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Manfrotto 327RC2 light duty grip ball head with Quick Release (Black)

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  • New hollow stainless steel ball^Special ergonomic design^Secure friction control^Built in quick release
  • New hollow stainless steel ball^Special ergonomic design^Secure friction control^Built in quick release

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 12.3 x 19.7 cm ; 621 g
  • Shipping Weight: 762 g
  • Item model number: 327RC2
  • ASIN: B003CRH1P0
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: June 17 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217,168 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

The 327RC2 has been designed to suit advanced photographers looking for high-performance products. Made of sophisticated, high performance materials, it offers superior specifications and durability. The 327RC2's ergonomics have been optimized to improve control and precision. This head features a new type of ball joint: an innovative hollow sphere made of stainless steel. This new manufacture technique was specifically developed to improve the lightness, accuracy and locking strength of the head.Weight reduction, improved performance and optimized ergonomics set this new head well above competitors' models and offer photographers a product that is lightweight, compact and easy to carry, intuitive and easy to use, yet also extremely precise and sturdy. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: Height 3.98"; Weight 1.37"; Maximum Capacity 12.1lbs.


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Returned it, head have always little creepy movement or slack when dslr + lens are on it even with friction control at max.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0273840) out of 5 stars 54 reviews
81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe6c948) out of 5 stars Almost had to send it back... June 1 2011
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
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Whew! I am glad I just figured out what my problem was. I received this head and was super excited about it. After taking it out of the box and playing with it, I noticed that it took a lot of force to squeeze the trigger and even when the trigger was fully depressed and the friction wheel set all the way down, it would still not operate smoothly. I could get it to move around but it would be very jerky and there was no way that I was going to make precise adjustments. I could not figure out if it was a defect in the ball, if it needed more lubrication, or if the trigger mechanism was shot. I was a little disappointed with Manfrotto thinking that they sent me a defective item and that I would need to return it and get another one.

Fortunately, I kept playing with the head and pondering what I could do to resolve the issue. I remember reading in the directions that there is a small adjustment screw located just on the end of the trigger (next to where your pointer finger would rest) that can be operated with the smaller of the two allen key provided. In the directions, they say "After extended use you may notice that the ball locking mechanism becomes slightly more slack. You can re-adjust this by tightening screw "R" very slightly using the supplied allen key "T". Only small adjustments are necessary to regain full locking power." In my case, I had the opposite problem. The screw was too tight and upon loosening it a couple of rotations, I finally was able to move the ball head very smoothly and I did not have to use nearly as much force to squeeze the trigger to get it to move.

Manfrotto packages the head with the tension relief band on the trigger. Since my head was set improperly, the band was not doing much to begin with. Now that I have adjusted the locking mechanism, when I put the band over the trigger and the friction set to its lowest amount, it allows the ball to freely move about. And when the band is off of the trigger, the ball is locked in place. I am telling this to you to provide a guideline as to how you set the locking mechanism if you ever need to adjust it.

If I had received this item in its present state (after I tinkered with it) I would have given it five stars but since it sent me for a loop to the point of almost sending it back, I dinged it a star. I wrote this review to hopefully help someone else out who gets in a similar situation as me. Take care and happy shooting!
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe732a0) out of 5 stars State of tear Oct. 6 2010
By Carlos Celis - Published on Amazon.com
I could go hours talking about this baby, so I'll cut to the chase: this item is absolutely perfect. I keep thinking and there is NOT one single thing I don't like about it.

This is how I made my decision. I spent over a year saving, reading reviews, looking, and visitig stores. I did not have much of a budget restriction due to all my savings and therefore I was able to choose between a number of poducts from different brands. I didn't want to regret buying just a "good" tripod and head combo. I came across with it afte looking at differentwebsits. I fell in love with its ease to use, user friendlyness, costumizability, rigidity, and look. It is so much fun to use it! I just literally grab the joystick and move the camera anywhere I want and it will obey me. I am in charge. No nobs, no screwing-unscrewing, tightening, etc.

One more thing that actually call my attention was that it won an awardfor best accesory. If you wanna know more about it, type these words in google: "327RC2 Joystick Heads Win TIPA 2010 Best Accessory Award". None of the heads from other competitors has ever won anythng like that.

I use it with a nikon d80, and a nikon d7000 with a multipurpose zoom lens and the joystick is able to handle the weight with no problem whatsoever. I also bought the 190XB tripod legs and they work perfectly too. It is a great combo! It's as tall as I am and I don't need to bend to take my pictures. The tripod is a bit heavier than I expected, but it is also a very solid, stable piece of art.

I can wrap up saying that I'm in love with these two manfrotto products. I am so happy that I didn't pay extra buck for something that looked fancier that was not as good AND FUN as this one. Manfrotto won this one over gitzo.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe74774) out of 5 stars great joystick ballhead Jan. 17 2011
By Phillip Ward - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this ballhead after countless hours reviewing different ballheads from various manufacturers. I was tired of the ballheads with 2 or more knobs when I was trying to quickly adjust for a picture. this ballhead is great with its one-handed operation. adjustments can be made very quickly as far as orientation. you can pan up and down and go from portrait to landscape with a simple squeeze and gliding the camera into position. this can be quickly and easily flipped for either right or left-handed use.

I bought this for use with the Manfrotto 055ProB tripod, and it makes a great combination in my opinion. it's a bit hefty, but you can be sure it will be stable for your gear.

I don't have heavy gear. my heaviest combination would be my 5D II, 24-70 f/2.8L "brick" lens, and 580 EX II flash. this ballhead holds all steady like a champ.

one quick note, the picture on this page shows the ballhead in the right-handed position. I am right-handed, but I switched the joystick to the left-handed position so I can maneuver the camera with my left-hand while still keeping my right-hand on the shutter ready for the next snapshot.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa014d690) out of 5 stars Joystick tripod head Jan. 23 2011
By Jack - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow. This thing rocks! My wife loves it! Gave it as an early birthday present, and scored major points. I had concerns regarding the strength of the ball head holding up a 5d mkii, 580ex flash, canon L lense etc, but it's rock solid. Not having much, read any, photographic experience, I went to my friend Amazon to investigate what was available. This head is a substantial piece of gear that should outlast our need for it. Paired with a Manfrotto 055xprob tripod, I shouldn't have to ever buy another tripod/head, unless we upgrade to carbon fiber or start taking panoramas. Amazon service was outstanding as always. Overall, 5 stars for the product and Amazons pricing and customer support. If you are looking for a joystick tripod head, this is the one. Kind of funny looking, a little overweight, but solid and dependable. Just like my lovely wife's favorite husband.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe7e90c) out of 5 stars Quick, stainless steel and magnesion durable. Fast adjustments. Jan. 25 2011
By Brian L. Donat - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow! I had seen the grip heads and was debating whether to get one or instead, a ball head. So I ran down to the camera store and checked out all the heads I could,including Giottos and others.

This is a superb head for quick setups, fast positioning changes and ease of use. It is much smaller than my 808RC4 3-way monster head and has back-pressure springs to help keep things positioned. The handle can be reversed for lefties, but that matters not to me.

The 808RC4 serves my needs for an accurately adjustable pan head. And the 327RC2 head compliments this by providing flexible and quick positioning for those times when holding the camera and lighting secure is desired, but that the camera should still be allowed quick angular adjustments to follow subjects. This head allows 90 degree angles up and down, forward and to the left side. Change the camera mount to reverse those angles. Further, the 0x55PROB tripod I own will allow this head to achieve greater angular positioning still.

It's a good head and I'm happy I have it.


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