Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head

Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head

Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head

B&H # MA324RC2 MFR # 324RC2
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Product Highlights

  • 7.7 lbs (3.5kg) Load Capacity
  • Adapto Technopolymer
  • Lateral Tilt: -19°/ +90°
  • Front Tilt: -90°/ +90°
  • Lightweight 0.95 lbs (0.43kg)
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Manfrotto 324RC2 overview

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The Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head is constructed of Adapto, an ultra-durable and lightweight technopolymer, optimized for compactness and transportability with a high load capacity and reduced weight. The joystick design offers a uniquely ergonomic way of quickly unlocking, moving and blocking your camera. You can frame and reposition the head freely and frequently to get the perfect photo: grip the head to move the camera and as soon as you release, it locks securely in place.

The Joystick Head has a single locking lever, making control of all movements fast. The head features 360° panoramic rotation, -19°/ +90° lateral, and -90°/ +90° front tilt. Cameras are attached to the ball head with the 200PL-14 Plate with 1/4'' male threads. The head to tripod attachment has 3/8'' female threads. This 0.95 lbs (0.43kg) lightweight head has a 7.7 lbs (3.5kg) load capacity.

Friction control permits fine framing adjustment and improved camera safety
Stainless steel ball made using a "deep drawing" process which produces a strong, thin-walled, hollow sphere, reducing weight and increasing locking power
Ergonomic design guarantees comfort and precision
UPC: 719821312529
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Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head
  • Plate 200PL-14
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3-Years after Registering On-line
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    Manfrotto 324RC2 specs

    Load Capacity 7.7 lbs (3.5kg)
    Ball Sphere Diameter Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Quick Release Yes
    Spirit Level Yes
    Tension Control Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Rotating Head 360°
    Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8" female thread (bottom)
    1/4" screw (attachment)
    Plate 200PL-14
    Height 3.97" (10.1cm)
    Tilt Lateral: -19°/ +90°, Front: -90°/ +90°
    Weight 0.95 lbs (0.43kg)
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    Package Weight 1.28 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.8 x 5.0 x 4.1"

    Manfrotto 324RC2 reviews

    324RC2 Joystick Head is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 85.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flexible, needs true left-hand config The universal swivel allows fast adjustments in many different directions at once. I installed it per instructions (easy to follow) for left-handed operation so I can quickly frame photo, then use my right hand to operate shoot button on camera. However, the left-hand configuration flips the whole lever apparatus upside down which works but then you have to use your thumb instead of your 4 strong fingers to depress the release lever. It works but is tiring after awhile. Relatively light and easy to set so it does not stick out too much when not in use.
    Date published: 2010-08-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick and Easy to Use I just had to buy this head after borrowing a tripod that had one during a photo workshop. It was very easy to manipulate and control but provides a solid base for large SLRs. The pistol grip control makes control very easy. The camera seat is solid. The only downside is that the head must be removed from my tripod during travel and carry. When attached to the tripod, the head doesn't fit in the tripod carrying case. The pistol grip doesn't fold down enough to seat flush against the tripod so storage in the tripod bad, while attached, is not possible.
    Date published: 2014-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from For use with NEX-5 Well implemented, quality product. I needed a functional head for use with my Sony NEX-5 and it's long zoom (SEL18-200mm lens). The body of the camera is very small with a small mount surface. Many of the other ball heads that were substantial enough to hold the heavier attached lens were huge (in comparison) but this head seemed/and is just right. Being able to adjust the amount of friction (using the thumb screw on the underside of the grip) is perfect and very convenient. I also use it with a high-end Vortex spotting scope, and with the friction adjustment on snug it makes following birds easier than using a head with a long grip.
    Date published: 2011-02-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great when new, not so great now I loved this head wneh it was new, but after less than a year of use, it cannot be tightened (using the set screw and/or the friction wheel) to where it adequately holds a DSLR with even a small to medium lens in any position other than horizontal - if pointed somewhat down, in a vertical position, or pointed up, the camera cannot be stabilized.
    Date published: 2014-02-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Getting Used To It I bought this after witnessing a photographer for a weekly paper here in L.A. use one of these on a fashion layout. It seemed to really speed up her shoot and allow her to capture moments more efficiently.It's going to take some practice to develope my dexterity with this head.Its range of motion and flexibility are way beyond the amateur setup I'd been using. I knocked off one star because I wish it gave a more fluid sense of movement. Maybe some graphite spray in the ball would help, or maybe there's an adjustment I need to make.Well worth the price, though.
    Date published: 2012-08-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good 4 making large adjustments quickly The joystick head is great for making large adjustments quickly, it is a lot more challenging to make minor tweaks to the position of the head, especially with a larger or heavier lens. When you're not making adjustments the head locks securely into place and I had no concerns about the safety of my T2i with 70-300mm lens. This head is really heavy so I don't recommend it if you're looking for something that you'll be carrying around a lot. I ended up returning it because it just didn't meet my needs, but it was a great product.
    Date published: 2012-08-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny I purchased this joystick for use with my Manfrotto 190cx pro 3 tripod and absolutely love it. I have used 3-way and ball heads in the past and by far this is more ergonamic. . Just squeeze, move to where you want and release. That easy. No messing with levers and dials like other types of heads.It's so easy to use escpecially if timing is crucial(sunsets etc...)I use it for portraits, night shots, macro and landscapes. I'm sure as cold winter rolls along I will be praising it even more because this means a quick set up and less time to freeze
    Date published: 2010-09-08
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works well for lighter lenses The pistol grip is comfortable in your hand and has a good feel. The ball is smooth and fluid. One challenge is the level of friction when using heavier rigs. I was shooting with my Canon 7D and a Canon 24-70 L-Series f/2.8 (big glass) and the head would not securely hold the system in place. I tried tightening the friction knob all the way. The camera would stay put when still, however moving the tripod would sometimes cause the camera/lens to move as well.
    Date published: 2014-03-10
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