Engineered specifically for fast action photography, the Manfrotto 322RC2 is theideal solution for sports coverage, fashion shoots, journalism, birdwatching, nature photography and virtually every other photographic application. In addition, the versatile 322RC2 can be used with a variety of cameras, including digital SLRs and traditional film cameras from 35mm to medium format
The highlight of the 322RC2 is the Quick Action Hand Grip that allows the photographer to simultaneously unlock the head and rapidly readjust the camera just in time to get the perfect shot. Once the grip is released, the camera stays locked in position without the hassle of tightening knobs or locking levers. For situations where the photographer must alternate from tripod mountedto hand-held shooting, the 322RC2 is easily removed with the quick release lever, once again putting a premium on speed and versatility.
Constructed of high-tech magnesium, the 322RC2 is extremely lightweight, yet durable enough to accommodate an 11lb payload. With theability to rotate 360° around the vertical axis and +/-90° lateral tilt as well as the ease of finding the horizon with a built in bubble spirit level, the 322RC2 offers the precision and control of a standard tripod/ball head combo without sacrificing any speed or reaction time. With the optional 322RS electronic shutter release, the photographer won't even have to take his or her eye from the viewfinder. The camera can be adjusted and the shot executed all with one motion and one hand
The Manfrotto 322RC2 is commonly used for Home, Landscape/scenery, Long exposures, Night shots, Photography, Portraits, Reducing noise (ISO reduction), Sports/action, Stabilization, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Manfrotto 322RC2 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Professional, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Manfrotto 322RC2 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Manfrotto 322RC2: Attaches firmly, Easy to use, Large range of motion, Stable and Strong clamp
Most Liked Positive Review
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it's not the best ballhead made - look to Really Right Stuff and other manufacturers for that - but as ballheads in this price range go, this is a great one. one person said it's heavy; it's not. it's magnesium and a perfect complement to a carbon-fiber tripod...weighs much less than some heads i've tried. i've been using this head for about two years now and have never had a complaint about its weight. another person said it can't handle heavy rigs, but - as long as the tension control is se...View full Review
it's not the best ballhead made - look to Really Right Stuff and other manufacturers for that - but as ballheads in this price range go, this is a great one. one person said it's heavy; it's not. it's magnesium and a perfect complement to a carbon-fiber tripod...weighs much less than some heads i've tried. i've been using this head for about two years now and have never had a complaint about its weight. another person said it can't handle heavy rigs, but - as long as the tension control is set tight enough - it keeps my D2x nice and stable with my 70-200 VR attached, which is a total weight of around six pounds. i'm sure it couldn't be used with a *really* massive lens - it is only rated for 11 pounds, after all - but it works well for a lot of common shooting situations. i never thought i'd like any ball head, but i love this one. my Girlfriend likes it too, and She's ultra-picky. ;) my only complaint is its limited range of movement: the same handle that makes this head such a joy to use prevents the camera from dropping more than a few degrees to the right, which can be a limitation sometimes. it drops the full 90 degrees to the left, and maybe a little more, but if you want to rotate your camera to the right for any reason, you're pretty much out of luck with this head unless you use the vertical-grip setup that i personally find awkward and that also reduces the head's weight limit to about five pounds. that complaint aside, though, i really like this head. i did a bit of headhunting (ark ark) before and was never really satisfied until i found this head, which hasn't come off my tripod since i put it on about two years ago, and won't until i can afford a Really Right Stuff BH-55.
Most Liked Negative Review
Not the one for me
Just received the head and I'm sending it back. When in a vertical position, the head allows only a small tilt forward and back. I take a lot of vertical shots in my portrait work and I see this as a major drawback. Also had trouble customizing the position of the camera plate. If you are considering this head, I highly suggest trying one out first.
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This grip action ball head is the best camera head I have ever used, so much I purchased a second one for my wife's tripod. Manfrotto equipment has always been very good quality. I highly recommend this to anyone who does a lot of move and shoot.
After tightening, movement is not smooth and difficult move the camera. Maybe if your kit is 8+ pound this is for you. I went with Manfrotto 324RC2 as I did not need more than 5 pound support.
Love this Tripod head. Have an old version on another tripod and needed another for the new tripod (one West Coast, one East Coast). Easy to use and love I can do it all with one hand. Also I am lefthanded and it is easy to make it left or right handed.
I am a relatively novice photographer, so I cannot offer my expert opinion as it relates to the world of ballheads. However, I found this very easy to use as a beginner. I enjoyed the abililty to control the rotation sensitivity, and it provides a great amount of precision. I would definitely recommend this product to a friend.
I use this with my Canon macro lens. The only limitation is that it only allows 180 degree motion. So if it's configured to shoot down, you have to undo everything and remount to have it shoot up. This is inconvenient, but the light weight makes up for it.
This head is simply fantastic. The range of motion is superb and if you don't get it, you change the fixation angle to the camera. It only gets stuck at times, but i suppose it is due to the strong grip it has. Overall a very good buy.
After reading other reviews on this item, I decided that it sounded like the best item for me. Very happy with my choice. It is so easy to use. Was a little hesitant because a couple reviews made it sound like it was difficult to squeeze the grip to make it work, and I sometimes have difficulty with hand stenghth. No problem though. Such a pleasure to use after the irritation of the last camera mount on a tripod that I had. Never could remember which knob to release, which handle made it go up or down, or which thing to move to make it go vertical. No more problems that way. I love it.
I used this ball head while doing macro water drop collisions, and I found it difficult to line up and difficult to maneuver. I would get everything lined up the way I wanted for the shots and carefully let go and the camera would ALWAYS move on me. I got so annoyed I wrote the company and got some nonsense question in return and then they dropped the issue. The camera I am using is a Canon 50D, with a 100mm lens. So, now I am in the market for a strong ball head that will hold my camera without moving on its own when I release it. Good luck with this, I will gladly sell you mine..... dirt cheap!!
Thought this was exactly what I needed - but it would loosen up on the post and bind up when trying to take shots pointed down. It is for sale now! Replaced it with RRS and love it!
quick release works great. the drag dial lets you decrease or increase resistance to fit your feel. the clamp holds your camera tight