Reviews and Problems with Manfrotto Manfrotto/Bogen 322RC2 GRIP ACTION BALL HEAD
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Nice, but I returned it
tom, Eagle Optics
26 June 2013
Summary: I have the older, vertical version of this, and it works great, I use it all the time. I thought the horizontal version would make more sense, keep the camera lower, easier to rotate. But there appears to be some slack in it that I couldn't work out: I think it's related to the tapered slot (attachment to the ball). So when you squeeze the trigger there's a wobble to it before you pan; the vertical one doesn't do that, it has a parallel slot.
Summary: I purchased the Manfrotto Action Grip Tripod head to use mainly for photography. I wasn't sure if this tripod head would work with my digiscope set up due to the weight of the spotting scope. I've tested it out and luckily it works very well. I think it is primarily due to the friction dial. You can pan, swivel and even point the scope to the tops of the canopy.
Summary: This is a great ball head. It does have a few minor quirks. For example when attaching large, heavy telephotos as instructed, the bubble level cannot be seen. And, this is certainly not one of the lightest ball heads around. Still, the item is very solid with great ergonomic design. Everything I’ve come to expect from Manfrotto—great quality at a fair price.
Pros: durable. great design.
Cons: bubble level cannot be seen when using some very large telephoto lenses. A little heavy.
Summary: This is a great product. I was impressed with the quality. Besides that, the design makes it very easy to adjust to create perfect framing. I also ordered the electronic shutter release. I have yet to use that, but think it is a great concept and will prove to help me to shoot much more efficiently when using my tripod. I paired this head with the 3001bpro legs and think it will be a great combo.
Summary: I am not as impressed with this as I thought I would be. I liked it ok when it was holding my camera and lens only, but add the weigh and height of the flash and bracket and it is very hard to use (my equipment totals 6 lbs this ballhead claims to support 13.2). I have a lot of trouble trying to get it level. It claims to be easy to use with one hand. Maybe for a strong man, but I do not have the forearm strength to control everything with one hand.
Pros: well made
Cons: Hard to get camera level,harder to use than I thought. Hard to control when camera, flash, bracket are all on the tripod.
Summary: This Bogen / manfrotto 322RC2 GRIP ACTION BALL HEAD is good for outdoor photography. With fast action grip, you can virtually go to any direction without worry to fasten the ballhead. The leveler help a lot. Can be set for left hand, right hand and vertigal grip.
Summary: Just got this ball head and have used it so far to do macro photography. Love the eazy positioning feature. Framing the obj. just right is a no brainer. Able to be switched from right to left hand grip will surely accomodate the "lefty" photog, but is not a big deal for me. It also allows conversion to vertical position with no fuss.
Pros: Light weight, quick release, quick and easy positioning of the attached camera.
Summary: The 322RC2 is the most flexible grip ball head. It can be mounted in three positions: left handed, right handed or vertically. I'm using it vertically right now because it's more convenient and more accurate. It's rated to support 5 lbs when mounted vertically. It handles my digital rebel XT, Kenko 2x tele-converter, 28-135 IS lens with big zoom rubber hood, and 420ex flash without any problem. It stays wherever I point it to.