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Manfrotto322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head
 
4.6

(based on 413 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (303)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (85)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (346)
  • Attaches firmly (341)
  • Strong clamp (311)
  • Large range of motion (308)
  • Easy to use (6)

Cons

  • Heavy (80)
  • Small range (10)
  • Unstable (8)
  • Complicated controls (5)
  • Weak clamp (4)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (234)
  • Landscape/scenery (204)
  • Night shots (172)
  • Wildlife (123)
  • Home (106)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (163), Semi-pro photographer (81), Pro photographer (43), Casual photographer (36), Enthusiast (31)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (181), Yes (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

How to Get the Grip Back

I use this with my Nikon D700 and flash mounted on it. The friction knob is turned such that the red indicator is about at the half way point. Now in order to maintain...Read complete review

I use this with my Nikon D700 and flash mounted on it. The friction knob is turned such that the red indicator is about at the half way point. Now in order to maintain the grip, especially when the camera is set an an angle you must adjust the allen wrench screw that sits near the red friction indicator. It will help maintain camera position without adding any more friction. If not, get the head serviced. Hope this helps anyone here who mentioned losing grip after some use.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

When did you buy it?

Now I love this head, it still serves me very very well. However I bought it over a year ago and I guess back then (and when they first came out) they had...Read complete review

Now I love this head, it still serves me very very well. However I bought it over a year ago and I guess back then (and when they first came out) they had a production problem. I am missing a few screws here and there, thats ok, but the head loosens itself over time. All of you should be on the look out for this. No matter how tight you wind the friction gauge it will get looser and looser to the point that eventually just the act of putting a body with a 2.8 lens on it will immediately cause the head to droop forward or to whatever side.

Now at the beginning I said I still use this head and am very pleased with it, that is because I took the head completely apart, found the problem (with the spring we believe) and put it all back together, now the head is extremely rigid until the handle is pulled.

I just wanted to put this review out there for those that might be experiencing this same problem, find a mechanically inclined friend and go to work on the head, maybe you'll be able to save it. Best of luck.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great unit with one minor flaw

By Kenny

from Fort Worth

Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

Love this device! The level is spot on. The only thing I wish it did that my pan head did is rotate 360� at its base. With this unit you have to use the grip to release and rotate. Other than that I like it.

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5.0

Excellent platform

By psdavi01

from mountains

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

      Easy to set and rock solid lock!

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      • No

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Beats using a ballhead

      By Gordon the bird photographer

      from Santa Rosa, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

        Before getting this grip action mount, I'd been using a regular ballhead mount for my camera, taking still shots and videos of birds. The ballhead was hard to adjust and lock down. The Manfrotto grip action mount works much faster, and stays very close to the position I let it go at, unlike the earlier ballhead, which would always drift. Now I spend more time getting video that I want, and less time trying to readjust the mount. If you do a lot of panning in video, however, I would recommend a regular pan-head to this. It's not as smooth as a pan-head. I usually set it and leave it; it works fine for that.

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        • No

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        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Stick with a traditional ball head

        By Jason

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Small Range
        • Weak Ball Grip

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Travel

        Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

        Over time, the head will loosen, forcing you to set the tension to the max. This makes the head difficult to adjust, but still does not prevent slipping after releasing the level. The head is very heavy and has a limited range of motion. You are much better served with a traditional ball head.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Steady and Sturdy

        By LibertyMom

        from Little Rock, AR

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

            I use this daily, portaits and landscapes!! The control of the head works easily and sure. I carry this with me on every shoot. So far no worries.

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            • No

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Grab and Shoot

            By Photo Goots

            from The South

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portraits
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

              I love this head.You can adjust the camera for anything! I love the side grip verses the under grip design. It is a great product.

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              • No

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              (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              How to Get the Grip Back

              By Orly65

              from Bronx, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Portraits
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

                I use this with my Nikon D700 and flash mounted on it. The friction knob is turned such that the red indicator is about at the half way point. Now in order to maintain the grip, especially when the camera is set an an angle you must adjust the allen wrench screw that sits near the red friction indicator. It will help maintain camera position without adding any more friction. If not, get the head serviced. Hope this helps anyone here who mentioned losing grip after some use.

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                • No

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great all round grip

                By NW

                from Surprise, AZ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

                  This is a great all round grip and it holds my cameras and lenses well. I use it mainly for macro at present.

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                  • No

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Easy to Use

                  By tjphxaz

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  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
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

                    This grip action bullhead has expected Manfrotto build quality. Parts work smoothly and with precision. I use with both Nikon D7100 and D750. Have not used with a lens larger than 70-200 mm but I think this ball head would handle a heavier camera/lens combo just fine. The tension adjustment wheel on the handle is very useful.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    one squeeze to adjust

                    By MD

                    from Bklyn, NY

                    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
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

                      this head is easy to use for portraits, and I know somebody that has it for years. and you still have flexibility.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Smooth and simple operation

                      By NWShutterBug

                      from Seattle

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

                        My family uses this head with the Manfrotto MT190X3 Aluminum Tripod. It's a good match. My children primarily use our tripod set up for making stop motion movies. This requires frequent camera adjustments. The ball head grip is perfect for making quick minor adjustments to the camera position.

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                        5.0

                        322RC2 Grip ball head works great

                        By Davemm3

                        from Detroit, MI

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

                          I like the fast and easy squeeze handle to make quick adjustments

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                          • No

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          manfrotto tripod head

                          By camera buff

                          from midwest

                          Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

                          Nifty little addition to my manfrotto tripod. Love the versatility.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Versatility

                          By Randy

                          from Norfolk, VA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

                          I love using this on my monopod. If gives enough support even with my big rig. With the versatility of the switchable grip makes my setup even better.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Awesome Product!!!

                          By Tameejo

                          from Montana

                          Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

                          This Grip Action for my scope is the next best thing to fried rice!!! I am an avid huntress and the quickness to this grip makes it very easy to handle my scope while in the field! I recommend this product to anyone who uses a spotting scope while back country hunting.. actually for any outdoor use of a spotting scope!!! My Brother recommended this product to me and I'm so glad he did! Thank You B&H.

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head/ Manfrotto

                          By Sadie

                          from Illinois

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

                            I use this Grip Action Ball Head on my MT190XPro3 aluminum tripod. I like how I can turn the camera so easily and when I release the handle it holds the position for my shot. I really like the fact that it has a safety lock on the bracket that attaches to the bottom of the camera. It also shows which direction the lens should be by several arrows on the bottom of the bracket. It holds my camera without any problems. I really like the whole setup. So glad I got these two pieces added to my NOW HAVE list. I feel they will be with me for many years to come.Bottom Line. The head is heavy but does it's job quite well. I didn't want a flimsy piece of equipment. Both the tripod and Ball Head are very strong and will hold a heavier camera and lens.I don't believe you can go wrong buying these two pieces of equipment.

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                            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            11 lbs capacity ? my foot.

                            By Sudesh

                            from Allentown, PA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Large Range of Motion

                            Cons

                            • Unstable
                            • Weak Clamp

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

                            This is excellent for medium weight camera/lens combos in any position or heavier setups in horizontal position ONLY. my D800 + 70-124 combo would not stay in desired position; sliding down slowly. Grip needs to be much tighter.

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                            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            doesn't last

                            By GWPKUV

                            from Anchorage, Alaska

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Slips
                              • Unstable
                              • Weak Clamp

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

                                bought this head about 2.5 years ago. Loved it the 1st year; then noticed blur in long exposures when camera was at a slight tilt; now there is not stability at all. Too bad because I loved the operation, but it won't last.

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                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Better than anyone!

                                By Jerry

                                from Sun City Center, Florida

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Stability

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

                                  I've used the handles. I've used the balls. Now I've got a grip on it. The Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head is a blessing for tripod users.

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                                  • No

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Smooth ride

                                  By Wassim S

                                  from Marlborough, MA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head:

                                  Love it! can put your camera in any direction, locks pretty quick and holds that position. I hated the old head I had where I had to turn the lock until my camera locks in place, always losing few degrees in different directions. Now it's pretty much point, lock, and shoot.

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                                  • No

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