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| p.1 #11 · Tripod and Monopod Options |
How's the trigger tension on the 322RC2? I used to own the 222RC and it nearly broke my fingers even set to lowest tension. That's the reason I ditched it. I liked the trigger but too painful to use.
Well, as anyone who has encountered one of these 322RC2's will attest, this trigger-release head not is not some finely-machined work of art fetching thrice the price! And for all my pleasure with using it, I try not to tout it as such. My take on what Manfrotto is offering here is a robustly-built solution for those looking for this sort of functionality/action in their tripod/monopod head. And I think they've succeeded.
Now, my disclaimers aside, I'll have to agree with you that the tension-dial mechanism could be more refined. I've found, after playing with it several times over the years, that there is certainly an unpredictability factor to how tight or loose the grip will function based on where one dials/sets the red, um, indicator. I've meant to do a tear-down of this unit to see what is going on inside but have been able to restrain such urges (so far) as I've been concerned that some sort of spring or gear will launch itself into parts unknown should I do so.
I've never had my grip either bite or pinch me (as I've read elsewhere) and, as I'm handling the unit before me right now, I'm confused to understand how that might actually occur. As for needing to lower the tension to where it won't hurt your fingers, I'll have to confess, again, to some confusion. From my experience there is enough adjustability (though not precisely repeatable) to allow for what I feel should cover a wide variety of both user strength and enough grip/ballhead-tension to properly hold one's gear securely. What I'm thinking would be an ideal solution is having two independent tension adjustments for a unit like this...one for the trigger and one for the ballhead tension.
Now, having said all that, I'm 6-foot-even and top the scales in the low 200s and have always worked with my hands. And I've shaken a lot of hands over the years and have heard some folks say I've got a "bear grip" and I have had to laugh...I've shaken some fella's hands that were as rough and firm as a foot and I know I don't even come close to having a bear paw! Ha! So, and with no intention at being insulting, there is a bit of subjectiveness here that I'll acknowledge...I just had my girlfriend (5-foot-6 and weighing a lot less than I) try using this trigger-head (set to a tension I find okeedoke) and she, as expected, finds it a bit more difficult and uncomfortable to both squeeze the trigger and to twist and turn the head through its range of motions than I. So this may not be the solution for everyone! (Ergo, my suggestion to "try before you buy.")
Anyhoo, that's all I've got...hope this helps!