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Manfrotto 234RC Monopod Head Quick Release - Replaces 3229
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- Allows vertical photography from a monopod
- Built in quick release
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|Item Dimensions||5 x 5 x 5.98 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.66 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
I'm impressed with the quality of construction - this is a relatively heavy head (good in my case) and functions smoothly and securely. It has no problem handling the weight of my camera, although I'm careful with it just in case. For most folks taking photos of kids at various outdoor sports, this is the perfect solution. I can't imagine using a monopod without it. The head swivels 90 degrees for vertically composed shots. The locking quick release allows for fast removal of the camera for hand held shots. Another nice features is that the RC2 quick release plate used here is the same that's available on several Manfrotto tripod heads, so the plate is cross compatible.
My only complaint is the lack of a notched stop to let you "feel" where 0 degrees is (straight, vertical alignment). But since it's used on a monopod it doesn't really matter much.
Bottom line: I can't imagine using a monopod without this head.
The quick release mechanism is convenient to operate. It takes only a second to snap the camera on or off. The connection seems secure for a DSLR with a moderate weight lens.
The major parts of the head are robust castings. Reviews on other web sites complained about a slight residual movement in the rotation after tightening the knob. This can be suppressed by tightening farther, but then you can't fine-tune the rotation without loosening the knob. The problem is that the hole through which the hex-head bolt is placed is about 0.0125 inches wider than the bolt. I cut some 1/2 inch strips of brass shim stock (0.003 inch--available from good hobby shops) which I rolled up and placed at each end of the hole in the part that screws onto the monopod. This prevents unwanted residual movement.
Bottom line: This tough head is good but not great.
My camera weighs in at just under 5 pounds with the vertical grip and either the 17-55 2.8 or 70-200 VR lens. So the 234RC fit the bill.
I have always been impressed with the quality and reasonable prices offered by the Bogen/Manfrotto brand. I was not disappointed in the 234RC. It is solidly built without being overbuilt. It is not what I would consider to be heavy and I do like the small footprint of the rapid connect plate. I don't mind just leaving it on my camera even when I have no intention of using the monopod.
I particularly like the small security lock which when used correctly prevents the disaster of your camera falling off the head if you accidentally hit the locking lever. When it's locked, the plate (and camera) cannot detach from the head.
This is a well-made, reasonably priced head. 5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very solid, as expected. Works great for birding on a substantial monopod.Published 11 days ago by Wesley Everett
A well-made, functional unit. I find that a ball head is overkill on a monopod. This is a superior, simpler alternative that works for my needs.Published 1 month ago by Seblick
Standard tripod head or monopod head that does the job. It doesn't really turn left or right in a counterclockwise or clockwise position, but it does turn left or right if you want... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ezra
In between taking pictures in different rooms, I put my DSLR around my neck (side/shoulder strap) with the monopod and this head attached to walk to another room. Read morePublished 1 month ago by thisismypublicname