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Manfrotto 234RC Monopod Head Quick Release - Replaces 3229

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By Daniel J. ODonnell on October 6, 2008
Grip Type: Head Verified Purchase
Before buying the Manfrotto 234RC monopod head, I had a chance to try the older 3229. The older model had a four-winged nob to adjust the tilt axis of the head that made it difficult to tighten the screw enough to lock the head in place. Once locked in place, the 3229 was prone to sticking so that loosening it again was also difficult. The new 234RC has overcome these difficulties by replacing the nob with a two-winged nob which is much easier to grasp. It also seems that they have used a different material to secure the tilt mechanism which doesn't stick in place. The net result is a basic tilt head that performs flawlessly and is capable of handing a large lens (I have a Sigma 150-500mm) safely and securely.
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I purchased this to mount a D300 with 70-200 f2.8 VR zoom on a Bogen 679 monopod. The camera and lens are of substantial weight and I was worried that the head might not be able to handle the weight of the camera. It's rated for a 5.5lb capacity. My camera with the lens and MB-D10 weighs a beefy 6lbs 10oz, so I'm overtaxing it. If I was a working pro, I'd want something more substantial. But most people will never exceed 5.5lbs with a DSLR and kit lens.

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.
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My goal was to find a good quality head to be used in conjunction with a Bogen 681B Monopod Manfrotto 681B Professional Aluminum Monopod (Black) and my Nikon D300 Nikon D300 DX 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only).

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.
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This is my first monopod head, and I was guided partly by the reasonable price and my uncertainty about how well I could control a ball head while supporting a monopod. The 234RC rotates along one axis only, which is not a problem provided that you shoot primarily in landscape or primarily in portrait orientation. If you find it necessary to do the 90 deg. rotation needed for changing from landscape to portrait, it is necessary to remove the camera, loosen the quick release plate on the bottom of the camera, and rotate it 90 deg.--an operation that I find fussy. The quick release plate supplied with the head has arrows that point in the direction that the lens is looking, but these are cast into the plate and hard to see when out in the field shooting. I traced over the markings with a Sharpie.

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.
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This item is perfect for Bogen Manfrotto monopods. I bought the 680B and this head, and couldn't be much happier. I was skeptical about the quick release, but it is amazingly solid. It is tight and reliable. I have this attached to a Nikon D200, usually with a Nikkor 17-55 (a heavy setup), and it is totally solid.
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