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Manfrotto234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release
 
4.6

(based on 357 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (254)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (81)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (238)
  • Lightweight (165)
  • Unfolds quickly (35)
  • Folds away (34)
  • Easily adjusted (33)

Cons

  • Heavy (23)
  • Poor quality (8)
  • Unstable (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (171)
  • Sports/action (163)
  • Landscape/scenery (136)
  • Wildlife (131)
  • Night shots (90)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (173), Semi-pro photographer (72), Pro photographer (38), Enthusiast (22), Casual photographer (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (203), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great head for a monopod

I purchased this to put on a Bogen/Manfrotto 679 monopod. The monopod comes with a screw mount but it's fixed in place. This head allows you to pivot the camera up and down...Read complete review

I purchased this to put on a Bogen/Manfrotto 679 monopod. The monopod comes with a screw mount but it's fixed in place. This head allows you to pivot the camera up and down (or sideways). Many people prefer this type over a ballhead because with a monopod, you can easily turn the pod itself, so this makes positioning the camera a little less complicated.

This head is simple and easy to use. It's medium-weight for its size and fits nicely on my 679. Even with the head in place, the monopod is still nicely balanced. A heavier head would make the pod topheavy.

The head is heavy enough to secure my Canon 40D and a 70-300mm IS lens (my largest) without moving.

The version I bought has a QR plate. On a monopod, a QR system is especially nice since I typically pop the camera on and off it numerous times, while I tend to mount a camera once on a tripod and leave it for awhile. The plate fits securely on my Canon and isn't annoying if I leave it in place while hand-holding. The plate slips in and is held very securely.

This head has a double-lock. There's the main flip-catch, but there's also a rotating pin lock as a safety. If you put the pin in place, the flip-lock won't release--so you can't accidently release the camera if you bump the release. You can, however, leave the pin unengaged if you don't want the safety. I like having the choice.

All in all I'm very happy with it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Well built, simple, but limited motion.

I have a Bogen 2541 6x carbon fibre monopod, and I bought this head through several recommendations.It's solid and works well for what it does, but I'm severely disappointed with the range of...Read complete review

I have a Bogen 2541 6x carbon fibre monopod, and I bought this head through several recommendations.It's solid and works well for what it does, but I'm severely disappointed with the range of motion. Maybe I'm missing something, but I'm surprised that there's so many 5 star reviews with this fact. If you set it so you can switch from vertical to horizontal, the only way to tilt your field of view up or down is to physically tilt the monopod, which limits being able to look low or high.I wouldn't necessarily say it's heavy, but compared to my monopod it is. It's 50% of the total weight. I won't consider that a con.

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5.0

It simply works.

By Nicodimus

from Gettysburg, PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

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    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

        There is no reason to put a ball head on a monopod. This works very well for that application. The quick release plate is easy to get in and out, but there is a locking mechanism that is sturdy once you flip it closed. Tilt action is a breeze to loosen and lock. This does exactly what you think it would.

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        1.0

        Hoping for more

        By Mannequin

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

        • Unstable
        • Weak Construction

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

          i was hoping this would be a compact version of my bigger heads with a smooth tilt, but unfortunately it is very stiff and clunky. this is definitely not meant for any type of smooth continuous movement or for video uses.

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          3.0

          I get a bit nervous using this

          By Josh

          from Minneapolis, MN

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • PORTABLE

          Cons

          • Unstable

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

          So, I dropped my camera while trying to attach it to this head. Be extra careful and make sure you aren't rushed when you attach your gear to this head. My recommendation would be to screw the plate on your camera first, lock the tilt head in place, and take your time mounting the camera to this head. Seems like a no-brainer process but I just don't want what happened to me to happen to anyone else. Make sure the head is screwed onto the actual monopod securely as well, it seems like it's too easily unscrewed. Construction-wise it's pretty solid and has a nice lock mechanism failsafe on it.

          Even though it's built well, I don't completely trust it with the full weight of my DSLR and 70-200 lens. I would still keep my camera strap on while using this just in case.

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          5.0

          Very Sturdy!

          By AJ Guy

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Secure
          • Sturdy

          Cons

          • Slightly heavy

          Best Uses

          • Monopod
          • Tripod

          Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

          I mounted this on my lightweight monopod because I have the same one on my heavy duty monopod and I really like it. It is secure, sturdy, easy to operate, and gives more flexibility and steadiness--even on a monopod.

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          5.0

          Smooth and sweet

          By Scott

          from NM

          Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

          Easy to setup and works great. B & H are awesome!!

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          5.0

          Great product

          By Mazatlan Steve

          from Mazatlan,, Mexico

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Night Shots
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

            Was looking for a Tilt head for my new Manfrotto monopod. This fit the bill nicely.

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            5.0

            solid purchase

            By trdjohn

            from Suburban Chicago

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

              I use it on my trusty Manfrotto 679B monopod for quick set up in crowded areas where tripod is just too much to set up. Solid piece of equipment, should last years.

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              4.0

              Well made

              By Dusty One

              from Mn

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Good Stability

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

                Macro Use

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                • No

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                4.0

                Makes Your Monopod Better

                By joer

                from Northern Illinois

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Fine Adjustment Rough

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

                Use it on a monopod to improve camera control.

                Considering the cost it works as intended.

                Pivot could be a little smoother.

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                5.0

                Well made and very useful

                By Moish

                from Ann Arbor, MI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Strong
                • Well made

                Cons

                • A Bit Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

                I glad I added this item to my monopole. It's a bit heavy, but, it's very well made. It won't slip and it will hold your equipement securly.

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                5.0

                Tilt head

                By Ed

                from Absecon nj

                Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

                It works great for the price

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                5.0

                Works as advertised

                By Ed

                from Okemos, MI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Ability To Tilt
                • Ability To Tilt Makes The

                Cons

                • None Really

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

                Not much to say. I haven't used a monopod before. I got this tilt head to use with a Nikon D200 and the 80 - 400 lens. Tried it at my daughter's waterpolo tournament and it worked fine.

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                5.0

                Made Especially for Monopods

                By Captain Joe

                from NJ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Fast Setup

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Ideal For Monopods
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel

                Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

                I love this Tilt Head. It is far superior to a Ball Head when used on a monopod. Ball heads work best on tripods. This head allows you to move (mostly) from horizontal to vertical camera positions. Other angles can be obtained by tilting the monopod

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                4.0

                Perfect match

                By Deano

                from Maricopa, AZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easy to use
                • Economical
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • None yet

                Best Uses

                • Monopod
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

                Easy to use should be the title of this review. This tilt head is lightweight considering it has a quick release. It's not a ballhead but I don't need one for a monopod. Although I have not had much time to use this head on my new Manfrotto Monopod, I love it's simplicity. On a side note, the head came without the quick release in it's package. I called B&H, and they sent a replacement without hesitation. As of today I don't have anything negative to report.

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                5.0

                Adds Considerable Mobility

                By leephoto

                from Pittsburgh

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Shots
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

                  I shoot primarily sports and the swivel head provides a great way to hold my 400mm lens using the Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Monopod. The head swivels evenly even though I keep it under a slight pressure so that I don't swivel wildly with the movement of the camera when keeping up with the action. The camera attachment is both secure and allows me to remove/install the camera quickly

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                  4.0

                  It Tilts!

                  By PhotoGirl80

                  from Florida

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

                      It's a good head. The only thing when I used it over a the weekend for a film shoot, it wouldn't tighten easily. You have to really "crank it down" to get it in a position where it won't move on you, not matter how hard you try.

                      But I usually don't mind it having a slight give with enough force, for a quick tilt up or down for the unexpected shots that require either of those movements.

                      I shot with the head on the camera body and had it connected to a 100-400mm lens.

                      It works. I like it. I will continue to use it.

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                      5.0

                      Rigid, quality made

                      By aub4me

                      from Tn, USA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • I Use It On My Monopod
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

                      I use this head for macro photography, and with telephoto lenses for sports photography

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Very Good Product

                      By Pacerracer

                      from Chattanooga TN

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

                        Product works well with my Manfrotto Monopod. No issues with it. Works as advertised.

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                        5.0

                        Easy as Pie

                        By Portraits by Katie

                        from Newtown, PA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

                        Great product- easy to assemble- sturdy- great for the money!

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                        4.0

                        works as advertised

                        By Al

                        from Palo Alto

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action

                          Comments about Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head for Monopods, with Quick Release:

                          I use it for shooting sports, and it's nice to be able to quickly swivel to take a vertical shot. But after I got it, I kind of wished I had purchased this one instead: Sirui L-10 Monopod Tilt Head

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