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Manfrotto 502 Video Head MVH502AH
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- Pan fluid drag system. Base Diameter: 75 mm, Working Height: 13 cm. Weight capacity is 15.4 lbs. and counterbalance supports 8.8 lbs. Accessory Compatibility: 502HLV, 509HLV, 520BALL, 520BALLSH
- 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||5.42 pounds|
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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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The fluid adjustments on this unit are very nice and the range of resistance is also more than adequate. The brakes for the pan and tilt hold the head in place perfectly when you don't want the leverage the fluid movement. The plate is HUGE just like everything else. I am using the head to hold a DSLR rig on a large teleprompter assembly in a studio room designed for solo-production - meaning the talent is doing EVERYTHING, kinda like a VLogger on steroids.
This head is so versatile, I was able to mount the head backwards on the tripod so that the plate would stay locked in place but leave enough of the screw slide for mounting the camera hanging over the base that my bolt to mount the Prompter People teleprompter rig could bolt right up. On top of this '2-story' rig sits a DSLR with a forward-facing field monitor and I hang headphones and other stuff on the prompter rig. This head doesn't even seem to know any of the gear is even on it. And the tilt handle can mount in any direction on either side - so in my case, it's pointing at the talent so they can make adjustments themselves.
For the price, this thing is awesome! It's BIG - like, really; news floor big (well, ok; maybe a tad exaggerated but not by much...) but if size and weight aren't your primary concern - like you're mounting a REAL video camera, or a RED or something, this head will do the trick and for WAY less money than many other alternatives.
I bought the amazon warehouse deal the item arrive like new. The box was damaged but who cares the video head looked brand new never used + the head is built like a tank so nothing really to worry about.
I ordered this video head after having a cheaper video head that worked for me for a long time. I can into some extra bones so I though why not splurge a bit and order this. It's the video head I wanted from the start when I ordered the mush cheaper third party head.
All I can say is Manfrotto really doesn't disappoint. The base is super wide, perfect for DSLR's or full-size video cameras.
The controls are extremely easy to manage so using it is a breeze. I have no complaints other than I wish I would have ordered it sooner.
Also got an extra QR plate (had to go to Manfrotto website to find it in stock), the correct one is the 504PLONG. The original plate has better details than the extra, but both are made by Manfrotto for this head. Can use the extra plate for camera, binoculars, video. 504PLONG also fits the MVH500AH head, even though it's longer than the original (I have both heads - MVH500AH and MVH502AH, and the plates are interchangeable even though the 504PLONG is longer.)
I also got an extra 502HLV pan bar (the handle you steer with). This helps. Having a handle on both right and left sides helps me guide it more smoothly, and when I want to use a hand (change focus, lock altitude, etc), the other hand on a handle keeps things steady.
Being able to fine tune the resistance levels for both panning and tilting is an awesome feauture, especially when you are using telephoto lenses and the smallest amount of shake translates onto the footage.
The build quality of this head is exactly what I've come to expect from Manfrotto. There are some that say their build quality has gone down recently but I do not agree. This video head feels like it will last forever and take any amount of abuse that I give it.
I really like the fact that even when my camera (5dIII) is mounted onto this head, I can access the battery compartment. The head is just narrow enough so that I can swap out batteries without needing to take the camera off of the head.
My only legitimate gripe about this head's design is the location of the quick release lock. The locking knob is positioned towards the middle of the head and it sticks out enough so that you cannot lock the quick release plate if your camera is positioned in the middle of the head. In other words, your camera has to be slid forward on the head in order to lock it into position. It's not really a big deal because this head is robust enough to easily support a heavy camera that is positioned forward and not perfectly centered, however I'd think that it might be an issue for larger cinema camera owners possibly.
All in all, I highly recommend this video head. It's silky smooth, built like a tank and well worth every penny.