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(based on 26 ratings)
Brand: Bogen Imaging
Located in: Tripods, Quick Release Systems & Plates
Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299)
Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.8 stars
(based on 26 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Attaches firmly(26), Large range of motion(6), Stable(25), Strong clamp(19)
Cons:
Heavy(3)
Best Uses:
Home(5), Landscape/scenery(6), Long exposures(6), Night shots(6), Photography(4)
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast(5), Photo enthusiast(4), Professional(5), Semi-pro photographer(8)
Was this a gift?:
No(6)
 
Makes life easier!
By deerguyVerified Purchaser from Vancouver, WA. on 2/6/2011
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, easy to use, Quick release
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
All the time wtripod
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

The Quick Release is wonderful for getting the camera on and off of the tripod with ease. No more trouble with trying to screw the camera to the tripod, just instantly on and off!

 
Great addition to a monopod
By GregVerified Reviewer from Austin, TX on 2/5/2011
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Strong Clamp
Best Uses:
Sports/Action
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

Added this with a Manfrotto monopod tilt head to a monopod. What a great setup! Can quickly switch between my matching tripod and monopod without unscrewing the plate from my camera. Very solid construction. The female receiver underneath is setup to receive either the smaller size screw like the camera tripod receiver, or the larger size screw from a Manfrotto headless tripod.

 
Back Again
By RatsheVerified Purchaser from Lake Ann on 1/12/2011
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Just added one more, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp, System approach to proble
Best Uses:
Home, Landscape/Scenery, Night Shots, Portraits, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

Just added another to photo spread. Every new piece of gear purchased will require the purchase of one to incorporate it into a systems approach to setting up camera gear. This system is a very inexpensive quick-connect system which saves a lot of time setting up and taking down shots. I have very pleased how on how it performs. Don't shot without using them!

 
One of the Standards in the industry
By Nevada ChuckVerified Purchaser from Fernley, NV on 1/12/2011
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Strong Clamp
Best Uses:
Home, Landscape/Scenery, Night Shots, Portraits, Travel, Wildlife
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

A great little device for a tinkering project. I put this plate and connector to use on a homemade mount to support the weight of a largish mirror lens that didn't come with a collar, and it worked out perfectly. This is the third one of these handy little gizmos that I've bought over the years, so I guess that's a pretty good indicator of what I think of them.

 
Solid mount
By tag0707Verified Purchaser from PC, Florida on 11/8/2010
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

Works great. SOOOOO much better than spinning everything around to attach and detach. Get one. You will probably get more.

 
Love Manfrotto A+ build and Quality!
By EzutguyVerified Purchaser from Utah on 11/4/2010
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
Best Uses:
Camera Clamp, Home, Landscape/Scenery, Night Shots, Portraits, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

I own three of these and the Quality is a 10+! and whats cool about buying these is I use them to convert odd tripod plates to Manfrotto 3157N/200PL as my standard, so i can use any cam on any pod or jig without changing plates on the cams. The 1/4-20 plate to camera screw on any odd tripod plate fits the bottom of this quick release mount. So an off brand tripod head or jig can have a Manfrotto plate connected to it! My plate on my cameras stay on all the time and I never have to worry about mounting when I'm switching from my pods and jigs. GREAT TOOL!

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Great Manfrotto product
By JordanRiverVerified Reviewer from Big Bear, CA on 10/18/2010
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Strong Clamp
Best Uses:
Home, Landscape/Scenery, Night Shots, Portraits, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

Simple product. Simple Review. Its a Manfrotto so its solid, stable, and exactly what you need it to be.

 
Rock Solid!
By EzutguyVerified Reviewer from Utah on 10/11/2010
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Strong Clamp
Cons:
None
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

Rock solid! Very strong clamp! No slip rubber pad that WORKS! Like all Manfrotto equipment, this is precision built with strong materials made to last. I'm pretty sure they all come in all black construction now, i just bought two and both were all black quick release parts and all black and dark grey plate. (That light grey color pictured is the old school Manfrotto paint sceam)

 
Great quick connect
By FotoFunVerified Purchaser from Ft Worth, TX on 4/12/2010
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Strong Clamp
Best Uses:
Home, Landscape/Scenery, Night Shots, Portraits, Sports/Action
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

I use these on everything I have. I have used them on on accessory trays, lights, etc.

 
Perfect, I have several of these
By dickdxVerified Purchaser from Norwood MA on 3/22/2010
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Strong Clamp
Cons:
Heavy, Small Range
Best Uses:
Sports/Action, Travel, Wildlife
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

attach and remove quick and simple

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Systems approach to a common problem
By RatsheVerified Purchaser from Lake Ann, MI on 2/21/2010
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Compact profile, Good Stability, Inexpensive, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery, Night Shots, Portraits, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

I have installed one on every tripod that I own and ordered extra plates so I have a plate on every camera that I own. It saves lots of time setting up and tearing down on shots. I just unfold the tripod, open the camera bag, pull out the camera and snap the camera on, than I am set to adjust the camera for the shot. It is very fast, shure and solid which increases speed in accurate setups and focusing. I use the system on everything from 4x5 view down to 35mm and digital systems. I don't shoot without it. This has been a lifesaver - only regret is that I have not done it sooner!

 
Great! Makes switching cameras a snap.
By BudVerified Purchaser from Seattle, WA on 5/28/2009
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Strong Clamp
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

I also attached one to my bracket so I can mount the camera, flash and bracket to my tri-pod.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
This is a great rapid connect system
By normana53Verified Purchaser from Bothell, WA on 5/27/2009
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Quick and easy to use, Strong Clamp
Best Uses:
Long Exposures, Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

I use the RC2 compact rapid connector on my cameras and for our two spotting scopes. We travel outside the country and size and weight are big considerations in what we take. The bogen RC2 is lightweight yet sturdy, holds cameras with heavy telephoto lenses firmly, and makes it easy to pop on and off my tripod, monopod or window mount. I wouldn't leave home without this connector.

 
Works as Adverised
By Sensei DadVerified Purchaser from NY, NY on 1/21/2009
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
Cons:
Added Height, Heavy
Best Uses:
Flexible mounts
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

The most useful feature is the flexibility I have in mounting cameras to different setups. I can Change out a camera or support in a couple of seconds. I also use it to attach a neck strap - perfect position when not in use and I also have flash brackets fitted so that I can mount camera there as well.

 
good price good product, works fine
By SirkeysVerified Purchaser from Weston, FL on 12/29/2008
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Strong Clamp
Best Uses:
Long Exposures, Photography, Portraits, Reducing Noise (ISO Reduction), Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

I use it for stabilization of telephoto shots & low light.
Would be nice to have a bubble level built in.

 
SMALL RAPID CONNECT
By HOPFROGVerified Purchaser from NY on 12/29/2008
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

very small and adds usefulness to your manfrotto connector on monpods and other devices.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Price, Quality Made, Works Perfect
By RayVerified Purchaser from Winter Park, FL on 8/6/2008
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

I can switch my video camera from Tripod to Monopod quickly and feel confident that my camera is secure.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
All good!
By DougVerified Purchaser from Houston TX on 7/11/2008
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

Works great

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excellent quality; reasonable price.
By Blinky the SharkVerified Reviewer from North Hollywood CA on 5/9/2008
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Strong Clamp
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

I tried to save a buck with a couple of adapters/plates that cost about half of this product's very reasonabe price. The action was horribly unsmooth and the attachment between the plate and the adapter was not tight. This one is made of much better materials, its action and fit are crisp, precise and secure. A great value, in my opinion.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Saves a lot of time
By pbVerified Purchaser from Denmark on 3/8/2008
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability
Cons:
None I can find
Best Uses:
Long Exposures, Photography, With any trimonopod
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

Working with monopods or tripods I wouldn't be without one or two or even more

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Better Than Expected
By emruVerified Purchaser from Boca Raton, Florida on 9/26/2007
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability
Best Uses:
Long Exposures, Photography, Portraits, Reducing Noise (ISO Reduction), Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

Works better than advertised.

[1 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
Works as expected, but ...
By hgernhardtjrVerified Purchaser from Parkersburg, WV on 9/26/2007
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability
Cons:
Read my comment
Best Uses:
On my chest-pod
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

My only disappointment was that exactly the same "look-alike plates" coming with and fitting various web-vendor's tripods or monopods DO NOT FIT. I had hoped to be able to use the plates that fit and came with my graphite monopod and tripods on this adapter mounted to my Novoflex chest-pod but no such luck. Oh well!

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excellent
By cphotoVerified Purchaser from provo, ut on 9/26/2007
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Strong Clamp
Best Uses:
Long Exposures, Portraits, Reducing Noise (ISO Reduction)
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

This works just like it says easily attaches to 1/4 or 3/8 stud I especially like the autolocking feature. If it is enabled once you use the quick realease to secure your camera it can't accidently be unlatched

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
excellent
By RAH from Hampton, NH on 7/4/2007
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Strong Clamp
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

[...] I have a large number of 3157N plates (the standard RC2 plate), and they ALL work fine with this adapter, which is the whole point! This adapter is a fine way to add the RC2 quick-release system to any 3/8 or 1/4 screw. Very nice.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Simplest low-cost quick release system.
By ashtangakashaVerified Purchaser from middle US on 5/8/2007
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Low Cost, Strong Clamp, Versatile
Best Uses:
Long Exposures, One release many tripods, Reducing Noise (ISO Reduction), Stabilization, Telephoto lenses
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

Although there are many fancier quick-release systems, the RC2 is strong, small, secure, low-profile, and reliable. And inexpensive. Several Bogen/Manfrotto tripod heads use the 3157N plate which is part of the RC2 system. I also use it on top of their larger plate so that I can quickly move my workhorse camera from one support to another. The security latch is a very important feature, as it prevents accidental release of the camera.

[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
quick release plate set for tripods
By MikeVerified Purchaser from Aloha, Oregon on 2/12/2007
Pros:
Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Great concept
Cons:
Lack of interchangability
Best Uses:
Photography, Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Casual user, Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Bogen Imaging Bogen - Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate (#3299):

mount is good. base plate won't accept any of my OTHER 3157 QR Mounts, making this a useless quick swap mount. the side notches are a nuisance - and I don't really want to have to grind my other 4 mounts to fit this unit. Overall, for multiple cameras this is poor. single purpose - one camera, then really nice QR mount for an older tripod

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