Manfrotto 502 Video Head MVH502AH
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- Pan fluid drag system
- Easy Link connectors for easy attachment of accessories
- Wider and longer top plate for extra stability
- built in counterbalance system
- Ball-bearing drag for precise, smooth movements
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|Item Dimensions||8.5 x 8.5 x 15.7 inches|
|Shipping Weight||4.72 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
That said it's about 10 times better than the 701HDV head. I never could get a really smooth pan out of the 701. The 502 on the other hand is a smooth as silk and even has variable speed pans and tilts. I know the 701 kinda does that, but not very well. The 502 makes takes locks and separates them from the adjustments.
It works really well with small cranes (jibs) too. It's size and smoothness hold up to the weight of a crane very well.
Couple the 502 head with some Induro legs and you have an awesome setup for around $300-$350.
Things to note: the shorter Manfrotto plates slide in and lockdown just fine in the 502.
The video head was very well packed (which cannot be said for their tripods). When openeing the box, i was not expecting it to be this large. But i wanted something more professional and just by looking at it, that is what i got. The head, of course, tilts and pans with locking screws and drag adjusters. The adjusters allow you to increase/decrease the amount of drag on the both actions. The camera mount is a more professional type with a much longer and wider base. I am sure this is to handle larger cameras and actually dwarfs a small camcorder. It slides and snaps in to place and locks via a screw. It can be locked in any position to counter balance larger cameras (i think). However, once you unlock the screw be careful as it will suddenly slide even though you may not want it to; this is actually quite scary when there are hundreds of dollars sitting on top. As a result, the camera must be held while unlocking. A pan handle is included and completes the professional look. The handle angle is adjustable.
Operation; compared to what i was using, this is amazing! The pans and tilts are silky smooth, the drag adjusters really assist in controlling the movement and the results are astonishing.Read more ›
One issue I have with the 502 is that the long mounting plate is finished with a rough texture that binds a bit when mounting it into the head. I would think the surface would be smooth for easy in and out, but for some reason its not. It takes a little bit of effort to slide the camera and plate into place on the tripod, but its a minor issue that may be lessened as the surface wears down over time.
I sort of wish the tilt locking screw (on the right of the head) and the tension adjustment (on the left of the head) were reversed, as it would be more convenient for my set up. Minor issue, really.
The locking device for the panning is located inside the head's "bridge" assembly. The location is a bit inconvenient. It will disconnect if you unscrew it, but you only need to give it 1.Read more ›
The 701 does not have any fluid drag adjustment like the 501 and 502 have. I have been using my 501 for a few months now and am fairly pleased. Although the fluid drag adjustments are not as intuitive as the 502's.
I placed my heaviest lens (70-200mm) on the 502 right out of the box, made a couple minor drag adjustments and I've got it moving smoother than my 501 has EVER panned or tilted.
Long story short, i've own this for 2 hours and I'm already ordering a second. Great product.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always thought Manfrotto was a no-brainer.... Maybe back in the day. I ordered thinking this would be well worth the money but my $150 Davis & Sanford F182 fluid head and tripod... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jaime
Extremely pleased with this purchase. This video head is well worth the $.
Being able to fine tune the resistance levels for both panning and tilting is an awesome... Read more
Be cautious about who you order this head from. I ordered it from Ornem first and the 502 I received was obviously used and scratched up by the previous owner... Read more
I love Manfrotto products. Both my tripods, and my three ballheads are all manfrotto. I am a professional photographer, but have only recently gotten into videography. Read morePublished 29 days ago by PhotoFan4
This is the best fluid head I've had the pleasure of using. The precise tension controls are incredibly accurate and allow for a lot of flexibility. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer