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Manfrotto327RC2 Joystick Head
 
4.6

(based on 143 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (102)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (123)
  • Attaches firmly (117)
  • Strong clamp (110)
  • Large range of motion (107)
  • Easily adjusted (8)

Cons

  • Heavy (23)
  • Slips out of position (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (113)
  • Night shots (91)
  • Portraits (89)
  • Wildlife (71)
  • Travel (52)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (54), Semi-pro photographer (49), Pro photographer (24), Casual photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (113), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Manfrotto really got it right

As a full time professional photographer this ball head is totally great it supports my Nikon camera and a 70 to 200 zoom with no problems you can go from landscape to protrait so darn...Read complete review

As a full time professional photographer this ball head is totally great it supports my Nikon camera and a 70 to 200 zoom with no problems you can go from landscape to protrait so darn fast and it grips well. I have it on a carbon tripod and now I can take great time exposures using cable release and this thing is totally steady for natural light weddings I never have liked those other brackets because they bounce so much when rotated. I know this is a special order from our good friends and they took care of me well. It is worth it. Go on manfrottos web and see the clip. I am a left handed person this bayby will convert. for those doing copy work like my self it tilts down to the floor in a snap. This has replaced my old joy stick model and the flipflop bracket.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not for finite adjustments while framing

That's now 2 years that I'm using the Manfrotto Joystick head. This is my first ball head. I mainly do landscape photography and fine art reproductions and it is nearly impossible to make finite...Read complete review

That's now 2 years that I'm using the Manfrotto Joystick head. This is my first ball head. I mainly do landscape photography and fine art reproductions and it is nearly impossible to make finite adjustments while framing my subject. When using my D800 mounted with a 80-200 mm 2.8 it just can't hold it even with the friction control at his maximum. It's huge, takes a lot of place (in your car, in your armoire, on your back) and is quite heavy. This joystick also gets in the way while shooting weird angles near the ground. Positive points : it quickly unlocks and moves, you don't have to adjust three knobs to move your camera. It's solid and well build. Good for small DSLR's without heavy lenses or accessories, if you are looking for an easy and quick use and if you don't care so much about precise placements for your camera. I couldn't offer me another head till now, but I must say that I'm now happy to be able to change for another one.

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4.0

Locks tight

By Max Headroom

from Canada

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Firmly
  • Good Stability
  • Strong Clamp

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Night Shots
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

    I use this with a 5D Mark III with a battery grip and a wireless mic receiver in the hotshoe, and it locks firm and sure. This is not for any sort of panning/tilting with video because it is not smooth, it is for adjusting your camera for static shots.

    It lets you adjust easily and quickly, and holds. Another well-built Manfrotto product.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Ball Head Alternative

    By Old Audio Guy

    from Woodland Park, CO

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    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 327RC2 Joystick Head:

      I bought this Manfrotto to go with one of their Monopods. My friend was using one and he remarked how much he liked it. I tried his a couple of times and it seemed to work quite well and was very stable. I have an Induro Tripod with one of their ball heads but I wanted some thing different from the ball head. I have used it now a couple of times doing landscape work in more challenging locations and it's just right.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Love this Head

      By Adam

      from Redondo Beach, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Adjusted
      • Lightweight
      • Locks In Tight
      • Smooth Movement

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Outdoors
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

        I love all Manfrotto products but this has got to be my most useful piece of equipment, other than my Nikon. The quality is very high and the precision of the joystick is incredible. The handle is a little bulky but you need it to be the size it is to set your camera in the exact position you desire to counteract the weight of your camera. The locking base is awesome in how quickly you can remove/lock your camera and at the same time be so secure. The built in level is also very useful. I use my tripod for Real Estate and Product Photography so being able to be mobile and set up my shots quickly is invaluable. That is where this specific ball head really shines, when you need to move quickly through a shoot but also be able to adjust the camera to take multiple shots/angles. Highly reccommend!

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        5.0

        Much improved and love it

        By Beth

        from Greenfield, MA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easily Adjusted
        • Locks In Tight
        • Smooth Movement

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Anything Really

          Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

          I had the former model that they called a pistol grip- glad they changed the name. After having it 11 years and wore it our I got this one. Very smooth - holds its place and compact.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Hands get a work out!

          By LHiller Photo

          from Minnesota

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Locks In Tight

          Cons

          • Difficult To Adjust

          Best Uses

          • Outdoors
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

          I have only just started to use this mount, but immediately noticed that it's somewhat difficult to get into position, especially with the camera button on the right hand side. It cold be user-error, but I had to put the mount on backwards in order to use my left hand to squeeze the joystick and track objects.

          At the moment, I have it attached to my monopod and it DOES help increase stability in keeping the whole setup still. Jury is still out as to whether this will become my favourite piece of equipment- I simply haven't used it enough. However, if you don't have a strong grip (i.e., need help of a burly friend to open the can of pickles) then this is NOT for you.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excelente para tus salidas al campo

          By Cachorra

          from Baja California

          Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

          No he tenido mejor cabezal para mi mas froto que este modelo, fuimos de viaje y fue excelente el manejo del joystick head, fácil de acomodar y gran agarre, muy versátil manejo y olvídate de los ajustes finos que hacen perder una buena Fotografia.

          Te recomiendo nunca olvides este joystick head ya mas para tus viajes.

          Gracias

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          5.0

          No problems so far

          By Nyk

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Adjusted
          • Locks In Tight
          • Smooth Movement

          Cons

          • Slips Out Of Position

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

          Was super easy to install, works as I thought it would! It takes a little getting used to going from tilting up and down and then turning the camera to shoot vertically, one has to be done before the other, it is just the way the ball works with the housing around the ball. Once you understand how it works it is super easy to get it to move how you want it to. I haven't noticed a WHOLE lot of difference with the friction adjuster, but it has a good amount of friction to begin with. There is a slight drop after you get the camera where you want it to be focused on. It usually drops exactly the same amount (it is only a tiny drop, just enough for the friction to catch) each time, so when I position the camera I always just position it a fraction bit higher than I want it and it falls into place snugly.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Love the Joystick!

          By Grishelli

          from Phoenix, AZ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Adjusted
          • Locks In Tight
          • Smooth Movement

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Outdoors
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

            After a macro photography shoot, I became extremely frustrated with my Manfrotto ballhead. I would adjust it, and it was slip -- not once, but every single time! Not a good thing when you're shooting with a macro lens. I read some good things about the Manfrotto Joystick, and it sounded perfect. And it is! I love the ease of adjusting the joystick, positioning it and never having to re-adjust it. Just let go, and it does not move one bit! It's definitely much easier to use and much more accurate than my last ballhead. So far, I have not come across anything "not so great" about this product. I would definitely recommend the Manfrotto Joystick head.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Perfect ball head

            By Rose of Louisiana

            from Louisiana

            Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

            Easy to handle and adjust with such a large handle.

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            5.0

            Cool joystick!

            By Photo me

            from Whittier, Ca

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Adjusted
            • Lightweight
            • Smooth Movement

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Outdoors
              • Portraits
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

              It's easy to install and makes great ease of use on the tripod.

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              • No

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              5.0

              so far really satisfied

              By ashkan

              from Houston, texas

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Adjusted
              • Smooth Movement

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

                i use this head for real state photography it really save me time
                i bought some adjustment just for panorama shooting
                in general im satisfied

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                • No

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                5.0

                Fantastic Joystick

                By Bud man

                from New Smyrna Beach, Fl

                Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

                I have used ball heads for years but never really cared for having to reach up and grab the camera just to make small adjustments. Loosening the tightening screw on the ball head has resulted in pinched fingers more times than I care to remember. When I use heavy lenses, I need more control and this joystick provides that control. The operation is smooth and easy, small changes, which are critical in macro and desirable in all photography, can be achieved quickly and accurately. I have only used this head to shoot landscapes and macro so I can not speak as to it's ability with telephoto lenses. I am sure it can handle the rated weight. I have experienced no creep when using my Canon 5D Mark III complete with battery pack , a 180 macro lens and macro flash. I love the ability to quickly switch to portrait and back to landscape mode. The head has a bit of weight, but I chose the beefier model to avoid overloading the lighter duty version. Sometimes there is a trade off, weight vs performance and trying to get by with an overloaded device so you can save a few ounces of weight is ridiculous. This is a well made and fantastic functioning joystick.

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                2.0

                Not for finite adjustments while framing

                By Vojvoda

                from Quito, Ecuador

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                See all my reviews

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • sturdy

                Cons

                • Jerky Movement
                • Slips Out Of Position

                Best Uses

                • Night shots
                • Portraits

                Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

                That's now 2 years that I'm using the Manfrotto Joystick head. This is my first ball head. I mainly do landscape photography and fine art reproductions and it is nearly impossible to make finite adjustments while framing my subject. When using my D800 mounted with a 80-200 mm 2.8 it just can't hold it even with the friction control at his maximum. It's huge, takes a lot of place (in your car, in your armoire, on your back) and is quite heavy. This joystick also gets in the way while shooting weird angles near the ground. Positive points : it quickly unlocks and moves, you don't have to adjust three knobs to move your camera. It's solid and well build. Good for small DSLR's without heavy lenses or accessories, if you are looking for an easy and quick use and if you don't care so much about precise placements for your camera. I couldn't offer me another head till now, but I must say that I'm now happy to be able to change for another one.

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                • No

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                2.0

                Not for DSLRs

                By Montanafussy

                from Guam

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Adjusted

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Slips Out Of Position

                Best Uses

                • Point Shoot Camera Only

                Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

                A basic DSLR on this unit should be okay but a heavy lens or flash or any other accessory will be too heavy to be supported by this head. It is a huge and heavy head that looks to be overkill for a point and shoot. The design is okay but I wish it could lay flat or at least angle toward the tripod legs. I absolutely love not having to adjust three knobs to get the correct angle, but that is worthless if it won't hold the angle.

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                5.0

                What a Joy

                By Mer

                from Bucks County, PA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Adjusted
                • Smooth Movement

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

                    Over my last ball head this is such a joy. Holds my camera and telephoto lens very nicely. Makes it very easy to maneuver when using the horizontal function on my Manfrotto 190XPPROB. A very sturdy combination

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Solid Head for my Tripod

                    By Carol

                    from Pueblo, CO

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Locks In Tight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

                      While I've only used the new Head for my Tripod, I'm extremely pleased with it's solid build and ease of use.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great product I would buy again

                      By TLF

                      from Bloomfield, IA

                      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

                        Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

                        So far I'm very pleased with the Manfrotto 327RC2. The product is very well constructed, allows you to customize for left hand,and the range of rotation and ease of use are what I was hoping for.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Single Handed, King of Adjustability

                        By Cool_It

                        from Whitehall, PA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

                          I purchased this head due to it one hand adjustment. This is my second head and the first of it's style. It will take a little time to see which I prefer.

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                          5.0

                          Impressive Ease Of Use

                          By LarryF

                          from Claverack, NY

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

                            Very high quality construction. Very solid. Holds my Canon T3i with a 55-250 lens and flash with no movement. Very easy to use, although precise alignments take a bit of practice and a bit of wear-in on the ball mechinism. An extra bubble level for in the 90 degree position would be nice. Still, it is perfect for my needs and the quality construction is quite impressive.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            327RC2 Joystick Head by Manfrotto

                            By Chewelah3

                            from Chewelah,Washington

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head:

                              I am using it for my heavy equipment and to have two cameras taking the same shot at different angles! It is very stable and a great degree of movement!

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                              • No

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