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Manfrotto Video Head with Flat Base and Fixed Lever, Video Head for Compact Video Cameras and DSLR Cameras, for Filming, Videography, Content Creation, Vlogging, Live Streaming

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Item Dimensions LxWxH 15.7 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches
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  • PROFESSIONAL: The 502HD PRO video head has a robust construction and is equipped with patented Manfrotto technology, designed to ensure high quality footage
  • COMPATIBILITY: The Manfrotto video head is designed for compact video cameras and DSLR cameras. The slide plate connects it easily to cameras, and easily combines with accessories
  • TWO VERSIONS: The video head is available in a flat base version, which is this head and has the letters "AH", and in a ball version as well, with the letter "A"
  • FLUID MOVEMENTS: Thanks to the sliding system, the pan tilt movements of the head are fluid and fully adjustable

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  • Variable Fluid Drag System on PAN and TILT movements
  • Fixed Counterbalance system
  • Sliding plate for the fastest camera connection and set up
  • Flat base for multiple support combinations
  • 3/8” easy link connectors for accessories

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This head is the perfect synthesis between and innovative "Bridge Architecture" and manfrotto's Cutting edge engineering. A pan fluid drag system gives more ergonomic operation while a wider top plate and longer sliding plate offer extra stability and balance. This head offlbs @mmers an even more rigid structure for maximum precision and improved responsiveness. The built in easy link connectors offer extreme flexibility for accessory attachments. The counterbalance system and ball bearing drag sysem both offer precision and smoothness of operation. This head has been carefully constructed from lightweight modern materials for optimal balance of strength and size. Technical Specifications: Max Payload 13.2lbs; CSB 8.8lbs@55mm; FDS pan variable cartridge; FDS tilt variable cartridge; Tilt range +90° / -85°; Camera fixing quick release; Top plate 140mm 5.5 inches; Height 5.1in.; weight 3.5lbs.

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Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Silky smooth pans & excellent fit and finish
By P.K. Frary on October 14, 2016
The MVH500AH is a light duty fluid head aimed at the travel and amateur video markets. The flat bottom fits standard photographic tripods (3/8" thread) and has a wide platform for DSLRs, making it a good choice for photographers dabbling in video production.

BUILD: The cast aluminum fittings, removable panning handle, giganormous quick release plate and excellent fit and finish make for an impressive package. Plus, installation was easy: a few spins and the MVH500AH mated to the 3/8" bolt on my Manfrotto 190. It held my Canon 80D with EF-s 18-135 3.5-5.6 IS USM perfectly and delivered silky smooth pans. Drag is fixed but resistance is ideal for pans from 10mm to 200mm on APS-C and smoother than my larger and more expensive Manfrotto MVH502AH video head.

The pan handle is comfy and provides plenty of leverage, making it easy to grip and steer. One thing I appreciate is the panning handle is not only adjustable for angle, but can be mounted on the left or right side. I’m right-handed but prefer panning with my left-hand, using my right-hand to work camera controls.

QUICK RELEASE: The 500 sports a Rapid Connect (Q5) quick release and includes a single 500PLONG plate. The 500PLONG is the long (5.5") version of the 501PL plate. It's ungainly on a DSLR and obviously designed for the long and narrow form factor of pro camcorders. However, it’s designed to slide in the clamp like a rail, allowing it to be positioned for optimal balance.

Mounting the 500PLONG takes multiple steps: angle in plate from above, snap in, position for best balance and, finally, tighten the thumbscrew to lock. Tabs prevent the plate from sliding out of the clamp if you forget to lock it. To release, unscrew the lock lever and press the release tab while lifting the rig out. Not quick but secure and easy to rebalance after a lens or camera change.

I use the Arca-Swiss (AS) quick release system on my other heads. So I installed an AS compatible clamp (Sunwayfoto) on the head by mounting it on the 3/8" stud of the 500PLONG, yielding an easy to use quick release. Best of all, I can leave an AS plate on my camera and mount it on any of my heads without swapping plates. And, yes, mounting/removing the camera is faster with the AS clamp but I can still slide the 500PLONG for optimal balance.

GOTCHAS: Unlike most other Manfrotto video heads, plates for the 500 can't be slid in. Instead, they snap in from above at about a 20 degree angle. Snapping in the plate is more difficult and slower compared to sliding in, especially with larger lenses and accessories attached to the camera. However, since I use an AS compatible clamp the before mentioned is a moot point for me.

The extremes of the vertical tilt befuddle me: if I release my grip on the panning arm at the lowest or highest point of the vertical pan, the head is deflected in the opposite direction as if spring loaded. Of course I can hold the panning arm or lock it down but other positions in the pan-path hold position. I’m not sure if this is a feature or defect but my Manfrotto 128LP fluid head simply sits there instead of recoiling and doesn't need to be locked or held. If this is a feature, maybe it’s supposed to keep a heavy rig from suddenly crashing to the extreme of the vertical pan?

FINAL BLURB: The 500 is a lightweight travel worthy video head and deal for shooting video with a small to medium DSLR. It's almost perfect but, if I were to grade the 500, it would earn an A-. But it nails the important things: silky smooth pans, easy to balance, is stable and has great fit and finish.
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Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2016
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2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware. No warranty if seller is not authorized Manfrotto dealer.
By ppmd on March 17, 2016
While under warranty, the side connection to the head broke in half, with half of the thread lodged inside the hole, rending the opening useles (see photo). This opening is used to mount a remote monitor. When the head was taken to CRIS (authorized Manfrotto repair center), Manfrotto would NOT cover this item under warranty, stating that the head was not purchased from an authorized Manfrotto dealer. This head was ordered from Amazon.

Functionally, the head pans and tilts smoothly, and has a very solid feel. Lack of Manfrotto warranty after purchase from the Amazon seller makes this an unsatisfactory purchase.
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Damien Wilde
5.0 out of 5 stars The best value piece of videomaking kit you'll ever buy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 30, 2018
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Martin @PCTechHubUK
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fuild head mount
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 11, 2017
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Geoff
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge and high quality beast of a head
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 17, 2019
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Mr. L. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Should have bought one years ago
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 4, 2021
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Barry hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy, smooth movement and securely locks in the lens
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 9, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy, smooth movement and securely locks in the lens
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 9, 2021
This fluid head securely holds my Canon 600mm f4 l series lens im place and gives me piece of mind that it isn't going to slide out. This is due to the double locking feature.

The movement of the camera when planning is silky smooth and can be adjusted horizontally and vertically by two east to move twist mechanisms.

The lens is also held in place by the counter balance spring which is great for a wildlife photographer like myself as I often need my camera pointing at an unnatural angle but with the ability to move quickly if my subject decides to.

The weight is my only drawback with this head however this is a minor one. Once it's attached to my backpack it's much easier to manage.
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