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Manfrotto 322RC2 Joystick Head Short

4.6 out of 5 stars 215 customer reviews
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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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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
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Grip Type: Head Verified Purchase
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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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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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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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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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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