Manfrotto MVM500A Aluminum Fluid Monopod with 500 Head
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- Silky smooth panning
- Built in quick release system
- Supports up to 11 pounds
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Potential buyers really need to know that the head is not the same MVH500AH head with integrated pan. Pan happens at the base of the momopod. So do not plan on being able to interchange the head and monopod, this is a dedicated system. If you want interchangeability, buy the MVH500AH and a separate monopod.
That said, the panning action is smooth, and because it happens at the base, with practice, you have better control over the stability of the monopod while panning since both hands can create that movement, and you're not having to use one hand to simply keep the monopod still while you pan with the other. You can, and should, use your whole body to make the pan. Tilt control is very nice as well and just as good as say a 701
The 'bridging' head is a great hybrid system, allowing quick release that us videographers are used to, plus the ability to click it back in place with quick fore and aft positioning.
The ball at the bottom is nice and stiff enough to let the monopod stand in place without holding on to it (but don't walk too far away from it with your camera on it :-)
Be forewarned that this does advertise that it can stand on its own, and that is true, but its unreliable and can fall over with a brisk wind. Also note that this is no replacement for a tripod but comes damn close. So things like timelapse, long exposure, or hdr you will need a stiff hand or a tripod. all things considered I think that this is a great option to anyones tool kit and even better when combined with Manfrotto's quick release plate. http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-323-Connect-Adapter-200PL-14/dp/B001ASU1QO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1403882491&sr=8-4&keywords=manfrotto+quick+release+plate
Don't worry if you're coming off the old Manfrotto system, the old plates work just fine with this.
The head is smooth, I am able to consistently do pans and tilts without issue. The ball foot (after a little WD40) is incredibly fluid, and it's a breeze to set up.
This is a piece of equipment that I never travel without. Get it.
After watching some videos online on how to utilize a Monopod for video I gave it a shot at a Crossfit event I was filming and at a wedding that same week. I was VERY impressed with how stable and easy it is to manage! I made adjustments on the fly, got incredible angles and smooth glides. What got a lot of peoples attention was when I popped the camera off to do some handheld stuff and just left the Monopod standing on its own 3 feet! After getting the shot ran back to the Monopod and quickly snapped the camera in and was back in business. This is something I wish I would have gotten sooner and HIGHLY recommend to anyone doing video/photo.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Talk about a super portable and versatile monopod. It feels sturdy and the fluid head is quite fluid indeed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by OPTIUM3
Just came in the mail today. Great monopod so far.
I asked the question if it will fit the 504PLONG plate that comes with the 502AV head. Read more