Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black)

Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black)

Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black)

B&H # MA391RC2 MFR # 391RC2
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Product Highlights

  • Quick Release
  • Supports 11 lb (5kg)
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The Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head is specifically designed for both still photographic and motion video applications. The long locking and graspable pan handle coupled with special Teflon friction pads assures easy adjustment with smooth pan and tilt movements. The range of pan/tilt movement is firmly set with independent locks. The head has a quick release camera platform, which can be flipped for vertical orientation of still photographic cameras. The pan-locking bar is padded with soft non-slip rubber.

UPC: 719821297666
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Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black)
  • QR 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty (Extendable to 5 Years with Online Registration)
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    Manfrotto 391RC2 specs

    Head Type 3-Way pan/tilt
    Maximum Camera Supported Light 35mm or digital SLR camera with medium telephoto lens or small video camera
    Load Capacity 11 lb (5kg)
    Height 3.9" (10cm)
    Quick Release Yes
    Spirit Level No
    Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
    Weight 1.50 lb (0.70kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.46 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 5.0 x 4.6"

    Manfrotto 391RC2 reviews

    391RC2 Junior 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Black) is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 46.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Best used for travel if you pack your DSLR when you travel and you want to shoot video with it from a tripod is a pretty good option. Obviously, is not going to be as smooth as a nice large video head but for its intended purpose is good. The panning feature is not the fluid type there is only a knob that you tighten in order to give resistance. Honestly, the novel only works to lock it in place, if you really want to pan with ahead you must loose and it completely otherwise it will not pan smoothly. it's pretty much the same thing with the tilt. However, for travel video is still superior than using a regular ball head, by far.
    Date published: 2012-02-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good start I use this head (being compact) so I can fold it away into my cary bag along with my Oben tripod (for my SLR). It works ok... the only problem so far is if you do use it for 1080p video on a pan the head has a sticking point so you need to sort out the movement and what you will do before you do it (run through). For all of that it will do (after you work all the sticking points out). It is good for still shots and has a good range of movement. More levels would have been good. My Oben quick release is so much better than the one on this head but all said and done there can be trade off's on all gear.
    Date published: 2011-11-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pan/Tilt Head I needed a small tripod head that would fit in my tripod bag but still support my DSLR camera and larger lens weighing about 8 pounds total. This one works great. The one control handle for tilt is small, but not too small to be useful. The other controls are thumb screws which work fine for the adjustments I need. All movements are very smooth. I don't have to remove the head from my tripod to slip everything into my tripod bag. At just under 4 in height and weighing 1.5 pounds, this 11 pound capacity head really helped with my gear weight.
    Date published: 2010-03-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Smooth but Unstable The 391RC2 pan and tilt movements are fine. It is easy to control the movement from a smooth firm feel to a sports quick reaction with a little practice. Tension controls have a good feel and make of very controlled adjustments over all. However, the platform which can be flipped for vertical use is weak. It does not lock firmly so the camera slides too far one way or the other. It does not sit flat on the tripod. The weight of the camera (Canon Mark IV) causes the platform to go beyond level and won't stay put when locked. It slowly drifts down below level. Also, no level bubble. The locking nut on the ball head that secures the plate is in a bad place if you are using a 70-200 or larger lens because the mount is on the lens not the camera it becomes very difficult to get in between the lens and the camera to lock the plate. The locking nut to flip to vertical (also in a bad place) does not lock very well. The camera weight will move the adjustment you make. I resorted to using pliers to get it tight enough. Price is good.
    Date published: 2010-06-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small and Light I purchased this item to use with my Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod. I will use it primarily for birding. The combination of the tripod and the head makes a nice sturdy, yet light weight, platform for my Swaroski 65 MM spotting scope. The above scope will attach directly into the quick release without the addition of an adapter. The head is nice and smooth when panning yet the total weight is less than many other heads. Very reasonable cost!
    Date published: 2013-07-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Should've gotten this the first time Normally I'm on the move catching shots from different angles in the venue I'm involved in. Occasionally I'll shoot video and need something more stable than a monopod or the head I currently use which isn't made to pan. The 391RC2 is an affordable solution to the fluid filled movement I'd like to use, very smooth to pan with. A bubble balance would be a nice addition, as would an extra locking device to secure the spring loaded lever that holds the quick release plate. As it is said to hold up to 11 lbs, I wouldn't recommend anything heavier than about 6-8 lbs. My camera with the 70-200 f2.8 lens is 5-7 lbs and that, I feel, is pushing it a little. I would recommend this to anyone needing a good entry level head!
    Date published: 2011-12-18
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Made in China Had been told there was a plastic piece on this head but it was not 'cheesy'. It IS cheesy and it is the piece that holds the QR plate/camera! The Manfrotto logo and my years of expereince with Bogen/Manfrotto drew me in. The design was trim, the shorter handle was desirous over my micro fluid head and it looked good on my 290 Extra tripod, held my FZ 200 ok (But it is new.) and the pan was pretty smooth. The one photo did not expose the fact that this head did not have an aluminum catch or safety catch as all the other Manfrotto heads I have. There is also a rounded plastic cover under the QR mount that pops off easily and would certainly give problems. If Manfrotto will build one of these with these thngs resolved, in Italia, will get one. Till then, imagine more!
    Date published: 2015-11-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great I uses this to mount a camera on a custom teleprompter. It holds the weight of the camera fine after some adjustment. It is shipped with the sho set up for sideways mounting. If you need to pan and tilt, make sure you adjust the set pin 90 degrees. as stated in some other reviews, the tilt bolt doesn't tighten too great on heavier cameras, and also seems to tilt slightly down even when loosened. Jus be aware of this when purchasing and all will be great!
    Date published: 2013-06-25
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