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Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head

B&H # MA324RC2 Mfr # 324RC2
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Product Highlights
  • 7.7 lbs (3.5kg) Load Capacity
  • Adapto Technopolymer
  • Lateral Tilt: -19°/ +90°
  • Front Tilt: -90°/ +90°
  • Lightweight 0.95 lbs (0.43kg)

The Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head is constructed of Adapto, an ultra-durable and lightweight technopolymer, optimized for compactness and transportability with a high load capacity and reduced weight. The joystick design offers a uniquely ergonomic way of quickly unlocking, moving and blocking your camera. You can frame and reposition the head freely and frequently to get the perfect photo: grip the head to move the camera and as soon as you release, it locks securely in place.

The Joystick Head has a single locking lever, making control of all movements fast. The head features 360° panoramic rotation, -19°/ +90° lateral, and -90°/ +90° front tilt. Cameras are attached to the ball head with the 200PL-14 Plate with 1/4'' male threads. The head to tripod attachment has 3/8'' female threads. This 0.95 lbs (0.43kg) lightweight head has a 7.7 lbs (3.5kg) load capacity.

Friction control permits fine framing adjustment and improved camera safety
Stainless steel ball made using a "deep drawing" process which produces a strong, thin-walled, hollow sphere, reducing weight and increasing locking power
Ergonomic design guarantees comfort and precision
Load Capacity 7.7 lbs (3.5kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter Not Specified by Manufacturer
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control Not Specified by Manufacturer
Rotating Head 360°
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8" female thread (bottom)
1/4" screw (attachment)
Plate 200PL-14
Height 3.97" (10.1cm)
Tilt Lateral: -19°/ +90°, Front: -90°/ +90°
Weight 0.95 lbs (0.43kg)
Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head
  • Plate 200PL-14
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3-Years after Registering On-line
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    Manfrotto324RC2 Joystick Head
     
    4.7

    (based on 80 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (64)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Large range of motion (69)
    • Stable (68)
    • Attaches firmly (67)
    • Strong clamp (62)

    Cons

    • Heavy (7)
    • Weak clamp (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (60)
    • Night shots (47)
    • Portraits (43)
    • Travel (34)
    • Wildlife (33)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (42), Semi-pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (7), Pro photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (65), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Flexible, needs true left-hand config

    The universal swivel allows fast adjustments in many different directions at once. I installed it per instructions (easy to follow) for left-handed operation so I can quickly frame photo, then use my right...Read complete review

    The universal swivel allows fast adjustments in many different directions at once. I installed it per instructions (easy to follow) for left-handed operation so I can quickly frame photo, then use my right hand to operate shoot button on camera. However, the left-hand configuration flips the whole lever apparatus upside down which works but then you have to use your thumb instead of your 4 strong fingers to depress the release lever. It works but is tiring after awhile. Relatively light and easy to set so it does not stick out too much when not in use.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Works well for lighter lenses

    The pistol grip is comfortable in your hand and has a good feel. The ball is smooth and fluid. One challenge is the level of friction when using heavier rigs. I was shooting...Read complete review

    The pistol grip is comfortable in your hand and has a good feel. The ball is smooth and fluid. One challenge is the level of friction when using heavier rigs. I was shooting with my Canon 7D and a Canon 24-70 L-Series f/2.8 (big glass) and the head would not securely hold the system in place. I tried tightening the friction knob all the way. The camera would stay put when still, however moving the tripod would sometimes cause the camera/lens to move as well.

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    5.0

    Tri-pod head

    By Henry-NJ

    from Union City, New Jersey

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Night Shots
      • Video

      Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

      I replaced a larger head with the 324RC2. Glad I did. It's got a great range of motion and light weight. Very good product.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Simple

      By Jo

      from Tennessee

      Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

      Sturdy. Works perfectly I love things that work and this works. I am right handed but I think I want to move the handle tocfhe left.

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      3.0

      Works well for lighter lenses

      By ForzaFerrari

      from Parker, CO

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Large Range of Motion

      Cons

      • Weak Clamp

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

        The pistol grip is comfortable in your hand and has a good feel. The ball is smooth and fluid. One challenge is the level of friction when using heavier rigs. I was shooting with my Canon 7D and a Canon 24-70 L-Series f/2.8 (big glass) and the head would not securely hold the system in place. I tried tightening the friction knob all the way. The camera would stay put when still, however moving the tripod would sometimes cause the camera/lens to move as well.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Great when new, not so great now

        By Steve

        from Edmond, OK

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Large Range of Motion

        Cons

        • Unstable
        • Weak Clamp

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits

        Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

        I loved this head wneh it was new, but after less than a year of use, it cannot be tightened (using the set screw and/or the friction wheel) to where it adequately holds a DSLR with even a small to medium lens in any position other than horizontal - if pointed somewhat down, in a vertical position, or pointed up, the camera cannot be stabilized.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Quick and Easy to Use

        By Brad

        from Boston

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Easy To Manipulate
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Must Remove To Carry

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

        I just had to buy this head after borrowing a tripod that had one during a photo workshop. It was very easy to manipulate and control but provides a solid base for large SLRs. The pistol grip control makes control very easy. The camera seat is solid.

        The only downside is that the head must be removed from my tripod during travel and carry. When attached to the tripod, the head doesn't fit in the tripod carrying case. The pistol grip doesn't fold down enough to seat flush against the tripod so storage in the tripod bad, while attached, is not possible.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Upgrade from former Joystick

        By susan

        from millersville, md

        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
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

          This is the second joystick I have had from manfrotto. The last one broke. This is a major upgrade in design that makes it much more hardy.

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          • No

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          4.0

          not bad

          By galapagos

          from queens

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

            not bad

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent Product

            By Short Timer

            from San Jose

            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
              • Travel
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

              Still photography, low light, sunset/sunrise, macro of flowers/insects. Very easy to reposition with one hand and locks solidly when released. While it's a bit pricey, the ergonomics are excellent and the quick release plate is very solid with no chance of accidental release.

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              5.0

              Definitely worth the money

              By RMG

              from Fargo, ND

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

              I use this product with my DSLR camera and lenses up to my 300mm. I'm not sure how much bigger than that I would go with this head. However, it handles my use perfectly. It's easy to adjust and I haven't noticed any creeping in the head after I set it up. Great product!!!

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              • No

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              4.0

              good 4 making large adjustments quickly

              By LB

              from Seattle

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

                The joystick head is great for making large adjustments quickly, it is a lot more challenging to make minor tweaks to the position of the head, especially with a larger or heavier lens. When you're not making adjustments the head locks securely into place and I had no concerns about the safety of my T2i with 70-300mm lens. This head is really heavy so I don't recommend it if you're looking for something that you'll be carrying around a lot. I ended up returning it because it just didn't meet my needs, but it was a great product.

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                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Getting Used To It

                By Cush

                from Los Angeles, Calif.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Large Range of Motion

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

                    I bought this after witnessing a photographer for a weekly paper here in L.A. use one of these on a fashion layout. It seemed to really speed up her shoot and allow her to capture moments more efficiently.It's going to take some practice to develope my dexterity with this head.Its range of motion and flexibility are way beyond the amateur setup I'd been using. I knocked off one star because I wish it gave a more fluid sense of movement. Maybe some graphite spray in the ball would help, or maybe there's an adjustment I need to make.Well worth the price, though.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Easy Conversion to a more flexible tripo

                    By Guy the CMO

                    from NYC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

                      The grip is firm yet easy to release in order to quickly reposition the head and camera at any angle in its range. It is a very quick way to easily compensation when you are using the tripod outdoors on uneven ground and have only a few seconds to frame that perfect shot.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Clever device

                      By Slick Willie

                      from Chattanooga, TN

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

                          Pretty straight forward. Easy to use and functions great.

                          The only thing I would have liked would be for the handle to be angled down more. and the plate release mechanism is small and a little awkward to get to, but other than that, I am happy!

                          I would recommend it to others.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Excellent flexibility

                          By oucorgis

                          from Chatham PA

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

                            I use this with my tripod to get pictures from angles I could not do manually

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Light and dependable

                            By Lena

                            from Massachusetts

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Difficult to take off

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

                            I already had Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ballhead, but I needed something lighter for travel.The 324RC2 is light but sturdy. I found it to be more precise than its bigger and heavier cousin. If you want to move it 8mm up, you can without overcorrecting to, say, 10mm, waiting for it to "fall into place". In my experience using the bigger 322RC2 feels more like driving a tank, precision parking isn't its strongest suit.Someone said the 324RC2 is "made from cheap materials". I don't know if Adapto (the ultra-durable and lightweight technopolymer it's made of) is cheap but it looks good and does its job. If you want something lighter (and I did), it's the way to go.Overall I'm very happy with the 324RC2 and I do prefer it to the 322RC2. Except for one thing, and that's the reason I didn't give it all 5 stars. It gets stuck to your tripod and you have to use a little metal lever (two are included) to unscrew it. For most people it might not be a problem, but if you have little time and don't have the lever handy, it might be a pain. I didn't have that problem with the 322RC2 at all.Another thing I just noticed, after my flight back home the built-in bubble level is missing. Unless it was suspicious to TSA that opened my luggage, it wasn't glued in so well.

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                            5.0

                            Very easy to use!!!

                            By Chris

                            from Toronto, ON

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Night Shots
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

                              Night and day compared to other heads I've used. Awesome product!

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              LOVE IT!!!!

                              By Kelly

                              from D.C.

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Strong Clamp

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

                                I have purchased this head for my 055XPROB Tripodhave and have fallen in love with its ease of use and great motion. I am also a lefty and love the fact that YOU CAN switch this from RIGHT HANDED to LEFT HANDED operation and its easy to perform. You can't go wrong with this purchase

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Very versatile

                                By Merlin87

                                from Beautiful North Alabama

                                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 324RC2 Joystick Head:

                                  I purchased this to go on a Manfrotto 055XB, and I couldn't be happier with this pairing! This is a great way to go for ease of use and reduced weight. Excellent for "in the field", whether wildlife, HDR or any place you might hike, walk or drive to.

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                                  4.0

                                  Works great for the price

                                  By JD

                                  from CT, USA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Pano capability

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

                                  First real ball head to go with carbon tripod. Nice action, solid, easy to use and the price is right for what I needed it for. Perhaps when I get more money and experience, I'll look at a head that allows panos to be taken more easily. Doesn't conduct cold. And it takes my Black Rapid link.

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                                  5.0

                                  Light but does a good job

                                  By Aussie shooter

                                  from Canberra Australia

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Different release plate

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:

                                  The joystick head is one I like but with weight considerations when travelling this head helped me keep within the required limits. It handled all the lenses I wanted to use with it but it could have been a problem with a 500mm lens.

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