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Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head

B&H # MA128RC Mfr # 128RC
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You Pay: $82.89
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
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Manfrotto128RC QR Micro Fluid Head
     
    4.7

    (based on 121 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (91)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (106)
    • Attaches firmly (103)
    • Large range of motion (90)
    • Strong clamp (70)
    • Smooth movement (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (10)

    Best Uses

    • Video (78)
    • Wildlife (49)
    • Landscape/scenery (44)
    • Sports/action (33)
    • Weddings (32)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (36), Semi-pro photographer (32), Pro photographer (26), Casual photographer (12)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (93), 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.

    Reviewed by 121 customers

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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

      • Was this a gift?:
      • 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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          • No

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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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • 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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                    • No

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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

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                      • 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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                        5.0

                        Excellent light wieght head

                        By tmuss

                        from Illinois

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                          Purchased this head because of it's weight and past experience with Manfrotto to use on a monopod. Works so well with my Z5U and DVX100B that many times I use it instead of my 503 head. Great value.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          I would buy tthis product again

                          By cayman

                          from Massachusettes

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                            Manfrotto's quality. Good design and move smoothly. Use it with DSLR and 70-200mm lens without a problem. Wish there could be an easy way to adjust the level.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Great Product!

                            By GEG

                            from Detroit, Michigan

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                              Hello,
                              My name is George and U am a videographer from Detroit Michigan (Go Lions) I use this product to shoot movies and let me tell you, it works great! I was looking for a relatively inexpensive product, a well made product, and a professional looking product, and let me tell you, this 128RC QR Micro Fluid head was the best investment I have ever made. It looks profession and it is much larger than the picture makes it look. There is noting major that I would change about it except it would be nice if there would be one of those bubble dot things to make sure the tripod is upright, but other than that, it is worth your investment.

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                              5.0

                              Love the quick release feature!

                              By Chris

                              from Crescent City, CA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                                Good product!

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Quality and precision

                                By Panguitch Joe

                                from St. George, Utah

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                                I use this head on a "CowboyStudio Shoulder Support Pad for Video Camcorder Camera DV / DC." In order to attach the head to the shoulder pad I purchased an "Oben 3/8-16 to 1/4-20 Reducer Bushing." This set up allows me to have hands-free operation of my camera and more stable footage. I also am able to record with less fatigue for hours at a time. The head makes it possible for me to get cool angles, better pans, and better tilt shots. The head is smooth, well made, and precise. I also like and often use the quick release. I highly recommend it. So far--no cons except that it's heavy but I'm not sure that's really a con since I wanted a head that was well made and durable.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great Buy for the Price

                                By Paul

                                from Dartmouth MA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                                  I got this tripod head for a camera slider I built. The pan and tilt lock holds my Panasonic AG-AC130A no problem.

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                                  5.0

                                  Very Smooth Movement

                                  By Paul

                                  from Springfield, OH

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                                    I purchased this head to replace one of a different brand that was very stiff in the panning motion. I am very pleased with the 128RC. It is very smooth in both pan and tilt with no jerky motion and it stays where I stop it. I use this on the Manfrotto 055XB tripod with a spotting scope and camera/telephoto lens for wildlife viewing and photography.

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                                    4.0

                                    "Nice Micro Head"

                                    By Milt Hitch

                                    from Memphis, TN

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Firmly
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Large Range of Motion

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Video

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                                      I am please with the product performance and price point of this head.
                                      I mount my Sony D8 camcorder on it. The size is smaller than other video heads I've own in the past, but it is working great so far. It is stable and I use it mostly locked down.

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