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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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Product Description

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This 3-way photo head is constructed from ultra-durable and lightweight technical polymer and easily withstands the daily rigors of the professional photographer. A unique spring feature has been added to the 804RC2 to assist in the tilt motion of the head to compensate for heavier, off-center loads. Ergonomic and newly designed handles fit comfortably in the hands, while the standard quick release plate fits snugly in the low-profile receiver. This Manfrotto 804RC2 replaces the Manfrotto 3047. Attachment (bottom): 3/8-Inch female thread; color: black; front tilt: -30° / +90°; height: 4.72 in.; lateral tilt: -30° / +90°; load capacity: 8.82 lbs.; material: technopolymer; panoramic rotation: 360 °; quick release - with 1/4-20-Inch screw; secondary safety system: weight: 1.65 lbs.

Product Information

Size:Old Version
Product Dimensions 7.9 x 4.7 x 4.3 inches
Item Weight 1.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.9 pounds
ASIN B000K86664
Item model number 804RC2
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4.6 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #175 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripods & Monopods > Tripod Heads
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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I agree with others that the older 3030 was much better. I actually like the knobs on the 804 better, but otherwise it is not as good. I had A LOT of trouble with the tilt mechanism - it kind of jerks instead of moving smoothly, so it is very difficult if you are trying to precisely position your focus point. Even with the knob completely loose, it still does not move smoothly.

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.
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This tripod head seems like a pretty solid mount, especially as an upgrade from the 391RC2. It locks down quickly and easily, and I don't have any reason to worry.

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.
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Looking for a better type of monopod for my Sony vx2100. Came across the Manfrotto BOGEN 804RC2 Head in my local camera store. Added this to a manfrotto monopod 560B with the arms at the base. Wow!!! This gives me alot of control with my camera and great movement in the pans & tilts. Does take some practice in getting use to but worth every penny invested into it.
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Great little pan tilt head that replaced an older manfrotto head that I had before. This easily holds my 120-300 F/2.8 sigma, which is a heavier lens - close to 10lbs with the Canon 5d3 camera. My only complaint is that it takes some getting used to to release the quick release as it just works differently from my previous pan tilt. But it's still really great for the price.
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This head will orient a photographic camera or video camera with satisfying user control.

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.
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I bought this three-way head to couple my Manfrotto 190MF4. Although I have never used a high-quality tripod and head, I can tell that this head is of high-value and definitely worth the money. It is durable, easy to use, comfortable on the hands, and precise. The quick-release plate is a nice feature and make for fast set-up. One thing I made sure of was that it had a spirit level, which is especially necessary when shooting landscape or panoramic shots. Although it does move rather fluidly, there is a slight hitch when initiating the movement so I would not recommend this head for video work. Also, I plan on taking this on backpacking trips and the head is rather bulky even with the handles taken off, so I will probably want to get a simpler ball head for that purpose (my 190MF4 tripod is perfect for hiking/traveling by the way).
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I have numerous tripod heads and I use this one the most. I mostly do photography and not to much video. For video, I use a fluid head. This is by far the most convenient and dynamic tripod heads that I own. The knobs give you a quick and easy access to pull into any position that you need. I especially like how easy it is to pull off portrait shots. I also have the manfrotto joystick head but find myself using this one more than that. The knobs for me are easier to use then pulling down on a trigger.
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