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Manfrotto 324RC2 light duty grip ball head
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- New hollow stainless steel ball
- Special ergonomic design
- Secure friction control
- Built in quick release
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|Sold By||CaMan||Calumet||TheCameraBox||Wall Street Photo||Amazon.com||Calumet|
|Item Dimensions||4.84 x 4.06 x 7.76 in||—||5 x 5 x 5 in||4 x 6 x 4 in||4.84 x 4.06 x 7.76 in||—|
|Item Weight||0.95 lb||—||0.93 lb||3.09 lbs||1.37 lbs||—|
Grip Type: Head
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This product, the 324 is small, compact, light, and will get the job done for most photographers who don't need to constantly pan horizontally or rotate vertically to follow something. If you are setting up to shoot sunsets, flowers, perched birds etc. etc. this ball head may be just the ticket for you and the half pound savings would probably be worth it. It is very solid and I expect it will handle all but the very biggest camera/lens combos. So my issue is with the movement, not the steadiness. I bought this for a spotting scope. Since I constantly pan and rotate the scope, when I unboxed the 324 and played with it, my heart sank. I have the Brunton version of the 322 and it is far smoother. I can tell it wasn't a lube problem with the 324. It was sticky, jerky, and plain rough. I tried the adjustment hex screw and it didn't solve the problem. Tried the friction knob...no luck. What finally worked for me?...I ordered a 322 (accepting the 0.5 lb increase, sigh) and it is the most amazingly smooth but solid joystick head I've ever handled...even better than my Brunton clone of the 322.
Final recommendation...this is a very good head, and for many this will be plenty nice enough with the lower cost and benefit of lower weight. For me, hands down the 322 is a far better head. I would like to try the 327 but expect that since it uses the same ball as the 324, I would be perhaps wasting my time. Thrilled with my new 322. Thank you amazon for taking back my 324.
Amazon promptly sent a replacement. But the second joystick head also had a minor assembly error - the bubble level was never glued in place, only inserted into the head without any adhesive.
Obviously, Manfrotto is having manufacturing problems. Both heads suffered problems not with the design, but due to careless assembly.
I'd recommend this product, but would caution a very close inspection. Neither of the issues above were apparent upon unboxing the product. In fact, I had to go dumpster diving to retrieve the packaging in order to return the first unit.
Failure to glue in the bubble level seems like no big deal, but it is essential because leveling the camera is the entire purpose of this device. I decided to keep the second head, but I may regret it later if I don't have the right glue, have to drive across town to buy something, fight holiday traffic, then mess up application and smudge glue on the parts or else ruin my clothes. Minor issues like this too often take on a life all their own.
Apart from the manufacturing problems, if there is anything to wish for in this device, it would be including of a separate riser. As you can see from the photo, the base mounting point of the joystick head is not very tall. For most applications on a tripod, this is probably OK. But it would help to have an optional spacer to insure full range motion in the joystick in all applications.
In my case, I am not mounting on a tripod, but rather on a cheeseplate platform on a small tabletop camera dolly used for video. This head is certainly strong enough for a DSLR, and very nicely designed. The parts are strong and nicely finished -- highly recommended other than reservations about careless assembly.
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