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Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -

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Product Highlights
  • Supports 17.6 lb

The Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head is the redesigned model in the three-way range of heads. The 808RC4 now also includes the Double Axis Spring System which consists of a built-in 3.3 lb spring for both the front tilt and side tilt movements. It also incorporates dual axis bubble levels to better achieve level shots.

This innovative solution, borrowed from the video industry, helps to move the camera smoothly while framing the picture, as it helps to balance some of the camera weight. In addition, it absorbs the shock to bodies and lenses when reaching the end stop of the head movement.

One or both springs can simply be turned off by the two separate control knobs, for when using an extremely lightweight camera system.
Modernized overall shape and many of the hard edges have been rounded to produce a fresh and elegant product.
A new coating on the quick-release lever that is more durable and scratch resistant.
Newly designed handles to fit comfortably in the hand, even taking into consideration the size of fingers.
Maximum Camera Supported Large format
Load Capacity 17.6 lb (8 kg)
Height 6.1" (15.5 cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes, double
Tension Control No, but does have balance spring
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"
Weight 3 lb (1.370 kg)
Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -
  • Quick Release Plate with 1/4-20" and 3/8" Threaded Studs
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension after Registering Online
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    Manfrotto808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -
     
    4.7

    (based on 145 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (107)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (129)
    • Attaches firmly (121)
    • Large range of motion (117)
    • Strong clamp (107)
    • Improves tripod function (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy (50)
    • Complicated controls (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (100)
    • Portraits (87)
    • Night shots (80)
    • Home (57)
    • Wildlife (48)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (48), Photo enthusiast (44), Pro photographer (22), Casual photographer (7), Enthusiast (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (96)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Safety first.

    I use this aluminum 808RC4 to be the base for my Toyo-Field 45AII - a 4x5 camera which weighs in at around six pounds, but when a newer style (bulkier) Symmar or similar...Read complete review

    I use this aluminum 808RC4 to be the base for my Toyo-Field 45AII - a 4x5 camera which weighs in at around six pounds, but when a newer style (bulkier) Symmar or similar lens is added, plus lens shade/compendium, filter, BTZS dark cloth and film holder, the dead weight is closer to ten pounds or more.

    I was using a very good 'famous name' ball head (which is great for my MF cameras), but I quickly tired of the lack of control when aligning the camera - the 'floppyness' of a large format camera sitting on a ball, always about to suddenly dip forward alarmingly. I was always wishing for three hands !

    The Manfrotto 808RC4 is such a pleasure to use, especially with the super safe RC4 quick release plate. The 3-way head (with dual axis built in levels) can quickly and accurately bring your camera into perfect alignment. The three large rubberized adjustment handles are perfectly placed and excellent to use, and when the camera position is locked, it is locked. Not a millimeter of movement as you tighten the handles, or when you remove your hold of the body. All of this, plus two balance springs in the vertical tilt (forward/backward) and horizontal tilt (left/right) movements (which you can turn on or off) to make the alignment of the camera even easier.

    I like products that are well designed and well engineered. I especially like products which I can 'forget' about when I use them. I want to concentrate on my creative work, not my tools. The Manfrotto 808RC4 is such a tool, and I am delighted with it. If you need to support a weighty camera, with ease and with absolute peace of mind, the 808RC4 should be your go-to tripod head.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not Great for Small Hands

    After reading so many amazing reviews, I bought this head for food and landscapes. After shooting with it on a 3 day magazine shoot (all food) I found that it's not very fluid...Read complete review

    After reading so many amazing reviews, I bought this head for food and landscapes. After shooting with it on a 3 day magazine shoot (all food) I found that it's not very fluid when switching from portrait to landscape and very difficult to tighten. If you have small hands and/or do not have a strong grip then I woud suggest researching other tripods heads. I started getting blisters (also achey fingers and wrists) after day one and noticed the tripod head ever so slightly start to drop because I could not get it tight enough despite my best effort and even after using both hands. Also, the quick release is not very quick at all and I found I had to be very aggressive with it to get it off the head.

    I gave it three days of hardcore shooting (4 hours each day) and found it was disappointing and unreliable. It's being returned today and until I find a good replacement I'll be using my old reliable 498 RC2 Ball Head.

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    5.0

    i would buy this again in a heartbeat

    By rick and rick

    from sacramento,CA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

      this has quality all over it.a pleasure to work with. thank you

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      5.0

      Sturdy head

      By Wayne

      from Boston

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

        Bought with 055XPROB, sturdy and heavy.

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        5.0

        Reliable and easy to use

        By Loloi

        from Dallas, Tx

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Product

          Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

          Easy to use, and it stays in place. The plate comes off easily with one hand and it doesn't wobble or loosen mysteriously when in use. The handles are a little smooth to feel like you're getting a good grip, but they tighten easily and stay that way until you say otherwise. The range of motion is pretty good but if you're real low to the ground shooting horizontally, there is a limit to it's range, but it mostly depends on the angle of your tripod!Overall I'm very happy with this head and will probably be purchasing a second soon for the other tripod to replace the ball head. I will never use a ball head again, this is definitely the way to go.

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          5.0

          Solid but large

          By Andrew

          from Spring Lake Park, MN

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

          I bought this head because I have always used 3-way heads, but it ended being a bit larger than I expected, but I don't think I checked the dimensions in the specs. I have used this tripod head on a larger studio size tripod, and it was extremely stable. If you're looking for a 3-way head for a larger, studio tripod, this one would be an excellent choice.

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          4.0

          Solid build quality

          By Mike B

          from Atlanta

          Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

          A very solid well built tripod head. Great for my 1dx and heavy L lenses. Heavy and bulky for travel.

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          5.0

          great product

          By Zaro

          from Sao Paulo, Brazil

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots

              Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

              Great product, solid material. The thrre-way range of heads allows you to make all kind of photos. It's a little heavy, but works really well.

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              5.0

              A very nice tripod head

              By houdel

              from Way out in the wilds of north west lower

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Many Unexpected Features
              • Strong Clamp
              • Very Smooth Fluid Motion

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

                I needed a heavy duty and versatile pan/tilt tripod head to handle a fairly heavy vintage medium format camera and I found that in the Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head. The head moves very smoothly and effortlessly in all three axis and the control handles go from free to full lock with a minimum amount of rotation.

                While the specs mention two spirit levels, the head in fact has a total of three. There are two longitudinal tube type spirit levels to check front and side tilt when the camera is in the landscape position. When the head is tilted to portrait position there is a third round bubble level to measure both side and front tilt. Both the tilt mechanisms also have a degree scale to measure the degree of side and/or front tilt if you chose an off-level orientation in either axis.

                The Quick Release locking lever has a safety catch which must be separately depressed in order to fully release the QR plate, a nice feature to prevent accidental release in case the locking lever is inadvertently bumped. In addition, the locking lever has a spring loaded detent which holds the lever fully open when the QR plate is removed and automatically returns the locking lever to the locked position when the plate is properly placed back in the head.

                The QR plate is supplied with both 1/4" and 3/8" camera mounting screws. The head has threaded parking holes in the base below the plate to hold whichever mounting screw is not being used at the time, so both screws are always with the head at all times with no fear of losing either one.

                Both the side and front tilt axis have a spring assist feature to support a portion of the camera's weight thus permitting fine adjustment of the tilt angle without the photographer having to fight the entire camera's weight when positioning the camera. This feature can be engaged or disengaged as needed with a simple 1/4 turn twist of a separate control knob.

                The Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head is an excellent choice for a photographer who needs a smooth, heavy duty head for a heavy digital, medium format or large format camera.

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                5.0

                Manfrotto 808RC4

                By PackSaddle Jack

                from San Antonio, Texas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

                  Tripod: Giottos GIYTL8383
                  Head: Manfrotto 808RC4

                  I purchased the set to use together so I might as well write about them together.

                  The generic problem is that when companies develop specialized items, such as Quick Release plates, nothing else fits. Everything, then, takes a lot more time to assemble than the old time ¼-20 tripod screw.

                  I have several other 808RC4 heads, and they work reliably. Big, fat, soft handles on the clamps so just a quick twist locks the head even with a fairly heavy camera (Canon 5D Mark II with a 28-300 5.6 zoom). Bubble levels do well for roughing in, but if you're going to do really HUGE panoramics without a MegaPan, acquire a couple of machinists precision levels.

                  The first 808RC4s earned my trust, so there was no need to look at others. Also swaying my view is that all other lenses have Manfrotto plates attached, and the idea of changing plates depending upon the job at hand is discouraging.

                  The Giotto's Tripod is much lighter than my others. It will become the workhorse, much as the zoom lens has for the camera.

                  A really nice touch is the soft grips at the top of the legs. Soft to grab, and warm in the winter except there really isn't winter in this part of Texas.

                  I like the flip locks, but there is a pinch point with the flip against it's stop. Nothing major, and the learning curve is short and steep.

                  Legs open to the first stop, fully extended center post, and I need a step ladder! That's the reason for the highly useful numbers on the lowest leg tubes; you can get them even with no trouble at all. At that extension and with that camera, expect a little wobble. You might have a little less in another model, but you'll also have a much flatter wallet.

                  Open the legs to the second stop and you're much closer to the ground; a good level for small children subjects (shudder!) or flowers. At the widest, third, stop, the legs are straight out, and the center column is in the way on the bottom. Either dig a hole OR search for that strange black thing that came in the plastic bag. That's a very short post that extends below the housing only enough to clear the spring-loaded retainer. Now you're almost at ground level, flat on your abdomen in the mud, and having a ball because the other guys can't do what this tripod does without trouble.

                  The center post is triangular so it doesn't twist. It has channels cut in each side so the legs fold in tightly for travel. Lifting it straight up to its limit allows the collar to rotate (with detents) to the horizontal. There are guide notches on the inside of the collar so the post has to be lined up to slide back in, an easy job with provided alignment marks. This inhibits rotating the camera horizontally; just use the pan on your head.

                  The camera mounting plate is removable, tools supplied, which permits using a ¼-20 or ⅜-16 center bolt. There is only one mounting plate provided, so this must be transferred to the short center column if you anticipate getting the low-down on the flower garden. There are many small parts, so I suggest you practice in the studio before they wander off amongst the blades of grass.

                  Overall rating: A+ & A+

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                  2.0

                  Too Much

                  By Tim

                  from Seattle

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Studio

                  Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

                  As long as you're not working with medium format or enormous lenses, this thing is way overkill. It's overly beefy and heavy for location work, and tightening it down is quite an effort that gives blisters mighty quick. I'll be returning this for something lighter duty.

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                  5.0

                  Handles the Weight well

                  By Brian K

                  from Farmingdale, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

                    Was looking at Fluid heads till this caught my eye, liked that the sticks were shorter than fluid heads. Has good spring to it and handles heavy camera no problems, no slips. Very smooth as well. Very happy with this head.

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                    5.0

                    perfect for medium format cametas

                    By alejoarango.com

                    from miami , FL

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

                      No doubts this is a highly recomended product for those who wants the steady an safe work

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                      1.0

                      Not Great for Small Hands

                      By Dina

                      from Portland, OR

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly

                      Cons

                      • Complicated Controls
                      • Heavy
                      • Small Range
                      • Unstable

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

                      After reading so many amazing reviews, I bought this head for food and landscapes. After shooting with it on a 3 day magazine shoot (all food) I found that it's not very fluid when switching from portrait to landscape and very difficult to tighten. If you have small hands and/or do not have a strong grip then I woud suggest researching other tripods heads. I started getting blisters (also achey fingers and wrists) after day one and noticed the tripod head ever so slightly start to drop because I could not get it tight enough despite my best effort and even after using both hands. Also, the quick release is not very quick at all and I found I had to be very aggressive with it to get it off the head.

                      I gave it three days of hardcore shooting (4 hours each day) and found it was disappointing and unreliable. It's being returned today and until I find a good replacement I'll be using my old reliable 498 RC2 Ball Head.

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                      3.0

                      Solid but cumbersome

                      By First Exposure

                      from Jackson, WY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion

                      Cons

                      • Complicated Controls
                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

                      I was looking for a tripod head that would work well with my heavy DSLR (battery pack and 100-400mm lens) for stills and video. I found the 3 handle adjustments to be too cumbersome to manage. I traded it in for a Gitzo GH2720QR, which is lighter and has a 1 handle adjustment. I have not received it to try yet so am keeping my fingers crossed. It did not have any reviews when i purchased it.

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                      5.0

                      I would buy this product again!

                      By Luis I Vasquez

                      from Clearwater, FL

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

                        It is very practical!

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                        5.0

                        manfrotto 808rc4 and 475b tripod

                        By Geno

                        from north texas

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

                          I use this on my 475b .Only had them for a few weeks,so far so good works great.My camera is a 7d with a grip a 70-200 lens.

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                          5.0

                          AMAZING!!!

                          By LisaLoo

                          from Tri-Cities, Wa

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

                            Such an amazing tripod head that moves in any direction to make those perfect angled photos...quickly in the niche of time!

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                            5.0

                            Great Product

                            By tzvika770

                            from New York

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                            • Big
                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Home

                            Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

                            so far i used it for food photography and its great

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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Much more solid than I expected for thee

                            By Jeff

                            from Black Hawk, Colorado

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

                            Bought to use with Nikon D300s using an 80-400mm lens and 2x tele extender. Steady as a rock, even in the Rocky Mountain winds. Base plate takes some getting used to for attachment, but not a deal breaker.

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                            5.0

                            good overall pano head

                            By jglaser757

                            from florida

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

                              I was looking for a new head that would do the job well, but small enough also..this one is a winner. And, you cant beat the price. I was shocked that it didnt cost more..

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                              5.0

                              Solid head

                              By Nikolay Kostin

                              from UAE, Dubai

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots

                              Comments about Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with RC4 Quick Release -:

                              Very solid head. Ideal for heavy cameras & lenses.

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