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Manfrotto 322RC2 Joystick Head Short


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  • Unblock, move, position and lock your camera with one hand in one position
  • Revolutionary grip handle design with ball lock lever
  • Friction control wheel regulates power of the blocking mechanism to match the weight of your camera and lens
  • Built-in bubble spirit level and quick release camera plate
  • Load capacity of 11 pounds; 5.5 pound capacity when in the vertical position
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 4 inches ; 3.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000JLK5PK
  • Item model number: 322RC2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Take the versatility of a ball head, add true ergonomic control and you get the 322RC2 Horizontal Grip Action Ballhead! The 322RC2 is unique in that it allows you to unblock, move, position and lock your camera with one hand in one position. This is due to the revolutionary design of its grip handle which incorporates the ball lock lever.

A friction control wheel lets you regulate the power of the blocking mechanism to match the weight of your camera and lens. The 322RC2 is made from magnesium for lightweight performance, and is designed to keep the weight of your equipment as close as possible to the tripod's center of gravity by way of its reduced height. It is this fact, matched with the precision construction of the 322RC2 that gives the head its load capacity of 11 pounds (5.5 pound capacity when in the vertical position).

The 322RC2 comes complete with a built-in bubble spirit level and quick release camera plate (standard 1/4-20-inch screw, with secondary safety pin). The 322RC2 is suitable for use with 35mm or medium format cameras. In addition, you can also mount the 322RS shutter release accessory. The 322RS is a world's first. With its remote control electronic camera shutter release, the 322RC2 becomes the only photographic head available today that can put camera control within reach without having to move your hand from the head grip to the camera body.

Features include:

  • Sturdy all-metal construction.
  • The compact, rectangular 200PL quick release plate system fits neatly under small-bodied still cameras up to SLR (even with tele lenses) or small medium format, or under small video cameras or spotting scopes. Its rubber pad gives a good grip without damaging the camera, and its angled sides ensure that it also fits perfectly and tightly into a wide range of Manfrotto heads.
  • This head features a secondary security lock so you can't accidentally release the plate (and camera) without meaning to. The lock stops the quick release lever from opening fully.
  • A convenient single locking mechanism blocks or frees movement on all axes for greater speed of use.
  • Separate control for pre-setting the friction of the ball when unblocked. The position of the red line indicates the approximate amount of friction applied.
  • By keeping the head and camera mounting plate as low as possible, the camera is kept safely closer to the tripod's center of gravity for more stable support.
  • Thanks to the repositionable camera plate, this can be used right- or left-handed. Photographers are normally forced to be right-handed by the position of the shutter release button, but the advantage of this system even to right-handed users is that you can keep one hand on the grip to control framing position and switch rapidly between portrait and landscape settings, while the other hand stays on the camera, ready to shoot even with the head in movement. Keeping both hands positioned like this gives you greater control over panning or tracking shots.
  • Designed for use with the 322RS electronic or 322RSM manual shutter release cables and mounts; the first accessories to let you control head positioning and shutter release at the same time, with the same hand, without needing to let go of the head grip.
  • The built-in, carefully hand-set bubble spirit level helps make sure your horizons really are horizontal.

What's in the Box:
Ball head, quick release plate.

Product Description

Take the versatility of a ball head, add true ergonomic control and you get the 322RC2 Horizontal Grip Action Ballhead! The 322RC2 is unique in that it allows you to unblock, move, position and lock your camera with one hand in one position. This is due to the revolutionary design of its grip handle which incorporates the ball lock lever.A friction control wheel lets you regulate the power of the blocking mechanism to match the weight of your camera and lens. The 322RC2 is made from magnesium for lightweight performance, and is designed to keep the weight of your equipment as close as possible to the tripod's center of gravity by way of its reduced height. It is this fact, matched with the precision construction of the 322RC2 that gives the head its load capacity of 11 pounds (5.5 pound capacity when in the vertical position).

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Its a well made product, that works very well.
tony sisson
You can adjust it from a right handed postion to either left handed postion or to a tradtional vertical positon like any other quick grip ball head.
M. Hood
Also, I would like to see a bubble spirit level for the vertical axis as well.
Charles Lynch

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

358 of 360 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 5, 2008
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The 322RC2 Ball Head and rapid connect plate, used in combination with a decent set of tripod legs (for example, Bogen Manfrotto 190XPROB) are a profound step up from the all-in-one tripods you may be used to. Even more importantly, they are a step up from most other ball heads by virtue of the immense improvement in both speed and ease of aiming your camera once actually mounted to the ball head. I can't emphasize this enough: This product actually changes how you use your camera, because repositioning the camera on all axis at once is a one hand, fraction of a second operation.

I know that's hard to visualize, so let me describe the process. The head has a handle sticking out the side, quite substantial and comfortable, that fits in your hand (right or left, your choice.) On this handle is a very large "trigger" that fits beneath all of your fingers as they wrap around the handle. When you pull this trigger, the ball head releases your camera and you can move it, using the handle as a precise and ergonomic lever, to any new position you like in no more time than it takes to adjust your wrist and arm - essentially immediately. Then you simply let go of the trigger and the ball head locks the camera right where you have it pointed.

The process I just described applies equally to large pans and tilts as it does to tiny pointing adjustments. If you find that difficult to believe, I'm with you - so did I - but having used the head extensively, trust me, it really works as advertised.

There is almost no post-lock sag; that's the effect where you point the camera, tighten the locks, and then when you look, the camera has drooped below the actual point of aim you intended. There is a tiny bit; I don't think it will affect most users.
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Beauchamp on February 26, 2009
This has more good going for it than bad. The fly in the ointment is that after it has set for a few minutes locked, the head sticks relatively hard with the grip fully unlocked. It feels momentarily stuck, which ruins an otherwise smooth movement in the tilt forward and tilt backward motion. All the other movements, which use the ball, are very smooth. The problem is that the tilt forward/backward lock is not the ball, it's a collar ring. The friction material that Manfrotto used for the collar ring is a poor choice because it likes to stick after a few moments (or longer) of pressure of being locked. With the success of this head, in spite of this annoying flaw, my bet is that Manfrotto will correct this design defect and others such as Gitzo, Arca, etc. will copy it to some extent if they can. At that point we will be near perfection in a tripod head for digital cameras. For the time being, I like it more than I don't like it. The freedom of movement combined with the ergonomics are enough to make me forget about the annoying "stiction" problem. Final comment; the grip lever tension spring is stronger than it needs to be. If you use this head quite a bit during a day, you will definitely feel you've had a bit of a workout for your grip squeeze muscles.
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful By M. Hood on October 11, 2004
This ball head is a great item. It offers so much versatility with so much ease. When the grip is in the horizontal postion, it will allow you to pan unlike traditional quick release ball heads. You can adjust it from a right handed postion to either left handed postion or to a tradtional vertical positon like any other quick grip ball head. With one quick motion, I can go from horitonal shot to a vertical shot. The grip also has a tension knob built in so you can increase the tension when you have to use heavier lenses.
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97 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Gary E. Meyer on December 21, 2005
I bought this head for use with my spotting scope, which I use for birdwatching. A typical tripod head is such a nuisance when you are trying to scan flocks - there are too many things to tweak on the head alone, let alone trying to adjust the focus and zoom on your optics. This works beautifully for birding - you can move the scope in any direction with a single hand by squeezing the handle, leaving your other hand to focus the scope as you move. There are several minor drawbacks: the head can be a bit jerky when you initiate the movement, but after you have it in motion it is smooth and locks exactly where you release the trigger. More of a problem is that the trigger is a little stiff and can make your hand very sore - in fact, this handle is probably a bad idea for small hands. Finally, there is no way to fold the handle down so that my tripod fits into my tripod bag. You can fold it upwards, but it then it sticks out the top. For travel on airplanes, it may be necessary to take the head off the tripod.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Carlton Ward on January 9, 2006
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I bought this head to go with the 3021 tripod and am so glad I did. I have bought so many cheap tripods and they are always losing feet, swaying in the wind and are unstable. This head is so fun & easy. It has an easy squeeze handle that you can set the tension for ease of movement and quickly position your camera (even vertically) then just release and its locked in place. The levels are also accomodating as they are right where you can see them. The locking mechanism has a pin that adds additional security when connecting your camera to the head. I like this as it will prevent an accidental release and I would just hate to have my 20D and whatever L lens I may possibly have on it to fall to the ground.

The tripod also has excellent features with leg positioning and though you may fing lighter weight ones, I personally like the weight of this one and can even add some additional weight to the hook when needed.

This is an excellent head to go with the 3021 tripod - dont hesitate to buy this combo.
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