Manfrotto 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with Quick Release - Supports 8.8 lbs


About Manfrotto 804RC2

Lightweight and Counter-Balance
Pick up the new 804RC2 and you will be amazed at how light this full-featured, light-weight head can be.

Compared to the old 3030, the 804RC2 is 20% lighter! This weight savings is due to a new material called Adapto* specifically developed by Manfrotto for the use with high-end, professional imaging equipment

Ergonics + World Calss Design
In photography, where image is everything, Manfrotto took this maxim to heart with the 804RC2. A modernized ll shape plus rounding of many of the traditional hard edges produced a fresh and elegant head. The new handles are designed to fit comfortably in your hand even taking into consideration your fingers. There's even a new coating on the quick-release lever that is more durable and scratch resistant than ever

Safety Spring
The 804RC2 head is also the first head in the world to use a counter spring system to help protect your equipment. Built into the forward/back tilt axis a fixed spring helps to absorb the shock of the full camera weight from crashing down. The spring also makes it easier to position the camera on this axis since it oppses some of the camera weight. For example, without the spring, if you are using a telephoto lens and tilt forward using a standard head, your arm needs to work hard to counteract the weight of the camera + lens. But, with the 804RC2's built-in spring, the head is actually doing most of the counter work for you thereby helping you to easily set the camera in shotting position.

This head is a replacement for the 3029 & 3030.

*Adapto is a special technical polymer that is comparable to aluminum in strength but is 50% lighter. Compared to metals such as aluminum Adapto is an ideal material for photo imaging equipment as it has superb resistance to extreme temperatures and will not corrode or oxidize. Additionally, Adapto is an excellent vibration absorbing material making the 804RC2 head an ideal companion to aMagFibre tripod for the ultimate in vibration free shots.

The Manfrotto 804RC2 is commonly used for Home, Landscape/scenery, Long exposures, Night shots, Photography, Portraits, Reducing noise (ISO reduction), Stabilization, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Manfrotto 804RC2 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Manfrotto 804RC2 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Manfrotto 804RC2: Attaches firmly, Easy to use, Fits well, Improves tripod function, Large range of motion, Solid/sturdy, Stable and Strong clamp

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Attaches firmly (20),Stable (20),Strong clamp (19),Easy to use (18),Improves tripod function (18),Solid/sturdy (18),Fits well (17),Large range of motion (17),Lightweight (3)
Heavy (6)
Best Uses:
Portraits (26),Long exposures (24),Photography (22),Stabilization (20),Landscape/scenery (17),Night shots (14),Travel (8),Weddings (8),Wildlife (7),Reducing noise (ISO reduction) (5),Video (5),Home (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (16),Enthusiast (10),Semi-pro photographer (8),Pro photographer (4),Beginner (3),Professional (3)

Manfrotto 804RC2 Specifications

Max. load Capacity
8.8 lbs
Head height
Quick Release
Spirit Level
Female Thread size (Connect to Tripod)
1.7 lbs
Pan 360°
-30° +90° Frontal Tilt, -90° +30° Lateral Tilt

Manfrotto 804RC2 Reviews

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(based on 49 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


very good product! worth the money!

I use it for my portrait work. It has great range and holds its position very well. Bogen users can rely on the quality to be par (in a good way).


Most Liked Negative Review


Good BUT tight w/ 5D and 80-200 lens

When using with my Canon 5D and 80-200 lens, the mount is too close to the grip. The camera must be in vertical position just to mount the lens into the head. I know my hand is going to hurt after I rotate too much too fast. I can't fit a finger between them. I wish I had known this.

Reviewed by 49 customers




from pa  -  Photography Student



Great professional piece of equipment!


from Boston, Ma  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a great tripod head... it is everything i need/want. the only thing i would say "negative" about it is that is it a little heavy. Overall it gets the job done and i enjoy using it on location and can easily travel with it.


well worth the price


from Ellensburg, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

The tripod I origionally purchased came with a ball type mount , this worked OK with non telephoto lenses, but as soon as I bought a heavier-quality zoom, getting it to stay fixed became a problem. This mount cured that right away. Additionally it mounted as if it came with the tripod. I can't recall what I paid, it wasn't a great deal and that adds to my satifaction.


Just what I was looking for.


from Paso Robles, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I enjoy product and architectural interior photography. I replaced my ball head with this head on on my 055xprob. This head provides a firm base, orients easily to the settings I look for, and locks down firmly with my T2i. This is a great addition to my photography equipment.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Received Used Item


from San Diego  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I know it's not entirely fair to review a product like this, but I'm pretty upset. When I pay for a new item, I expect a new item. Both my the tripod legs (190XPROB), and this head arrived previously used. The head was partially assembled, and the tripod was dirty! Even if the item was previously purchased and returned via the 30day MBG, it's *still* a used item and should not be shipped out as if new. When I buy a new product, I pay a premium. When I'm sent a used item instead, it's like being "ripped off" since I would have payed substantially less on the previously-used market. I have made a few other purchases at Adorama, and they've been great. The only thing is, receiving the tripod legs and head separately, with both being used, reflects badly on Adorama.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Nice Head


from PA  -  Pro Photographer

This head is absolutely incompatible with the Canon 5 D MARK III with Power Grip and the 70-200MM F/2.8L IS "II" USM or similar lens and Power Grip Combo as the tripod Mount on the lens does not allow the plate to lock down because the plates lock is jammed against the Grips surface and neither will move, so unless you want to take a Dremel tool to your new gear buy the 808rc4 wich i believe will remedy the problem.


Works well, good replcement for old head


from North of Chicago, IL  -  Photo Enthusiast

the customer service in ordering this product was fabulous what do it all over again just based on that

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Tripod Head


from Savannah, GA  -  Pro Photographer

Very happy with this purchase.


Great product


from Cape cod ,ma  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Loved this tripod head




from Florida  -  Pro Photographer

I bought a Manfrotto 190XB 3 Section Black Aluminum, great combination, excelent price


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Questions about this item:

Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
ALLAN G  Because I didn't know enough to choose a ball head!
Dan D  Will this mount onto a Manfrotto 2909 clamp to be used on a handlebar application?
JOHN A  As far as I know. If the mount is 3/8" thread size, it should work. that is the size of the Manfrotto tripod mount thread size.
Shopper  Can you remove the knobs?
ZACH S  Yes. You can remove the 3 threaded knobs. In fact I need to remove the larger one in order to fit it into my tripod bag.
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