Manfrotto Tripod and Head Chooser Pick up the new 804RC2 and you will be amazed at how light this full-featured, lightweight 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. Ergonomics and World Class Design In photography, where image is everything, Manfrotto took this maxim to heart with the 804RC2. A modernized shape plus rounding of many of the traditional hard edges produces 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. 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 and 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 shooting 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 a MagFibre tripod for the ultimate in vibration-free shots.