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Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Standard Head with Quick Release Plate 410PL (Black)

4.6 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
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  • There are two balance springs enable you to more comfortably handle heavier camera loads.
  • Dual axis bubble levels to achieve level shots.
  • Built in quick release system with secondary safety system.
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Product Description

There are two balance springs enable you to more comfortably handle heavier camera loads. Dual axis bubble levels to achieve level shots. Built in quick release system with secondary safety system.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.9 x 4.7 x 4.3 inches
Item Weight 3.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B000H0338Y
Item model number 808RC4
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4.6 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #139 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripods & Monopods > Tripod Heads
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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Yes, a bit pricey and a bit heavy... but that is what you need to support a heavier camera. I combined this with Bogen-Manfrotto 3021BN Classic Tripod (legs). The head is well built, and I especially like the resistance feature that it has in connection with the two main knobs. The resistance can also be turned off for each of the knobs. I don't anticipate ever having to replace either the legs or the head, due to sturdy construction.
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Much like the 055XPROB tripod I bought with it this head is also very heavy duty. Outside of its weight there isn't anything I've found not to like. It is old school in the sense that you have three levers to control the motion instead of the newer ball heads. I have loaded on my Nikon D80, a 70-300mm lens and a SB-600 flash and it is not stressed at all. Some people have complained about the quick release but I have not found it to be a problem. You just need to pull the release trigger before you try to engage it. Probably could be improved but I wouldn't let it stop you if you like this style of release mechanism.
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I bought my first 808rc4 quite some time ago.I have since picked up two more and six of the Manfrotto 394 RC4 low profile quick release with the Manfrotto 410PL quick release plates for ease of use compatibility with all my tripod heads.I also use the Kirk BH-1 and the Arca-Swiss B-1 ballheads with the Manfrotto 394 RC4,but my go to heads for long lenses over 300-400 are the Manfrotto 808rc4 panhead or the Wimberley WH-200 II gimbal head.

This is the best panhead that I've used in all my years of photography.If you want a solid panhead for long lens use,macro photography,landscapes or portrait work,this panhead is highly recommended.

BTW...I haven't had any of the problems with the quick release as stated in other reviews here on Amazon.In fact I find the quick release quite simple to use.

A video review below of the Manfrotto 394 RC4 showing the ease of use and the solidness of the Manfrotto 410PL Quick Release Plate.

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Great product for occasional use with heavier cameras and lenses, wouldn't recommend for traveling with frequently.
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I am writing one review for my entire purchase - it just makes sense that you know about the entire setup.

I bought the Manfrotto 808RC4 along with their 190XPROB Pro Tripod and the Manfrotto MB MSTRAP-1 Tripod Carrying Strap. All at Amazon. Here's why:

This head gives you unlimited control in all directions. The large knurled handles allow you to grip and adjust the tension on the pivot points to any degree you want. I use it to pan video, I use it to do off center composure and metering. I love how rock steady this thing is when I am shooting my 60and 120 second exposures with my 300MM lens. Rock steady. And the rotation is greased smooth, nary a glitch.

With a bubble level and two straight levels you always know where you are. And gradients to indicate -30 to +90 tilt for replication. Great for panning video or shooting stills for a panorama. There are two "softening springs" to slow the movement of the tilts as you reach either end. You can disengage them if you wish.

I have friends that went with the ball heads. And regret it. They are fast, but not accurate, especially with a long lens. With this head you can adjust the tension and just ease the camera around without having to adjust it again.

Now hear me on this. I see other reviewers not so happy with the way the shoe is a little tricky. Let me say that by practicing with the shoe mounted to your camera and paying close attention snap it onto the head three times and you know all you need to know. You may have to practice a few more times to get it in the dark but I tell you that you are going to love it. When you snap the camera onto the head it automatically engages and you have no worries. The double safety has stopped me from dropping my camera twice.
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When buying this 3-Way Head I was just starting out in photography and was unaware of ball head mounts. After using this for a few months I actually feel the need to get a ball head mount. This head can take a while to setup and some times causes you to miss your shot. I would not recommend this head to anyone now, after using it. But in terms of build quality Manfrotto has made this item absolutely top notch.
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This is a good starter head. It has bubble levels on all axis controls. The handles tighten well, and there is a spring to help adjust the camera level when heavy cameras are mounted on the plate. But there is a tripod head that I would suggest every person who is considering this look at as well: the Manfrotto 410 geared tripod head.

The Manfrotto 410 is about twice the cost as the Manfrotto 808RC4. But the 410 is a geared head, which gives the photographer precision control over the axis controls. The 808RC4 is limited to adjusting and then tightening the handles - which can result in a slight droop after the handles have been tightened. The 410 prevents this from ever happening and it also makes micro adjustment of photograph framing and composition possible that is very hard to do with the 808RC4.

I think that the 808RC4 will be great for many users. I highly recommend it and I think it's an excellent product. I just wanted any potential buyer to also take a look at the 410 because I wish I would have had someone tell me about the 410 when I was considering the 808RC4 (if you're a serious photographer, you'll probably upgrade eventually).

Anyway, I still recommend this! Another great product by Manfrotto!!
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