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Manfrotto MVM500A Aluminum Fluid Monopod with 500 Head (Black)
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- Silky smooth panning
- Built in quick release system
- Supports up to 11 pounds
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The MVM500A is a lightweight fluid monopod supplied with a specific 500 fluid video head on top. It has an innovative fluid pan cartridge incorporated into the base that gives you an incredibly smooth panning action. Great compactness while folded thanks to the three retractable feet. The patented fluid monopod features wider platform for HDSLR bodies and the sliding plate travels to balance the latest interchangeable lens cameras. The fluid monopod ensures smooth shots and fine control with up to 5kg (11 lbs.) of equipment. Faster, easier and safer to use: the side lock system allows the camera and sliding QR plate to click quickly into the head from above, instead of needing to be aligned and slid in from the back. No secondary safety lock is necessary. The side lock system also makes it quicker and simpler to lift the camera out of the head from above. The monopod has one Easy Link 3/8" connector to allow an external monitor or other accessory equipment to be fitted. Specifications Attachment (Top) 1/4" and 3/8" screw attachment type 1 Bubble Spirit Level Counterbalance Front Tilt -70 Degree / +90 Degree tilt range Independent Tilt Lock Leg Cross Section round Material aluminum Maximum Working Temperature 140 Degree F Minimum Working Temperature 14 Degree F QR Plate Type 500PLONG Tilt Drag fluid cartridge with fixed drag 4 Leg Sections Load Capacity 11.02 lbs. Maximum Height 78.94 in Minimum Height 30.31 in Weight 4.65 lbs.
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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
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.
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.
[Initial thoughts, and concerns]
I thought this was going to really overpriced and low durability. And maybe not that stable but oh was I wrong.
[The item's features, and feel]
Silky smooth panning
Built in quick release system
Supports up to 11 pounds
Removable camera plate
Has 3/8 adapter and 1/4
Comes with a hand strap
Comes with a side 3/8 attachment point for accessories
Rubber over-molded handle
Comes with a tool to adjust locks for height adjustment
The quality is amazing,
the features are great
durability is top notch
everything is adjustable
the top place when loose moves back and forth and pops out easily
the handle can be placed and locked where ever you want it
all operations are smooth
Most parts are metal
Only comes with one plate
The base does not lock meaning if its not being held it will fall over
This is a must have in anyone's arsenal who does video it has so many uses. Its a little pricey but Its very durable and high quality and has pulled its weight. Well worth the money in my opinion it would recommend this to any friend.
The leg clasps make it quick and quiet to adjust height. The three "feet" on the bottom provide incredible stability, and also allow for dolly-zoom-like capabilities. The fluid head on this works beautiful with just a bit of practice, providing smooth pans.
The quick-release plate on the head is great for getting your camera on and off this monopod quickly if you want to go handheld for a few photos.
This product is incredibly well-built -- rugged, lightweight, and user friendly. This is top notch Manfrotto quality.
I would definitely recommend this product!
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