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With regard to tripod heads, I have used a ball head for many years and they are extremely versatile. The most basic models having a single locking screw or lever; 322ec2 it and you get a full range of pan, tilt, and swivel adjustments.

The ball head that I used was the Manfrotto RC2 compact ball head which has now been discontinued and replaced by the RC2. I had to hold the camera with one hand and move the lever with the other.

Manfrotto 322RC2 Head can it be modified ?

This was cumbersome at times, as the lever was sometimes too tight. This may sound fickle. But I like my gear to work efficiently, and for me not be conscious of it, or thwarted by it.

I prefer to concentrate on the shot I am about to take. It was time for me to purchase a new head but I was undecided over whether to stick with the ball head type, or try a different style head altogether.


Recently, I was working on a job in tandem with another photographer.

He had the joystick type head on his tripod. I gave it a go, and found it it incredibly intuitive to use. Talk about being smitten.

I just loved it. It turned out to be the Manfrotto Manyal. The Manfrotto RC2 is built out of magnesium. Top view of the Manfrotto RC2. The trigger is big so that all your fingers rest against in when squeezing it. Going from horizontal to vertical mode is 322rf2 easy using this joystick head.

Straight out of the box, I was able to attach the head to my tripod. It does come assembled for right-hand users, but the PL quick release plate assembly can be removed and positioned for left-handed use.

Uniquely, it can also be placed on the top of the grip in a vertical position like the traditional design, but when used in this position the maximum load reverts to 2. Top view of the end of the grip on the Manfrotto RC2, where you can attach the PL assembly plate, so that the camera sits on top, similar in deign of the model by Manfrotto. I was able to adjust the friction wheel by turning it either to the right or left. I then placed my camera and lens onto the quick release plate, and made further adjustments allowing for the weight of both.


The friction wheel scrolls to the right or left. The small red strip is the tension indicator which moves to the left or right as you adjust the friction wheel.

The built-in bubble spirit level is a nice touch. The bubble spirit level is a handy feature, especially if you are adjusting your camera positions between landscape and portrait modes. Obviously, this type of tripod head may not be to your liking, or suit your photography needs. That said, from my experience, I only wish I had come across it sooner.

Manfrotto RC2 Head can it be modified ?

The two areas I find it most useful are:. In fact, the more I use it, the more I like it. By placing the head in a vertical position, 322rrc2 adds another nine inches to the total length. I now use my old tripod case for my small light stands and umbrellas. Plus, this head is not new on the market, so check around for deals.

I was not contacted or sponsored to test the above equipment. Opinions are purely by the author only. Image courtesy of Manfrotto.

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