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Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate

B&H # MA804RC2 Mfr # 804RC2
You Pay: $79.99

The Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate is a direct replacement to the popular 3030 and 3029 heads. It is 20% lighter than its predecessors due to the use of Adapto material. It also features improved ergonomic design plus a counter spring system.

Adapto is a special technical polymer that is comparable to aluminum in strength but is 50% lighter. Compared to metals such as aluminum Adapto is an ideal material for photo imaging equipment as it has superb resistance to extreme temperatures and will not corrode or oxidize. Additionally, Adapto is an excellent vibration absorbing material making the 804RC2 head an ideal companion to a MagFibre tripod for the ultimate in vibration free shots.

The 804RC2 head is also the first 3-way head to use a counter spring system to help protect your equipment. Built into the forward/back tilt axis is a fixed spring that helps to absorb the shock of the full camera weight from crashing down. The spring also makes it easier to position the camera on this axis since it opposes some of the camera weight.

Includes a built-in quick release adapter that accepts the range of different RC2 (3157N) plates.
Handles feature improved design to fit more comfortably in your hand.
Coating on the quick-release lever is more durable and scratch resistant than before.
Maximum Camera Supported Standard size medium format
Load Capacity 8.8 lb (4 kg)
Height 4.5" (11.4 cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control No
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"
Weight 1.7 lb (770 g)
Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate
  • 200PL-14 Rectangular Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3-Years after Registering Online or by Mail
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    Manfrotto804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate
     
    4.6

    (based on 283 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (178)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (90)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (225)
    • Solid/sturdy (222)
    • Improves tripod function (201)
    • Fits well (198)
    • Lightweight (18)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (27)
    • Heavy (16)
    • Poor design (5)
    • Loose clamp (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (169)
    • Night shots (149)
    • Portraits (148)
    • Wildlife (89)
    • Travel (77)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (111), Semi-pro photographer (70), Pro photographer (40), Casual photographer (19), Photography student (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (171), Yes (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Perfect "Beginner" Manfrotto head

    This head is a super piece of equipment! It is built very well, and supports my Canon 20D & 28-300mm lens just dandy.

    I had originally rented this...Read complete review

    This head is a super piece of equipment! It is built very well, and supports my Canon 20D & 28-300mm lens just dandy.

    I had originally rented this same head a while back doing a portrait photo shoot. I really liked the design and how it worked (compared to my junky Velbon), so when I was looking for a tripod head, my decision was easy. I knew it was built well since I had used it before. Manfrotto is a great brand in my opinion.

    Keep in mind - this isn't the BEST tripod head out there. There are much better, rock-solid heads. But Manfrotto really made a good one here. If you're looking to upgrade from your Velbon or other low-end brand, this head is really worth it (even if it is more than you wanted to spend).

    I combine this head with the 190XB legs. This is a GREAT combo. Though they're not the best legs, they do work very, very well - and couple with this head perfectly. (Tip: get the legs with quick releases - not the screw-down type legs sections. Even though you will spend an extra 10 bucks or whatever it is, you will save a LOT of time adjusting the legs. I don't know what I would do if I got the screw-down type.)

    It's nice that this head has a springy function that makes the handles spring back (almost) into position when they are loosened. It doesn't really help level the equipment on top, but it's really nice to get it back into position in a reasonable amount of time. It also is good for protecting your equipment (like the description says).

    Some Cons: it's a bit bulky. When the head is positioned to fit into a bag with legs attached (tilted all the way over to the left and tilted all the way down), it really gets a little tall. (By the way, that height [with the BO190XB legs] is approx. 29 ½" tall. Without the legs: 8".) Also, the pan and tilt handles might (for some) seem a little loose when not tightened down. This is not a concern for me. Adjusting the pan and tilt can be jerky when zoomed in with an SLR.

    Other than the cons (which are generally expected with a 'budget' tripod head), this really is one of the best heads you can get within a reasonable price range. It is very versatile, sturdy, easy to adjust, quality built, and overall just great. And like all Manfrotto products, it's made in Italy.

    PS - remember to register online for the 5 year warranty. After registering, it only took me a few minutes.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Moves when locking down

    Once I get the perfect composition the head will move as I start to tighten the handles throwing my composition off. An example would be, using my 7D with 85mm 1.8 for a...Read complete review

    Once I get the perfect composition the head will move as I start to tighten the handles throwing my composition off. An example would be, using my 7D with 85mm 1.8 for a portrait, I'll adjust for my shot then when I tighten the handles to lock off my shot the angle will change, down and to the right. The more I tighten the handle, the more it moves. So now, When I compose a shot, I have to start higher and to the left to compensate when I lock down the shot. Very frustraing when I try to micro adjust a lens and want my shot to target a very specific spot.

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    5.0

    3-Thumbs Up

    By Dan D.

    from San Jose, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fits Well
    • Improves Tripod Function
    • Solid/Sturdy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

      I use this tilt head on my monopod, tripod, as well as my Konova slider. The extra large knobs make it really quick and easy to tighen and untighten. I also like the light weight compared to my other ball heads.

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      5.0

      Quality Construction and Easy to Use!

      By Ryan

      from Gibson City, IL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well
      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Portraits
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

        The large-grip handles make it very easy to maneuver.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good Quality

        By Chris

        from South Carolina

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Tripod Function
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

          Well built, easy to use and gets the job done. I have only had it a few weeks, but so far I have found the pan/tilt action to be smooth and the grips easy to use and lock.

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          • No

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          5.0

          804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quic

          By Mar, Prince Of Charm

          from Spartanburg,SC

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function
          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

            ONE OF THE BEST INVESTMENTS IVE EVER MADE

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            • No

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            3.0

            Manfrotto Tilt head

            By Jon

            from Central California

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fits Well
            • Improves Tripod Function
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

              adequate in more respects was hoping the arms were a little longer for smoother panning. Still much better then the ball head I was using.

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              5.0

              Solid Tripod Head

              By Colby

              from Vancouver

              Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

              The tripod head is very well built and solid. I enjoy using it

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              5.0

              Great Quality

              By Rum Runner

              from Tucson, AZ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

                A solid, durable head. There's no substitute for a quality bit of gear, and this doesn't disappoint.

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                5.0

                this head is the best

                By yanke

                from monsey ny

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fits Well
                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

                    it gives you every thing you need for a good price

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                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    For video it works better than a ballhea

                    By gil

                    from Sneads Ferry, NC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Tripod Function
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

                      My wildlife video efforts with a ballhead proved cumbersome--movies often were jerky when I tried to follow moving animals. With pan/tilt I have much more control and smoother operation.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Product

                      By JSG

                      from Alabama

                      Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

                      This tripod head performs very well. The knobs are easy to use and ock the head in the position you need.

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                      5.0

                      Just like the one I use at Disney

                      By Disney Rick

                      from Clermont fl

                      Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

                      I purchased this head because it is the same model I use a Epcot. I am familiar with this and like it very much so I purchased one for my personal use love it and love your price and service.
                      Rick

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                      5.0

                      Excellent!

                      By Photo Mom

                      from Finger Lakes, New York

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Improves Tripod Function
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

                        I love it! I use it on my 190XPROB tripod for shooting landscapes. It is well made and very sturdy. The three control knobs are huge and are easy to use even with cold fingers. The pan/tilt head (as opposed to a ball head) is a must for shooting panoramas. The quick release plate works very well, and the mechanism for attaching the plate to the head is very secure.

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                        5.0

                        Does Everything Perfectly

                        By D7100 Fanatic

                        from Lowell, MA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Ease of use
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fits Well
                        • Improves Tripod Function
                        • Light
                        • Solid/Sturdy
                        • Very

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

                          This Mafrotto was a replacement for the exact one I had before. My old one was 8 years old and was beat to hell. I was thinking of changing Manfrotto heads, but went with this proven winner. It was nice to feel the free fluid motion for all 3 axis movements. Once the SLR is secure to the quick release plate it is very sturdy and will move once it is locked. It is very easy to unlock and remove your SLR

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                          4.0

                          great

                          By michael

                          from new york ny

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

                          great!

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                          5.0

                          good photo head

                          By ryantalexander

                          from santa barbara, ca

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fits Well
                          • Improves Tripod Function
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                          • Loose Clamp

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

                          Solid and very versatile. I use it for photographing artwork. Accurate degree markings on each axis. Convenient bubble level. Very minute adjustments can be difficult, but it's not a fluid head.

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                          4.0

                          Great solid tripod head.

                          By Jeffrey

                          from Hilton Head Island, SC

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fits Well
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

                            Intuitive and versatile. Tight QR and no drift with my D7100 and 70-300mm lens. Solid lock and easy to level. No complaints and definitely would buy again.

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                            4.0

                            Lightweight but not very smooth

                            By lfredette

                            from Sacramento, CA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fits Well
                            • Solid/Sturdy

                            Cons

                            • Creaky Movemet-not Smooth

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

                            I'm a professional photographer and recently lost my beloved tripod. I wanted to stay with Manfrotto because I have several of the quick release plates - which don't fit other heads. I wanted a nice heavy duty head like the one I used to have, but manfrotto replaced it with this composit material. It's nice and light, but it's diffficult to make minor adjustments without completely loostening the knobs. It's not nearly as smooth as my old head. This head will sufffice, but I'm not 100% happy with the new design. Not sure if I would recommend it.

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                            5.0

                            Easy, stable, does what it should

                            By NH

                            from Ann Arbor, MI

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fits Well
                            • Improves Tripod Function
                            • Solid/Sturdy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

                              Mounted it on a Manfrotto tripod and had no trouble with it. It does as advertised. It's stable, easy to use, moves smoothly, and I have no complaints about it.

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                              4.0

                              This is the right head!

                              By Craig

                              from Bloomington, IN

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fits Well
                              • Improves Tripod Function
                              • Solid/Sturdy

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Panorama

                                Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

                                I purchased a Sunpak Pro 423PX carbon fiber tripod, it came with a ball head. Since I do primarily panoramas I needed something better. With this pan/tilt head I can use my Nikon D5100 with any of my lenses (including my 85-400mm) and get solid results. Not a pano head but it does what I need nicely.

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                                5.0

                                Smooth, solid tripod head

                                By Ken

                                from Missouri

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fits Well
                                • Improves Tripod Function
                                • Solid/Sturdy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL-14 QR Plate:

                                  General all-purpose photography.
                                  Easy to use and solid. Does not slip after positioning.

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