplifies adjustment of the head from three steps to one step. You spend more time taking photos rather than getting ready to take photos.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MP on April 17, 2010
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If you are looking for a nice grip to put on your legs this grip is it. Solid, heavy duty and swivels with ease. I attach my Canon 50D with 70-200 lens and supports great. I can even turn sideways and holds firm.

Pros:

Well built, solid construction
Simple to attach and use
No drift

Cons

Heavy

This grip doubled the weight of my carbon fiber legs but I still highly recommend because of the functionality.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cameron on April 25, 2011
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Ok so if your an Amateur Photographer like me then you may not be aware that this head won't fit just any tripod. If your camera can fit on the tripod now without the head then this head won't fit on the tripod. What I mean is that the tripod your using has to have a 3/8" threded screw, because it is bigger, to fit the bottom of this head instead of the 1/4-20" (witch is what your camera takes). Luckaly after some reasearch I have found out that you can buy a threaded adapter insert if you don't want to buy a more profesional tripod.

The screw on the top of the joystick is a 1/4-20" so yes it will fit your camera so don't worry. After you get the head on the right tripod and the the camera on the head the only thing you might ever see a problem with is that where the head connects to the pivoting ball, if your camera or lens is too heavy, the clamps wont grip right so the head will slip and slide as gravity pulls it down. Also If your hands arint strong then you may find the lever a bit tough expecially if you have to reset the head alot. I don't really mind it but my wife seems to have a little bit of difficulty adjusting its position.

Overall I highly recommend this product unless you have heavy equipment.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Mancia on March 12, 2010
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Most of the time we use these ball heads for group photos or in studio portraits and they work perfect. Combine with the tripod legs, this units get a bit heavy, so if you are considering traveling look for another lighter combination. If you have them indoors or you will use them close to your car it is a solid piece of equipment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bestrt on May 29, 2012
This is a very functional head. I use the older US version that was distributed by Bogen known as the 3265. This head is known to sag over time causing the user to continuously adjust the drag wheel to the maxium setting as the head loosens. There is a little known hexagonal set screw that needs to be periodically tightened. If done correctly the drag wheel should be and can be set to the middle of its travel.

The only other problem with this head,222, is when camera is placed in a portrait position the weight of the camera is not directly over the center of the tripod. For this reason I gave the head a 4 star and I use it on a tripod mounted on a(n) dolly or autodolly for stability of the tripod with one leg over the heads overhang. This problem is minimized on Manfrotto's 322rc2 however the control grip on the 322 is in an ackward position when in portrait mode and this is why I prefer the 222. Compromises, compromises.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Meyer on November 21, 2009
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Easy to use and fast for mounting the camera and making instant adjustments - just a squeeze of the handle. I have recommended this to other wedding photographers in the Indianapolis area and they love this product. It has a sturdy build. This is my second copy, which I purchased for the monopod. The other Manfrotto 222 is on my tripod.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Mielke on December 22, 2009
The Manfrotto 222 joystick head makes framing your photographs easy. I'm used to ballhead mounts that have tightening knobs. These invariably allow the camera to fall when loosened and move the tripod if the adjustment is too tight. With the joystick head it's like using a spring clamp in woodworking, keep tension on the head until you're satisfied then simply release your grip slowly. If I had to pick a negative it's the added length compared to a ballhead. I carry my camera gear on a motorcycle so size matters. :)
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