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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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.
Obviously, a tripod head preference is a personal choice. Upfront I will state that I'm a left-handed ambidextrous person who uses both hands equally well. I can operate the "handles" for vertical and horizontal orientation simultaneously without discomfort. This isn't a requirement to make the fine adjustments; you can use the same hand at different times. I just don't use it that way. When I adjust the head, I feel in control of the camera's positioning in the same way that driving a stick shift transmission compares against an automatic transmission.
I owned this head once before. It was secured to a previously owned tripod that was lifted. Originally, it came as part of a tripod kit and yes, I did get used to it, happily. When I considered my replacement gear, I realized that I liked the flexibility this head offered for use by a camera AND a video camera, too. It's easy to tighten and loosen and my camera, with its heaviest lens, has never slipped from it's position. The quick release is secure if you use it correctly. I was horrified reading many reviews of ball head users having overtightened to cause their adjustment screws to have become "stripped" so the camera slips when in final position. By the design on these screw arms a user would have to be strong like the Hulk to over-tighten it inadvertently. When you travel and transport this head, you can unscrew the adjustment arms for more compact packup, although I don't bother to.
If you are going to use your DSLR to make videos or use a small prosumer video camera for video making on a tripod, the pan function is smooth.
There are more expensive choices with stronger materials and different designs. For me, this is a winner for value and functionality.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent product. I actually bought it with the intention of trying it, deciding that I could live without it and then sending it back. But now I can't imagine not having it.Published 23 days ago by Jim Stone
Well made. Solid construction. Mechanically sound. Works as described.Published 25 days ago by Sensei Rhee
The head locks into place and holds a large DSLR with a long lens very well. The ability to arrange the camera in most any angle I want and know it wont move is great. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dan
Very pleased with my purchase. Easily holds 10 pound binoculars.Published 5 months ago by Bruce Beesley
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 12 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 13 months ago by mgentry