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Manfrotto 234 Monopod Tilt Head (Replaces 3232)

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  • Allows vertical photography from a monopod
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Product Description

A must for you monopod, this is a simple tilt head to allow a camera on a Monopod to be turned 90° to provide either vertical or horizontal format. This replaces the Bogen Manfrotto 3232.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 3.2 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001A1POL8
  • Item model number: 234
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 27, 2008

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Customer Reviews

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Drew TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 27, 2009
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It's rated to 5.5 lbs, and handles my 70-200 + 40D without slipping. It's well made - the photo on Amazon does it little credit, so I'm uploading some of my own. It's also larger than it looks.

It's exactly what it purports to be - a tilt head.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pinoy in NJ on March 3, 2010
I got this unit as part of a monopod kit that I purchased a few years ago. It is pretty well built but the functionality is pretty basic. I have not been using it for sometime because it was a pain screwing it in and taking it off the camera. I wish I had a 234RC instead because of the Quick Release plate.

Well what do you know, Manfrotto has a Quick Release Adapter (323RC2) that you can mount on top of it (See pictures I uploaded). I have been using it more recently because I can switch the camera quickly from the tripod (488RC2 mounted) to the monopod (234 + 323RC2 mounted) since both uses the same base plate.

If you are in the market for a "basic tilt head", I would suggest getting the 234RC. If you already have this item and want to upgrade it, get the 323RC2 adapter.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. Young on September 24, 2009
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This was the right head for a monopod (I use a Manfrotto 680B). I can swivel the Tilt head and camera vertically - and since the monopod itself can easily turn left or right, I did not need horizontal swivel capability in the head. And it is compact, reasonably priced and sturdy.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Whiting on January 18, 2009
I was thinking I should have ordered the Manfrotto head that had the locking plate but after getting this head I realized that I would be just fine without the locking head design. It seems to hold the camera well and although I have the 70-300 lens it seems to hold it in place just fine without drooping. I like it and would say it's okay for general use.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Preston S. Page on February 19, 2009
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After fussing with a ball head on my Manfrotto monopod, I decided to use something simpler. This head works great with a small DSLR (I have a Nikon D700), but I'd worry about using it with a full sized pro model.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Saavedra on October 21, 2009
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Made my monopod that much better. I did modify this by replacing the standard clamp with an arca-swiss compatible clamp. Makes it that much better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P.K. Frary TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 26, 2013
I bought my 234 during the 1990s from B&H and it has been going strong ever since. I originally used the 234 for shooting surfing with a 400 5.6L and kept it locked horizontal, adjusting by leaning and twisting. I eventually moved from surfing to landscapes and travel, so I needed to adjust tilt constantly. The tightening knob is a simple thumbscrew on a bolt, allowing either completely tight or loose with nothing in between. I wish the tilt had adjustable drag and/or click-stops but, after shopping around, noticed those features are only available on monopod heads costing a Benjamin or more. And, yes, it tilts far enough to use as a selfie stick if so inclined!

The 234 is cast aluminum, what old time machinists call "pot metal." Cast aluminum is weaker than machined aluminum but plenty tough for a small tilt head. At 250g, it's on the heavy side for a small head. The black finished is well applied and tough, showing little wear after all these years. The thumb screw is plastic and connected to a steel bolt. It seems strong--has lasted 20 years--but is easily removed and replaced should you dash it on the rocks. Oddly the tension wheel for the tripod screw is metal and tough as nails.

One feature people rarely mention is the reversible 1/4 to 3/8 inch stud. It ships with 1/4 inch topside but if you disassemble the head (3 minute job), you can reverse the stud so the 3/8 inch thread is topside, ready for an arca clamp, 323 RC2 clamp or a large video camera. I recently flipped the stud to 3/8 and added a SUNWAYFOTO Discal Clamp DDY-58 quick release. I'm sorry I didn't do this years ago because the convenience of not having to screw/unscrew the camera is great and encourages me to use the monopod more.

All in all a good deal: timeless design, reasonable price and built like a brick.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith Roberts on July 6, 2009
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I bought this to use on my monopod/trekking pole for photography while hiking. It is very solidly built. The camera is quite secure on the padded plate when the screw is tight. The tilt action is very quick with a small spin of the twist knob, but becomes totally secure once locked down.

The only downside is that it's a bit heavy. It weighs in at 8oz (1/2 lb).
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