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Manfrotto128RC QR Micro Fluid Head
 
4.7

(based on 148 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (110)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (121)
  • Attaches firmly (114)
  • Large range of motion (102)
  • Strong clamp (78)
  • Smooth movement (4)

Cons

  • Heavy (11)
  • Weak clamp (3)

Best Uses

  • Video (93)
  • Landscape/scenery (54)
  • Wildlife (53)
  • Weddings (40)
  • Sports/action (37)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (43), Semi-pro photographer (36), Pro photographer (33), Casual photographer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (111), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Solid Performer

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

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

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

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

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Can Not Balance a DSLR

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

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

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5.0

Perfect for DSLR video use

By Scott

from Indianapolis, IN

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Large Range of Motion
  • Packable
  • Smooth Motion

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

    I bought a MeFoto GlobeTrotter carbon fiber tripod for use on international travel trips. I use a Canon DSLR setup with a 5DMkiii and some of the heavier L series lenses. I found the ball head that came with the MeFoto tripod to be insufficient in handling the weight of the camera and found significant slippage after locking down a shot.

    I purchased this tripod head at the last minute before a trip and headed on the road without much chance to test it. I've had a very consistent experience with Manfrotto gear and was expecting a durable, quality product. This performed extremely well in the field! From easily packing in my luggage, to quick installation on the legs, and smooth operation in the field... this head was exactly what I needed for the field.

    The MeFOTO Globetrotter carbon fiber legs and the Manfrotto 128QR Micro Fluid Head are now my go to setup for travel video work. It is a lightweight setup that is easily torn apart for compact packing and operates well in the field.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great head

    By Som

    from RI

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

      I am an amateur weekend videotographer and needed something better to use to record my daughter's violin recital. The old tripod and head was a Velbon from the 90's. I could never get a smooth pan and tilt as it always came out jerky. After looking at reviews and considering the price point and purpose of use I settled on the Manfrotto 128 RC. After using it on a couple of occasions it is so easy to pan and tilt smoothly and the size for my canon vixia HFS100 is perfect. I guess the one thing that would be useful is a small level other than that I highly recommend it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      I don't go anywhere else for a DSLR head.

      By Parker

      from Dallas, TX

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

      This is an excellent product, light-weight, and super fluid. 100% satisfied.

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      5.0

      Good for monopod

      By vicvic1984

      from Raritan,New Jersey USA

      Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

      Love it

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      5.0

      Very Smooth, Simple Fluid Head

      By Tony

      from NW Ohio

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • easy to use
      • Smooth Movement

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

        I recently picked up this Manfrotto 128RC QR head to use as a relatively compact, simple, not too expensive video head. So far I'm very pleased. Both panning and tilting are very smooth and tension is good.

        It's a very simple head, no tension adjustment or counterbalance. It does have pan and tilt locks and they work well. I don't find myself missing tension adjustment, mainly because the tension out of the box suits me just fine.

        I do find myself wishing it had a counter balance system. But I think you'd be hard pressed to get a similar quality, size and capacity head with that feature for similar money.

        Overall I'm very satisfied.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head

        By Kiltedview

        from Texas, USA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

          This is a great, small video head from Manfrotto. I use it with small camcorders and mid-size DSLR's with no issues. Smooth panning and tilting with good tension adjustments. Highly recommended.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Head, Built Well...

          By Bill Mahon Photo

          from Sacramento, Ca.

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

            Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

            Great Head, Built Well... Purchased as a slider rail head, not my main head. I needed a s,all smooth head for my system. Good purchase for not much money. For my main head I prefer a much larger more advanced head.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Not the cheapest, but the best

            By Jack

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Price

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

            Manfrotto products are almost never the cheapest, but they are the best. Only received 4 stars because in this instance the price difference between this head and all other heads was so wide. It could be less expensive to be more competitive.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Awesome Head

            By JB

            from Central PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Very Fluid

            Cons

            • Unstable

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Lightweight Camcorders
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

            I've been using this head now for about a month. It performs well for smaller Pro camcorders. Very smooth panning and tilting. I like the quick release head. I can shoot by hand then put it on the tripod quickly. This is important for my documentary video. Although it's not perfect for heavier camcorders, it works well for my needs.

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            4.0

            Excellent Head

            By Johnboy

            from Central PA

            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
              • Video
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

              I bought this head to replace a ball head on my old Bogen tripod. I mounted it without any problems. I've used it a few times now with my Canon XA-20. Panning is very fluid and smooth, although you must be careful how snug the pan screw is. If its too loose you"ll pan too quickly. For the money it does a good job. If you're looking for a good head for small camcorders this will work great. If you do a lot of pans and want more control over pan speed, look for something else.

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              5.0

              Far exceeds expectations

              By RS Visuals

              from NYC - LA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • All Metal
              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Smooth movements
              • Strong Clamp
              • Very Well Built

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Small To Medium Kits
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                I was very pleasantly surprised when this arrived at my door. I have multiple video heads for larger rigs but had ordered this "micro" head exclusively for use on a video monopod I'd recently purchased. I had INTENDED to use a small DSLR only, Canon SL1 or 70D based on my expectation of a small "micro" head.

                What I got was a very robust, extremely well made, all metal head with very smooth panning and movement that I've actually had my 5D3/7D2 and heavy 24 L,50 L and 85 L primes all balanced on easily with no issue. I actually like this head better than the older 701 head I'd been using with my 7D. Don't get me wrong, this head does NOT offer the stability of the larger 501 series nor is it intended to. But in a pinch, I'd have no issue putting my heavier cam/lens combos on this head. The quick release works very well, very secure. I ordered a second plate so I could switch cameras quickly. I would say the 8.75 capacity is quite accurate as many times I feel like heads/legs wobble at half their claimed capacity. I'll use it primarily with the 70D or the 7D Mark II and the new lightweight 50mm STM or the 35 f/2 IS which is also lighter than the L primes.

                So far after using this about a month, I don't have anything negative to say about this. It is always nice to have a purchase exceed expectations, this definitely did.

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                5.0

                Awesome head

                By cbay

                from sw mo.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                  I use this head all the time with my D7200 and Tamron 150-600. Can't say enough good about this head. Smooth and durable. If something happened to it i would get another immediately.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Awesome fluid head!

                  By Kimchi

                  from Nashville, TN

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Portraits
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                  The head is a little bigger and heavier than I expected it to be as a micro head but it's very well balanced and silky smooth. I've tried the Benro S2 hybrid and it was nice but not nearly as fluid and smooth as the Manfrotto. I have two larger Manfrotto heads and all of the them are exceptional. I feel like I will be staying with this brand for fluid heads in the future.

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                  5.0

                  Good Product

                  By David

                  from Camarillo ca

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                  Smooth operation. Handle is detachable.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great for my purpose!

                  By Heidi

                  from Linden

                  Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                  I wanted something not too pricy to go on the Manfrotto 055 XV tripod I picked up on @. I wanted the combo mainly for a Alpen spotting scope to watch the Sandhill Cranes that nest on our lake each year. This head is sheer perfection! Movement is fluid in all directions and it is very sturdy, with the scope and with my Pentax K-30. I'm very pleased with this purchase!

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                  4.0

                  Great fluid head

                  By Hank

                  from Jaffrey NH

                  Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                  This is a great fluid head. Very smooth operation. Very well made.

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                  3.0

                  Good but not for heavy equipment

                  By Petrock

                  from Maryland

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Weak Clamp

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                    I have an 8.5 lb camera and it's ok but not that solid.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Does what it is supposed to do

                    By photomize

                    from Moline, Ill.

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Spot News Video
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                    I purchased this head for a pool equipment video tripod for staffers to use in the field while repairs are being done to the normal video head. Everybody likes the quick release system so much better that we are going to get another set of sticks for the old HDV501 head and use it in the studio and keep the 128RC in the field. It's light but not too light. The quick release system is great while shooting spot news. Having to switch between stills and video quickly is key. So being able to get the camera on and off the sticks without fumbling is really helpful.

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                    5.0

                    Great Product

                    By K. Odom

                    from New York

                    Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                    Great product. I got it for my boyfriend for Christmas and he says that this compared to the old fluid head he had is like night & day. He loved it.

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                    5.0

                    Smooth as silk

                    By Pablo

                    from Northampton MA

                    Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

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

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