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Manfrotto128RC QR Micro Fluid Head
 
4.7

(based on 128 reviews)

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    (96)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (111)
  • Attaches firmly (104)
  • Large range of motion (92)
  • Strong clamp (72)
  • Smooth movement (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (10)

Best Uses

  • Video (82)
  • Wildlife (49)
  • Landscape/scenery (46)
  • Sports/action (34)
  • Weddings (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (38), Semi-pro photographer (34), Pro photographer (27), Casual photographer (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (97), 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

Great value

By Mike

from Az

Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

Excelent

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5.0

Smooth and Solid

By Drew at ArtPrize

from Grand Rapids, Michigan

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Stability
  • Solid Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Video

    Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

    For the price, this gear is great. If you're looking for a basic fluid head for video, this will treat you right. Just be sure to level your tripod, and away you go.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Solid and Sturdy

    By Doug

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Video

      Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

      I use for videos with my D7100 DSLR and with my spotting scope. This head is smooth, solid, and vibration free. Well made.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Perfect for my application.

      By Bob

      from Western NY

      Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

      This head's mechanics provides just the right amount tension to allow for very smooth movement.

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      4.0

      Solid Head

      By Josh Mc

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

          Overall, I think this is a good fluid head. For the price range, you cant do better. My main gripe is the quick release plate lever being in the way. I have a 7D with a vertical grip attached. When mounting a 70-200 with the collar mount, and the vertical grip on the body, it wont allow it to lock into position.

          The movement on the head is super smooth, and the tension control for tilt is nice.

          Would recommend.

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          3.0

          Nice solid head but not that fluid

          By Benjamin

          from Sherbrooke, Qc., Canada

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • SOLID
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

          • Limited Fluid Pans Tilt

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

          It's sturdy, can take a decent amount of weight and remains firmly locked in. I however thought it would be smoother for panning and tilting. The head is of much higher build quality than my previous Velbon fluid pan head but the smoothness for pans and tilts is so so. Fine for wide shots but difficult to pull off smooth moves for close-ups and macro shots. I do however love it's build and lightness.

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          • No

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          5.0

          This was the video head I was missing

          By Michael

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

            I shoot mostly low light video and stills without flash or other lighting. I already own a Manfrotto mvh502ah for my heavy system, a Manfrotto 802rc2 and several other small heads. The 128RC was what I need for my Nikon D7100 with a 24-700 F2.8 lens when I did not want to use the MVH502.

            The 128RC was fluid, solid and panned very smoothly. I am considering buying a second one for my Canon XA10 which I use mostly in a static (minimum panning) application. At 2.2 pounds it adds insignificant weight to my already heavy load but gives great support to my equipment.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Just what I was looking for

            By roqnron

            from los Angeles

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

              This works well with my Canon Vixia camcorder, it's well made, smooth panning, adjustable handle, QR plate

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              • No

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              3.0

              Good Fluid Head, Small Mounting Plate

              By stykman

              from Albany, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                I use this to mount my DSLR to my slider and it works very well. The fluid head is very smooth. My only issue is the mounting plate. It's very small and has a bit of an akward way of locking in. That being said it's not a big deal. It's just more of an observation. I've had it for at least a month now with no problems.

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                5.0

                Great value for casual videos

                By Rob

                from Westchester, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                  I'm a pro photographer that occasionally needs to capture video on my DSLR. For years I tried to get by using standard photo heads and was never happy with the end result. This basic video head is perfect for my DSLR as well as my m43 system. In fact, I've grown accustomed to using it for my still photography. Please note that you must level the tripod since the head only moves horizontally and vertically (not side to side). If you are mounting this to a self leveling center column then this is not an issue.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect

                  By TimeInLight

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Video

                    Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                    This head is perfect and is why I buy from Manfrotto. It is solid, smooth, and everything fits tight. It is a bit heavy, but that that makes me feel more comfortable during panning. It has no problem holding a large DSLR or Black Magic with a large lens on it.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Smooth spotting scope head

                    By Brian from NH

                    from Keene, NH

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Birding - Spotting Scope
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                      This particular head had been recommended to go with my new spotting scope. It makes a nice pair. The quick release is strong enough for the weight of the scope and makes set up a little more efficient. The panning mechanisms are very smooth.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Tripod Head

                      By Doug

                      from New Lenox, IL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                      I am using on my Slik tripod for spotting scope use. It performs flawlessly and is very stable and extremely well built. Highly recommended.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Well made, missing one thing

                      By Jordan

                      from Langley, BC

                      Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                      We use this product at my church in conjunction with the Manfrotto 365 post and a Canon XL1 in order to stream a wide shot to other rooms in the church.

                      I like this product. It is well made, and very sturdy.

                      My only complaint is there is no levelling feature!! My guess is one could find something to go in between the head and the post that would have a bubble and let you level the camera. Other than this I do recommend this product.

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                      5.0

                      Simple, fast, reliable

                      By ricchiuti

                      from Colorado

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                        Great head for a DSLR or Mirrorless style camera. It's moves fast and smooth is simple to use and is your basic prosumer fluid head. GREAT BUY! The safety mechanism works like any quality Manfrotto equipment - reliable!

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                        5.0

                        Smooth

                        By PDog

                        from Kingman AZ

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                          Very smooth and easy to adjust. Doesn't shift in breezy conditions.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Manfrotto fluid head

                          By Speed Sailor

                          from WestChester PA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                            Lightweight but very strong and the quick snap-on connector for the camera is great. I am using this for wildlife photos and sometimes have to quickly attach the camera which is effortless. Also the smooth left to right and up and down action makes following birds in flight easy.

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                            5.0

                            Smooth

                            By Captivating Photos

                            from Stockton, Ca

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Video

                              Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                              Very well made, smooth, and easy to use

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Fantastic, buttery smooth!

                              By sdmoel

                              from Richmond, VA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Video

                                Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

                                I have a small Cannon HD camera. This works like a dream. Highly recommend.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Excellent light wieght head

                                By tmuss

                                from Illinois

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 128RC QR Micro Fluid Head:

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

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                                  • No

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