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

B&H # MA804RC2 Mfr # 804RC2
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The Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC2 Quick Release & 200PL 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 QR Plate
  • 200PL Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw and 3/8" Bushing Adapter
  • 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 QR Plate
     
    4.6

    (based on 292 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (183)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (94)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (233)
    • Solid/sturdy (230)
    • Fits well (205)
    • Improves tripod function (205)
    • Lightweight (18)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (29)
    • Heavy (17)
    • Poor design (5)
    • Loose clamp (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (173)
    • Night shots (153)
    • Portraits (153)
    • Wildlife (92)
    • Travel (79)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (115), Semi-pro photographer (70), Pro photographer (41), Casual photographer (21), Photography student (12)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (178), Yes (12)

    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.

    VS

    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

    Quality product

    By NSAID_warrior

    from Jackson, MS

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

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

      You pay for what you get. High quality product as you would expect from a quality brand. Heavy and bulky for heavy tripods only. We use this for wall-mounting large video cameras for motion capture.

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      • No

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      4.0

      804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head

      By Drarp

      from Bellbrook, OH

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        This head came with my Manfrotto MT294C3 carbon fiber tripod. It is made out of technical polymer which is about the same strength of aluminum but 50% lighter. It has nice big rubber grips. The quick-release plate is secure and interchanges with my other Manfrotto heads (ball, fluid). The tilt has a counter-balancing spring that dampens the end-of-travel. The tilt handles have limited range so they cannot be positioned down for compact travel. The 60mm diameter base is aluminum with a 3/8-16 thread. Overall it's a great, light pan/tilt head for the money.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Smooth Adjustability

        By Dare

        from NYC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            smooth and easy to use

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Perfect

            By Nicks

            from Niagara Falls, NY

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

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

            Easy to use, solid, secure, basically perfect!
            Love the nob that allows for panning.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Manfrotto 804rc2 3 way Pan Head

            By bhauser

            from Wisconsin

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Bulky

            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 QR Plate:

            Needed a good tripod combo and this fits the bill. Like the way I can level head then pan right and left without making further adjustments. very smooth. I sometimes use it for video....a fluid head would be more suited.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great 3 way quick release head

            By Crash

            from The Hills of TN

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fits Well
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits

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

            I love this 3 way pan/tilt head! I like to do long exposures in the blue hour and landscape photography and this head is very adjustable and stable. Once you tighten down the adjustments, the camera stays put. The only con is that it's a little bulky.

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            Very Good 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head

            By Harry

            from Austin

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits

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

              For those who might want the convenience and precision of a 3-way, pan/tilt tripod head, this is a good one. Make that a "very good" one. I bought it for studio portrait use. Sometimes I want to use a tripod and I want to set up the camera so that nothing gets changed except for vertical angle. This does the job. This is a quality product, it's a Manfrotto, and the best thing is saved for last--the price is too good to pass up. If you want a basic 3-way, get this.I would have given it 5 stars if Manfrotto would use the industry standard quick release plate (Acratech, Really Right Stuff, Kirk, etc.) Get into the arena, Manfrotto.

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              4.0

              Solid choice

              By Chris the Sailor

              from Bellingham, WA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

              • Not A Fluid Head

              Best Uses

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

                This is a solid choice for a simple tripod head, no complaints here.

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                5.0

                Best bang for buck

                By Wavelight Photography

                from Sea Cliff, 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 QR Plate:

                    I use this for my 4x5 field camera on some older manfrotto legs. I went through threew other heads before i got this one, and wont be buying any others. Affordable, and works great.

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                    • No

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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 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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                      • No

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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 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 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 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 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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                              • No

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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 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 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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                                • No

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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 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 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 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 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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