Weighing in at a full pound lighter than the 3130, the 700RC2 is a light delight. Almost as simple and foolproof as its bigger cousin, the 700RC2 and comes with a quick-release plate and plate safety-release knob that makes it almost impossible for the plate to detach from the head. Despite the weight advantages, most users agree that the head does not pan quite as smoothly as the 3130 (the adjustments are slightly less forgiving). But a full pound lighter! And at a lower price!
Considerations: The Vortex Razor HD 65mm and 85mm scopes will fit in this head without the quick-release plate. Note 2: The safety-release knob can bend or shear if your tripod is packed in your luggage and handlers are brutal. Pack carefully or remove the knob before packing.