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Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head

B&H # MA128RC Mfr # 128RC
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Product Highlights
  • 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate
  • 8.75 lbs Capacity
  • 3/8" Head Mounting Thread
  • Replaces #3130

The 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head from Manfrotto is ideal for a VCR camera up to 8.75 lbs. It includes a quick release plate. The head mounting thread is 3/8".

Replaces old part number 3130.

Quick Release Plate
Features a quick-release plate that allows you to change cameras or detach the camera with the flip of a lever.
Pan and Tilt
This head pans 360° and can be tilted -60° to +90° and features pan and tilt locks.
Load Capacity 8.8 lbs (4kg)
Head Mounting Thread 3/8" female thread
Counter Balance System Not applicable
Counter Balance Range No
Center of Gravity Not specified by manufacturer
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes, (200PL-14)
Balance Plate Fixed, 1x 1/4"-20 screw
Tilt Drag Not applicable
Tilt Range -60/+90°
Tilt Lock Yes
Spring Loaded Counter Balance Not applicable
Pan Range 360°
Pan Lock Yes
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated No
Temperature Range Not specified by manufacturer
Weight 2.2 lbs (1kg)
Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head
  • Fluid Head
  • Pan Handle
  • Quick Release Plate
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3-Years after Registering Online or by Mail
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    Manfrotto128RC QR Micro Fluid Head
     
    4.7

    (based on 129 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (97)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (111)
    • Attaches firmly (104)
    • Large range of motion (92)
    • Strong clamp (72)
    • Smooth movement (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (10)

    Best Uses

    • Video (82)
    • Wildlife (49)
    • Landscape/scenery (46)
    • Sports/action (34)
    • Weddings (33)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (38), Semi-pro photographer (34), Pro photographer (27), Casual photographer (12)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (97), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Solid Performer

    I am using this head with an old Gitzo G80 (3578) tripod for my Panasonic TM700 HD camcorder or Nikon D200 DSLR. Thr Gitzo tripod has a 3/8" male thread for...Read complete review

    I am using this head with an old Gitzo G80 (3578) tripod for my Panasonic TM700 HD camcorder or Nikon D200 DSLR. Thr Gitzo tripod has a 3/8" male thread for this head, but without a locking screw, so it took some force to lock the head on the tripod firmly.

    The tripod itself weights about 2kg, and is 1.6m high fully extended. The whole set up balance well after I made some adjustments on the pan - using a slot screw driver to loosen the screw on the pan axis - such that the drag is about the same as the tilt and is the right amount for the tiny TM700. There is a hex screw on the tilt axis and I could also adjust the drag if necessary.

    This head also holds the Nikon D200 (with a 18-200 lenses) well but adjustments are not as quick as the original Gitzo ball head. I would gladly accept this as now I only need to carry one tripod on most occassions for both camcorder and DSLR use.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Can Not Balance a DSLR

    I purchased this head to shoot video with my Canon T3i DSLR. With either my 18mm-135mm or 10mm-20mm lenses, the camera will flop forward unless the tilt drag is set firmly enough...Read complete review

    I purchased this head to shoot video with my Canon T3i DSLR. With either my 18mm-135mm or 10mm-20mm lenses, the camera will flop forward unless the tilt drag is set firmly enough to prevent it, which then prevents smooth motion. I have been getting by with releasing the drag for shooting, and snugging it up again when the camera is idle. Looking to improve this situation, I have ordered the 701HDV to replace it, as the 701HDV has a spring balance system, as well as the ability to adjust the camera mounting position to achieve balance.
    This may not be an issue with a camcorder, but anyone looking to use a DSLR with this head should consider the above.

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    5.0

    Smooth as silk

    By Pablo

    from Northampton MA

    Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

    This head is an excellent value for the money. It is solidly built and an easy transfer to my existing Manfrotto tripod. I'm mainly a still image maker, but needed to make a quality video on short notice. The panning and tilt actions were incredibly smooth which helped to give my piece a more professional look.

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    5.0

    Great value

    By Mike

    from Az

    Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

    Excelent

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    5.0

    Smooth and Solid

    By Drew at ArtPrize

    from Grand Rapids, Michigan

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Solid Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Video

      Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

      For the price, this gear is great. If you're looking for a basic fluid head for video, this will treat you right. Just be sure to level your tripod, and away you go.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Solid and Sturdy

      By Doug

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Video

        Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

        I use for videos with my D7100 DSLR and with my spotting scope. This head is smooth, solid, and vibration free. Well made.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Perfect for my application.

        By Bob

        from Western NY

        Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

        This head's mechanics provides just the right amount tension to allow for very smooth movement.

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        4.0

        Solid Head

        By Josh Mc

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

            Overall, I think this is a good fluid head. For the price range, you cant do better. My main gripe is the quick release plate lever being in the way. I have a 7D with a vertical grip attached. When mounting a 70-200 with the collar mount, and the vertical grip on the body, it wont allow it to lock into position.

            The movement on the head is super smooth, and the tension control for tilt is nice.

            Would recommend.

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            3.0

            Nice solid head but not that fluid

            By Benjamin

            from Sherbrooke, Qc., Canada

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • SOLID
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • Limited Fluid Pans Tilt

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

            It's sturdy, can take a decent amount of weight and remains firmly locked in. I however thought it would be smoother for panning and tilting. The head is of much higher build quality than my previous Velbon fluid pan head but the smoothness for pans and tilts is so so. Fine for wide shots but difficult to pull off smooth moves for close-ups and macro shots. I do however love it's build and lightness.

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            • No

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            5.0

            This was the video head I was missing

            By Michael

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

              I shoot mostly low light video and stills without flash or other lighting. I already own a Manfrotto mvh502ah for my heavy system, a Manfrotto 802rc2 and several other small heads. The 128RC was what I need for my Nikon D7100 with a 24-700 F2.8 lens when I did not want to use the MVH502.

              The 128RC was fluid, solid and panned very smoothly. I am considering buying a second one for my Canon XA10 which I use mostly in a static (minimum panning) application. At 2.2 pounds it adds insignificant weight to my already heavy load but gives great support to my equipment.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Just what I was looking for

              By roqnron

              from los Angeles

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                This works well with my Canon Vixia camcorder, it's well made, smooth panning, adjustable handle, QR plate

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                • No

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                3.0

                Good Fluid Head, Small Mounting Plate

                By stykman

                from Albany, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                  I use this to mount my DSLR to my slider and it works very well. The fluid head is very smooth. My only issue is the mounting plate. It's very small and has a bit of an akward way of locking in. That being said it's not a big deal. It's just more of an observation. I've had it for at least a month now with no problems.

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                  5.0

                  Great value for casual videos

                  By Rob

                  from Westchester, NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                    I'm a pro photographer that occasionally needs to capture video on my DSLR. For years I tried to get by using standard photo heads and was never happy with the end result. This basic video head is perfect for my DSLR as well as my m43 system. In fact, I've grown accustomed to using it for my still photography. Please note that you must level the tripod since the head only moves horizontally and vertically (not side to side). If you are mounting this to a self leveling center column then this is not an issue.

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                    5.0

                    Perfect

                    By TimeInLight

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Video

                      Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                      This head is perfect and is why I buy from Manfrotto. It is solid, smooth, and everything fits tight. It is a bit heavy, but that that makes me feel more comfortable during panning. It has no problem holding a large DSLR or Black Magic with a large lens on it.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Smooth spotting scope head

                      By Brian from NH

                      from Keene, NH

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Birding - Spotting Scope
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                        This particular head had been recommended to go with my new spotting scope. It makes a nice pair. The quick release is strong enough for the weight of the scope and makes set up a little more efficient. The panning mechanisms are very smooth.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Tripod Head

                        By Doug

                        from New Lenox, IL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                        I am using on my Slik tripod for spotting scope use. It performs flawlessly and is very stable and extremely well built. Highly recommended.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Well made, missing one thing

                        By Jordan

                        from Langley, BC

                        Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                        We use this product at my church in conjunction with the Manfrotto 365 post and a Canon XL1 in order to stream a wide shot to other rooms in the church.

                        I like this product. It is well made, and very sturdy.

                        My only complaint is there is no levelling feature!! My guess is one could find something to go in between the head and the post that would have a bubble and let you level the camera. Other than this I do recommend this product.

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                        5.0

                        Simple, fast, reliable

                        By ricchiuti

                        from Colorado

                        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
                          • Travel
                          • Video

                          Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                          Great head for a DSLR or Mirrorless style camera. It's moves fast and smooth is simple to use and is your basic prosumer fluid head. GREAT BUY! The safety mechanism works like any quality Manfrotto equipment - reliable!

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Smooth

                          By PDog

                          from Kingman AZ

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                            Very smooth and easy to adjust. Doesn't shift in breezy conditions.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Manfrotto fluid head

                            By Speed Sailor

                            from WestChester PA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Portraits
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                              Lightweight but very strong and the quick snap-on connector for the camera is great. I am using this for wildlife photos and sometimes have to quickly attach the camera which is effortless. Also the smooth left to right and up and down action makes following birds in flight easy.

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                              5.0

                              Smooth

                              By Captivating Photos

                              from Stockton, Ca

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Video

                                Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                                Very well made, smooth, and easy to use

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Fantastic, buttery smooth!

                                By sdmoel

                                from Richmond, VA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                                  I have a small Cannon HD camera. This works like a dream. Highly recommend.

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                                  • No

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