Manfrotto 804RC2 Basic Pan Tilt Head with Quick Release Plate 200PL-14 - Replaces 3047 -Black
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- Constructed from ultra-durable and lightweight technical polymer to withstand the use of the professional photographer.
- Unique spring feature compensate for heavier, off-center loads.
- Ergonomic handles fit comfortably in the hands.
- Built in quick release system.
- Supports up to 8.82 lbs.
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Top Customer Reviews
I am modifying my review to increase the star rating from 3 to 4 stars. A comment on my review told me that I could improve the tilt mechanism by using graphite. I tried that and it did improve the tilt a lot. So I like the head better now. I do still think that the older 3030 was somewhat better, but I like the tension spring on the 804 that prevents the lens from pivoting down rapidly, and as I mentioned, I like the 804 knobs better. So I would now recommend the 804.
But it seems like there's a pretty severe issue that isn't made clear in the description. The head can only tilt up 30°. I really can't see why they've engineered it this way, it seems like a minor modification to the stop would allow much more tilt.
This means that the camera cannot be easily pointed at, say, birds in the top of a tree. It also means the head cannot be folded so that the adjustment knobs are out of the way. They're always sticking out, which makes it hard to fit in a tripod bag.
With that out of the way, I found this product met my expectations for a head that cost twice as much as my original tripod.
It is fairly stable - the knobs hold my camera in place well, and the three controls give me good flexibility in maneuvering the camera as needed. However, the knobs are definitely twiddly and not as generously proportioned as the 808RC4.
However, this does take up much less space and is much lighter, both of which weighed heavily in my decision to choose it. As experienced tripod reviewers say - the best tripod is the one that you have available - and weight was a huge consideration for me.
I found the quick release plate to work pretty well too.
I bought this along with the 190XPROB - at a bundle discount (currently $217 from Amazon).
You might want to check out my more detailed review on how that bundle works out for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i bought this for use on my Mfrotto mono pod. Worked out great
I bought this head for my mono pod. Works great!
I bought mine in Like New used condition and couldn't be happier. It is a nice step-up from my old, reliable, used & abused Model: 3029. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Erich Mopsmeister
This head does the job. It is a little hard to get used to when adjusting the up/down, right/left tilt, but once you find the sweet spot and tighten things into place this head is... Read morePublished 7 months ago by mgentry
This head really works for me. It is very easy to use for portrait and landscape photography. I would highly recommend it.Published 9 months ago by Teknoray
This head will orient a photographic camera or video camera with satisfying user control.
Obviously, a tripod head preference is a personal choice. Read more
I love it, very good quality for that price. Much much better than kit stuff.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer