Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head

Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head

Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head

B&H # MA327RC2 MFR # 327RC2
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Product Highlights

  • 12.13 lb Load Capacity
  • Magnesium
  • Lateral Tilt: -3°/ +90°
  • Front Tilt: -90°/ +90°
  • Lightweight 1.4 lb (0.62kg)
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The Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head is constructed of magnesium, providing superior performance and durability, making it the best choice for advanced users with high-end and full frame cameras. 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, -3°/ +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 1.4 lb (0.62kg) lightweight head has a 12.13 lb (5.5kg) 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: 719821312536
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Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head
  • Plate 200PL-14
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Product Registration.
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    Manfrotto 327RC2 specs

    Load Capacity 12.13 lb (5.5 kg)
    Ball Sphere Diameter Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Quick Release Yes
    Spirit Level Yes, One
    Tension Control Yes
    Rotating Head 360°
    Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8" female thread (bottom)
    1/4" screw (attachment)
    Plate 200PL-14
    Height 4.0" (10.1 cm)
    Tilt Lateral: -3°/ +90°, Front: -90°/ +90°
    Weight 1.4 lb (0.62 kg)
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    Package Weight 1.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 5.1 x 4.1"

    Manfrotto 327RC2 reviews

    327RC2 Joystick Head is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 161.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing new head design I took some time to really analyze if this head would work for me, and I believe I have made a good choice when I decided to purchase it. The handle makes positioning the camera extremely precise, and when I release the handle to lock the head in place it stays at the precise position I want. The head allows me to place the camera in any position for portrait and landscape shots. I haven't yet used the head in any field work, yet, but I have made sure it will hold my gear. It holds my Canon 7D with Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM and Canon Speedlite 580EX II combination with ease. It feels rugged and well made. I'm very happy with this purchase.
    Date published: 2010-08-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well-built, fast, and simple. Bought one of these a while back, and it is *very* good at what it does. It's light, fast, rugged, solid, and fast. Yes, fast twice. I've been able to get rock solid tripod shots off using this that I never would have been able to get with a traditional head, given the need for much more adjustment time, and it locks in solid. The downside is that it is frustrating if you're trying to finely tune in a shot. There's always a bit of slop and sag after letting go of the release and it moves the framing just enough to be annoying. But, that's not really the intended purpose of the product, and I believe it's inherent in this design, so I'm not really upset by it.
    Date published: 2015-06-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 372RC2 Joystick Head by Manfrotto I have found the 372RC2 head very easy to use. I use it with my Canon 60D and 100-400 lens with extenders (Weight 3.2kg well within its capacity). At full length there is no movement. I also use it with my Macro 100 lens. It excels in macro because it is easy to use in positions where I am constantly moving and adjusting the position of my camera. With my old head the three handles made it difficult to get in close, I don't have this problem with the 372RC2. The weakness of this head is when I am panning on wild life once it is released it is completely free. The old head allowed me to adjust the head so I could pan and stop while holding the camera.
    Date published: 2012-02-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from There is some joy in Joystick The 327RC2 Joystick head has many excellent features and a few drawbacks. It adjusts with very accurate precision and stays put even with bigger lenses like a 70-200 with 1.4 extender. The plate is easy to mount and remove. The head feels secure and is a breeze to operate. I wish the grip was a little smaller and longer so I could shoot video on my DSLR as well. Perfect for stills. The only drawback for me is I wish I could use it on the left side. There are instructions to do that but mounts and grip aren't as easy to use when you change it. The trigger on my camera is on the right side as is the grip of the head. It gets a little clumsy trying to shot and change grip in situations where you need to move quickly.
    Date published: 2010-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2010-05-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A joystick for photographers 327RC2 Joystick Head is perfect for real world shooting. I have owned other joysticks in the past and although they seam like the thing I wanted they always let me down in the performance dept. The new 327RC2 Joystick Head is the real deal I use pretty heavy equip. And this thing works with my canon 7d plus grip with sigma 150-500 plus 580exll. And it stays put with all that weight hanging out there at any angle. I love this thing and would tell anybody looking for a quick and secure way to hold your equipment to buy this head.
    Date published: 2010-12-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seriously, you will love this joystick I am so excited to get this pistol grip joystick. I had struggled with an inexpensive tripod for too long. I wanted to get a new one but I was very picky because I wanted to be sure what I selected would work for me. I have a Canon 60D and use long telephoto lenses. This head attaches so securely to my new Manfrotto tripod that I don't have to have any attention on my camera position. The ball makes it easy to get the position you want and the pistol grip eliminates the need for all those nobs that are so annoying on other types of heads. It can even be adjusted for left-handed use. Free yourself from anything but taking great photos!
    Date published: 2011-04-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good for those with weak fingers This head is really great for those who have trouble with tight fitting knobs etc (eg the disabled and the aged - I'm both). It carried my 5D mark ii with a 24-70 mm zoom (also a 70-300mm zoom) and the flash easily, even in steep gorge country. In reply to a previous reviewer who said it should be a lefty, I can attest that it can easily be changed to a left hand grip with the turn of a few screws. Obviously the reviewer didn't read the manual which gives very precise instructions for doing this.
    Date published: 2010-10-17
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