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Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • Quick Release
  • Supports 11 lb (5kg)

The Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head is specifically designed for both still photographic and motion video applications. The long locking and graspable pan handle coupled with special Teflon friction pads assures easy adjustment with smooth pan and tilt movements. The range of pan/tilt movement is firmly set with independent locks. The head has a quick release camera platform, which can be flipped for vertical orientation of still photographic cameras. The pan-locking bar is padded with soft non-slip rubber.

Head Type 3-Way pan/tilt
Maximum Camera Supported Light 35mm or digital SLR camera with medium telephoto lens or small video camera
Load Capacity 11 lb (5kg)
Height 3.9" (10cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level No
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 1.50 lb (0.70kg)
Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black)
  • QR 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3-Years after Registering Online or by Mail
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    Manfrotto391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black)
     
    3.9

    (based on 39 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (30)
    • Attaches firmly (29)
    • Large range of motion (25)
    • Strong clamp (12)

    Cons

    • Weak clamp (5)
    • Unstable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (23)
    • Night shots (19)
    • Video (19)
    • Home (17)
    • Portraits (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (20), Pro photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (28)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Lightweight Video Head

    I bought this head and some legs separately, trying to find a medium light weight tripod setup for filming hiking and hunting in Idaho.

    I just got back from a 4...Read complete review

    I bought this head and some legs separately, trying to find a medium light weight tripod setup for filming hiking and hunting in Idaho.

    I just got back from a 4 day trip and put this head to the test. Put the head though some snow and rain, normal Idaho spring time weather. I had no problem with this tripod head during my whole trip.

    I put my HVX200 (10 lbs) and my Canon 7D (3 lbs) on this head during the trip. The tripod panned and tilted just fine. Pans were a little tough with the HVX200 but the Canon 7D was perfect. The pan stop screw is decent, but doesn't really act as a drag on the pan. The side tilt over adjustment knob felt a little cheesy, it wouldn't hold the HVX200 and barely held the Canon 7D. On the plus side the quick release was very strong and had no problem holding my HVX200 and 7D.

    This light weight tripod head performed very well. I knew with going lightweight and cheap i was going to sacrifice the "drag" and strength of the head. But so far it seems to be a very well put together head.

    Also the pan/tilt handle is pretty short, so if your shooting video you have to pay extra attention to move smoothly. But its nice when you are packing it around and setups up quickly.

    I bought this head with the Benro flexpod legs. Works great but the head doesn't screw all the way down flat on the legs mounting platform. There is a little space. Its kind of annoying but seemed to hold fine still.

    If you stay in the five to eight pound range you will love this lightweight cheap head.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Smooth but Unstable

    The 391RC2 pan and tilt movements are fine. It is easy to control the movement from a smooth firm feel to a sports quick reaction with a little practice. Tension controls have a good...Read complete review

    The 391RC2 pan and tilt movements are fine. It is easy to control the movement from a smooth firm feel to a sports quick reaction with a little practice. Tension controls have a good feel and make of very controlled adjustments over all.

    However, the platform which can be flipped for vertical use is weak. It does not lock firmly so the camera slides too far one way or the other. It does not sit flat on the tripod. The weight of the camera (Canon Mark IV) causes the platform to go beyond level and won't stay put when locked. It slowly drifts down below level. Also, no level bubble.

    The locking nut on the ball head that secures the plate is in a bad place if you are using a 70-200 or larger lens because the mount is on the lens not the camera it becomes very difficult to get in between the lens and the camera to lock the plate.

    The locking nut to flip to vertical (also in a bad place) does not lock very well. The camera weight will move the adjustment you make. I resorted to using pliers to get it tight enough.

    Price is good.

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    3.0

    Good for hiking !!

    By thriver

    from Malibu, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly

    Cons

    • Small Range

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

    Compact design. Good for small camera.

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    4.0

    Small and Light

    By Dbirder

    from Winston-Salem, NC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Cost
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion
    • Light weight

    Cons

    • Short Control Handle

    Best Uses

    • Travel
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

    I purchased this item to use with my Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod. I will use it primarily for birding. The combination of the tripod and the head makes a nice sturdy, yet light weight, platform for my Swaroski 65 MM spotting scope. The above scope will attach directly into the quick release without the addition of an adapter. The head is nice and smooth when panning yet the total weight is less than many other heads. Very reasonable cost!

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    4.0

    Works great

    By PH

    from KC, MO.

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Low profile
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

    • Weak Clamp

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Portraits

    Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

    I uses this to mount a camera on a custom teleprompter.
    It holds the weight of the camera fine after some adjustment.

    It is shipped with the sho set up for sideways mounting. If you need to pan and tilt, make sure you adjust the set pin 90 degrees.

    as stated in some other reviews, the tilt bolt doesn't tighten too great on heavier cameras, and also seems to tilt slightly down even when loosened. Jus be aware of this when purchasing and all will be great!

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    5.0

    This Pan Tilt Head is Great

    By Jim Cameraman

    from Bowling Green, Ky

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel

      Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

      I use this head with my Nikon D90 with the 105mm macro and 18-300mm and it works outstanding. With the handle it is easy to rotate and pan the camera.
      Just make sure the plate is firmly seated and you're on the way to easy photography.

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      4.0

      Perfect for my needs.

      By PM

      from ABQ, NM

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

        I bought this product for use with my Manfrotto 190XB legs. It is quick to place on and off. It is great for panning while video taping. Surprisingly it held my Sigma 150-500mm lens.

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        5.0

        Nice inexpensive pan/tilt

        By Brian K

        from Farmingdale, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

          Was looking to replace old ball head with an inexpensive pan/tilt to help more with video. This head fit the bill and very pleased with it.

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          4.0

          Excellent Pan/Tilt Head

          By tomfoolery613

          from NEW YORK, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

          Was on the fence about whether or not if I was going to get a ball head or a Pan/Tilt head, but after checking this out in the store I decided on this Manfrotto. At first, when I attached it to my camera the clamp didn't close all the way, but it was still held my camera in place tightly and securely , over the next few time the clamp closed all the way. Not sure what that was about, but it works great now. I get a lot of fluid movement from this Pan/Tilt head.

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          4.0

          Great head

          By deBEAT

          from Montreal, Quebec

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

            Quality build, sturdy, good smooth movement. Seems great for small-medium SLR. I'll use it for a stopmotion film.

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            4.0

            Good Value, Cheap but strong Constructio

            By estudioblau

            from bogota, Colombia

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

              It´s not a pro video Head, but for it´s price it´s a very big, strong and responsive head for still photo and video. The tilt and shift function for video are not fluid as I expected, but for USD50 is ok.

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              • Yes

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              4.0

              Excellent General purpose Tripod

              By Globetrotter

              from Victoria, BC. Canada

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Night Shots
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

                I was looking for a lightweight tripod head that could be used for still, and occasional video, photography with my Nikon DSLR. This one suits the need nicely. It is small and lightweight enough for packing when I travel, but has the features and versatility to to stabilize the camera under a variety of conditions. I particularily like the smooth operation of the pan head. So far haven't found anything I don't like.

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                4.0

                Excellent for the price

                By Joe

                from Australia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Complicated Quick Release

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel

                Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

                A very versatile tripod head.
                It holds my system (EF 70-100mm f/2.8 L IS II w/ EOS 5D MII, battery grip attached), which all together weigh just under 5kg, and it remains firm & steady.
                It pans smoothly and the handle works very well.

                Only down side is that the tilt nob and quick release are a bit hard to get to with a fully-laden system.

                Otherwise it folds nicely and is quite compact combined with Manfrotto 190 3-section legs. Great for on-the-run photography.

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                4.0

                Good Head, Good Price

                By GK

                from Welches, OR

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

                  Does what it's suppose to do! Good build. Happy. Enough said.

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                  4.0

                  very cool stuff

                  By torogigorot

                  from burlingame,ca

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

                    I like the design,sleek and light.Steady grip in a reasonable price.Found what I need.

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                    5.0

                    Sweet little head!

                    By Creakybeef

                    from Leonia, NJ

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

                      Love this head!

                      Compact size makes it perfect for digital SLR on a tabletop tripod. Finally a graceful way to pan while shooting video with my Nikon D7000. The feel is surprisingly solid.

                      Getting a smooth pan takes a little practice as this is not really a "fluid" head, it just has variable resistance. But if you're careful, you can pull off some nice pans that would that would otherwise require a bulkier setup.

                      The quick release fits nicely with the other Manfrotto heads in my collection, allowing me to move smoothly between devices.

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                      1.0

                      Not impressed

                      By Birder

                      from Minneapolis

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

                            I wanted a light compact head for my spotting scope and occasional light duty camera use. Ball heads do not work with a scope and my other heads were large and heavy. The tilt lock is so weak, even when gorilla tightened close to strippng the threads, my scope flops loose when I walk with it over my shoulder. I am afraid my scope will eventually be damaged. The tilt could not hold my middle weight 35mm camera just sitting there. My scope is well within the weight limit stated for this head. It is such an absurd flaw, makes me wonder if anyone who made this actually tried using it once. That the quick plate does not lock also makes me nervous, one brush against something and my scope will be lying on the ground. A weak product for this company, about what I would expect from a $15 no-name head. Just junk. I am taking a wrench to the little tilt knob next to see if it will eventually hold, or I will disable the tlt with JB Weld, if not it is going in the trash.

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                            4.0

                            light and handy

                            By albie

                            from ny,ny

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

                              use it on lite stand for my 580ex
                              top is male , bottom is female, 1/4 - 20
                              should be flipped over by reversing male and female
                              put long handle with knob
                              then could be used with one hand to tighten, loosen and swivel
                              like pan head for a camera on tripod

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                              4.0

                              Good head for video

                              By jgagnon

                              from Quebec, Canada

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

                                I use to take a video withm my Nikon D300s

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                                5.0

                                Solid construction and versatile.

                                By lostbythelake

                                from St Catharines, ON

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

                                    For the price, this tripod head has a very solid build quality. I'm also quite surprised by how fluid this head is considering the price point. The lack of a spirit bubble is a bit of a dissappointment, but given the need for it to be compact, I'm still very happy with this item.

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                                    3.0

                                    Best used for travel

                                    By Nate

                                    from Temecula, CA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Travel
                                        • Video

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

                                        if you pack your DSLR when you travel and you want to shoot video with it from a tripod is a pretty good option. Obviously, is not going to be as smooth as a nice large video head but for its intended purpose is good. The panning feature is not the fluid type there is only a knob that you tighten in order to give resistance. Honestly, the novel only works to lock it in place, if you really want to pan with ahead you must loose and it completely otherwise it will not pan smoothly. it's pretty much the same thing with the tilt. However, for travel video is still superior than using a regular ball head, by far.

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                                        2.0

                                        Returned it....

                                        By bigdog

                                        from Minneapolis MN

                                        About Me Casual Photographer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                          • Unstable
                                          • Weak Clamp

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Left in the box

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black):

                                          You get what you pay for and this tripod head isn't very good. I found that the quick relase doesn't want to fully click in and there is a lot of play in motion of each piece of the 3 way pan even when you tighten down everything. Save your money and spend a little more on a better quality head.

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