Manfrotto 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with Quick Release - Supports 17.6 lbs

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About Manfrotto 808RC4

DOUBLE AXIS SPRING SYSTEM
Features the new Double Axis Spring System, which consists of a built-in 3.30 lbspring for both the front tilt and side tilt movements. This innovative solution, borrowed from the video industry, helps to move the camera smoothly while framing the picture, as it helps to balance some of the camera weight. In addition, it absorbs the shock to bodies and lenses when reaching the end stop of the head movement. If you are using an extremely lightweight camera system, you can simply turn off one or both springs by the 2 separate control knobs.

DESIGN
In photography, image is everything and Manfrotto kept this in mind with the 808RC4. Manfrotto modernized the overall shape and rounded many of the hard edges to produce a fresh and elegant product. The new handles are designed to fit comfortably in your hand, even taking into consideration the size of your fingers. We are also using a new coating on our quick-release lever that is more durable and scratch resistant.

This model replaces The 329RC4 Model

The Manfrotto 808RC4 is commonly used for Home, Landscape/scenery, Long exposures, Night shots, Photography, Portraits, Reducing noise (ISO reduction), Sports/action, Stabilization, Video, Wildlife and more.The Manfrotto 808RC4 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Manfrotto 808RC4 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Manfrotto 808RC4: Attaches firmly, Large range of motion, Stable and Strong clamp

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Stable (17),Attaches firmly (16),Large range of motion (16),Strong clamp (12)
Cons:
Heavy (7)
Best Uses:
Portraits (13),Stabilization (12),Long exposures (11),Photography (11),Landscape/scenery (8),Night shots (7),Wildlife (6),Home (5),Reducing noise (ISO reduction) (4),Sports/action (4),Video (4),Travel (3) Weddings (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (6),Semi-pro photographer (5),Enthusiast (4),Pro photographer (3)

Manfrotto 808RC4 Features

  • Ergonomic design handles for superior grip
  • On/Off selector for balance spring Side Tilt & Front Tilt Movement
  • Safety Spring

Manfrotto 808RC4 Specifications

Max. load Capacity
16.5 LBS
Head height
6.14"
Quick Release
Yes
Spirit Level
Yes
Female Thread size (Connect to Tripod)
3/8"
Weight
3.02 lbs
Mfr #
808RC4
SKU
BG808RC4

Manfrotto 808RC4 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

One Heavy Duty Convenient Head!

What can I say, the best heavy duty rigid Locking, and I mean it LOCKS, around? There's enough spirit levels on this thing, as even a pro can get lost in composition and regret it later. Not too many of us will admit it. There is no such thing as too rigid. You will never know how good your glass is until it is dead still. I do landscapes on this head with a medium format film camera, often with the lens stopped down to f32 or smaller. I often sell 30" x 40" prints, and things just have to be...

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What can I say, the best heavy duty rigid Locking, and I mean it LOCKS, around? There's enough spirit levels on this thing, as even a pro can get lost in composition and regret it later. Not too many of us will admit it. There is no such thing as too rigid. You will never know how good your glass is until it is dead still. I do landscapes on this head with a medium format film camera, often with the lens stopped down to f32 or smaller. I often sell 30" x 40" prints, and things just have to be dead still plus the head cannot slip (that's what happens when you try to save money and weight). For you serious amateurs and enthusiasts, yes thousands of dollars have been sold in prints doing things the right way. Just a friendly note to you guys this is the way to go! I'm replacing an underrated junior head with this and fell in love with the lack of hassle and ease of use. I cannot stress the point enough that if you love photography, buy smart and rigid. Some of my setups with camera, lens and sometimes flash can exceed 10 lbs. Don't hesitate to buy this for 35mm or digital either. The purpose of the review is to point out the head. Personally I shoot fine grain professional medium format film, and the comparison in digital terms of the size of the negative vs. grain and digital cannot coincide in detail. Pro film can easily yield an equivalent to 60 mega-pixels or greater on medium format, and there are no digital gradation steps. So much for the lecture, the detail is in the details and this head is that good, period. I use this head on the 055XWNB Legs, and have no regrets whatsoever. I use 35mm and digital when appropriate, and on this setup. The spring stabilizer release feature with the much lighter cameras is very useful in the "Portrait" position flipped on the side (the springs are strong, and it helps or hinders depending). If you need a head that folds very compact, this might not be the best choice for travel. In that case, the compact geared heads are as compact as you can get, I have the the 410, and the 405 would be your best bets. However for the purist, this is the ONE. And if you wonder about the quick release, don't even worry, please. I trust over 10 grand in the back and the lenses on mine. It won't fall off, you have to press a secondary lever to release, and its not accidental. Buy extra plates if you have more than one camera, you will be stoked on how quick you can setup.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Well-made except for one thing

This tripod head is reasonable well made, offers smooth motion, and the built-in level is great. My issue is with the plate that attaches to the base of your camera and then locks onto the head of the tripod. The screw that connects the plate to the camera uses a screw that can't be hand-tightened, only by using a coin (or maybe you have really strong fingernails. I don't.) My Manfrotto Monopod uses a screw with a trapezoidal wire extending from it that can be folded up for tightening and the...

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This tripod head is reasonable well made, offers smooth motion, and the built-in level is great. My issue is with the plate that attaches to the base of your camera and then locks onto the head of the tripod. The screw that connects the plate to the camera uses a screw that can't be hand-tightened, only by using a coin (or maybe you have really strong fingernails. I don't.) My Manfrotto Monopod uses a screw with a trapezoidal wire extending from it that can be folded up for tightening and then folded flat against the plate. This head does not. Good thing I own a machine shop; I had one of the machinists re-work the screw and then I machined the excess material in the plate to accommodate the larger piece and now it works well. But if you don't have this in-house capability you may struggle when attaching the camera to the tripod. Or just make sure you always have change in your pockets.

Reviewed by 22 customers

 
5.0

Solid

By

from CT  -  Semi-pro Photographer

A very good head for the price.Very well made and smooth to use. Ideal for the larger DSLR and big lens combo.. It was bought to replace an older 141RC which saw very heavy use for over ten years in all weather. Actually returned the 808 as it was much heavier and bulkier than the 141 a tad overkill for my set up. Bought a used 141 In great condition and anticipate many years of use from it.

 
5.0

Awesome Head for Photos & Video

By

from Montana  -  Casual Photographer

This head is awesome. I love the smooth panning and the amount of angles I can get.

 
5.0

Can't get any better!

By

from Johnson City, TN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this for every possible application that a tripod is needed for.

 
5.0

Great 3 way head for large format

By

from Monroe, GA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The 3 way works much better for me with my large format and RB67 than my ball head. This 3 way is more stable and easier to make adjustments with these heavy cameras.

 
4.0

Perfect for my needs

By

from Monroe, GA  -  Photo Enthusiast

My ball head just didn't work when I got my 4x5 monorail camera. I quickly learned that when using a large format camera you need to be able to adjust one plane of movement separately from the other two. I decided to try a 3 way head and this one is a good value for the money. Built solid and works smoothly. It certainly makes making the adjustments to one plane at a time MUCH easier than my ball head. My only complaint so far is the rubber pad on the quick release is a bit "squirmy" when tightened snugly onto the camera. Of course I would like for it to be lighter but for the money I think the 808RC4 is a lot of bang for the buck.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Well-made except for one thing

By

from Stockton, NJ  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This tripod head is reasonable well made, offers smooth motion, and the built-in level is great. My issue is with the plate that attaches to the base of your camera and then locks onto the head of the tripod. The screw that connects the plate to the camera uses a screw that can't be hand-tightened, only by using a coin (or maybe you have really strong fingernails. I don't.) My Manfrotto Monopod uses a screw with a trapezoidal wire extending from it that can be folded up for tightening and then folded flat against the plate. This head does not. Good thing I own a machine shop; I had one of the machinists re-work the screw and then I machined the excess material in the plate to accommodate the larger piece and now it works well. But if you don't have this in-house capability you may struggle when attaching the camera to the tripod. Or just make sure you always have change in your pockets.

 
4.0

I would buy this again

By

from Akron, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

Not very complicated to use. Smooth motion. The longer handles make it a little combersom for a tripod bag.

 
4.0

Great Video Head for the Price

By

from Jackson Hole, WY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a pretty unbeatable head for video for the price. There's a good balance of resistance and smooth flow to pan and tilt, but it takes a bit of practice to learn exactly where that balance is. Otherwise it'll pick up slight jerks in your movement. Once you learn where that specific tightness is though, you can get some really great pans and tilts from it. As mentioned, it's a great deal!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Disapointed with the Buble level

By

from Doha, Qatar  -  Casual Photographer

I am disappointed that the buble level is not level. I set the buble right between the two lines but the camera is out of Horizontal plane.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

First class performance!

By

from Syracuse, NY  -  Pro Photographer

This superb head gives first class performance paired with a serious tripod. It takes some practice to become skillful in it's use, but there is no doubt that it will remove any excuse one might give for producing less than excellent photos under windy, unstable, field, mountain and forest conditions! I purchased it after being disappointed with lighter supports for my work. Now I am simply stunned with the improved quality of my work. There is no substitute for having equipment that truly supports your creative vision. Go for it!

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
THOMAS K  Great head for controlling movement in all directions. Holds camera solidly. Only complaint is that you need a screwdriver or quarter to attach the plate to your camera.
Shopper  work for straight down shots?
HARRY F  I use it with a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod which has a center post that easily positions itself horizontally. Put it in the horizontal position and attach this pan/tilt head and camera. You will be able to capture images directly from above. While this head is capable of giving you "almost down" shots from above they will not do it perfectly without moving the tripod center post. It takes a few seconds to reposition the pole but you can extend the length to place the subject away from intruding tripod legs or the tops of your shoes that can otherwise show up unexpectedly. Balance is everything no matter what combo you use. This pro equipment is heavy and built like a tank, but with it you will have no excuses for taking anything but stunning shots. I do a lot of macro work both out in the field and in the studio and find this particular combination of tripod and head to be invaluable for doing the kind of "overhead work " you may be interested in.
Shopper  Would this work well with a Nikon V1? And does it come with a mounting plate?
BRANDON J  Complete overkill for a V1. This thing alone is 2-3 times the size and weight of that camera. I bought this a while ago when I first picked up photography semi-seriously... I think I used it twice before I shelved it and bought a simple ball head. Unless you have a specific need for this, I wouldn't recommend it for your V1
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