Manfrotto 324RC2 Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate

Manfrotto 324RC2 Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate

Manfrotto 324RC2 Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate

B&H # MA324RC2 MFR # 324RC2
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Product Highlights

  • Ball Head with Control Handle
  • Load Capacity: 7.7 lb
  • Integrated Handle Squeeze Trigger
  • 90° Forwards and 90° Backwards Tilt
  • Up to 90° Portrait Angle Tilt
  • 360° Rotation, Built-In Bubble Level
  • Ball-and-Socket Tension Control
  • Durable and Lightweight Construction
  • RC2 Quick Release Lock/200PL-14 QR Plate
  • 1/4"-20 Mount, Non-Slip Surface
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Manfrotto 324RC2 overview

  • 1Description

This 324RC2 Ball Head from Manfrotto has a load capacity of 7.7 lb and can be attached to tripods or other support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount. It includes an RC2 quick release cam lock and a 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate. RC2 compatible quick release plates such as the 200PL-14 can be removed from the head by pulling the cam lock's spring-loaded lever, which also allows the plate to be instantly reattached. The cam lock also features a safety catch to prevent a quick release plate from accidentally disconnecting.

The 324RC2 features a ball-and-socket joint with an easy-to-grip control handle. By squeezing the control handle's integrated trigger, the ball-and-socket joint can be quickly swiveled, angled, fully tilted, or returned to its upright position. A thumbwheel set within the underside of the control handle can be rotated to apply tension control to the ball-and-socket joint's movements. Once the squeeze trigger is released, any adjustments to the position of the ball-and-socket joint are locked into place.

Cameras or accessories that are compatible with a 1/4"-20 mount can be connected to the 200PL-14 quick release plate, which measures 1.7 x 2.1 x 0.4" and has a rubberized, non-slip surface. The 324RC2 is initially configured for use with the right hand. An included hex key allows the RC2 quick release cam lock to be repositioned along with the control handle, enabling left-handed use.

324RC2 Ball Head
  • 7.7 lb load capacity
  • Compatible with tripods or support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount
  • Uses ball-and-socket joint with easy-to-grip control handle to help maximize pan-and-tilt flexibility
  • By squeezing the control handle's integrated trigger, the ball-and-socket joint can be quickly swiveled 360°, fully tilted down to a 90° angle, or returned to its upright position
  • When the control handle's squeeze trigger is released, any adjustments to the position of the ball-and-socket joint are locked into place
  • A thumbwheel set within the underside of the control handle can be rotated to apply tension control to the ball-and-socket joint's movements
  • RC2 quick release cam lock
  • Built-in bubble level
  • Can be configured for left-handed use
  • Durable and lightweight aluminum, polymer, and fiberglass construction
  • Hex key to adjust position of RC2 quick release cam lock
  • Hex key to adjust tension on ball-and-socket joint
200PL-14 Quick Release Plate
  • Compatible with Manfrotto RC2 quick release cam lock
  • Measures 1.7 x 2.1 x 0.4" and has a rubberized, non-slip surface
  • 1/4"-20 mount
  • Durable, aluminum-alloy construction
UPC: 719821312529
In the Box
Manfrotto 324RC2 Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate
  • 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate
  • Hex Key for RC2 Quick Release Cam Lock
  • Hex Key for Ball-and-Socket Joint
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Product Registration
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    Manfrotto 324RC2 specs

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    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type 200PL-14
    Load Capacity 7.7 lb / 3.5 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 1
    Friction Control Yes
    Independent Pan Lock No
    Material Aluminum, Technopolymer
    Pan & Tilt Rangervtxrdsqutdwaseqdawxzdycsxbzuu
    Lateral Tilt -19 to +90
    Vertical Tilt -90 to +90
    Panning Range 360
    Physical
    Ball Sphere Diameter 1.38" / 35 mm
    Base Diameter 2.36" / 60 mm
    Dimensions H: 4.0" / H: 10.1 cm
    Weight 1.0 lb / 0.45 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.28 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.8 x 5.0 x 4.1"

    Manfrotto 324RC2 reviews

    324RC2 Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 87.
    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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