Manfrotto 501HDV,546BK Video Kit with 501HDV Head and 546B Tripod - Black
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- Classic twin leg design
- Silky smooth video head
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|Package Height||10.47 x 10.63 x 38.19 inches|
|Shipping Weight||17.06 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
I'll begin with the head, the 501HDV. The head is fully adjustable, featuring both pan and tilt locks and tension adjustments. If you need to do a slower pan or tilt, simply increase the friction, and the head requires a little more force to move. There is absolutely zero play in the head. All movements are extremely smooth.
The 546B sticks are as impressive as the head. The spreader is removable, as are the feet. If you are raising the top section of the legs, the footprint stays the same, making it easy for a single person even, to raise or lower the tripod. The only trouble I've had with these legs is the locks have been loose a couple of times recently, but this can be fixed with a hex wrench small adjustment. But this is part of the beauty of these sticks - how you can tighten them up on your own.
The bag is excellent, it's rugged and it looks really professional carrying it around. The kit altogether is very lightweight. It's not carbon fiber, but you'll be surprised just how light it is. Often, I lift it, video camera attached, with one hand to move it. The bowl attachment for the head means you can level the camera alone in seconds, where without a bowl, you'd need to adjust your leg height.
This tripod has served me well filming both events and independent films. It has been one of my best investments because of how reliable it is and how much I use it. I would recommend it to any of my colleagues without hesitation.
....but takes a little more time to setup & level.
might be a little cumbersome to take & setup on run & gun gigs.
I think it's still better than "twist lock".
great head, fluid/smooth for the money
great bag, great build quality
I would recommend it.
The price was great! I'm also planning to purchase an extra 501HLV Fixed Pan Bar and 127VS Variable Spread Video Dolly. With a new production in development plus some new test shots to do - lot's of production value coming my way!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Use every day for short shots in customer offices. Easy to carry and much improved film coverage. 1st thing a good cinematographer should get is a good stable tripod / head.Published on May 9, 2013 by J. Robbins
solid and heavy. fits great for dslr or old tv camera. I get it on Holy holiday in India, survived wellPublished on December 5, 2012 by Oleg Ushakov
Purchased this tripod to support the Panasonic HVX200 and was a little hesitant because the price was very reasonable (did not want to buy a cheap tripod). Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by Troy W. Hudson