Manfrotto 327RC2 Lightweight Magnesium Body Joystick Head with Quick Release, Supports 12.1 lb., Black with FREE Additional Mounting Plate

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About Manfrotto 327RC2

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 0.62 lbs (0.28kg) lightweight head has a 5.5 lbs (2.49kg) load capacity.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Attaches firmly (17),Stable (15),Large range of motion (14),Strong clamp (14)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (16),Night shots (10),Wildlife (9),Home (7),Portraits (7),Travel (7),Weddings (4),Sports/action (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (6),Semi-pro photographer (5)

Manfrotto 327RC2 Features

  • 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

Manfrotto 327RC2 Specifications

1/4'' Screw
Attachment (bottom)
3/8"Female thread
Ball Friction Setting
Bubble Spirit Level (no.)
Front Tilt
-90° / +90°
Independent Pan Lock
Lateral Tilt
Load Capacity
Panoramic Rotation
Plate Type
Quick Release
Secondary Safety System
10.1" (256.54mm)
0.62 lbs (0.28kg)
Mfr #

Manfrotto 327RC2 Reviews

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(based on 17 reviews)

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Reviewed by 17 customers


Solid, Sturdy Grip


from Franklin, NC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Secure grip with my D800 and Nikkor 24-70 glass, horizontal and vertical. Smooth rotation and locks tightly in place with no movement. Not as heavy as some reviews had said, at least to me. Nice, natural feel to the grip as well.


Just what I needed.


from Twin Falls, ID  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great functionality and perfect fit to my hand. I had the opportunity at Imaging USA to visit with a Manfrotto rep and they suggested this one would be a good fit for my work and my hands. I am not disappointed. Very pleased with this purchase.


Nice easy to handle


from New York  -  Pro Photographer

My first ever purchase of a tripod head and I needed it to support a a lot of weight (Nikon D3s plus the potential 24-70). It is very smooth and easy to operate. My only problem is that the knob to lossen or tighten the movement is a little obscure and hard to understand unless you stick you head under the handle. Otherwise, it's a great product and works just as I expected it to.


Best tripod head I've ever had!


from Bradfordwoods, PA  -  Pro Photographer

For the price, you'll not find a better tripod ball head. Extremely dependable.


Works as promised


from Central Florida  -  Casual Photographer

I have used it briefly and like the performance of it. simple to use.


Great upgrade


from Elberta, AL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have the model 322rc2 pistol grip which is good but this is great! More ergonomic; a very convenient and quick way to frame and shoot.


quality, quality, quality!


from Melbourne Australia  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a really well made piece of gear. I'm confident it will give me many years of good service. Having the grip to the side of the camera will take a little getting used to but after just one excursion taking macro shots I found it intuitive and simple to use. The balance was fine with my Nikon D7000 and 105mm Micro lens. I would not have thought that a ball head would give me as much confidence in stability as this one has, most impressive!


Not For People with Arthritis


from Texas  -  Photography Student

I purchased this because it was in the group of suggested camera equipment in Bryan Peterson's list on his camera equipment back in July 2011 when I needed help choosing. It is so much better than my father's sixty-plus Fairfax elevator. After seven months, I do like the quick release plates. Currently, I have one on each of my DSLR cameras. I purchased the Blackrapid R-Strap Belt and converter d-ring. So, I can move quickly from tripod to putting it on my Blackrapid. I have found in macro shots, it slips when releasing the joystick if I'm holding the camera with the left and the joystick with the right. To avoid this, I must hold only the joystick when releasing, and that's hard for someone with arthritis. Sometimes, I hold the joystick with both hands and release them that way. It's pretty hard to line up the exact spot wanted, and compose in camera as the experts tell us. Also, once I get the desired composition, I must take care and use a light hand on the camera itself, otherwise the camera moves and it's back to in camera composition. I plan to upgrade.


Allows for precise framing


from Denver Area  -  Photo Enthusiast

Works great for closeuup photography. No problems yet

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Not an improvement over 322RC2


from Edmonds, WA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I also own the older 322RC2. This newer unit is a little lighter, but it is actually longer when extended onto my travel tripod for carrying. My main complaint is that you cannot really flip the grip over to use it with your left hand, so you can operate shutter with right hand. When you flip it over, the squeeze grip faces backward instead of the more natural feeling forward. On the 322RC2 your can flip it, and get the squeeze grip facing forward on either side.

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