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Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag

B&H # MAH502A546BK MFR # MVH502A,546BK-1
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Product Highlights
  • 15.4 lb Load Capacity
  • Counterbalance Supports 8.8 lb
  • Two-Stage Aluminum Legs
  • 17.3" to 66.1" Height Range
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • Spiked Feet with Rubber Overshoes
  • Tripod Carrying Bag Included

The MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag is a professional tripod system designed for HDSLR and interchangeable lens cameras. The system combines the MVH502A 75mm half ball fluid head with the 546B tripod with mid spreader. The MVH502 head has a pre-set counterbalance of 8.8 pounds, but can support loads up to 15.4 pounds. It features two Easy Link connectors to allow an external monitor or other accessory equipment to be fitted directly on the head.

The 546B is a two-stage tripod with a built-in 75mm bowl. The tripod's telescopic mid-level spreader helps set leg angles accurately. Spiked feet with rubber overshoes are provided for solid grounding on both smooth floors and uneven terrain. A padded carrying bag comes included.

  • Fluid video head supports 15.4 lb
  • 8.8 lb counterbalance
  • 75mm ball/bowl
  • 2-stage, aluminum telescopic twin tube legs
  • Mid-level spreader

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Head
Load Capacity 15.4 lb (7.0 kg)
Counter Balance System Supports 8.8 lb (4.0 kg)
Center of Gravity 2.16" (5.49 cm)
Quick Release/Wedge Plate 504PLONG
Tilt Drag Continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
Tilt Range -80° / +90°
Leg Stages/Sections Yes
Spring Loaded Counter Balance Yes
Pan Range 360°
Pan Lock Yes
Legs
Material Aluminum
Head Attachment Fitting 75mm bowl
Leg Stages Two/three
Center Brace Yes
System
Load Capacity 15.4 lbs (7.0 kg)
Maximum Height 66.14" (168.00 cm)
Minimum Height 17.32" (43.99 cm)
Closed Length 32.68" (83.01 cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/No
Weight 12.13 lb (5.50 kg)
Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag
  • 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball
  • 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader
  • Padded Carrying Bag
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty (Additional 3 Years with Online Registration)
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    ManfrottoMVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag
     
    4.6

    (based on 23 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Professional quality (15)
    • Easy to use (12)
    • Improves performance (10)
    • Highly compatible (6)
    • Stable (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (11)
    • In the studio (10)
    • Complex projects (7)
    • Video (5)
    • Home movies (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional artist (10), Business owner (8), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    VERY solid sticks

    This tripod and fluid head by Manfrotto are GREAT for the intermediate-professional videographer. After doing freelance videography work for four years, I have just started my own company and we are expanding our arsenal...Read complete review

    This tripod and fluid head by Manfrotto are GREAT for the intermediate-professional videographer. After doing freelance videography work for four years, I have just started my own company and we are expanding our arsenal of equipment. These sticks take our kit to the next level by allowing the DSLR shooter to mount more onboard peripherals such as lights, mics, rail systems, and matte boxes without worrying about overloading the tripod. This tripod is also solid for when you upgrade to RED Scarlet or Black Magic cameras. The 502A fluid head is AMAZING. SO smooth and reliable. Able to lock off and not droop or go flaccid. Great fluid head to mount on our 4 foot slider dolly as well. I love the carrying case that comes with the bag as it has a sewn-in velco strap to keep the sticks from moving around too much within the bag.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    OK tripod

    For what it is designed for.. this tripod is heavy.
    The leveling bubble is too small. very bulky for it's size. But, it is smooth.. very smooth. Holds big...Read complete review

    For what it is designed for.. this tripod is heavy.
    The leveling bubble is too small. very bulky for it's size. But, it is smooth.. very smooth. Holds big dslr rigs.. Not for light travel.

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    4.0

    Smooth Handling

    By Chino

    from Paterson, NJ

    About Me Fimmaker, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Arm Is Hard To Lock

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

    Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

    I use this product with DSLR rigs and Canon Cinema cameras. The pan and tilt is very smooth. The legs lock very well and don't slide when a heavy rig is mounted on them. It is very compact and easy to travel with. Only thing is the arm moves slightly even when complete tighten.

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    5.0

    Great tripod

    By bessy

    from Greenville, SC

    About Me Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films

      Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

      I heard from industry professionals that manfrotto is the best tripod out there. They were telling the truth I am very happy with my tripod. Thank you B&H.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Solid Tripod

      By crowefly

      from South Carolina

      About Me Business Owner, professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

      • Weight

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

        I am using this tripod to hold a fully rigged camera, as well as occasionally hold one end of my slider.I love how well built the tripod is, and the included ball head is one that allows you to quickly level with the built-in bubble.The case is very well built, but could be an inch or so longer to make it easier to squeeze in.No complaints here.

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        5.0

        Great Tripod

        By Tim

        from Alex City, AL

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films

          Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

          The tripod is a very steady and well built. The head has a good fluid motion and is easy to operate.

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          5.0

          IN A CLASS OF IT'S OWN

          By Eddie

          from Bloomfield, CT

          Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

          The Fluid Head on this tripod system makes setting up and shooting with Canon XHA1s camcorder a breeze. Very steady and durable. I would have liked for it to have had some type of light where the bubble is located for ease of balancing...Very easy to break down and store in the rugged carrying bag..Overall an excellent product...

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          4.0

          Steady and stable monster!

          By Tigo Unlimited

          from Marin County, CA

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

            Log-line: I'm very pleased with this tripod set, but still shopping for lighter legs to use under the 502A head in the field.Top flight stability and hardware highlight this Manfrotto set. I'll use it more in-studio and for critical on-location VFX shots. But as an "on-the-go" unit for fast set-ups in the field you should look at lighter legs. These 546B's are far too unwieldy for "run & gun" situations in documentary or ENG.The 502A fluid head is all it's cracked-up to be. I'll be giving it heavy use in months to come and will update this review accordingly.Log-line: I'm pleased with the set, but shopping for lighter set of legs to use under the 502A head in the field.

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            5.0

            Great Tripod! Using it for RED Scarlet

            By Slothberg

            from Spokane, Wa

            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films

              Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

              Using it for small productions with Red Scarlet and Canon lenses. My whole camera package is maybe a pound or two above the listed limit, but it's working fine. The quality is very much what I expect from Manfrotto, and I'm happy to have gotten an affordable tripod that does exactly what I need. It's light, and manageable. The carrying case is a bonus, and it just feels like a much more expensive tripod.

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              5.0

              Amazing!

              By Nov

              from PA

              About Me Film Student, Hobbyist, Semi-professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Build Quality
              • Highly Compatible
              • Improves Performance
              • Professional Quality
              • Smoothness

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Set Up And Take Down

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio
              • Professional work

              Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

              Fantastic tripod. Built like a tank. Very smooth panning and tilting motion. My only complaint is the heaviness and it's a little hard and time consuming putting up and taking down.

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              4.0

              Great tripod for the price.

              By Wes Anderson

              from Bloomington, IN

              About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Improves Performance
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                I love the fluid head design. Perfect for videos and photos. I bought it primary for my small start up video business. Level is a little hard to see. Wish it was a little heavier so when I am using faster pans it does not go up on two legs.

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                4.0

                VERY solid sticks

                By Center Circle Director

                from Thousand Oaks, CA

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                • Slightly heavy

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Dslr With Rig
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                This tripod and fluid head by Manfrotto are GREAT for the intermediate-professional videographer. After doing freelance videography work for four years, I have just started my own company and we are expanding our arsenal of equipment. These sticks take our kit to the next level by allowing the DSLR shooter to mount more onboard peripherals such as lights, mics, rail systems, and matte boxes without worrying about overloading the tripod. This tripod is also solid for when you upgrade to RED Scarlet or Black Magic cameras. The 502A fluid head is AMAZING. SO smooth and reliable. Able to lock off and not droop or go flaccid. Great fluid head to mount on our 4 foot slider dolly as well. I love the carrying case that comes with the bag as it has a sewn-in velco strap to keep the sticks from moving around too much within the bag.

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                4.0

                Excellent tripod

                By Chris

                from New Hampshire

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Performance
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                Great stability, fluid head, feet, ease of use. Solidly built. Easy to extend legs and adjust ball head. I use it with the Sony NEX FS100 and balance is great.The only gripe (which others have mentioned): tilt lock is on the right side of the head. For most people who operate the pan bar with their right hand, this is a pain to access. I would much rather the tilt resistance on the right because I don't access it as much and the tilt lock on the left.

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                3.0

                OK tripod

                By blue voyage productions

                from savannah,ga

                About Me Business Owner, Cinematographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Professional Quality
                • Very smooth

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                For what it is designed for.. this tripod is heavy.
                The leveling bubble is too small. very bulky for it's size. But, it is smooth.. very smooth. Holds big dslr rigs.. Not for light travel.

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                5.0

                Perfect all around tripod and head!

                By tDOT

                from El Paso, TX

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Home Movies
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                  I've used this tripod and head for a few months and I couldn't be more happy with it! The fluid head is smoooooth!

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                  5.0

                  Sturdy and Smooth

                  By Throck

                  from Indianapolis, IN

                  About Me Business Owner, Camera Operator

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • In the field

                  Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                  I use the tripod and head for Live events: Weddings, Sports, Promos.

                  It is very sturdy and smooth which are the best characteristics of any tripod.

                  I use a Sony NX50U camera on this tripod system.

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                  4.0

                  Good Bang for the Buck

                  By Shooter Leet

                  from Minnesota

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                  Overall this is a good buy for a stable shot for small frame camcorders or still photography. Cons: -Pan lock is a little buried in the middle of the bridge.-Ball tightening grip and feet tightening levers are made of plastic. While still very study plastic I wish there was some type of metal for these key stress pointsPros:-Carrying case is well built. Strong stitching on seams and unique rubberized stitching on underside of shoulder strap. It helps keep the bag in place when not crossed over the head.-The legs come out smooth and even for easy lengthening or shortening on the go.-Fairly light for aluminum. Due in large part to the bridging design and plastic in some parts.

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                  5.0

                  Well worth the investment

                  By Eric Saperstein

                  from Pennington, NJ

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                    After experiencing the difference between this tripod and the multiple $99 models I have gone through over the years it's night/day ... definately worth the investment! My old tripods are now for sound gear, lights, and propping up misc accessories! The camera will be proudly perched on the Manfrotto!

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                    5.0

                    Exceeds expectations

                    By AccessDirMI

                    from Troy, MI

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Great Drag Controls
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits
                      • Video

                      Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                      Using for DSLR rig. Love the drag controls and how they do not interfere with movement in progress. Solid contruction and feel. A very good choice for a medium-duty tripod.

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                      5.0

                      It's The Real Deal

                      By BButton

                      from Los Angeles

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                            If you are serious then this tripod is the ticket. I have purchased various brand tripod systems over 50 years, for many applications. This one is so right. This one is smartly built and it's quality of operation shows it. Bought the first two and so pleased am ordering another, immediately. Able to easily get smooth push or pull pans. Sets up easily. Great product. And it comes with a good quality carring bag. I love quality. Love this tripod and head. Sweet indeed! Sweet indeed!

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                            5.0

                            Worth every penny!

                            By sasjoberg

                            from Fargo, ND

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                              Such a great set! Tripod is light weight making it great for production on the road or in the field. The fluid head is great, I can use it with a teleprompter or with a variety of camera rigs. Great value for the price. I even ordered a second one.

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                              5.0

                              Solid Tripod

                              By Jessica

                              from Iowa

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Video

                                Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                                Solid Tripod with great bag. The head is very smooth for pans. The locks were challenging to use at first but loosened up a bit.

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