- Also check our best rated Camera reviews
Manfrotto 804RC2 Basic Pan & Tilt Head with Quick Release Plate
|Price:||£89.00 FREE UK delivery.|
- Enter your model number to make sure this fits.
- Professional 3-way photo head for use with tripod equipment
- Ultra-durable lightweight technical polymer construction
- Unique spring design assists in tilt motion of head
- Newly designed ergonomic handles for extra comfort and grip
- Standard quick release plate
There is a newer model of this item:
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What do customers buy after viewing this item?
Have a question?
Find answers in product info, Q&As, reviews
Please make sure that you've entered a valid question. You can edit your question or post anyway.
Compare with similar items
Manfrotto MK II 3 Way Head in Adaptor W/Retractable Levers
Manfrotto 391RC2 Photo/Video Pan & Tilt Head
Manfrotto 3-Way Photo Head with Compact Foldable Handles
Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head
Manfrotto 460MG 3-Way Magnesium Head
|Shipping||FREE Shipping||FREE Shipping||FREE Shipping||FREE Shipping||FREE Shipping||FREE Shipping|
|Sold By||Camera Centre UK||Amazon.co.uk||Amazon.co.uk||Amazon.co.uk||Amazon.co.uk||Amazon.co.uk|
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
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.
3-way photo head constructed of ultra-durable and lightweight technical polymer, the 804RC2 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. (Plates Adapters: 200PL-38, 200PLARCH-14, 200PLARCH-38)
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
For the majority of stills photography that has a lighter camera sitting up top (say, my D-80 with its Nikkor 300mm zoom, a far lighter lens) this should be fine, and for camcorder use with a lightish camcorder (or DSLR with a movie setting) this is also okay, since the pan is pretty smooth and the azimuth is pretty good too. It is a far cry from pro-grade equipment in capability and price, so if you need to compromise, this isn't such a bad one, just don't expect perfection - you haven't paid for it! :)
The tensioning mechanism will take some getting used to - for me at least - since it involves twisting the pan & tilt controls to free and to lock each axis. My previous tripod (an all-in-one camcorder jobbie) had separate knurled knobs to lock each axis and allowed me to set framing with a dead certainty that this Monfrotto unit can't provide. The reason is that having the same control for movement and for locking means that when it comes time to lock the unit (in azimuth especially) you are trying to turn the control that is also needing to be held steadily locked onto the target, and it just doesn't work very well that way. A decent azimuth control really needs, in my opinion, either a quick-lock control or a separate control altogether. Granted the Manfrotto doesn't require much of a turn to start locking properly, but at high zoom with a heavy lens you really are pushing the limits of what this head can do. To make matters worse, even when apparently locked well, a heavy lens will make the head sag appreciably until it finally stops moving, so for me to use it accurately means framing high and letting the lens sag into position, and judging that properly each time! Since I seldom put a camera head in this position I'm prepared to compromise on usability knowing that in most cases it will be okay, but for someone needing dead-on rock-steady positioning every time, it'll mean going considerably upmarket (something I definitely cannot afford to do).
If you're unlikely to put this head in such a difficult position, though, and will work using non-SLR, or lightweight SLR setups at moderate zoom settings, it is a good buy. I've not seen too many heads as light or compact as this one and, provided you familiarise yourself with the locking mechanism to avoid shake in video shoots, it should work well there until you are ready to move up to pro equipment.
All in all, a good unit provided you have moderate expectations.
However, I ordered one from Amazon, used it for about an hour, and realised that it just wasn't for me.
I have a solid tripod that I use for still photography, with a fairly heavy DSLR and lens (sometimes very heavy lens!). I want a tripod head that is both easy and precise to adjust.
The short levers made this difficult. Also, once tightened, there was enough slip in the mechanism for the direction of the camera to dip (just by a few degrees) when I took my hands off.
Instead I returned the head, and bought (and love) a Manfrotto Junior Geared Head, which meets my needs much better.
The only thing I'd change would be enough freedom of movement to have the camera turned 90 degrees into portrait mode, but it never claimed to be able to do that so that's no lost marks.
Compatibility with other manfrotto quick release plates is also a major plus.
A very well made, quality product.
-: Probably the knobs should have been a little longer (more convenient for me). My 804rc2, when arrived, wasnt lubricated enough so i had to put a few drops of lubricant to get smoother movements.
I think that probably, this 3 way head, is the best in quality for its price range.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews