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Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Standard Head with Quick Release Plate 410PL (Black)

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  • There are two balance springs enable you to more comfortably handle heavier camera loads.
  • Dual axis bubble levels to achieve level shots.
  • Built in quick release system with secondary safety system.
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Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Standard Head with Quick Release Plate 410PL (Black) + Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod Legs (Black)
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  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.7 x 4.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000H0338Y
  • Item model number: 808RC4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

The 808RC4 streamlines our range of 3-way heads by incorporating new elements while maintaining all the features you loved. There are two balance springs in the vertical tilt (forward/backward) and horizontal tilt (left/right) movements. These springs enable you to more comfortably handle heavier camera loads (such as very long lenses) with minimal effort. Both springs can be turned off in case normal head operation is required. The head is comprised of aluminum and designed in a manner to support up to 8kg yet lightweight and small enough to pack in any camera kit. The standard quick release system is used to accommodate larger camera platforms which incorporates dual axis bubble levels to achieve level shots. Attachment (bottom): 3/8-Inch female thread; color: black; front tilt: -30° / +90°; height: 6.14 in.; lateral tilt: -30° / +90°; load capacity: 17.64 lbs.; material: aluminum; panoramic rotation: 360 °; plate type: quick release - with 1/4-20-Inch and 3/8-Inch screws; secondary safety system: yes; weight: 3.06 lbs.

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Customer Reviews

The quick release plate works well.
Rob
I just upgraded from a cheap-o tripod with a built in head and I must say spending some extra money to buy a quality product is worth it.
KayLP87
Very solid build that feels high quality.
Andrew Tang

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Panek on October 17, 2007
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Yes, a bit pricey and a bit heavy... but that is what you need to support a heavier camera. I combined this with Bogen-Manfrotto 3021BN Classic Tripod (legs). The head is well built, and I especially like the resistance feature that it has in connection with the two main knobs. The resistance can also be turned off for each of the knobs. I don't anticipate ever having to replace either the legs or the head, due to sturdy construction.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Smith on May 28, 2009
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Great product for occasional use with heavier cameras and lenses, wouldn't recommend for traveling with frequently.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey D. Hansen on January 4, 2010
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Much like the 055XPROB tripod I bought with it this head is also very heavy duty. Outside of its weight there isn't anything I've found not to like. It is old school in the sense that you have three levers to control the motion instead of the newer ball heads. I have loaded on my Nikon D80, a 70-300mm lens and a SB-600 flash and it is not stressed at all. Some people have complained about the quick release but I have not found it to be a problem. You just need to pull the release trigger before you try to engage it. Probably could be improved but I wouldn't let it stop you if you like this style of release mechanism.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Boomer Depp on July 25, 2010
I bought my first 808rc4 quite some time ago.I have since picked up two more and six of the Manfrotto 394 RC4 low profile quick release with the Manfrotto 410PL quick release plates for ease of use compatibility with all my tripod heads.I also use the Kirk BH-1 and the Arca-Swiss B-1 ballheads with the Manfrotto 394 RC4,but my go to heads for long lenses over 300-400 are the Manfrotto 808rc4 panhead or the Wimberley WH-200 II gimbal head.

This is the best panhead that I've used in all my years of photography.If you want a solid panhead for long lens use,macro photography,landscapes or portrait work,this panhead is highly recommended.

BTW...I haven't had any of the problems with the quick release as stated in other reviews here on Amazon.In fact I find the quick release quite simple to use.

A video review below of the Manfrotto 394 RC4 showing the ease of use and the solidness of the Manfrotto 410PL Quick Release Plate.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KayLP87 on August 11, 2010
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I love this tripod head! I just upgraded from a cheap-o tripod with a built in head and I must say spending some extra money to buy a quality product is worth it. Very easy to loosen and tighten the head to swivle or change the angle. I love it! I love how there is a level at every angle as well, deffinetly a must have for horizon shots.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lincoln F. Brigham Jr. on November 18, 2010
This is a top quality product, but it was overkill for my needs. (It was a gift) My particular camera setup is really too small for this head. Additionally this head is rather bulky compared to a ball head, so portability is reduced. That said it performs beautifully with more features than most folks might ever use. It has been quite useful when I needed a steady and accurate shot. My only complaint about this head, other than the bulk, is that the release is not as easy as it could be. It took a lot of practice before I got the trick of quickly releasing the camera from the head. In the meantime I lost a few shots while fumbling to change lenses, batteries, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sprocket on September 13, 2013
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I purchased this for use with a tilt/shift lens in shooting real estate. My main interest was to be able to lock the horizon and then make subtle pan and tilt adjustments that lock. The head certainly does this, but the press required to tighten the knobs seems excessive, and I usually need to make an additional effort to really snug them down. The head is quite new, so perhaps this will improve with age. My rig is a D800 with the Nikon 24mm shift - neither tiny or huge, and well within the rated capacity of the head.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James C. on December 8, 2012
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When buying this 3-Way Head I was just starting out in photography and was unaware of ball head mounts. After using this for a few months I actually feel the need to get a ball head mount. This head can take a while to setup and some times causes you to miss your shot. I would not recommend this head to anyone now, after using it. But in terms of build quality Manfrotto has made this item absolutely top notch.
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